Parramatta Eels fullback Jarryd Hayne will play wing on the Blues State of Origin team tonight.
It will be Hayne's 14th appearance in the NSW team.
Ricky Stuart's Blues side hopes to break a six-year loosing streak.
After his selection he tweeted that he was "stoked to be named on the Origin team".
Hayne has been the Eels' best attacking weapon in 2012 and it is hoped he will prove to be a bright spark for the team.
The first game of the 2012 Origin series will be played in Melbourne's Etihad Stadium toinght.
NSW have chosen an extremely strong attacking team for the opening game of this year's State of Origin series.
They have taken some chances with this approach but it is a smart move. Picking defensive-based teams hasn't worked in the past.
Queensland, as expected, haven't taken any chances with their team.
The Queenslanders are very loyal. They sent Darren Lockyer out a winner last year and are hoping to do the same with Petero Civoniceva.
But Civoniceva is a 36-year-old front-rower and they have selected him to start the game. This is taking a chance, whether they know it or not.
NSW have more points in them than in previous years. And while scoring points is going to be important, the Blues must earn the right to score points by defending well and winning the battle of the forwards. Queensland are a great attacking team, maybe their best ever.
The problem for NSW, though, is that the Maroons are also a great defensive team. If this ''attack-oriented'' NSW team is going to win tonight, they must first match Queensland with great defence.
An improved attacking performance accompanied by a downturn in defence won't get Ricky Stuart and his team the result they desire.
However, if the Blues defend as though their lives depend on it, which I'm sure they will, they can take advantage of the attack at their disposal.
NSW can't fall into the trap of thinking they can only attack Queensland when they get to the Maroons' end of the field.
The Blues need to attack Queensland from their own end of the field in order to get on top of their forward pack.
Taking Queensland's forwards on in a war of attrition won't work and NSW know it. What will work though, as it did in game two last year, is playing a skilful, up-tempo game to run the big Maroons around. Civoniceva and his teammates are very comfortable tackling big players running straight at them.
What they don't like, however, is trying to tackle smaller, quicker players with footwork, or big players running off creative halves and dummy-halves. Moreover, the Queensland forwards hate dealing with late changes of direction.
This is NSW hooker Robbie Farah's bread-and-butter and he will have been encouraged to torment the Queensland forwards with his change of direction plays at every opportunity. If NSW get this part of their game right, they can run the Queenslanders ragged. They will tire out the Maroons forwards and win this battle.
Having achieved this, the final pieces of the puzzle for the Blues will be their kicking game and their attacking structure at Queensland's try line.
Good kicking is vital as NSW must continually give Queensland the ball deep in their territory. They must apply pressure to the Maroons with every kick.
Todd Carney and Brett Stewart are brilliant attacking players but the structure will need to suit their games. The Blues need to open up the field for Carney to play his best.
His awareness and speed across the field is rivalled only by Stewart's. If these two are given opportunities to combine they will lay on multiple tries for NSW's centres and wingers.
NSW will need to be perfect but that's what it takes to beat the best.