'Tides are turning': Why Latrell is ready to save NSW

Latrell Mitchell believes the adversity he's faced on and off the football field will hold him in good stead as he prepares for a second coming in the State of Origin arena.

After missing the past two series due to injury, Mitchell was selected for game two by coach Michael Maguire over the weekend in a bid to save the series for NSW.

The polarising Rabbitohs fullback was overlooked for the series opener, but with the Blues in desperate need of X-factor, Maguire had no choice but to recall the superstar.

And the call itself couldn't have come at a better time for the 27-year-old.

'tides are turning': why latrell is ready to save nsw

Latrell Mitchell speaks to the media during NSW Blues camp.

"It was on my birthday," Mitchell told 9News Sydney.

"It was probably one of the only presents I got, so it made me happy. I was with my family ... I love my family and having them listen in on it was pretty special."

Mitchell spent three weeks on the sidelines due to suspension this season, but his return at club land for the Bunnies has coincided with the side winning three-straight games.

While his two-year hiatus and constant speculation around his availability for this year's Origin series have been a bitter pill to swallow, Mitchell admits it will only help him.

"I had to overcome a lot of things," he said.

"It's made me more resilient and a bit smarter. Obviously situations happen for a reason, but the tides are turning and now I'm here."

Watch the 2024 State of Origin series exclusively live and free on Nine and 9Now.

He won't be the only Mitchell in the side for the must-win clash either, with in-form Parramatta star Mitchell Moses getting the nod to replace Nicho Hynes.

The halfback is hopeful his big-game experience at club and rep level will allow him to steer the ship for the Blues and keep the series alive.

"It's all the moments that you dream of as a kid," Moses said.

"As a halfback, you want to be in these situations. I've taken little bits out of the games I've played in and hopefully I can put that all together and take it into this game.

"It's a big opportunity for myself and the boys as well - it's not going to just be one player, it's gonna be all of us putting in a performance and hopefully we can do that."

Cameron Murray, Connor Watson and Dylan Edwards are the other fresh faces in the NSW lineup for game two, with former captain James Tedesco one of five omissions.

OTHER NEWS

40 minutes ago

Pride festival in Slovakia sees competition from 'family values' rally

40 minutes ago

Apple's next big product doesn't sound that convincing

40 minutes ago

IPL franchises to discuss retentions and salary cap with BCCI

40 minutes ago

AFL star penalised for podcast comments

40 minutes ago

War games resume as Italian jet crash recovery starts

40 minutes ago

How a cheap barcode scanner helped fix CrowdStrike'd Windows PCs in a flash

40 minutes ago

More than a DOZEN Yankees and Mets fans brawl during heated New York Subway Series matchup in the Bronx

40 minutes ago

Netanyahu to meet with Harris and Biden at crucial moment for US and Israel

40 minutes ago

Mina Smallman: ‘What happened to my daughters could happen again’

40 minutes ago

Glass of wine a day ‘may not be as good for you as some research suggests’

40 minutes ago

What do Kamala Harris’s favourite music and films tell us about her?

40 minutes ago

I have an addiction to scrolling on my phone as soon as I wake up – help!

40 minutes ago

How you can enjoy Las Vegas without spending a dollar in a casino

40 minutes ago

World first footage shows endangered shark struck by boat just hours after being tagged

58 minutes ago

Minecrafts Herobrine Creepypasta Explained

58 minutes ago

Farmers launch fresh campaign for NSW to cut daylight saving

58 minutes ago

Who is Riccardo Calafiori and why are Arsenal spending £42m on the Italy defender?

58 minutes ago

EXPLAINED: Why an N1 inbound lane is closed and causing a traffic nightmare in Cape Town

58 minutes ago

Friendly locals, lemon orchard hikes and mouthwatering food: Why I loved Spain’s lesser-known camino

58 minutes ago

Islanders sign defenseman Dennis Cholowski to a one-year deal

58 minutes ago

Harris campaign welcomes anti-Trump Republicans after Haley pushes back on group

58 minutes ago

Fears for Mercedes-driving woman Kristel Padget, 38, missing from Toowoomba for almost a week in 'out of character' disappearance

58 minutes ago

David Morrow funeral: Footy greats gather to farewell the legendary sports broadcaster

1 hour ago

Bus and train services extended on eve of National Day

1 hour ago

Taiwan sees flooding and landslides from Typhoon Gaemi, which caused 22 deaths in the Philippines

1 hour ago

A neurological disorder stole her voice. Jennifer Wexton takes it back on the House floor.

1 hour ago

Rangers sign 16 of their draft picks, including first-rounder Malcolm Moore from Stanford

1 hour ago

Blue Jackets GM eyeing short-term deal for free-agent forward

1 hour ago

Mariners treble-winning coach Mark Jackson re-signs

1 hour ago

Steelers start training camp with 3 players on injury lists

1 hour ago

FBI Is Not Fully Convinced Trump Was Struck by a Bullet

1 hour ago

Silicon Valley is divided over the election. Here’s which tech titans support Donald Trump—and which ones are pulling for Kamala Harris

1 hour ago

JD Vance, Much Like Trump, Is A Media Creation

1 hour ago

Fox News cut from Kamala Harris’ first campaign speech after she started bashing Trump

1 hour ago

Enzo Maresca's style is exposed in debut, set pieces challenge Blues, and Levi Colwill shows some fight: FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED as Chelsea can only draw with League One Wrexham

1 hour ago

Fears for Mercedes-driving woman Kristel Padget, 38, missing from Toowoomba for almost a week in 'out of character' disappearance

1 hour ago

Russian and Chinese bombers intercepted off of Alaska

1 hour ago

Mexican president to ‘friend’ Trump: close the US-Mexico border at your peril

1 hour ago

Andy Murray hasn't spoken to Emma Raducanu since Wimbledon withdrawal but insists: 'I'm not bitter'

1 hour ago

Intel is losing ground to AMD