State of Origin 2 live blog: NSW Blues v Queensland Maroons

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Cody Walker will start for the Blues after being used off the bench in Origin I. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The State of Origin shield goes on the line tonight when the NSW Blues take on the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium.

For the Blues, it’s a chance to fight back into the series and set up a decider after a shock loss in the opener at Adelaide Oval.

For the Maroons, it’s a chance to lock up their first series win since 2017. It would be their 12th victory in 16 series.

The stage is set for a blockbuster with verbal barbs already traded.

Under-pressure NSW mentor Brad Fittler emphatically hit back at critics by claiming: “People will always use the popularity of Origin to bring attention to themselves, or their agendas.”

Veteran Maroons coach Wayne Bennett said the Blues are taking a risk changing their halves: “It’s not what you really want because you have such a short preparation and everybody is a bit new to each other.”

Despite their loss in the opener, the Blues ($1.32) are overwhelming favourites over Queensland ($3.50).

Start time: 8.10pmWhere: ANZ Stadium, Sydney

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