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QLD Maroons 2024


Queensland Rugby League can today confirm Matt Ballin will join the Queensland Maroons coaching team for the 2024 State of Origin series.

As a proud Queenslander who has worked with the Origin team on game days as well as the state’s Under 19 team, Ballin is well credentialed to take on a greater responsibility with the Maroons following Cameron Smith’s decision to step down from his assistant coaching role.



Queensland Maroons Pre-Season Squad
Jai Arrow South Sydney Rabbitohs
AJ Brimson Gold Coast Titans
Kurt Capewell New Zealand Warriors
Pat Carrigan Brisbane Broncos
Daly Cherry-Evans Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Xavier Coates Melbourne Storm
Selwyn Cobbo Brisbane Broncos
Lindsay Collins Sydney Roosters
Reuben Cotter North Queensland Cowboys
Tom Dearden North Queensland Cowboys
Tino Fa'asuamaleaui Gold Coast Titans
Beau Fermor Gold Coast Titans
David Fifita Gold Coast Titans
Thomas Flegler The Dolphins
Moeaki Fotuaika Gold Coast Titans
Dane Gagai Newcastle Knights
Tom Gilbert The Dolphins
Harry Grant Melbourne Storm
Valentine Holmes North Queensland Cowboys
J'maine Hopgood Parramatta Eels
Corey Horsburgh Canberra Raiders
Ben Hunt St George Illawarra Dragons
Felise Kaufusi The Dolphins
Heilum Luki North Queensland Cowboys
Ezra Mam Brisbane Broncos
Cameron Munster Melbourne Storm
Jeremiah Nanai North Queensland Cowboys
Corey Oates Brisbane Broncos
Kalyn Ponga Newcastle Knights
Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow The Dolphins
Murray Taulagi North Queensland Cowboys
Sam Walker Sydney Roosters
Reece Walsh Brisbane Broncos
Christian Welch Melbourne Storm

Matt played QLD dummy half in Smith's stead for one game in 2010. Without checking, by memory I think it was Game 1 in Sydney. QLD won. That 2010 series was our most recent 3 game clean sweep.


All news.

See Eligible Players.

Wonder if Howarth & Te Kura will be removed from the eligible players list?
I would like to see Braydon Trindall in Maroon. At the end of his career he will have deserved at least as many qld jerseys as Milford


Hess definitely out for the year. The season proper hasn't even started and we've lost 1 probable run on and a depth player.


I don’t think we will need any more middle forwards than Tino, Flegler, Cotter, Carrigan, Mo, Hopgood, Horsburgh, Collins, and Welsh for the whole series. Three in a row: here we go
I can't wait for Kalyn to resume playing in a QLD jersey.

Game 3 in Brisbane piles the pressure on the Blues to shut QLD out with victories in both G1 and 2. One slip up where the Blues buckle under the pressure will set up a nightmare decider at Suncorp. A first time Origin coach will be PR massaged as an advantage by the Blues press but they aren't being coached by one of Origin's best ever players.

Kalyn will provide attacking options equally as potent as Reese Walsh. He has an exemplary running, kicking and passing game so expect fireworks from him however he is utilised.

We are probably in the best position leading into a series that we have been in since 2017. It should be a cracking series. QLD 3 in a row in 2024!

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