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Maroons team for the successful 2021 Origin series

isaiah

Bench
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Ten or more debutants in an upset winning after-season series in 2020. Injuries to certain selections then in David Fifita and Kalyn Ponga tested our depth. Lots of perceived no-names stood up for the jersey and the fans, as per the forty years of history. Patrick Mago looked good for a bench spot in today’s game.
 
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Watched J.Wallace have a good game for the Tits on Fri night.
He Napa & Pap should have been the backbone of our pack the last few years .
Auto selections.
Only Pap has been the consistent one & an auto selection .
Even if Wallace has an outstanding start up till SOO he has missed the boat.
The new players are well in front of him
 

Big Pete

Referee
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Fullback
Corey Allan - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
AJ Brimson - Gold Coast Titans

Wing

Xavier Coates - Brisbane Broncos
Kyle Feldt - North Queensland Cowboys
Valentine Holmes - North Queensland Cowboys
Ronaldo Mulitao - Cronulla Sharks
Corey Thompson - Gold Coast Titans
Hymel Hunt - Newcastle Knights

Centre

Dane Gagai - South Sydney Rabbitohs
Tesi Niu - Brisbane Broncos
Tom Opacic - Parramatta Eels
Phillip Sami - Gold Coast Titans
Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow - North Queensland Cowboys
Enari Tuala - Newcastle Knights

Five Eighth

Lachlan Lam - Sydney Roosters
Kurt Mann - Newcastle Knights
Anthony Milford - Brisbane Broncos
Michael Morgan - North Queensland Cowboys
Cameron Munster - Melbourne Storm
Moses Mbye - Wests Tigers
Corey Norman - St George Illawarra Dragons
Ash Taylor - Gold Coast Titans

Halfback
Daly Cherry-Evans - Manly Sea Eagles
Jake Clifford - North Queensland Cowboys
Brodie Croft - Brisbane Broncos
Jamal Fogarty - Gold Coast Titans
Ben Hunt - St George Illawarra Dragons

Prop
Lindsay Collins - Sydney Roosters
Tom Flegler - Brisbane Broncos
Moeaki Fotuaika - Gold Coast Titans
Dunamis Lui - Canberra Raiders
Francis Molo - North Queensland Cowboys
Joe Ofahengaue - Wests Tigers
Josh Papalii - Canberra Raiders
Jarrod Wallace - Gold Coast Titans
Christian Welch - Melbourne Storm

Hooker
Jake Friend - Sydney Roosters
Reed Mahoney - Parramatta Eels
Andrew McCullough - St George Illawarra Dragons
Jake Turpin - Brisbane Broncos

Second Row
Kurt Capewell - Penrith Panthers
Andrew Davey - Manly Sea Eagles
Mitchell Dunn - North Queensland Cowboys
David Fifita - Gold Coast Titans
Coen Hess - North Queensland Cowboys
Felise Kaufusi - Melbourne Storm
Josh Kerr - St George Illawarra Dragons
Jaydn Su'A - South Sydney Rabbitohs

Lock
Patrick Carrigan - Brisbane Broncos
Reuben Cotter - North Queensland Cowboys
Tino Fa'asuamaleaui - Gold Coast Titans

Interchange
Jai Arrow - South Sydney Rabbitohs
Ethan Bullemor - Brisbane Broncos
Jake Granville - North Queensland Cowboys
Keegan Hipgrave - Gold Coast Titans
Corey Jensen - North Queensland Cowboys
Patrick Mago - South Sydney Rabbitohs
Josh McGuire - North Queensland Cowboys
Tom Mikaele - Wests Tigers
Dylan Napa - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Tyson Smoothy - Melbourne Storm
Ben Te'o - Brisbane Broncos
 

Big Pete

Referee
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Jaxson Paulo is another who could potentially be eligible as well depending if he fits the criteria. He's a Nerang Roosters junior but was born in Auckland so it will come down to what age he moved and really what he and the selectors want to do. I can't see him in the mix at this stage especially with his history with concussions.

