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.
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?
Roosters prop Dylan Napa and Broncos five-eighth Anthony Milford have both been selected in Queensland's starting 17 for State of Origin I.