Queensland Maroons coach Kevin Walters has unveiled a new-look team to play the NSW Blues in Origin II at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Wednesday, June 21.
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 the opening match 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 one last month although the Gold Coast 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.
STATE OF ORIGIN II
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
8.00pm, Wednesday, June 21
1 BILLY SLATER (Melbourne Storm)
2 DARIUS BOYD (Brisbane Broncos)
3 WILL CHAMBERS (Melbourne Storm)
4 DANE GAGAI (Newcastle Knights)
5 VALENTINE HOLMES (Cronulla Sharks)
6 JOHNATHAN THURSTON (North Queensland Cowboys)
7 COOPER CRONK (Melbourne Storm)
8 JARROD WALLACE (Gold Coast Titans)
9 CAMERON SMITH (Melbourne Storm)
10 JOSH PAPALII (Canberra Raiders)
11 GAVIN COOPER (North Queensland Cowboys)
12 MATT GILLETT (Brisbane Broncos)
13 JOSH McGUIRE (Brisbane Broncos
14 MICHAEL MORGAN (North Queensland Cowboys)
15 DYLAN NAPA (Sydney Roosters)
16 COEN HESS (North Queensland Cowboys)
17 TIM GLASBY (Melbourne Storm)
COACH | KEVIN WALTERS