Haven't read all posts but here is my current take on what I think are the two biggest selections.
I'll start with the most controversial, Mitchell Pearce and I'll ask this question. If he'd never been picked for Origin before, never got it on with a dog and was named Mitchell Smith, at 28, only a year older than Cronk was when he first played Origin, as a premiership winner and the form NSW half in the comp,would anyone here seriously be saying he shouldn't be picked or wasn't ready for Origin? He was thrown to the wolves, the best Qld sides EVER, waaaaaay to early. That was not his fault. Personally, I don't like the guy, but i can't argue he isn't one of the better halves options NSW currently have and if he now finally IS ready, then even if we don't win the series, I couldn't blame Los and Sterling for giving him his crack.
I did read earlier in this thread someone say if Hayne is selected in the 1 they would change allegiance. That person should give themselves an uppercut. 1 series victory in 11 year and the only series I that time where our best player was selected in his best position. For years he was bumped to wing and centre cause of his versatility for less skillfull, less freakish less versatile players and if cost us series victories. So if we were to pick him in the No1 again,all the evidence suggests he would aim up and we would win the series, so not sure why anyone would be wanting to jump off that. Having said all that,I concede that he isn't yet back to his best and Teddy deserves to keep the number 1 jersey, but if Hayne isn't in the team, you can forget a series win.
The Captaincy is the other thing now we have fi ally rid ourselves of Gallen. I strongly believe it should NOT be a forward who isn't on the park for the full 80 or at least 60+ So that rules out Woods (plus he is injured) I don't think Farah should be there this year so it shouldn't be him.
Cordner has been touted, but I personally would go for Graham and he'd play the full 80 at lock. Otherwise, you have to go for a back, who is a definite member for years to come. Teddy, Moylan, Maloney, Pearce......I'm not sure who of those will be there for the next 3+ years or who is ready to captain. If we throw our hat in the Moylan at 6 basket, which I'm not against, then he is the guy for mine. Regardless, I think this one is going to divide many people and I eagerly await the decision as there is simply no clear standout.