Thursday 22 February 2018 / 12:03 PM


Jarrod Wallace, Coen Hess, Valentine Holmes and Tim Glasby are set to make their State of Origin debuts for Queensland in Sydney next Wednesday, while Jake Trbojevic and Nathan Peats could hardly have been more impressive in their first outings for NSW in Game 1.

Commentary Box Sports is counting down the finest debut appearances in State of Origin’s 38 seasons, and next up we have blockbusting Brisbane winger Michael Hancock’s maiden appearance in the 1989 series opener.

Only 19 when he debuted for the Maroons, Hancock became the first player to score two tries in their first Origin appearance for Queensland.

The nuggetty Bronco made a long run in the lead-up to the Maroons’ first try, before positioning himself superbly to take an inside ball from Tony Currie and cross for their second. He powered through Broncos teammate Chris Johns to complete a debut double in the corner.

Hancock went on to play 14 Origins from 1989-96, scoring five tries and celebrating in two series victories.

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CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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