Monday 19 February 2018 / 01:10 PM

Cherry-Evans replaces Cronk in Qld line-up

Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans has been recalled by the Queensland Maroons, replacing the injured Cooper Cronk for Holden State of Origin II at the MCG on June 17.

The addition of Cherry-Evans is the only change made by Maroons coach Mal Meninga as his side attempts to seal the series against the NSW Blues in Melbourne.

Melbourne Storm halfback Cronk, who kicked the match-winning field goal in the Maroons’ 11-10 win over the Blues in game one, is out of action for three to four weeks with a knee injury.

“Unfortunate circumstances for Cooper, he would have loved to play at this great venue,” Meninga said.

“Daly Cherry-Evans has been there before and he will be looking forward to the challenge.”

Maroons captain Cameron Smith said he was looking forward to having Cherry-Evans in the squad for the whole week leading into game two.

Storm fullback Billy Slater missed his club side’s win over Penrith on Saturday as he nurses a shoulder injury, but was named by Meninga in the No.1 jersey.

Cowboys five-eighth Michael Morgan retains his spot on the bench, while the Maroons have also brought in Josh Papalii, Dane Gagai and Korbin Sims to train with them in Melbourne this week.

Queensland team for Origin II

1 Billy Slater

2 Darius Boyd

3 Greg Inglis

4 Justin Hodges

5 Will Chambers

6 Johnathan Thurston

7 Daly Cherry-Evans

8 Matt Scott

9 Cameron Smith

10 Nate Myles

11 Aidan Guerra

12 Sam Thaiday

13 Corey Parker


14 Michael Morgan

15 Josh McGuire

16 Matt Gillett

17 Jacob Lillyman

18 Josh Papalii

19 Dane Gagai

20 Korbin Sims

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