7 Jul 2009

Blues ring changes to prevent whitewash

7:46 am on 7 July 2009

New South Wales league selectors have made eight changes to their team for next week's final State of Origin match against Queensland.

The Blues coach Craig Bellamy says they've gone for experience rather than youth because avoiding a whitewash takes precedence over building for the future.

The pairing of Trent Barrett and Brett Kimmorley, who last played together in 2005, is the oldest halfback partnership in Origin history.