The stats snapshot for the NSW Blues heading into the opening game of the 2018 Holden State of Origin series.

0 – Number of NSW players remaining from the Blues team that won the series-deciding game two, 2014

4 – Origin games to have been held at the MCG, with the Blues holding a 3-1 record at the venue

8 – Sets of siblings who have represented NSW in State of Origin, with Jake and Tom Trbojevic following in the footsteps of Graeme and Peter Wynn, Steve and Chris Mortimer, Matthew and Andrew Johns, Mark and Matt Geyer, Matthew and Kurt Gidley, Glenn and Brett Stewart and Brett and Josh Morris. They are the fifth pair of brothers to play in the same team for the Blues.

11 – Number of Blues players making their Origin debuts in game one, the most since 1981

12 – Tries scored by Josh Add-Carr in the NRL this season (1st in the league)

18 – Number of wins by each state in State of Origin series openers

31 – Origin appearances by new Blues coach Brad Fittler, the most ever for NSW (ahead of Andrew Ettingshausen's 27 and Paul Gallen's 24)

39 – Number of combined Origin matches played by the 2018 Blues side – the most inexperienced NSW outfit since game one, 2004

69 – Dummy-half runs from new NSW hooker Damien Cook this season – the most in the NRL. Cook also leads the league for tackles (510)

146 – Points scored by the Blues in 2000, the most ever by one team in an Origin series

200.3 – Average run metres for James Tedesco in his four State of Origin appearances, the most of any player in the past decade

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