ORIGIN III | Lillyman start for Maroons
Vodafone Warriors prop Jacob Lillyman has claimed a starting spot in Queensland's side for the third State of Origin battle in Brisbane tomorrow week.
The 30-year-old Lillyman returned to Origin football for the first time since 2011 when he was used on the interchange bench in the 4-6 Origin II loss to New South Wales in Sydney, a result which gave the Blues their first series win in nine years.
Despite only 19 minutes on the field he made 85 metres from seven runs as well as 12 tackles without a miss.
He comes into the front row for the injured Matt Scott.
Lillyman has been in career-best form for the Vodafone Warriors this season. Named players' player of the day four times already this year, he was again outstanding in Sunday's 30-20 win against Penrith when he was the team's top ground gainer with 140 metres from 14 runs.
The full Queensland team is:
1 BILLY SLATER (Melbourne)
2 DARIUS BOYD (Newcastle)
3 GREG INGLIS (South Sydney)
4 JUSTIN HODGES (Brisbane)
5 WILL CHAMBERS (Melbourne)
6 JOHNATHAN THURSTON (North Queensland)
7 COOPER CRONK (Melbourne)
8 JACOB LILLYMAN (Vodafone Warriors)
9 CAMERON SMITH (Melbourne) captain
10 NATE MYLES (Gold Coast)
11 AIDAN GUERRA (Sydney Roosters)
12 SAM THAIDAY (Brisbane)
13 COREY PARKER (Brisbane)
14 DALY CHERRY-EVANS (Manly)
15 BEN TE'O (South Sydney)
16 MATT GILLETT (Brisbane)
17 DAVE TAYLOR (Gold Coast)
18 JOSH McGUIRE (Brisbane)
19 MICHAEL MORGAN (North Queensland)