NSW Blues players pose for a team photo before State of Origin game one, with Stephen Crichton laughing in the middle.

Blues call up by Stephen Crichton is the story of State of Origin I for a good mood

While many 21-year-olds could have a hangover on Sunday morning, Penrith Panthers star Stephen Crichton drove his mother to church.

New South Wales coach Brad Fittler called the premiere winners to announce that he would represent his country in this year’s Origin series.

“It was really weird – even weirder when we had Mom there, we were in the car on the way to church,” Crichton told ABC Sport.

“His name appeared on the caller ID in my car, Freddy checked my concussion last week and clicked on who it was.”

“He told me the news and my mom was just over a month old and she started crying. Experiencing it was really weird too.”

The phone call was just as gratifying to Fittler, who said it was the best call he had made this year.


“He was with his mom, he was very excited and it’s always good to tell them they have their first jersey,” he said.

“I heard her [Crichton’s mum] she went crazy in the background. That is the beauty of this position; you can make some really good phone calls, and when you first see them coming to camp, it’s a real privilege. “

Crichton’s rise as one of the NRL’s most prominent players is undeniable, but the center said it did not expect an invitation to the NSW.

“I was really surprised, I just didn’t want to assume anything,” he said.

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