27 Jun 2011

Stuart names extended squad for Origin 3

6:04 am on 27 June 2011

The NSW rugby league coach Ricky Stuart has taken the unusual step of naming a 20-man squad for next week's State of Origin decider in a group that includes Wests Tigers prop Keith Galloway.

Galloway was the bolter in the expanded squad, Stuart admitting he would take as long as required to settle on his final 17 with injury concerns over Kurt Gidley and Michael Jennings while eight players have to come through Monday night's St George, Manly clash.

Gidley is battling a hamstring complaint while Jennings hasn't played since injuring ankle ligaments in round 13.

While Galloway's call-up for what would be his first Origin clash is a long overdue reward for consistent form, the other new face for the series is Manly backrower Glenn Stewart, who has not played for the Blues since his only two appearances in 2009.

Galloway's inclusion gives Stuart an extra prop at his disposal after the Blues went with a more mobile unit for their stunning game two victory.

NSW Squad: Paul Gallen (capt), Greg Bird, Ben Creagh, Michael Ennis, Keith Galloway, Mark Gasnier, Kurt Gidley, Jarryd Hayne, Michael Jennings, Luke Lewis, Tim Mannah, Trent Merrin, Anthony Minichiello, Brett Morris, Mitchell Pearce, Beau Scott, Jamie Soward, Glenn Stewart, Akuila Uate, Anthony Watmough.