Storm centre Dane Nielsen, a late inclusion for injured star Greg Inglis, will join Broncos winger Jharal Yow Yeh as the only two debutants in an experienced Queensland line-up announced today for game one of the 2011 Harvey Norman State of Origin series next week.
Nielsen, 25, and Yow Yeh, 21, who made his Australian debut two weeks ago, have been named in a starting 13 otherwise filled with incumbents from the 2010 Series, Queensland's record-breaking fifth consecutive Origin series win. The 2011 series opener takes place at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday week (May 25).
The only other changes to the team, announced at a corporate function at Brisbane's Royal on the Park, are the inclusion on the bench of forwards Corey Parker and Jacob Lillyman. The Broncos' Parker, 29, last played Origin in 2005, while the Warriors' Lillyman, 27, last played in 2008.
Inglis is believed to have been omitted on medical grounds after South Sydney had him undergo more scans on Monday.
The NSW VB Blues team was announced on Sunday and featured five debutants.
The XXXX Queensland team for Origin 1 is:
1. Billy Slater (Storm)
2. Darius Boyd (Dragons)
3. Dane Nielsen (Storm)
4. Willie Tonga (Cowboys)
5. Jharal Yow Yeh (Broncos)
6. Darren Lockyer (c) (Broncos)
7. Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)
8. Matthew Scott (Cowboys)
9. Cameron Smith (Storm)
10. Petero Civoniceva (Panthers)
11. Nate Myles (Roosters)
12. Sam Thaiday (Broncos)
13. Ashley Harrison (Titans)
14. Cooper Cronk (Storm)
15. Corey Parker (Broncos)
16. Jacob Lillyman (Warriors)
17. Ben Hannant (Broncos)
18th man: David Taylor (Rabbitohs)