Half­back dumped from Queens­land Ori­gin team

RUGBY LEAGUE

Kalgoorlie Miner - - SPORT -

Daly Cherry-Evans has been dumped from Queens­land’s State of Ori­gin III team.

Queens­land coach Mal Meninga could not find room for game two half­back Cherry-Evans in his 17 af­ter the re­turn of Ma­roons’ Cooper Cronk from a knee in­jury. North Queens­land’s Michael Mor­gan kept the bench util­ity spot ahead of Cher­ryE­vans who failed to im­press as start­ing half­back in the Ma­roons’ Ori­gin II 26-18 loss in Mel­bourne. There was spec­u­la­tion Cherry-Evans was on the outer af­ter the Manly play­maker at­tended a Sea Ea­gles cor­po­rate golf day rather than fly out for Bris­bane for Queens­land’s team an­nounce­ment on Mon­day.

Queens­land picked Cronk de­spite the half­back not play­ing since be­ing ruled out of the Ma­roons’ game two loss.

Can­berra gi­ant Josh Pa­palii was named as the bench for­ward re­place­ment for Bron­cos prop Josh McGuire (Achilles).

He played the last of his three Ori­gins in game one last year and his ex­pe­ri­ence edged out con­tenders Korbin Sims of New­cas­tle and Syd­ney Roost­ers en­forcer Dy­lan Napa.

Mean­while, New­cas­tle’s Dane Ga­gai will make his Ori­gin de­but at Sun­corp Sta­dium next week.

He slot­ted in at wing in a reshuf­fled back­line af­ter full­back Billy Slater’s shoul­der in­jury.

Greg Inglis moved to full­back with Will Cham­bers fill­ing his cen­tre va­cancy and rookie Ga­gai on the wing. Can­berra Raiders winger Edrick Lee has been named 18th man. Queens­land’s game three team: Greg Inglis, Dar­ius Boyd, Will Cham­bers, Justin Hodges, Dane Ga­gai, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Matt Scott, Cameron Smith (capt), Nate Myles, Ai­dan Guerra, Sam Thai­day, Corey Parker. In­ter­change: Michael Mor­gan, Josh Pa­palii, Matt Gil­lett, Ja­cob Lil­ly­man. 18th man: Edrick Lee AAP

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