State of Origin 2020, NSW Blues squad, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Eels NRL, David Klemmer, finals, team


In-form Parramatta forward Reagan Campbell-Gillard has revealed he will have to give serious thought before accepting or rejecting a State of Origin call-up for NSW.

The towering prop is almost a certainty of getting asked by Blues coach Brad Fittler to join the squad for the interstate series in November.

He played his sole Origin game in 2018 but his form for the Eels this season certainly warrants selection, alongside his front row partner Junior Paulo.

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But the 27-year-old told Nine News on Thursday he is tempted to turn down any offer to extend his season after Parramatta wraps up its campaign.



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NSW Blues squad, Brad Fittler, David Klemmer 2019 series, dropped


Axed Blues prop David Klemmer was dropped from Brad Fittler’s end-of-season Origin squad due to how he carried himself upon his recall to last year’s NSW outfit, it has been claimed.

The Knights prop was not named in Fittler’s preliminary group on Sunday along with Cronulla’s Wade Graham.

But speaking on NRL360 on Fox League, The Daily Telegraph’s Paul Kent said that the reason for Klemmer’s omission was due to the way he behaved last year.

Klemmer was part of the losing NSW side in game one of the 2019 series.

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A wrist injury ruled him out of game two and he was not included in the 17 for game two. Klemmer only returned for the series decider after Tariq Sims was banned.

And it is his behaviour around that time which is thought to have led to his omission by Fittler this year.

“Klemmer didn’t get picked because he carried on like a sour tart last year,” Kent said.

“Last year he didn’t get picked, then he was brought back in.

“Now the problem was they sat there and he sulked a bit in camp, one word answers. Yes, no, moped around.

“When the NSW brains trust sat down this year, they said this isn’t like other Origin series because we go into camp for game one and don’t go home until after game three.

“They sit there and thought given how he behaved in camp last year – how are we going to get on if he carries on like this if he doesn’t get picked in the first game?

“Then we’ve got to drag him through games two and three.

“They don’t want his negativity affecting the mood in camp. There were plenty of players who missed out on tours because the coach thought how the hell am I going to deal with it if one player gets a headache, we’ve all got to take a panadol.”

Graham, however, is reportedly willing to stick around and remain on standby should Fittler need him.

Panthers prop Moses Leota has emerged as a potential contender to fill in for Klemmer. Parramatta’s Junior Paulo and Reagan Campbell-Gillard are strong favourites to win a Blues berth.



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NRL 2020: NSW Blues squad, Brad Fittler, David Klemmer 2019 series, dropped


Axed Blues prop David Klemmer was dropped from Brad Fittler’s end-of-season Origin squad due to how he carried himself upon his recall to last year’s NSW outfit, it has been claimed.

The Knights prop was not named in Fittler’s preliminary group on Sunday along with Cronulla’s Wade Graham.

But speaking on NRL360 on Fox League, The Daily Telegraph’s Paul Kent said that the reason for Klemmer’s omission was due to the way he behaved last year.

Klemmer was part of the losing NSW side in game one of the 2019 series.

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David Klemmer snubbed as Fittler cuts three more NSW Blues incumbents”


In his first series in charge, Fittler was set to overlook Klemmer in favour of Ryan James, who had been booked on a plane from the Gold Coast to Sydney, only to change his mind at the 11th hour.

After missing Origin II in Perth, Klemmer was then initially left out for game three last year before being included following a suspension to Tariq Sims.

The news comes a week after Fittler left out Sims and Paul Vaughan, who both featured in NSW’s series victory last year.

Fittler added just two names to his squad on Sunday night, calling in Klemmer’s Knights teammate Daniel Saifiti and Dragons centre Zac Lomax as a replacement for the unavailable Tom Trbojevic, who withdrew this week through injury.

Fittler will continue to add players to his squad as teams are knocked out of the premiership race in the coming weeks. As it stands, six of the 27 spots in the squad have been filled. Saifiti and Lomax join Payne Haas, Tyson Frizell, Jake Trbojevic and Cameron McInnes.

