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Dale Finucane has shown he has what it takes to make Laurie Daley’s NSW side this year.

Over the opening 10 rounds of this season Finucane has shown he is not only worthy of wearing a Blues jersey but would thrive in it if given the chance.

The Storm lock has made 37 tackles per game this season and over the past month has gone to another level, averaging 143 metres.

Be at AAMI Park when we take on the Panthers, Saturday 4 June, 7:30pm.

In the City-Country clash, a game put on to test the credentials of NSW hopefuls, Finucane was a standout for the second straight year. He finished that game with 149 metres from just 51 minutes of playing time.

However forget the stats for a minute, they only tells half of Finucane’s Origin story.

At 24 years of age, the boy from Bega, NSW is approaching the peak of his career.

Finucane displays the exact of toughness upon which the State of Origin arena is built on.

A selfless, committed footballer, the Junior Kangaroos rep displays the hard-nosed approach that would further add to the Blues play in that area.

Much has already been written and spoken about in relation to Origin selection this year.

The name Dale Finucane has so far been left out of the majority of those discussions but he is the type of player that typifies Origin footy and deserves to be there on the biggest stage.

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