Friday, 17 November, 2017

Walters to finalise Qld side on Thursday

Lucia Summers | 15 June, 2017, 04:23

Sam Thaiday has been punted.

Coach Kevin Walters noted that while axing so many long-time Maroons was a hard call, the time was right to transition the Queensland side to a new generation of Maroons.

The last time Queensland made six or seven changes to their 17 was way back in the second game of 2002.

He is also toying with blooding regular fullback Darius Boyd in the centres after Billy Slater returned to reclaim his No.1 jumper.

Jarrod Wallace's hit on Blake Ayshford. "I guess it could be a little bit of trying to get in the New South Wales psyche there".

"The return of Thurston will be taking the pressure off Cooper.

He has done well for Queensland", Holmes said.

"It's no secret we got beat up through the middle, our forwards didn't aim up, so we've made some changes there", Walters said. Our forwards didn't aim up. "It's about getting some more games under my belt and making a decision".

"It was all part of our plan".

"I wasn't too disappointed (missing out on game one). Kevvie's very keen to give him (Holmes) a crack at the big stage which we've got no doubt he'll handle".

They feel he adds some welcome aggression, size and youth to the squad and will thrive in the physical contest.

Flag Day ceremony at American Legion
The American flag was authorized by Congress on June 14, 1777, now known as Flag Day . "I was an Army nurse", Schultz said.

"When I look at this side again I look back to game one and I just couldn't believe that's the side they picked when you look at the threat that this (new) side possesses", he said on the Grill Team.

"He is the current Australian winger. He's a genuine flyer".

NSW can wrap up the series on home soil in Sydney a week on Wednesday and Daley is delighted to be able to call on the players who produced such a glittering display in the opener.

Slater would have been forgiven for thinking his 27-game Origin career was over after being controversially overlooked for last month's game one, with selectors retaining Darius Boyd at fullback.

Johns' Grill Team co-host, former NSW enforcer Mark Geyer, said Walters should always have been allowed to have the final say on who walked out onto the Suncorp Stadium turf two weeks ago.

Another who will be given this same opportunity is Tim Glasby.

The biggest name to go will be that of Thaiday.

But Green insists he will not stand in the way of Maroons coach Kevin Walters picking Hess, saying the Cowboys back-rower will spearhead Queensland's pack for the next decade.

Oates was a workhorse for Queensland in the opener, scoring a try and nearly being the exclusive kicking target of Mitchell Pearce. "That's not going to change", Thurston said after Eels trio Scott, Daniel Alvaro and Kenny Edwards peppered him with a series of defensive shots.

There will be the predictable cries of the Maroons "eating their own" but most of those left out are veterans, such as Nate Myles and Jacob Lillyman, that have been fine servants for the cause over the years.

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