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Tedesco sees upside in Hynes’ Origin push

James Tedesco has backed Nicho Hynes’ versatility to prove crucial if the Cronulla star is handed a NSW debut by Brad Fittler.

Fittler will name his side for the June 8 State of Origin series opener on Sunday night, with several crucial calls to be made by the Blues coach and advisor Greg Alexander.

The Blues hierarchy must make a call on their two centres, with Stephen Crichton and Kotoni Staggs favourites to debut in place of Latrell Mitchell and Tom Trbojevic.

At least one new forward is required after Daniel Saifiti suffered a knee injury, with the Newcastle prop already battling to hold on to his spot in the side.

Fittler will also have a decision to make on whether he stays loyal in the back row, with the likes of Jake Trbojevic, Tyson Frizell, Liam Martin, Tariq Sims and Angus Crichton fighting to hold on to spots.

The make up of Fittler’s bench is also of interest, with Hynes the favourite to win the No.14 jersey and act as a utility ahead of the likes of Apisai Koroisau, Ryan Matterson and Jack Wighton.

“He (Hynes) come into camp last year and was around the boys. He’s a really good guy and is playing some really good footy this year,” Tedesco said.

“I’m not sure what the team will look like, but he is definitely knocking on the door the way he has been playing.

“He can play anywhere in the halves, fullback or off the bench utility. Will be interesting to see.”

Saifiti’s injury aside, Fittler is finally seeming to be enjoying some luck before NSW enters camp on Sunday night.

Tedesco played his best game of the year on Saturday night against Hynes’ Sharks, with Crichton also threatening to find form just at the right time.

Penrith’s claw of Origin players are also firing, with Jarome Luai in the best form of his season and Isaah Yeo’s combination with Luai and Nathan Cleary flourishing.

And in perhaps the biggest boost for the Blues, Cameron Murray showed he is back to fitness after getting through unscathed in South Sydney’s win over Wests Tigers.

Murray was expected to miss close to a month, but instead sat out just two games as the Rabbitohs helped turn around their woes in the last round before Origin teams are picked.

“It was a credit to the rehab staff and physios,” Murray said.

“I was pretty much in every day since the surgery working hard and trying to get back and working on my rehab and recovery.

“I just told myself after surgery I would do everything I could to get back as soon as possible.”

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