Live: Fittler flips on huge Cleary call

Brad Fittler has sent a message to young halfback Nathan Cleary that the heat is on heading into the State of Origin series opener at Suncorp Stadium on June 5.

The Blues coach will announce his team at 6pm (AEST) on Sunday night.

You can follow all the latest updates and twists as players from Queensland and NSW begin to arrive for camp ahead of the official selections below.

PREDICTED NSW TEAM

1. James Tedesco (Roosters)

2. Josh Addo-Carr (Storm)

3. Latrell Mitchell (Roosters)

4. Josh Morris (Sharks)

5. Daniel Tupou Roosters)

6. Cody Walker (Rabbitohs)

7. Nathan Cleary (Penrith)

8. Dave Klemmer (Knights)

9. Damien Cook (Rabbitohs

10. Paul Vaughan (Dragons)

11. Boyd Cordner (Roosters)

12. Tyson Frizell (Dragons)

13. Jake Trbojevic (Sea Eagles)

Interchange

14. Jack Wighton (Raiders)

15. Ryan Matterson (Wests Tigers)

16. Cameron Murray (Rabbitohs)

17. Payne Haas (Broncos)

18. Nick Cotric (Raiders)

PREDICTED QUEENSLAND TEAM

Kalyn Ponga has the No. 1 jumper all to himself this year.Source:News Corp Australia

1. Kalyn Ponga (Knights)

2. Corey Oates (Broncos)

3. Will Chambers (Storm)

4. Michael Morgan (Cowboys)

5. Dane Gagai (Rabbitohs)

6. Cameron Munster (Storm)

7. Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles)

8. Jai Arrow (Titans)

9. Ben Hunt (Dragons)

10. Josh Papalii (Raiders)

11. Felise Kaufusi (Storm)

12. Matt Gillett (Broncos)

13. Josh McGuire (Cowboys)

Interchange

14. Anthony Milford (Broncos)

15. Dylan Napa (Bulldogs)

16. Joe Ofahengaue (Broncos)

17. Jarrod Wallace (Titans)

18. Jake Granville (Cowboys)

FITTLER FLIPS ON CLEARY CALL

Brad Fittler has reportedly backflipped on his toughest selection decision, giving Panthers star Nathan Cleary the nod ahead of Rabbits star Adam Reynolds.

The Daily Telegraph reported on Saturday night that Reynolds had edged ahead of Cleary before the Bunnies’ goalkicker was struck down with a foot injury.

It was revealed on Sunday that Reynolds has avoided a serious leg injury.

The Blues hopeful left ANZ Stadium on crutches after his leg was crushed under a teammate in Souths’ cruisy win over Wests Tigers on Saturday.

Reynolds was the third Blues playmaker struck down alongside Luke Keary (concussion) and Mitchell Pearce (groin) in a horror 24 hours for NSW selectors.

However, Fittler confirmed the Rabbitohs playmaker will be available.

“Adam’s been cleared of a fracture so, worst case scenario (is) he’ll be out of training for a couple of days so great news for Adam,” he said on the Sunday Footy Show.

Despite Reynolds’ positive diagnosis, Fittler has flipped back to Cleary, according to reports.

Cleary is now tipped to partner Rabbitohs star Cody Walker in the halves for the series opener.

The reported last-gasp flip shows how much pressure Cleary us under to retain his NSW No. 7 jumper after a less than spectacular start to the 2019 season with the struggling Panthers.

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