James Tedesco has confirmed he will be fine to play Origin I in Adelaide on Wednesday after passing a fitness test on a troublesome knee injury.
The Roosters fullback injured his knee in the Chooks’ final game of the season when they lost to Canberra.
He wore a protective brace to the Dally M awards, but confirmed to reporters on Saturday that he was good to go.
Get all the latest NRL news, highlights and analysis delivered straight to your inbox with Fox Sports Sportmail. Sign up now >
Clive Churcill Medal winner Ryan Papenhuyzen missed out on a bench spot through a calf injury sustained in Melbourne’s grand final win.
The fullback injury curse had already claimed Tom Trbojevic for the series, meaning a start for Dally M Fullback of the Year Clint Gutherson at right centre.
Elsewhere Roosters flyer Daniel Tupou earns his first Origin start in five years, Eels wrecking ball Junior Paulo joins Daniel Saifiti in the front row and Reagan Campbell-Gillard misses out on the 17.
Angus Crichton, Payne Haas, Cameron Murray and Cody Walker make up the bench.
For Bennett’s Queenslanders, there are new faces everywhere.
Bennett has taken a massive gamble in a bid to avoid three straight State of Origin series losses by naming eight uncapped players in the Queensland side for Game I.
Breakout fullback AJ Brimson replaces Kalyn Ponga, Roosters veteran Jake Friend wins the race for the No.9 jersey while there are also starts for Tino Fa’asuamaleaui and Coen Hess.
However, on Friday there were suggestions that Hess might be replaced by Jaydn Su’A in a showing of classic Bennett mind games. Winger Phillip Sami could lose out to Kurt Capewell who would come in at centre and push Dane Gagai to the wing.
ULTIMATE GUIDE: Everything you need to know about this year’s Origin series
Despite the regular staples in skipper Daly-Cherry Evans, Cameron Munster, Josh Papalii, Christian Welch, Gagai, Felise Kaufusi and interchange players Jai Arrow and Ben Hunt this is a squad light on experience.
But Bennett is banking on form to break the two-year run of defeats.
The new centre pairing of Brenko Lee and Gagai are joined by Brimson, Sami and Broncos teen sensation Xavier Coates in an unfamiliar backline; Welch and Papalii bookend Friend in the front row, while Bennett’s banked on Fa’asuamaleaui to debut at No.13 in place of Arrow.
There are also debuts on the bench for Roosters bruiser Lindsay Collins and Rabbitohs second-rower Su’A.
1. James German
2. Daniel Tupou
3. Clint Gutherson*
4. Jack Wighton
5. Josh Addo-Carr
Luke Keary *
7. Nathan Cleary
8. Daniel Saifiti
9. Damien Cook
10. Junior Paulo *
11. Boyd Cordner (c)
12. Tyson Frizell
13. Jake Trbojevic
Interchange: 14. Cody Walker 15. Payne Haas 16. Cameron Murray 17. Angus Crichton
Coach: Brad Fittler
1. AJ Brimson *
2. Xavier Coates*
3. Brenko Lee*
4. Gagai Data
5. Phillip Sami *
6. Cameron Munster
7. Daly Cherry-Evans (c)
8. Christian Welch
9. Jake Friend*
10. Josh Papalii
11. Felise Kaufusi
12. Coen Hess
13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui *
Interchange: 14. Ben Hunt 15. Lindsay Collins* 16. Jai Arrow 17. Jaydn Su’A*
Coach: Wayne Bennett
* DENOTES ORIGIN ROOKIES