Maroons name State of Origin I team

first_img1. Billy Slater2. Valentine Holmes3. Greg Inglis (c)4. Will Chambers5. Dane Gagai6. Cameron Munster7. Ben Hunt8. Dylan Napa9. Andrew McCullough10. Jarrod Wallace11. Gavin Cooper12. Felise Kaufusi13. Josh McGuireInterchange:14. Michael Morgan15. Josh Papalii16. Coen Hess17. Jai ArrowCoach: Kevin WaltersGreg Inglis is the new Queensland captain, succeeding Cameron Smith, who announced his retirement from representative football earlier this month after 42 Origins for Queensland and 56 Test matches for Australia.Inglis has 30 Origin appearances to his name and has scored a record 18 tries.Don’t be fooled by claims Maroons are Origin underdogsInglis to lead Maroons with actions like BeetsonIt’s a new-look Queensland team with Smith, Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk all retiring from the representative scene, with Ben Hunt and Cameron Munster the new halves combination and Andrew McCullough starting at hooker.McCullough and forwards Felise Kaufusi and Jai Arrow will make their Origin debuts in game one before a crowd expected to be in excess of 80,000, with more than 55,000 general public tickets having already been sold.”I’m really excited for those players and what they can do now. It’s their Maroon jumper,” coach Kevin Walters said.Walters described halves Hunt and Munster as “the future of the Maroons”.One young gun to miss selection is Knights fullback Kalyn Ponga, with Michael Morgan preferred in the bench utility role.”No doubt he’s going to play for Queensland one day, just when that is I guess that’s in the hands of the football gods,” Walters said of Ponga.Broncos captain Darius Boyd missed selection after 28 Origin games for Queensland, with Valentine Holmes and 2017 player of the series Dane Gagai preferred on the wings, while veteran front-rower Matt Scott also missed out after 22 appearances for Queensland, with Dylan Napa and Jarrod Wallace preferred as starting props.”The worst part of my job is ringing those players (like Darius Boyd and Matt Scott) and letting them know they’re not in the team,” Walters said.”Scotty’s been playing good footy for the Cowboys but we just thought it was the best interests of the team to leave him out.”Matt Scott for mine needs to play some more football yet. I said to him by no means is he out of the picture and he can play a role in this Origin series.”He’s been playing some good football for the Cowboys but we just felt that it’s in the best interests of the team, for game one, to go without him.” Queensland selector Gene Miles acknowledged the combination of Origin’s all-time leading try-scorers Inglis and Boyd but argued Holmes’s form was more compelling.”Darius Boyd was disappointed but Valentine, some of the tries he scored in last year’s games still stay with me and just at the moment we feel he’s the best option for us on the left wing,” Walters added.”I am concerned about the goal kicking but Valentine’s kicked, Cameron Munster kicked and Ben Hunt has kicked some goals this year so we’ll be right.”‘The series opener at the MCG is expected to be played before a crowd in excess of 80,000, with more than 55,000 general public tickets having already been purchased.Witness Australia’s greatest sporting rivalry when Origin comes to the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday, June 6. Tickets available at read more

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