• Roosters coach Trent Robinson has backed Latrell Mitchell to bounce back from a post-Origin break. (AAP)Source: AAP
NSW have made seven changes for State of Origin II in Perth, with Latrell Mitchell a shock axing.

Latrell Mitchell has been stunningly dropped as part of a whopping seven changes to the NSW team for State of Origin II.

First-gamer Cody Walker, along with veteran Josh Morris and Mitchell's Sydney Roosters team mate Angus Crichton have also been overlooked in what is a vastly different looking team.

David Klemmer (wrist), Payne Haas (hamstring) and Nick Cotric (ankle) are three forced changes after copping injuries over the past fortnight.

Blake Ferguson, Tom Trbojevic, James Maloney, Daniel Saifiti, Dale Finucane, Wade Graham and Tariq Sims have all been called in for the Perth game.

Trbojevic and Jack Wighton are in the centres, while debutant Saifiti will start at prop. Melbourne Storm's Finucane will make his Origin debut off the bench.

'Not the end of the world': NSW Blues star seeks redemption in the west
A number of NSW Blues players have been singled out for their performance in last Wednesday's 18-14 State of Origin loss to Queensland, but speaking exclusively on NITV's flagship Rugby League show Over the Black Dot, Latrell Mitchell says critics have to keep things in perspective.

Blues coach Brad Fittler was one of many who criticised Mitchell for a sub-par game in the series opener in Brisbane, publicly questioning the motivation levels of the superstar after the match.

And while there was widespread speculation the Sydney Roosters' centre was dealing with some off-field issues, Fittler insisted his decision was purely on form.

"The biggest (factor) was we had expectations up at Suncorp and he made sure he didn't meet those expectations," Fittler said on Sunday night.

"We really need our players to work hard for each other and, at the end of the day, Queensland wanted it more than us which is a bit of a shame.

"Latrell, he's a bit of a consequence of that.

"His week (preparing for game one) was fantastic. It was nothing to do with anything off the field - it was purely on the field."

Latrell Mitchell's battle to keep bush footy alive
With rugby league registrations faltering in rural New South Wales, Latrell Mitchell is determined to keep the game's spirit alive by nurturing up-and-coming First Nations talent.

On Sunday, Mitchell scored two tries as part of an individual 18-point haul in the Roosters' big win over Canterbury. Fittler announced his changes to the Blues line-up during the game.

"It's the hardest thing I've had to do," Fittler said of Mitchell's axing.

"The great thing was he scored a couple of tries today and let's hope he gets his smile back and his swagger and it won't be too long before he's playing rep footy."

Halfback candidate Mitchell Pearce had been widely tipped for a dramatic recall but was ruled out early on Sunday due to hip and cork issues. Haas was also unavailable after picking up a hamstring injury.

Fittler admitted Crichton was only in the team to cover for an underdone Tyson Frizell in game one, and that Morris was a victim of Trbojevic's return from injury.

He also said Maloney had earned a recall over Walker after an upswing in form over the past few weeks for Penrith, who have won four straight.

"He's had some pressure on him," Fittler said.

"The last two games, he's been great. He won the game with a field goal in the last five minutes on the weekend, and set up a try earlier in the game as well.

"I think he made sure he understands that he needed to play better at the start of the year and we had expectations of how he should've been playing.

"It's come to this now. I think the pressure's helped him and he's come good."