Coen Hess is set for his Origin debut.
Coen Hess is set for his Origin debut. Cameron Spencer

Queensland set to unleash Coen Hess on Blues

COWBOYS coach Paul Green has declared Coen Hess will be a 10-year Origin player as Queensland prepare to unleash the new-age Gorden Tallis on NSW in Game Two.

Hess is the poster boy for a regeneration of the Queensland side with the 20-year-old hulk to be named today for his Origin debut in the return bout at Sydney's ANZ Stadium on Wednesday week.

The 114kg wrecking ball has played just 22 NRL games, but clinched his maiden Maroons jumper with his 10th try of the season in North Queensland's 32-6 rout of the Eels on Saturday night in Darwin.

His club coach Green has come under fire for claiming Hess' baptism would be premature, with Maroons legend Tallis telling the Cowboys mentor to butt out of Origin selection matters.

But Green insists he will not stand in the way of Maroons coach Kevin Walters picking Hess, saying the Cowboys back-rower will spearhead Queensland's pack for the next decade.

"If you want to know the truth, I believe Hessy will be a 10-year Origin player," Green said.

"I'm not just saying that because of the criticism I've copped ... I have felt that way about Coen right from the start.

"Hessy would not let Queensland down.

"Physically, Coen would handle it, have a look at the size of him. He is a quality person as well.

"For me, it (Coen's selection for Origin II) would be more about the position he plays.

"Look at how much he has played in the NRL as an edge back-rower. Then look at how much he has played in the middle (of the field as a tight forward).

"That would be the only concern ... where Queensland would play him."

Hess has been wreaking carnage for some time. As a six-year-old, he was given $5 pocket money by his dad to smash down a chicken pen and the boy from Bundaberg is now destroying rival NRL defences.

Former Queensland utility Ben Ikin, Origin's youngest ever debutant at 18 years and 83 days, has no doubt Hess is ready, likening his raw physicality to former Maroons skipper Tallis.

Hess ran for 99m in a 46-minute cameo against the Eels and now has 10 tries in 13 games - placing him equal third on the NRL's tryscoring list with Broncos flier James Roberts.

The former Junior Kangaroo says he would relish just being part of an extended Queensland squad, but Walters has bigger plans for Hess in Origin II.

"I don't expect to be in the starting side," he said.

"I would probably be lucky to jag 18th man, but whatever happens, I'm just happy to play good football for the Cowboys.

"It has always been a dream of mine to play Origin, but I don't want to rush into things.

"Playing Origin this year wasn't my focus.

"I'm trying not to read into things too much. I'll just focus on the Cowboys and whatever happens, happens."

Cowboys teammate and Queensland centre Justin O'Neill believes the Origin arena will suit Hess' aggressive style.

"He is definitely up to the physical side of it," O'Neill said.

"Origin is based on the physical side of things and a player like Hessy can turn games.

"He could definitely handle an interchange role ... he has to be considered."

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