The three best Indigenous NSW and Queensland State of Origin players, as named by Ryan Walford and Jharal Yow Yeh

A composite image of Latrell Mitchell and Johnathan Thurston in Origin gear

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With this year’s NAIDOC Week now drawn to a close and the State of Origin decider looming, the time feels right to look back at some of the series’ best First Nations players.

For this task, who better to judge than two former Origin representatives?

In the blue corner is Ricky Walford, a former leading try-scorer for the St George Illawarra Dragons whose prolific reign lasted during the 80s and 90s.

And in the the red — or maroon — corner is former Kangaroo, Maroon and Indigenous All-Star Jharal Yow Yeh, who played 60 NRL games for the Brisbane Broncos.

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