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It was a star studded affair for the NSW VB Blues as they announced their Origin team ahead of game one next Wednesday night at ANZ stadium.

A new look halves pairing and two debutants make up the 17 man side and for Josh Jackson and David Klemmer, it was a phone call they would never forget.

Both players are no strangers to representative football after already being part of the Australian Four Nations squad last year, but they were nothing short of passionate when it came to talking about making the NSW side for the first time.

The Blues function also coincided with The NSW Rugby League and The Star announcing an exciting three-year partnership that will see The Star become an official partner and the home away from home for NSW Rugby League and the NSW VB Blues.

The Star will also support the Blatchys Blues, an ever-expanding group of more than 12,000 fans famous for creating a sea of blue at State of Origin games in their blue wigs and shirts; The Star will develop an Official “Clubhouse” for the Blatchys Blues, and The Star logo will appear on the front and back of their shirts.

Answer the call and get behind the NSW VB Blues when they take on Queensland in this year’s Holden State of Origin. The only Origin match in Sydney this year is played on May 27. There’s no better way to support the Blues than being a part of the Blatchys Blues crowd - join the Official NSW VB Blues supporter bays for Origin I here.

Acknowledgement of Country

New South Wales Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.