9 Jun 2010

Gidley to captain Blues from bench as Hayne cleared of headbutt

6:27 am on 9 June 2010

The NSW rugby league selectors have dumped skipper Kurt Gidley to the bench after Jarryd Hayne was given a State of Origin reprieve by the NRL judiciary on Tuesday night.

Hayne was found not guilty of headbutting Melbourne and Queensland rival Billy Slater and will take his place as NSW fullback for Wednesday week's second match of the series in Brisbane.

Hayne's let off means Gidley will captain NSW from the bench with recalled five-eighth Trent Barrett to lead the side onto the paddock as his deputy.

However the Blues were struck a different blow with Luke Lewis found guilty of a dangerous throw - costing the Penrith star a fifth Origin start.

Lewis joins prop Jason King, fullback Josh Dugan and game one debutant Jamal Idris in being omitted from the 21-man squad, the Blues side featuring six new faces from last weeks defeated side.

St George Illawarra centre Beau Scott will make his Origin debut, while halfback Mitchell Pearce and lock Paul Gallen have also won starting berths.

Nathan Hindmarsh and Luke O'Donnell have had their representative careers resurrected and will play from the bench.