State Of Origin 2014 Game 2 Queensland Team

June 10th, 2014

Selectors have named an extended Queensland squad for game two of the 2014 State Of Origin Series that will be played at ANZ Stadium next Wednesday; with a number of key players under an injury cloud heading into the crucial clash.

All sixteen players that finished the opening game of the series for Queensland, after the injury to Cooper Cronk, have been included in the squad, while Ben Hunt, Anthony Milford, Sam Thaiday, Jacob Lillyman, Will Chambers and Willie Tonga have all been added to the extended squad.

Hunt and Milford have been included to cover for the injured Billy Slater and Daly Cherry Evans and both are a chance to make their State Of Origin debuts, while Tonga and Chambers could force their way into the side if Slater or Greg Inglis is ruled out.

Queensland Chairman Of Selectors Des Morris revealed that all of the injured Queensland stars believe that they will be fit in time for game two next Wednesday, but the selectors felt they needed to be 100 percent sure they had adequate cover for wide of different scenarios.

“All the guys believe they will be fit and ready to go but they’re obviously a bit biased and desperate to play,” Morris said.

“We need to make sure that if they’re not right, we’ve got sufficient cover there.

“With Greg getting injured in WA, he’s hopeful he’ll be right but others are saying he won’t be.

“We’ll let the medical staff get a good look at him and then come to a decision.

“Daly Cherry-Evans is under a bit of doubt so Ben Hunt is obviously going to be a chance and if Billy and Greg are both out, Anthony will come into the game somewhere so we’re covering all bases.

“We don’t want a disrupted camp where players are coming and going and nobody knows what’s going on.”

Canberra Raiders enforcer Josh Papalli was originally included in the squad, but was injured in his sides loss to the Brisbane Broncos last night and has been ruled out for four weeks; with his spot on the interchange bench set to be filled by State Of Origin regular Jacob Lillyman.

Thaiday missed game one due to injury, but will return at ANZ Stadium next weekend in the second row and either Matt Gillett or Chris McQueen will drop back to the bench.

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Queensland Maroons Team Game 2

1. Billy Slater, 2. Darius Boyd, 3. Greg Inglis, 4. Justin Hodges, 5. Brent Tate, 6. Johnathan Thurston, 7. Daly Cherry-Evans, 8. Matt Scott, 9. Cameron Smith (c), 10. Nate Myles, 11. Sam Thaiday, 12. Chris McQueen, 13. Corey Parker. Interchange: 14. Ben Te’o, 15. Matt Gillett, 16. Aidan Guerra, 17. Jacob Lillyman 18. Ben Hunt 19. Willie Tonga 20. Anthony Milford.