Young gun's freezeout continues as NSW unveil team

Young gun’s freezeout continues as NSW unveil team

New South Wales will take an unchanged team into the second women’s State of Origin game.

The Sky Blues beat Queensland 22-12 at Suncorp Stadium last week to take the early series advantage.

On Friday, coach Kylie Hilder unveiled her line-up for the second tie, to be played in Newcastle on June 6.

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The unchanged team means young Newcastle playmaker Jesse Southwell remains on the outer.

Southwell starred in last year’s Origin series and has led the Knights to consecutive NRLW premierships, but was snubbed for game one this year.

Parramatta halfback Rachael Pearson was instead given the job and performed well in the NSW victory.

Pearson converted all three Sky Blues tries, while gun winger Jaime Chapman lit up Suncorp Stadium with an 80-metre try in the first half.

Watch the 2024 Women’s State of Origin series on Nine and 9Now.

NSW can clinch the series with a win in Newcastle, while the Maroons are hoping to send it to a decider in Townsville, with game three to be played up north on June 27.

SKYE BLUES SQUAD

1. Emma Tonegato (Cronulla Sharks), 2. Jaime Chapman (Gold Coast Titans), 3. Jessica Sergis (Sydney Roosters), 4. Isabelle Kelly (Sydney Roosters), 5. Tiana Penitani (Cronulla Sharks), 6. Corban Baxter (Sydney Roosters), 7. Rachael Pearson (Parramatta Eels), 8. Millie Elliott (Sydney Roosters), 9. Olivia Higgins (Newcastle Knights), 10. Caitlan Johnston-Green (Newcastle Knights), 11. Kezie Apps (Wests Tigers), 12. Yasmin Clydsdale (Newcastle Knights), 13. Keeley Davis (Sydney Roosters), 14. Taliah Fuimaono (Gold Coast Titans), 15. Olivia Kernick (Sydney Roosters), 16. Grace Kemp (Canberra Raiders), 17. Sarah Togatuki (Wests Tigers), 18. Jakiya Whitfeld (North Queensland Cowboys), 19. Kirra Dibb (North Queensland Cowboys), 20. Ellie Johnston (Cronulla Sharks). Coach: Kylie Hilder

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