It's a shame what happened to Andrew Davey. He was an outside chance but to have that opportunity of NRL stardom snuffed out by injury is very cruel.

I'd say the biggest story of the weekend for the Maroons was the form of Fifita and what he did to his ex-team. His first try really opened up the floodgates and he put the result beyond doubt early in the second half. It was an encouraging performance from Big Dave and for the Maroons sake I hope it spurs him on. He's a freakish talent but at this stage I think he'll be better coming off the bench for the Maroons than being a starter and having to assert himself physically in the opening stages.
 

Desert Qlder

First Grade
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1. AJ Brimson
2. Xavier Coates
3. (???)
4. Dane Gagai
5. Val Holmes
6. Cameron Munster
7. Daly Cherry-Evans
8. Christian Welch
9. Harry Grant
10. Josh Papali'i
11. David Fifita
12. Felise Kaufusi
13. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui

14. Kalyn Ponga
15. Lindsay Collins
16. Jai Arrow
17. Kurt Capewell

Forward pack is ridiculously good. Left centre is a gaping black hole. Ponga strong chance to start I guess, then not sure who is the best option to go on bench. Probably still Brimson and shift Ponga into the line.
 

davi

Juniors
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Watched J.Wallace have a good game for the Tits on Fri night.
He Napa & Pap should have been the backbone of our pack the last few years .
Auto selections.
Only Pap has been the consistent one & an auto selection .
Even if Wallace has an outstanding start up till SOO he has missed the boat.
The new players are well in front of him

Yeah I've noticed Jarrod Wallace is going well as well. He seems to cut the crap out of his game of giving away stupid penalties and yapping with the opposition players. He has put his down and he's bum up and is working hard. Moeaki Fotuaika is now coming of the bench because Wallace has been going too well for the Titans.

Dylan Napa comes off contract at the end of year from the Bulldogs and faces the chopping block from reports. Not exactly a sign that he's in a riveting form at the moment.
 

DeeJ

Bench
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Corey Allan has been playing centre for the Bulldogs recently. I didn't think he was great on debut for QLD last year but he seems to be a pretty solid option to keep an eye on.
 

DeeJ

Bench
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Corey Allan has been playing centre for the Bulldogs recently. I didn't think he was great on debut for QLD last year but he seems to be a pretty solid option to keep an eye on.
 

ALX25

Juniors
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770
Collins, Carrigan & Friend all gone. Unfortunately that centre spot is still an issue and will be for a few more years I suspect.
 

Desert Qlder

First Grade
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Carrigan was never in the frame.

As good as Collins has been, front row is one position we can cover. A shame to lose him though he was excellent last year and looked to be better this year.

Friend was exceptional but Grant is the future, and Mahoney not far behind.

Opacic may be worth a look at centre, options are slimmer than a fly shit.
 

MightyMoo

Juniors
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744
1. AJ Brimson
2. Xavier Coates
3. (???)
4. Dane Gagai
5. Val Holmes
6. Cameron Munster
7. Daly Cherry-Evans
8. Christian Welch
9. Harry Grant
10. Josh Papali'i
11. David Fifita
12. Felise Kaufusi
13. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui

14. Kalyn Ponga
15. Lindsay Collins
16. Jai Arrow
17. Kurt Capewell

Forward pack is ridiculously good. Left centre is a gaping black hole. Ponga strong chance to start I guess, then not sure who is the best option to go on bench. Probably still Brimson and shift Ponga into the line.
Good side.. should be close minus Collins
 
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Strong squads....

Barring injury I’d suggest that Qld have the better forwards while NSW have the better backs..

But all that opinion and logic goes out the window when a game starts..

I’m looking forward to this series, very interesting to see how things pan out..
 

