Cameron Munster 7. David Klemmer and Jake Trbojevic (bench) are the others likely to survive from the forwards, which will include three Dragons in Tyson Frizell, Jack de Belin and Paul Vaughan (bench). NRL great Matty Johns believes Queensland’s willingness to invest in youth at the expense of older players signals the Maroons’ realisation they need to rejuvenate a team that has lost its best players in recent years. 7.5, 3. Earlier in the day the team appeared at a  public signing session in Brisbane's Queen Street Mall, where they also released the first Queensland Indigenous training jersey. 2. Dane Gagai 6. Probably needs to start in game three on the left edge. In defence and in attack, showed the most energy of the Queensland forward pack. 1min41 – The time it took for Sam Thaiday … POSSIBLE 2018 NSW REPS:Jake Trobjevic and Tom Trbojevic. Greg Inglis (capt) 4. Queensland coach Kevin Walters refused to confirm whether he had axed loyal servants Darius Boyd and Matt Scott, but admitted “tough decisions” needed to be made when selecting the Maroons team for the State of Origin series opener. Jun 6th, 2018. One of the standout forwards for Queensland. The Maroons have axed veterans Matt Scott and Darius Boyd for the side to play NSW at the MCG in nine days. 3. Ivan Cleary 'so proud' of son Nathan after victory in State of Origin opener, State of Origin game one: NSW player ratings. Michael Morgan 15. ... North Queensland Cowboys. Norman has emerged as a genuine contender for one of the halves spots in 2018, following the representative retirement of Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk. Blues player ratings: State of Origin game two, Penalty try a bitter pill for beaten Maroons to swallow: Walters, Hunt adamant Cordner ran into him in lead up to penalty try. In the 2017 Origin series there was eight Queensland debutants who graduated from the Emerging camp just a few months earlier. Almost got Queensland home though with an otherwise promising debut once he was given room to move. “Bit worried about Euan Aitken’s passing game I think,” Geyer said on the Triple M Grill Team on Monday. “Maybe last Saturday night at Penrith Park was an actual Origin audition and if Penrith didn’t beat the Dragons so emphatically they (the Dragons) would have got a few more players in.”. Ben Hunt is under an injury cloud.Source:News Corp Australia. “Darius Boyd was disappointed but Valentine, some of the tries he scored in last year’s games still stay with me and just at the moment we feel he’s the best option for us on the left wing.”, Matt Scott didn’t do enough to convince Walters he should be in the team for the series opener.Source:Getty Images. Kalyn Ponga: Oddly used in the middle by Kevin Walters but the move proved costly early with Ponga conceding a penalty and six-again call that led to Blues tries. POSSIBLE 2018 QLD REPS:Billy Slater, Will Chambers, Cameron Munster andFelise Kaufusi. The Maroons appear a little light on … “I know he’s strong and tough but you’ve got to feed these wingers and that’s probably the one thing (missing). 6.5, Match Highlights: NSW 18 Queensland 14 - Game II, 5. Tyrone Peachey will also be a bench interchange, after he was preferred ahead of Dragons hooker Cameron McInnes. NSW debutants Angus Crichton and Damien Cook have revealed what it felt like when they received the news they would line up in the sky blue on June 6. Neat 40/20 late in the game gave Queensland a sniff. Experience playing with Hunt showed, even in his Maroons debut. Queensland had already been playing in their maroon jerseys each year against New South Wales in their sky blue before the split in rugby football between union and league took place. Valentine Holmes, 3. Player ratings for the Queensland Maroons from game two of the 2018 State of Origin series. AFL news: Geelong defeats Brisbane Lions, Matthew Richardson... AFL news: Wayne Carey blasts North Melbourne over Rhyce Shaw... NRL news: Penrith Panthers defeat South Sydney Rabbitohs 202... AFL Finals 2020: Patrick Dangerfield throw outrage against B... NFL news 2020: Christen Harper, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit,... Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. Missed a tackle attempt on Josh Addo-Carr's try then backed it up with the penalty try effort on Boyd Cordner. Don't have an account? Walters was confident in Inglis’s ability to take on his added leadership responsibilities as captain, especially with Slater alongside him to help out. A NOTE ABOUT RELEVANT ADVERTISING: We collect information about the content (including ads) you use across this site and use it to make both advertising and content more relevant to you on our network and other sites. Experienced Eels five-eighth Corey Norman is one of just 11 players to be named in the 2018 squad of potential future State of Origin players. State of Origin 2018: The players your club may lose to rep footy. Total of 10 missed tackles. However, speaking on the Big Sports Breakfast on Monday morning, Walters revealed Broncos hooker Andrew McCullough would take the place of the recently-retired Cameron Smith, beating out challengers Jake Friend and Jake Granville for the vacant No. Daly Cherry-Evans … Billy Slater (c) 2. Felise Kaufusi: Looked dangerous early but could only manage three carries in the second half as the Maroons kept throwing the ball past him. Billy Slater 2. Had a tackle break, more than 40 post-contact metres and totalled almost 120m, then made 37 tackles. Hard to see him retained for game three. Meanwhile Queensland’s list of rookies will be significantly shorter, but changes will come in the crucial positions of halfback and hooker. “He’s got lots of experience and I think he’d be the obvious choice to come in and do his job for Queensland.”