Maroons make changes for Origin II
Queensland Maroons coach Kevin Walters has unveiled a new-look team to play the NSW Blues in Game II of the Holden State of Origin series at ANZ Stadium.
Tim Glasby, Coen Hess, Valentine Holmes and Jarrod Wallace have been selected to make their Origin debuts, while Billy Slater, Johnathan Thurston and Gavin Cooper are all back for the must-win match.
Cooper and Slater missed selection for Game I, but their impressive NRL form has got them over the line for the Sydney blockbuster.
Thurston is once again set to wear the No.6 Maroons jersey after a successful comeback from injury for the Cowboys last weekend.
The new quartet of Glasby, Hess, Holmes and Wallace all have experience in the Queensland system, having attended the QAS Emerging Origin camp on the Gold Coast earlier this year.
Wallace was 18th man for Game I last month, although the Titans forward will have to successfully challenge a judiciary charge if he is to play next Wednesday night.
Players omitted from Queensland’s Game I team are Corey Oates, Justin O’Neill, Anthony Milford (injury), Nate Myles, Sam Thaiday, Aidan Guerra and Jacob Lillyman.
XXXX Queensland Maroons
Billy Slater - Melbourne Storm
Darius Boyd - Brisbane Broncos
Will Chambers - Melbourne Storm
Dane Gagai - Newcastle Knights
Valentine Holmes - Cronulla Sharks
Johnathan Thurston - North Qld Cowboys
Cooper Cronk - Melbourne Storm
Jarrod Wallace - Gold Coast Titans
Cameron Smith - Melbourne Storm
Josh Papalii - Canberra Raiders
Gavin Cooper - North Qld Cowboys
Matt Gillett - Brisbane Broncos
Josh McGuire - Brisbane Broncos
Michael Morgan - North Qld Cowboys
Dylan Napa - Sydney Roosters
Coen Hess - North Qld Cowboys
Tim Glasby - Melbourne Storm
Coach: Kevin Walters