Queensland name team for Origin III

Queensland has named a 20-man squad for the State of Origin decider at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday, July 4.

North Queensland's Matt Bowen will cover for Billy Slater who is under an injury cloud, while Brisbane's Ben Te’o and Melbourne's Dane Nielsen have also been added for the Maroons.

Queensland coach Mal Meninga said he was in no rush to make a decision on Billy Slater, but is confident any of the 20 players named would play well on the night.

In-form Bulldogs fullback Ben Barba can consider himself a little unlucky to miss out on selection, with the Maroons opting for the experience of Bowen and his combination with Johnathan Thurston.

The selection of Nielson also gives Meninga the option of playing Greg Inglis at fullback, with the Rabbitohs star in breath-taking form since making the switch at South Sydney.

Both Queensland and New South Wales named their squads in alphabetical order, deciding to play ducks-and-drapes with their line-ups ahead of the most anticipated Origin game in recent memory.

The Queensland 20-man squad to take on New South Wales is:

Matt Bowen

Darius Boyd

Petero Civoniceva

Cooper Cronk

Matt Gillett

Ben Hannant

Justin Hodges

Greg Inglis

Nate Myles

Dane Neilsen

Corey Parker

Matt Scott

David Shillington

Billy Slater

Cameron Smith

Brent Tate

David Taylor

Ben Te’o

Sam Thaiday

Johnathan Thurston