Maroons reveal starting line-up for Origin 3

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    Cameron Munster will make his State of Origin debut for the Queensland Maroons wearing the number six jersey, after coach Kevin Walters finalised his lineup for the series decider next Wednesday.

    Munster’s selection at five-eighth will see the Maroons go into the decider with an all-Melbourne spine, with club teammates Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith starting at fullback, halfback and hooker respectively.

    It was a move Smith had called for last Saturday, when he said the familiarity between the Storm players would help the Maroons cope with the absence of injured playmaker Johnathan Thurston.

    “With JT not being there now and being such a big game there’s no doubt having Cameron there inside Cooper, Billy and myself would help,” The Queensland skipper said.

    “On his performance and ability Cameron is more than up to playing Origin there is no doubt about it.”

    Munster’s selection in the halves in place of Thurston means the versatile Michael Morgan will take Darius Boyd’s position in the centres. Queensland’s other debutant, Ben Hunt, will come off the bench as the side’s utility player.

    Morgan is yet to play an NRL match at centre in his 116-game career, but spent time out in the flanks during Origin 2, setting up Dane Gagai’s match-winning try with a crafty offload that sent the flying winger past Blues centre Jarryd Hayne.

    Morgan will, however, line up on the other side of the field in Game 3, putting him opposite Hayne’s centres partner, Josh Dugan

    The Maroons also revealed their extra squad players ahead of the must-win clash at Suncorp Stadium on July 12; Felise Kaufusi of the Melbourne Storm has been named as the side’s 18th man, while Broncos hooker Andrew McCullough and Titans half Ash Taylor will also join the Queensland training camp.

    Queensland Maroons team for Origin 3
    Billy Slater, Valentine Holmes, Will Chambers, Michael Morgan, Dane Gagai, Cameron Munster, Cooper Cronk, Dylan Napa, Cameron Smith (capt), Jarrod Wallace, Gavin Cooper, Matt Gillett, Josh McGuire. Interchange: Ben Hunt, Josh Papalii, Coen Hess, Tim Glasby. 18th man: Felise Kaufusi.

    Daniel Jeffrey
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    Daniel is Editor of The Roar. You can catch him on Twitter @_d_jeffrey.

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    The Crowd Says (17)

    • Roar Guru

      July 6th 2017 @ 11:03am said | July 6th 2017 @ 11:03am | ! Report

      Hi Daniel,
      Why are you so certain to say: “Morgan will, however, line up on the other side of the field in Game 3, putting him opposite Hayne’s centres partner, Josh Dugan”?

      Will Chambers was in the top 3 players in G1 playing left centre, and played on that side last week against the Broncos for his club with Cam Munster next to him at 6.

    • July 6th 2017 @ 11:30am
      Roberto said | July 6th 2017 @ 11:30am | ! Report

      In Game 1, we witnessed the most inept kicking from Cronk and Smith in that second half.

      I’m afraid the Blues chasers will be making a bee-line for Cronk every 5th tackle, Munster must provide respite every other set to make it less predictable. The opening 30mns is crucial for the Storm 5/8 in this regard, it could be all over if Blues gain ascendency though this key aspect of play.

    • July 6th 2017 @ 11:47am
      kk said | July 6th 2017 @ 11:47am | ! Report

      Can Kaufusi play for the Storm on Saturday night? If not, the Eels are a chance.

      Kaufusi is a weapon designed to create havoc. I’d love to see him in the 17.

      • July 6th 2017 @ 12:39pm
        Albo said | July 6th 2017 @ 12:39pm | ! Report

        Spot on Max ! NSW should be most thankfull that Kaufusi is not in the QLD run on side, especially with him fitting in so neatly into the Storm set up that is the QLD team. Gillett & Hess have rightly earned the right hand edge spots for QLD, but Kaufusi has the skills of both these two with the added value of spine familiarity & existing combinations. I too hope he is free to play for the Storm as he is in my SC team.

      • Roar Rookie

        July 6th 2017 @ 2:51pm
        Joe said | July 6th 2017 @ 2:51pm | ! Report

        I really hope he plays for the Storm, they’re decimated enough as it is!

        • July 6th 2017 @ 8:32pm
          kk said | July 6th 2017 @ 8:32pm | ! Report

          Albo and Joe ,

          He is free to play with the Storm and then goes straight into Origin camp.

    • July 6th 2017 @ 1:25pm
      Kreig said | July 6th 2017 @ 1:25pm | ! Report

      Good choices all round.

    • July 6th 2017 @ 1:31pm
      Cald said | July 6th 2017 @ 1:31pm | ! Report

      Not entirely sold on this, I would have thought Munster would be more suited to the centres.

      I think we might see Munster/hunt going to dummy half on last to give options of cronk or Smith for kicks. They are the two best kickers Qld have if they fire

    • July 6th 2017 @ 2:18pm
      Kreig said | July 6th 2017 @ 2:18pm | ! Report

      Let’s make Origin in a World Cup year especially interesting; the winning team becomes the Kangaroo team!

      Or, to add even more interest to the World Cup and showcase to fringe nations THE best of rugby league, why not have an Australian A and an Australian B team; the winning Origin state is Kangaroos A, the losing state Kangaroos B.

      Think of the excitement and revenue generated by this prospect!

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