Boyd Cordner will make his Origin debut at just 21 years of age, the New South Wales Rugby League has tweeted.
Boyd’s elevation from an extended bench into the final 17 follows the injury to Blues captain Paul Gallen, who was unable to recover from a stress fracture in his foot in time for Wednesday’s decider.
His injury set off a domino effect in which Robbie Farah was named captain, Aaron Woods was promoted from the extended bench to the starting squad and Josh Reynolds was demoted from benchwarmer to 18th man after coach Laurie Daley ascertained that Farah could play the full 80.
This left a spot open on the bench for the former Old Bar Pirate, and the NSWRL tweeted this at 6PM on Friday:
It’s a rapid rise for the young backrower, who now ranks among the top forwards in the NRL and who many regard as a future captain not just of the Roosters, but for NSW.
His spot was believed to be largely dependent on the fitness of starting backrower Greg Bird, who looks likely to play after managing an ankle injury.
He is the fifth Rooster to be named to an Origin squad this year alongside Blues teammates Mitchell Pearce, James Maloney and Michael Jennings, and Queenslander Marty Kennedy — who was named 18th man for the Maroons in game two but suffered a hyper-extended knee in the game prior and was ultimately ruled out.