Walsh out of Origin, NRL investigating Mulitalo’s eligibility

Queensland’s State of Origin preparations have been thrown into disarray at the last minute after young gun Reece Walsh was ruled out.

But selectors could be scrambling to find a replacement with a massive question mark over the eligibility of the man who has been called up to take his place in the side.

Walsh was rubbed out of Sunday night’s clash after injuring his hamstring during Saturday’s captain’s run meaning his fairytale debut will have to wait.


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Valentine Holmes will switch to fullback where he played in game one, while 19th man Ronaldo Mulitalo will make his debut on the wing.

But the NRL is reportedly investigating whether Mulitalo can take the field tonight after New South Wales officials questioned his eligibility to play for Queensland.

Under the rules, players must have lived in either New South Wales or Queensland before their 13th birthday to qualify for Origin.

New South Wales claims the Ipswich junior only moved to Queensland from New Zealand when he was 14.

Mulitalo has already played for the Queensland under-18 and under 20s sides.

The QRL believes the 21-year-old is eligible for Queensland but are now waiting for the NRL to give the green light.

If they don’t, selectors will have to look outside the squad for a replacement which could see Bronco’s winger Xavier Coates make a sudden return after being dropped following game one.