16 May 2011

No room for Hayne in NSW side

5:38 am on 16 May 2011

The NSW rugby league coach Ricky Stuart has declared dumped fullback Jarryd Hayne's best position is five-eighth, after preferring Canberra's Josh Dugan for the Blues' State of Origin opener against Queensland at the end of the month.

Hayne and Jamal Idris were the shock omissions, as Stuart unveiled the first line-up of his new reign, saying picking players in position was the key to his selections.

Penrith's Michael Jennings has grabbed the left centre position, with Stuart refusing to move regular right-side man Idris, while Manly co-captain Jason King is something of a shock as a starting prop.

There are seven St George Illawarra players in the 17, including Origin debutants Jamie Soward, Trent Merrin and Dean Young.

Young has been named on the bench, with Canterbury's Michael Ennis winning the hookers jersey.

But the big shock is Hayne's omission, the 11-Origin superstar not even given the consolation of a wing spot, after being among the Blues' best in their lean, recent years.

Rising star Dugan, 21, will make his Origin debut, with Stuart and co-selector Bob Fulton refusing to consider playing anyone even slightly out of position.

Stuart could find no room for Idris, despite the dreadlocked giant making his Test debut a week ago and starring at left centre when Greg Inglis was injured.

Stuart said the choice was between Idris and Mark Gasnier on the right and he feels Gasnier is in better form than the Bulldogs young star.

Back in charge for the first time since 2005, Stuart said he had the side to beat Queensland in game one at Suncorp Stadium on May the 25th.