Daniel Tupou has continued on from a successful 2013 season, in which he made his Tongan debut and also claimed an NRL Premiership, with selection in Brad Fittler's City Origin side for Sunday's clash with Country.

Tupou is the lone Rooster to be named in both Squad's for the annual clash with Head Coach Fittler handing the 22 year-old his first appearance for the City slickers.

Halfback Mitchell Pearce has been overlooked for the clash with the NSW Blues incumbent playmaker likely to be named in NSW's side for the opening Origin clash after faith shown by Blues Coach Laurie Daley.

Daley, speaking back in March, said Pearce's retention in the Blues side was all but assured.

"He's a better footballer than he was this time last year," Daley said.

"The experience of winning a grand final, winning tight games for the club - I think he's just happy with the way he's performing. He hasn't placed any outside pressure on himself, internally he knows what he can do and what he wants to do.

"He's showing that on the field, he's been really good actually. Tremendous."

Asked if he will be retained as the Blues No.7, Daley said: "I couldn't see anyone at the moment playing any better than him. I couldn't see any reason why he wouldn't be there."

Injured duo Michael Jennings (City) and James Maloney (Country) were not considered due to injury.


CITY: Matt Moylan, Daniel Tupou, Will Hopoate, Dylan Walker, Jorge Taufua, Josh Reynolds, Adam Reynolds, Andrew Fifita, Beau Falloon, Aaron Woods, Tony Williams, Ryan Hoffman (c), Wade Graham, Jamie Buhrer, Aidan Sezer, Tim Grant, Trent Hodkinson