Newcastle Knights' leading tryscorer was named in New South Wales coach Laurie Daley's extended squad for the third Origin clash against Queensland and will win his second cap if Jarryd Hayne fails to recover from a hamstring injury.
"James is in good form," Daley said. "He's been there before."
The 27-year-old McManus, who was born in Banff, Aberdeenshire, emigrated to Australia as a youngster and, after being brought up in the Northern Territory, was picked up by the Knights. He made Origin debut in 2009 but was injured in the opening match and missed the rest of the series.
McManus is expected to make his Scotland debut in the World Cup later this year.
Parramatta wing or full-back Hayne is one of three players going into camp tomorrow under an injury cloud with skipper Paul Gallen and back-rower Greg Bird nursing foot and ankle injuries respectively.
South Sydney winger Nathan Merritt was axed in favour of Hayne after experiencing a difficult debut in the game two loss in Brisbane at the end of last month.
North Queensland prop James Tamou is recalled after he was stood down by the NRL for the last match after being arrested and charged with drink-driving.
Wests Tigers prop Aaron Woods is also named on an extended bench, along with Sydney Roosters back-rower Boyd Cordner.
The Blues are looking to win a first series since 2005.
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