Canberra playmaker Jack Wighton concedes Jarome Luai deserves the NSW No.6 jersey for the Origin series opener as he prepares to play in the back row for the first time.
Wighton, the 2019 Clive Churchill Medal winner and 2020 Dally M Medalist, has been a mainstay of Blues teams since coming off the interchange to replace Cody Walker at five-eighth early in the second half of the 2019 series opener.
The 28-year-old has been selected in the centres for every Origin since but with Tom Trbojevic and Latrell Mitchell both fit and in form, Wighton had been expected to play in the No.6 jersey.
However, NSW coach Brad Fittler opted for Luai alongside his Panthers halves partner Nathan Cleary and Wighton was told he may be used as a roving back-rower from the interchange unless the Blues lose a back to injury.
"I had a little chat to Freddy about it, and he said I need to be prepared for anything," Wighton said.