Qld Maroons call in Ben Hunt ahead of Game 1

The Queensland Maroons have called Ben Hunt into the squad and he’s on his way to Townsville today.

The side confirmed the news this morning after backup hooker Reed Mahoney injured his shoulder in the Eels win over Newcastle yesterday.

The Maroons have since been granted a player exemption to get Ben Hunt in as the 19th man.


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Hunt played two games for Queensland in last year’s series.

He’s on his way to join the squad in Townville today, ahead of Origin game one on Wednesday night.

Meantime, there are still question marks around whether Dane Gagai will line up for the side, after he was diagnosed with tonsilitis over the weekend.

He’s been isolating and trying desperately to recover in time.

Related article: Tonsillitis has Gagai in Origin doubt

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