State of Origin II is upon us and with it, some important decisions for Dream Team coaches.


With the series on the line, Queensland will be giving it everything as the Blues aim to secure their first series win since 2005.


Representative Dream Team offers coaches the opportunity to select a team of six, covering all positions, from either the Blues or the Maroons. Best of all, theres no salary cap.


Best of the Bunnies

Earning a call up to the Blues, Nathan Merritt has been hailed as one of the most popular selections in State of Origin history.


No one can argue this, especially considering his recent form.


The Maroons have retained all three of their Rabbitohs stars (Greg Inglis, Ben Teo and Chris McQueen), with the latter earning a spot in the starting line-up.


GI will be out to prove he has the goods as a centre to make his expected impact.


After a quiet first 60 minutes in game one, rest assured he will be looking for the ball from the outset.


Will you choose the consistent approach by selecting players who score well every week, or will you take the risk of selecting a game breaker, who has the potential to post a massive score?


The Consistent Coach Approach

WFB: Billy Slater He has finally hit some club form this season and will be up for a huge game.


The Maroons will be looking for better team effort than in game one however Slater is one of few players whose individual brilliance can win matches.


CTR: Greg Inglis The games best player will be out for redemption. Every smart coach will have him at centre.


HLF: James Maloney Proving he has the goods at representative level after a solid Origin debut, Maloney deserves the consistency tag over Cooper Cronk for game two.


HOK: Cameron Smith Mr Dream Team, Smith is the most reliable player in the game. His high workload in the middle will be rewarded with a superb score.


FRF: Paul Gallen Despite only playing 50 minutes in game one, Gallen still outscored the other props. Recovered from injury, he should see more game time this time around.


2RF: Luke Lewis Lewis was the only forward, with the exception of the hookers, to play the full game in Origin I.


Minutes played proved a strong indicator of Dream Team points, with Lewis outscoring his positional peers.


The Risk Takers Approach

WFB: Nathan Merritt One of the best finishers in the game, Merritt could snatch a couple of tries if NSW manage to score out wide.


Hes waited a long time for his State of Origin debut and will make the most of it.


CTR: Greg Inglis Just get him!


HLF: Jonathan Thurston Bouncing back from the groin injury he carried into the first game, Thurston will be full of confidence and out to silence the critics of not only his own form, but also the Thurston-Cronk halves pairing.


HOK: Robbie Farah He can contend with Smith for Dream Team points and will most likely be a Blues fan favourite.


There is a question mark over how Farahs fractured cheek bone will handle the physicality of Origin football.


FRF: Nate Myles His positional shift into the middle should mean a higher tackle count as the Blues work the ball forward around the ruck.


Gallen is the best option, but after the fireworks in Origin I, passionate Queensland fans could want another option.


Who better than Myles? He wears the workhorse tag with pride.


2RF: Corey Parker An NRL Dream Team stalwart, coaches know what Parker is capable of.


He averaged 1.33 points per minute played three weeks ago and a starting berth should see Parkers time in the middle increase.


A couple of final points worth noting: your captain receives triple points and your vice-captain receives double.


The table below will assist coaches in analysing the players State of Origin I scores, minutes played and points per minute.


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