James Tedesco was the State of Origin hero for New South Wales Blues and earned effusive praise from coach Brad Fittler.
Despite seeing a 12-point lead disappear in the second half, New South Wales still beat Queensland thanks to James Tedesco's late try.
NSW Blues will have home support as they hope to build on victory in Perth last time out and beat Queensland in the State of Origin decider.
After losing seven series in a row versus Queensland Maroons, Mitchell Pearce's NSW Blues recall gives him another shot at Origin glory.
North Queensland Cowboys captain Michael Morgan does not recall having a head injury assessment last week, but says he is "all good".
New South Wales' Nathan Cleary must sit out the final State of Origin game in 2019 after failing to recover in time from an ankle injury.
The Maroons included Corey Norman and Christian Welch in their squad for the State of Origin decider.
Scans confirmed Kalyn Ponga is battling a calf strain, putting him in doubt for Queensland's decider against New South Wales.
Playmaker Nathan Cleary was due to undergo a scan to discover the extent of the damage done to his ankle in State of Origin II.
Queensland Maroons were hammered 38-6 by New South Wales Blues in State of Origin II, much to the chagrin of coach Kevin Walters.