Hynes, Staggs, Matterson headline Blues squad for Origin opener

After the Blues selected their 22-man team for the 2022 Ampol State of Origin series on Sunday night

Blues Coach Brad Fittler nominated both Staggs and Crichton to the extended squad

Blues Coach Brad Fittler nominated both Staggs and Crichton to the extended squad

which also includes prospective Origin debutants in Sharks halfback Nicho Hynes and Eels forward Ryan Matterson.

Sharks halfback Nicho Hynes and Eels forward Ryan Matterson are both set to make their Origin debuts.

Six players have yet to make their Blues debut, including Hynes, Crichton, Staggs, and Matterson

As well as Knights forward Jacob Saifiti and Roosters young gun Joseph Suaalii.

With Tom Trbojevic (shoulder) out for the season and Latrell Mitchell's hamstring injury expected to keep him out until Round 15

Crichton will likely team up with Penrith teammate Brian To'o on one edge

While Staggs will team up with Roosters winger Daniel Tupou, who hasn't played for the Blues since 2020.

At the lead-up to Game One at Accor Stadium on Wednesday, June 8, the Blues will be based in Coogee in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

On Monday, May 30, at 9:00 a.m. AEST, Queensland will announce their team.