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State of Origin III 2021 LIVE updates: NSW Blues v Queensland Maroons

NSW are missing Nathan Cleary (shoulder), Jarome Luai (knee) and Daniel Saifiti (rib cartilage) from the Origin II side which romped to a 26-0 win at Suncorp Stadium.

Kalyn Ponga will make his first Origin appearance of the series in game three – and his first since 2019.

Kalyn Ponga will make his first Origin appearance of the series in game three – and his first since 2019.Credit:NRL Photos

The trio have been replaced by Mitchell Moses, Api Koroisau and Dale Finucane.

Jack Wighton will start in Luai’s place, leaving Koroisau to come off the bench.

Queensland have replaced Andrew McCullough, David Fifita, Jai Arrow and Kyle Feldt with Kalyn Ponga, AJ Brimson and debutants Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow and Thomas Flegler.

It’s been an Origin series like no other for a few reasons.

Latrell Mitchell and the Blues at the NSW captain’s run on Tuesday.

Latrell Mitchell and the Blues at the NSW captain’s run on Tuesday.Credit:Grant Trouville/NRL Photos

Game One was moved from Melbourne to Townsville and due to Sydney’s latest COVID-19 outbreak, the match has been moved from Homebush to Newcastle to the Gold Coast.

If NSW complete a clean sweep without a single match being played on their or neutral turf, they will be remembered as one of the best representative sides in the game’s history.

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the final State of Origin match for 2021.

Sam Phillips here in the hot seat. I’ll be joined by Michael Chammas shortly.

NSW are striving for a slice of history at Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast.

NSW are chasing history on the Gold Coast.

NSW are chasing history on the Gold Coast.Credit:Getty

If the Blues win tonight, they’ll be the first NSW side to achieve a clean sweep since 2000.

Queensland are playing for one thing – pride. They’ve conceded 76 points through the first two matches on home soil and will be desperate to give their fans something to cheer ahead of next year’s series.

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