QLD State of Origin Team Game 1 announced: 3 rookies!
The Queenslanders have become used to winning, but after a resounding defeat in 2018, is this the State of Origin team that can win back bragging rights?
No Cameron Smith. No Johnathan Thurston. No Billy Slater. No Cooper Cronk. No chance? Hardly! Queensland's dominant decade (or so) at the top may have come to an end last year as a young, exuberant NSW side won the series, but they're still right in the mix thanks to the announcement of a powerful side.
NSW has already picked a strong team, but the Queensland team has no shortage of talent. It features just the three rookies, ensuring that experience won't be an issue. Which reminds us: if you love your rugby league, make sure you check out our Top 50 Rookie Performances in State of Origin History.
But let's not beat around the bush: here's the Queensland State of Origin team for Game 1 at Suncorp Stadium on June 5.
1 Kalyn Ponga
2 Corey Oates
3 Michael Morgan
4 Will Chambers
5 Dane Gagai
6 Cameron Munster
7 Daly Cherry-Evans
8 Jai Arrow
9 Ben Hunt
10 Josh Papalii
11 Felise Kaufusi
12 Matt Gillett
13 Josh McGuire
14 Moses Mbye (Rookie)
15 Joe Ofahengaue (Rookie)
16 Dylan Napa
17 David Fifita (Rookie)
18 Tim Glasby
Will QLD win State of Origin in 2019?
The perception that Queensland is now a weak team after the retirement of so many big names is a half-truth. It may be a team with relatively less experience and, arguably, talent, but there are no shortage of superstars in the Queensland State of Origin team.
In fact, despite blooding three young rookies, QLD remains a more experienced team than NSW. Stalwarts like Daly Cherry-Evans, Matt Gillett, Josh Papalii, Josh McGuire, Michael Morgan, Will Chambers and Dane Gagai bring a tonne of State of Origin series wins to the table.
And despite being young, Cameron Munster, Kalyn Ponga and Corey Oates are in the conversation as the best in their positions across the NRL.
With NSW blooding more rookies for Game 1 of the 2019 State of Origin series, and the first game played at Suncorp, Queensland will be favourites. It's a long series, as we all know, but with Game 1 being so pivotal to a series victory, Queensland is currently the best bet.
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