NSW Origin coach Laurie Daley was shattered for Peter Wallace after a groin injury ruled the tough Panther out, but has backed Nathan Peats to do the job.
Halfback Mitchell Pearce has been recalled while Nathan Peats will make his State of Origin debut after New South Wales announced their team on Monday night.
Two former Maroons greats believe Queensland 18th man Johnathan Thurston is a good chance of taking on the Blues for the 37th time in a row.
Dane Gagai has told Newcastle Knights officials he will depart the club at season's end.
Gene Miles described it as the hardest decision in his 17 years as the Queensland Maroons Chairman of Selectors, so why did they leave out Billy Slater?
Panthers hooker Peter Wallace has missed out on NSW Origin selection after being ruled out for four to six weeks with a groin injury.
Roosters prop Dylan Napa and Broncos five-eighth Anthony Milford have both been selected in Queensland's starting 17 for State of Origin I.
Wests Tigers forward Sauaso Sue has been suspended for one week for a careless high tackle in his side's loss to the Broncos on Friday night.
All the key stats, breakout players and talking points from Round 11 of the National Youth Competition.
A host of Blues forwards and a pair of prospective Queensland halves play commanding roles for their teams over the weekend.