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South Sydney winger Nathan Merritt has been called into the NSW VB Blues team for Game Two of the Holden State of Origin Series at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, on Wednesday June 26.

Its right up there, said Merritt.

I was shocked and surprised to be told that I was picked.

Its a joyful day and Im a bit teary about it.

To get the chance to represent my state is fantastic and I hope that Rabbitohs Members can get behind me as much as they do the three guys in the Queensland team.

Merritt will join the team ahead of todays training session at Coogee Oval.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs wish to congratulate Nathan on his selection and the very best of luck for his Origin debut.