ORIGIN: Walters unveils new-look Maroons for Origin I
QUEENSLAND coach Kevin Walters will this morning unveil his Maroons side for the State of Origin series opener.
With Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk all retired from representative duty, it shapes as one of the most intriguing team selections in recent memory.
Walters was upbeat about Queensland's new guard during the announcement.
"I'm really excited for those players and what they can do now. It's their Maroon jumper"
Greg Inglis will captain Queensland, while Ben Hunt and Cameron Munster are the new-look halves pairings. Hooker Andrew McCullough, second-rower Felise Kaufusi and bench forward Jai Arrow are the debutants.
Among the many decisions made, he said it was "very difficult" to overlook Matt Scott.
"He's been playing some good football for the Cowboys but we just felt that it's in the best interests of the team, for game one, to go without him."
When asked about why Valentine Holmes got the nod over Darius Boyd and Corey Oates, he said: "Just at the moment we feel he's the best option for us on the left wing."
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