Big Pete

Referee
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28,274
Round 9 Update

Fullback

Corey Allan - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
AJ Brimson - Gold Coast Titans
Kalyn Ponga - Newcastle Knights
Reece Walsh - Warriors

Wing
Xavier Coates - Brisbane Broncos
Kyle Feldt - North Queensland Cowboys
Valentine Holmes - North Queensland Cowboys
Hymel Hunt - Newcastle Knights
Ronaldo Mulitao - Cronulla Sharks
Corey Oates - Brisbane Broncos
Jonas Pearson - Gold Coast Titans
Corey Thompson - Gold Coast Titans

Centre
Jesse Arthars - Brisbane Broncos
Javid Bowen - North Queensland Cowboys
Dane Gagai - South Sydney Rabbitohs
Sebastian Kris - Canberra Raiders
Tesi Niu - Brisbane Broncos
Justin O'Neil - North Queensland Cowboys
Tom Opacic - Parramatta Eels
Phillip Sami - Gold Coast Titans
Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow - North Queensland Cowboys
Enari Tuala - Newcastle Knights

Five Eighth

Tanah Boyd - Gold Coast Titans
Tom Dearden - Brisbane Broncos
Lachlan Lam - Sydney Roosters
Lachlan Lewis - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Kurt Mann - Newcastle Knights
Anthony Milford - Brisbane Broncos
Michael Morgan - North Queensland Cowboys - Retired
Cameron Munster - Melbourne Storm
Moses Mbye - Wests Tigers
Corey Norman - St George Illawarra Dragons
Ash Taylor - Gold Coast Titans
Braydon Trindall - Cronulla Sharks

Halfback
Daly Cherry-Evans - Manly Sea Eagles
Jake Clifford - North Queensland Cowboys
Brodie Croft - Brisbane Broncos
Jamal Fogarty - Gold Coast Titans
Tyson Gamble - Brisbane Broncos
Ben Hampton - North Queensland Cowboys
Ben Hunt - St George Illawarra Dragons
Sam Walker - Sydney Roosters

Prop
Lindsay Collins - Sydney Roosters - Injured
Tom Flegler - Brisbane Broncos
Moeaki Fotuaika - Gold Coast Titans
Coen Hess - North Queensland Cowboys
Dunamis Lui - Canberra Raiders
Francis Molo - North Queensland Cowboys
Joe Ofahengaue - Wests Tigers
Josh Papalii - Canberra Raiders
Jarrod Wallace - Gold Coast Titans
Christian Welch - Melbourne Storm

Hooker
Jake Friend - Sydney Roosters - Retired
Harry Grant - Melbourne Storm
Reed Mahoney - Parramatta Eels
Benjamin Marschke - Sydney Roosters
Andrew McCullough - St George Illawarra Dragons
Jake Simpkin - Wests Tigers
Jake Turpin - Brisbane Broncos

Second Row
Kurt Capewell - Penrith Panthers
Ben Condon - North Queensland Cowboys
Andrew Davey - Manly Sea Eagles - Injured
Mitchell Dunn - North Queensland Cowboys
Beau Fermor - Gold Coast Titans
David Fifita - Gold Coast Titans
Felise Kaufusi - Melbourne Storm
Josh Kerr - St George Illawarra Dragons
Jaydn Su'A - South Sydney Rabbitohs
Shane Wright - North Queensland Cowboys

Lock

Patrick Carrigan - Brisbane Broncos - Injured
Reuben Cotter - North Queensland Cowboys - Injured
Tino Fa'asuamaleaui - Gold Coast Titans
Josh McGuire - St George Illawarra Dragons

Interchange

Jai Arrow - South Sydney Rabbitohs
Ethan Bullemor - Brisbane Broncos
Jake Granville - North Queensland Cowboys
Tukupa Hau Tapuha - Sydney Roosters
Keegan Hipgrave - Gold Coast Titans
Corey Horsburgh - Canberra Raiders
Corey Jensen - North Queensland Cowboys
Trent Loiero - Melbourne Storm
Patrick Mago - South Sydney Rabbitohs
Tom Mikaele - Wests Tigers
Dylan Napa - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Darryn Schonig - Melbourne Storm
Tyson Smoothy - Melbourne Storm
Ben Te'o - Brisbane Broncos - Injured
 
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