State of Origin 2020 Game 3 live: NSW vs Queensland in series decider

Queensland coach Wayne Bennett been forced into a series of late team changes with the Maroons to field four debutants in the series decider.

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Wayne Bennett.

The 2020 State of Origin decider will make history as the biggest sporting event on the planet since the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

NSW has a chance to make their own piece of history as the first Blues team since 2005 to win three series consecutively – but they’ll have to do it in front of the biggest crowd to attend a sporting event since the start of the coronavirus with a crowd of more than 50,000 expected to cheer on the Maroons at Suncorp Stadium.

The attendance will pass the previous biggest crowd of 45,000 at the Bledisloe Cup match in New Zealand.

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Queensland’s hopes of pulling off one of the biggest upsets in the history of State of Origin football took a battering this week with coach Wayne Bennett forced into a series of late changes to his backline yet again. 

The Maroons’ outside backs have been cursed this series – and the carnage continued this week with star winger Xavier Coates ruled out with injury. It has forced Bennett to re-shuffle his backline with Melbourne centre Brenko Lee and Newcastle winger Edrick Lee to make their debuts.

Their selection forces try-scoring freak Dane Gagai into the centres, while fullback Valentine Holmes has been punted to the wing to make way for Bennett to hand Rabbitohs fullback Corey Allan his debut in the No. 1 Queensland jumper. The moves have also forced Kurt Capewell moved to the second row and Jaydyn Su’a moved to the bench. 

Bennett’s fourth debutant selected is Wests Tigers hooker Harry Grant, who has been promoted for the biggest game of his life at the expense of Dragons star Ben Hunt.

NSW has its own late dramas with star winger  Josh Addo-Carr missing training this week with a toe injury. The teams will be finalised one hour before kick-off at 8.10pm (AEDT).

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