Slater confirmed as Qld skipper, DCE gets Origin call up

UPDATE @ 10.30 AM: Billy Slater has been confirmed as Queensland captain for his final State of Origin match in next week’s dead rubber in Brisbane.

The veteran fullback will replace Greg Inglis who has been ruled out of Origin III with a broken thumb.

Queensland coach Kevin Walters was forced to make a number of changes to the side with several players struggling through injury.


Daly Cherry-Evans has been called into the side, ending his three-year exile from the side.

He has been named to replace Ben Hunt who moves to the bench for the July 11 clash.

Dylan Napa has been named as 18th man as he continues to struggle with a knee injury.

Titans star Jai Arrow has moved from bench to starting prop for Napa while Josh Papalii graduated to the starting front row.

Jarrod Wallace, who has come under pressure after underwhelming performances in the first two matches, has been moved to the bench.

Dane Gagai has been switched to the centres for Inglis with Brisbane’s Corey Oates recalled on the wing.

Boom rookie Kalyn Ponga won’t feature after suffering a hamstring injury.

Queensland: Billy Slater (c), Valentine Holmes, Dane Gagai, Will Chambers, Corey Oates, Cameron Munster, Daly Cherry-Evans, Jai Arrow, Andrew McCullough, Josh Papalii, Gavin Cooper, Felise Kaufusi, Josh McGuire. Interchange: Ben Hunt, Jarrod Wallace, Coen Hess, Tim Glasby. 18th man: Dylan Napa

EARLIER @ 8.00 AM: QUEENSLAND selectors have been forced to hold off on announcing the team for State of Origin III as they grapple with an injury crisis.

On Sunday night, the QRL confirmed Greg Inglis will not be available for selection for the July 11 dead rubber in Brisbane after breaking his thumb in South Sydney’s win over the Cowboys in Cairns.

It is expected Billy Slater will be handed the captaincy for his final Origin clash when the Maroons team is unveiled later this morning.

The news of Inglis’ injury came just hours after it was confirmed rookie superstar Kalyn Ponga was ruled out due to a hamstring injury.

Sydney Roosters prop Dylan Napa (knee) may also be an Origin III scratching.

There is speculation Daly Cherry-Evans could be called into the squad as halfback.