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Sport Origin door not closed on Boyd: Walters

22:12  05 june  2018
22:12  05 june  2018 Source:

Walters faces tough call to Cherry-Evans

  Walters faces tough call to Cherry-Evans Queensland coach Kevin Walters says Daly Cherry-Evans deserves a call to explain his State of Origin snub after failing to give the No.7 a heads-up.Now Queensland coach Kevin Walters faces another tough call, vowing to phone Daly Cherry-Evans after admitting he did not give the playmaker a heads-up about his State of Origin snub.

The State of Origin door may not be closed for Darius Boyd after Billy Slater pushed the dumped veteran to be the next Queensland fullback. Queensland coach Kevin Walters did not rule out Boyd featuring.

Billy Slater insists the door is not closed on Darius Boyd 's decorated Maroons career and believes the State of Origin veteran will fight it out with rising star Kalyn Ponga for the No.1 jersey in 2019. Coach Kevin Walters said he would be happy to pick up the phone and ring Boyd this year.

Darius Boyd of the Broncos looks on during NRL Preliminary Final match in Melbourne, Australia.© Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Darius Boyd of the Broncos looks on during NRL Preliminary Final match in Melbourne, Australia. The State of Origin door is still open to Darius Boyd after Queensland coach Kevin Walters dismissed speculation the veteran brushed a chance to be in the Maroons camp in order to take a family holiday.

After initially overlooking Boyd for game one, it was reported Walters asked the 28 Origin veteran to still go into Maroons camp and train to cover for injury concern Billy Slater ahead of Wednesday's Origin opener.

There was speculation Boyd respectfully declined the request in order to take a break.

Hatred not an Origin motivation: Walters

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But coach Kevin Walters baulked at the suggestion the Maroons selectors had ditched their "pick and stick" policy that had led to 11 series wins in the past 12 years. Maroons selectors boss Gene Miles said the Origin door was not closed on Scott or Boyd .

Greg Inglis will captain a new-look Queensland side in this year's State of Origin series, with Darius Boyd and Matt Scott both snubbed. But it could be the end of the road for long-term servants Boyd and Scott, although Walters said the door wasn't totally shut on either of them.

With Boyd on holiday in New Zealand, Walters called in Brisbane's Anthony Milford and Newcastle's Kalyn Ponga as cover after Slater made a shock withdrawal with a hamstring injury on Monday.

But Walters insisted Boyd was not picked because he had failed to regain top form since a pre-season hamstring injury but would be considered in future.

"I have spoken to Darius about that. We just don't think Darius is quite at the level he knows he should be," he said.

"Certainly if Darius can get back up to the player he has been for Queensland, he will get back into this side.

"I did see a bit of talk about him going on holidays. It's nothing to do with that.

"Darius is a great member of this Origin family.

"He just needs to pick up his act in a few little areas and get back to the Darius Boyd we know, then he will be back in the side."

For the record, Milford got the nod over 20-year-old Ponga as Queensland's new bench utility with Michael Morgan slotted in at fullback for the injured Slater.

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