Cameron Munster and Ben Hunt have both been called to the Queensland Squad for the State of Origin deciding game against New South Wales taking place on July 12.
The Brisbane Broncos scrum half and Munster will be replacing the injured Test stars Johnathan Thurston and Darius Boyd. The in-form Daly Cherry Evans has been left out of the squad.
The best of three games series is currently level after Queensland won the second game 18 – 16 over the Blues in Sydney towards the end of last month.
The Maroons coach Kevin Walters has said that Hunt will start the July 12 match from the interchange bench and that he will make a decision on Queensland’s new starting stand-off and centre.
A surprise and significant omission from the team was Manly Sea Eagles scrum half Cherry Evans. But Walters has defended his selection choices after Hunt was dropped to the Broncos reserve grade team a month ago.
Walters said that Cherry Evans’ “Origin career is well and truly alive” and that while the player was disappointed at not being selected, he was more disappointed with the media and what he considered to be a “pretty personal attack on him.”
Walters said that he fully supports Cherry Evans and that “These rumours and nonsense, this hogwash about him not fitting into the set-up, it couldn’t be further from the truth.”
Walters counterpart, Lauri Daley, has named an unchanged squad for the big game that is taking place at Suncorp Stadium where New South Wales won the first game 28 – 4. However, there will be some interruptions to his preparations as both Nathan Peats and Andrew Fifita are due to have babies over the next few days.