Tevita Pangai Junior is the most unexpected New South Wales selection in years and the ultimate State of Origin wildcard

Of all the State of Origin teams in all the towns in all the world, Tevita Pangai Jr could only walk into Brad Fittler’s.

The Bulldogs forward is not just the biggest New South Wales bolter of Fittler’s coaching tenure, he’s one of the most unexpected selections in recent State of Origin history.

It’s the kind of call only a combination of injuries to a host of Blues forwards and Fittler’s penchant for thinking outside the box could provide. And now, with Pangai Jr set to start in the front row next weekend at Adelaide Oval, New South Wales will play their ultimate wildcard.

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