Rugby league: Queensland sweat on stars' health, as State of Origin shifts to Townsville

  • 31/05/2021

Queensland coach Paul Green has taken a gamble with his squad for the State of Origin opener on June 9, selecting several players under injury and suspension clouds.

Newcastle Knights star Kalyn Ponga has been named at fullback, despite missing the last three rounds of NRL action with a groin injury.

Melbourne Storm Cameron Munster has also missed three weeks with a foot injury but has still been selected to start in the halves for the Maroons next week.

Teammate Harry Grant is poised to make his impact off the bench, although a hamstring injury has put him out of action for the last few games.

Parramatta Eels hooker Reed Mahoney and North Queensland Cowboys wing Kyle Feldt have both been named as potential debutants.

Green will also be sweating on Felise Kaufusi's judiciary appearance on Tuesday night, as the Storm forward faces a ban for tripping that may rule him out of Origin I.

South Sydney's Jaydn Su'a or North Queensland's Coen Hess have been named as contingency options, as has AJ Brimson for Ponga.

Meanwhile, the NRL has confirmed that game one has been moved from the Melbourne Cricket Ground to Townsville's Queensland County Bank Stadium due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria.

Melbourne will now host games in 2024 and 2026.

Queensland squad for game one: Jai Arrow, AJ Brimson, Kurt Capewell, Daly Cherry-Evans, Xavier Coates, Tino Fa’asuamaleaui, Kyle Feldt, David Fifita, Moeaki Fotuaika, Dane Gagai, Harry Grant, Coen Hess, Valentine Holmes, Felise Kaufusi, Reed Mahoney, Cameron Munster, Joe Ofahengaue, Kalyn Ponga, Jaydn Su’A, Christian Welch.

Join us at 9:30pm Wednesday June 9, for live updates of State of Origin I