Sunday 17 December 2017 / 07:18 PM

Maroons name side for Origin III

The Maroons will gamble on halfback Cooper Cronk, hoping the broken arm he suffered in Game I will fully recover in time for the dead-rubber at Suncorp next Wednesday.

Jacob Lillyman moves into the front-row to cover injured prop Matt Scott. Broncos captain Corey Parker walks back into the starting side. Aidan Guerra it also set keep his starting place, which pushes Matt Gillett to the bench – it is unclear why Gillett isn’t starting, as he did in the opening two games.

Josh Papalii, ruled out of Origin II with injury, has not been recalled despite a strong showing for Canberra on the weekend, allowing Dave Taylor to retain his bench spot.

Chris McQueen is out injured, but he was at long odds to remain in the side.

Will Chambers will make his Origin debut on the wing, beating out Dale Copley to replace veteran Brent Tate, who ruptured his ACL during Game II.

Origin Team for Game III, Wednesday 9 July, 8:00pm (AEST), Suncorp Stadium

1. Billy Slater

2. Darius Boyd

3. Greg Inglis

4. Justin Hodges

5. Will Chambers

6. Johnathan Thurston

7. Cooper Cronk

8. Jacob Lillyman

9. Cameron Smith (capt)

10. Nate Myles

11. Aidan Guerra

12. Sam Thaiday

13. Corey Parker

Interchange

14. Daly Cherry-Evans

15. Ben Te’o

16. Matt Gillett

17. Dave Taylor

Emergencies

Josh Maguire

Michael Morgan

See New South Wales article and line-up here.

 

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