. Andrew McCullough takes over dummy-half duties following Cameron Smith’s representative retirement and Ben Hunt will start at halfback, where he’ll be partnered in the halves by Cameron Munster. “I was sitting with my family and he (Fittler) gave me a buzz. QUEENSLAND TEAM. The body is finished with performance bind along the hem and the wide sleeve cuffs provide a comfortable fit. Here’s why. Walters said Arrow’s form was impossible to ignore and the 22-year-old thoroughly deserved his first Origin call-up. IN 2017 QLD SQUAD:Cooper Cronk andDylan Napa. 1. ... key positions have opened up in the Maroons squad. 6. “Corey Norman is a player who has been on our horizon for some years and we feel the time is right to bring him in,” Walters said. He also said young gun Nathan Cleary’s temperament would ensure he’s not overawed by the occasion. Walters dismissed the line of thinking that dumping the Queensland icons showed a lack of loyalty. Watch the brand new comedy series Code 404 now on Stan. IN 2017 QLD SQUAD: Justin O'Neill, Michael Morgan, Johnathan Thurston, Gavin Cooper and Coen Hess. NRL great Matty Johns believes Queensland’s willingness to invest in youth at the expense of older players signals the Maroons’ realisation they need to rejuvenate a team … “He’s been playing some good football for the Cowboys but we just felt that it’s in the best interests of the team, for game one, to go without him,” Walters said. Greg Inglis will take on even more responsibility now Cameron Smith is gone.Source:Getty Images. Offered little in attack. Josh McGuire Interchange: 14. GAME 1: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6 - MCG, MELBOURNE, GAME 2: SUNDAY, JUNE 24 - ANZ STADIUM, SYDNEY, GAME 3: WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 - SUNCORP STADIUM, BRISBANE. Valentine Holmes 3. Will Chambers 5. Cowboys trio Coen Hess, Michael Morgan and Gavin Cooper made the cut despite North Queensland sitting second last on the ladder with just three wins from 12 matches. Expected Queensland halfback Ben Hunt is struggling with a corked thigh. Jai Arrow. 1. Everyone will be waiting to see who will take over the captaincy from the retired Smith. Scott will have to overcome a shoulder charge suspension to play in the match, but the Courier Mail reported on Sunday night he wouldn’t be selected anyway following a poor start to the season with North Queensland. Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. The Origin hype train is going full steam ahead with Queensland axing loyal veterans ahead of this year’s series opener. “He is a player of the future so it is good news for Maroons fans that he has confirmed his allegiance with us.”. F Share T Tweet Q SMS W WhatsApp B Email G J Tumblr L LinkedIn. “Kevvie Walters — to bed down combinations — is going to want him to start training right away but I don’t think he’s going to be able to. Walters said Scott missed out because he needs more football under his belt to find his best form, but it was “very difficult” to overlook him. There was no room for Darius Boyd.Source:AAP. Advertisement. 7.5, 15. The Queensland rugby league team represents the Australian state of Queensland in rugby league football. That’s a little tricky for Kevvie, exactly what to do there.”. Dylan Napa: Stronger performance up front but was only used for 35 minutes, needs to own the game in defence more. Despite his finger being heavily strapped he was a constant worry for the Blues. It features debutants-to-be Jai Arrow, Felise Kaufusi and Andrew McCullough. “This year we’ve gone with the team we think can produce for Queensland. Tedesco exploited holes in the Maroons defence and Kaufusi was one of the culprits with eight missed tackles. Queensland's captain, Mike Dore, left the rugby union establishment to play the new Northern Union brand of football in 1907 and his decision to switch codes influenced many other Queensland union players including his brother, to join the rugby league ranks. POSSIBLE 2018 NSW REPS:Josh Addo-Carr, Curtis Scott, Dale Finucane. Chalked up 224 metres in a fine winger's effort. Walters said on radio on Monday morning picking injured players for Origin had “backfired” in the past and he would steer clear of choosing stars whose fitness was in doubt. Lattrell Mitchell and James Roberts are the expected NSW centres, meaning Dragons centre Euan Aitken will miss out. Nationwide News Pty Limited Copyright © 2020. 1. IT’S official — Queensland coach Kevin Walters has axed some of the Maroons’ most decorated Origin stalwarts. Join the conversation, you are commenting as, news.com.au — Australia’s leading news site. NSW and Queensland will usher in the biggest changing of the guard in State of Origin history when teams are announced today. The changing of the guard will be accentuated even further if coach Kevin Walters opts against selecting veterans Matt Scott and Darius Boyd, who have played a further 49 games between them. Kevin Walters has spoken of the emotional moment he told Queensland players he was stepping aside just five weeks out from the State of Origin …