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THE staff writers have had their say on who they believe would make the various State of Origin sides.

Allies: Dougal Howard's ability to play at either end of the ground in key positions is handy, but he's behind a couple of others for those roles. Key forward Charlie Dixon would've been in the mix, but he's a number of weeks away from returning from a broken leg.

South Australia: Co-captain Tom Jonas would be a walk-up start if it wasn't for a calf injury. The same goes for vice-captain Hamish Hartlett (hamstring), while young defender Ryan Burton also has a hamstring injury. Scott Lycett and Justin Westhoff are strong chances, Connor Rozee's made an impressive start to his AFL career and Sam Gray is around the mark as a small forward.

Victoria: Former skipper Travis Boak is in career-best form and demands a spot in the midfield or half-forward. Robbie Gray would've been considered, but he has been battling a hand injury.

Western Australia: Ruck/forward Paddy Ryder would be in the WA side, while midfield bull Sam Powell-Pepper probably just misses out.

In a nutshell: A strong presence in the SA team, as expected, with a representative in the Victorian and WA sides as well.