The selected players will be permitted to temporarily leave the NRL bubble introduced this season because of the COVID-19 pandemic and will be required to maintain a level of fitness before re-entering the bubble again for the start of camp on the Central Coast on October 19.

NSW BLUES POTENTIAL 27-MAN SQUAD

Backs (nine spots)
Safe: James Tedesco, Josh Addo-Carr, Jack Wighton, Zac Lomax*
Fighting for five spots: Ryan Papenhuyzen, Clint Gutherson, Nick Cotric, Blake Ferguson, Daniel Tupou, Stephen Crichton, Campbell Graham

Halves and hookers (five-six spots)
Safe: Luke Keary, Nathan Cleary, Damien Cook, Cody Walker, Cameron McInnes*
Fighting for two-three spots: Mitchell Moses, Api Koroisau

Forwards (12-13 spots)
Safe: Payne Haas*, Tyson Frizell*, Boyd Cordner, Cameron Murray, Jake Trbojevic*, Daniel Saifiti*
Fighting for six-seven spots: Junior Paulo, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Dale Finucane, Nathan Brown, Ryan Matterson, Angus Crichton, Liam Martin, Isaah Yeo



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No room for Klemmer, Graham in Blues squad


NSW stars David Klemmer and Wade Graham are shock omissions from the extended Blues squad after it was announced on Sunday night.

The two mainstays as well as Origin series-winning halfback Mitchell Pearce were not named in Brad Fittler’s squad with names added at the end of each week in the finals.

Knights prop Daniel Saifiti and St George Illawarra centre Zac Lomax were both added to the list on Sunday night after Newcastle and Cronulla’s seasons ended.

Saifiti was called into the Blues squad for game two of last year’s series.

Lomax comes in as a replacement for the injured Tom Trbojevic for the series set to start on November 4 in Adelaide.

There was no room for 14-gamer Klemmer though, despite his outstanding season, while Fittler also overlooked the versatile Graham as his squad swelled to six.

Graham has played six games for the Blues, including the two winning games in last year’s series win.

It comes after fellow forwards Tariq Sims and Paul Vaughan missed selection at the end of the regular series, opening the door for Fittler to usher in a new-look forward pack.

NSW Blues extended squad:

Payne Haas (Brisbane Broncos), Jake Trbojevic (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles), Tyson Frizell (St George Illawarra Dragons), Zac Lomax (St George Illawarra Dragons), Cameron McInnes (St George Illawarra Dragons), Daniel Saifiti (Newcastle Knights).





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David Klemmer, Sate of Origin, NSW Blues, Brad Fittler, Daniel Saifiti, Zac Lomax


After five consecutive State of Origin series’ Newcastle prop David Klemmer has been axed from Brad Fittler’s NSW squad for the upcoming series.

Fittler updated his extended squad on Sunday night following the weekend’s finals fixtures. With Klemmer’s Knights bowing out of the series on Sunday night it meant he was free for selection.

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However, the 26-year-old Kangaroos prop missed out.

Klemmer has starred in 14 games for the Blues since his debut in 2015 and could be considered unlucky to miss out on selection.

His Knights teammate Daniel Saifiti was selected though after a breakout season earned him his Origin debut last year.

Following Tom Trbojevic’s withdrawal due to injury, Fittler also added Dragons centre Zac Lomax to the squad.

Another noticeable absentee is Sharks skipper Wade Graham.

The 29-year-old was recalled into the side last year but failed to hang onto his spot.

Saifiti and Lomax join Payne Haas, Jake Trbojevic, Tyson Frizell and Cameron McInnes who were named the Sunday before.

They will re-enter the player bubble to go into Origin camp on 19 October.



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NRL 2020: David Klemmer, Sate of Origin, NSW Blues, Brad Fittler, Daniel Saifiti, Zac Lomax


After five consecutive State of Origin series’ Newcastle prop David Klemmer has been axed from Brad Fittler’s NSW squad for the upcoming series.

Fittler updated his extended squad on Sunday night following the weekend’s finals fixtures. With Klemmer’s Knights bowing out of the series on Sunday night it meant he was free for selection.

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However, the 26-year-old Kangaroos prop missed out.



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