NRL Podcast: Maroons should forget the loyalty card
It's time for the Maroons to ditch the loyalty card.
If Jamie Soward was selecting the Queensland team for Origin I, Darius Boyd, Matt Scott and Michael Morgan wouldn't be in it.
Coach Kevin Walters has already lost 101 games worth of Origin experience from his side, following the retirements of Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk.
The Maroons would lose a further 58 matches of experience from a team that has won 11 of the past 12 series, if Soward was in charge.
"I think they're going to have to try and fight a little bit of fire with fire and New South Wales are going to pick up to 11 debutants," Soward told the NRL Podcast.
"I had to leave some people out. Scott, Morgan and Boyd are three guys that have done the job for Queensland.
"I don't know if you can have a couple of those guys that aren't in great form.
"They can make some subtle changes here Queensland, and still remain (with) their core.
"It's a pretty formidable side and then you bring the debutants in and around there and no one will let that Queensland jersey down."
Listen to the NRL Podcast to find out who made the cut in Soward's entire Queensland side for Origin I. The former New South Wales five-eighth has named four debutants.
Soward also delves into the Wayne Bennett and Craig Bellamy coaching debate and also previews what he has dubbed "the game of the year" between the Penrith Panthers and St George Illawarra Dragons on Saturday night.