Sport Slater to be named new Qld Maroons skipper

02:35  02 july  2018
02:35  02 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

State of Origin: Kevin Walters set to look towards 2019 series for game three

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Billy Slater will embrace the captaincy at Melbourne Storm this week but he won't be actively campaigning to fill Cameron Smith's shoes as Queensland skipper . Slater won’t be campaigning for the captaincy and will leave the decision-making up to Maroons coach Kevin Walters.

Billy Slater was named in an 18-man Queensland squad as he prepares to make his return in State of Origin on Sunday. Slater missed the Maroons ' 22-12 game-one loss to New South Wales earlier this month due to a hamstring injury.

Billy Slater talks to teammates during Origin II.© Mark Kolbe/Getty Images Billy Slater talks to teammates during Origin II. Ahead of his final State of Origin, Billy Slater is set to be handed the Queensland captaincy for the first time.

The Maroons are expected to confirm on Monday the veteran fullback will replace injured centre Greg Inglis (broken thumb) as skipper in July 11's dead rubber in Brisbane.

It is a fitting honour for Maroons great Slater who will bow out from representative football after his 31st Origin.

But it remains to be seen whether an injury-hit Queensland can provide a fitting farewell for the 35-year-old.

Queensland's scheduled Sunday night game three team announcement was delayed until Monday after Inglis went down late in South Sydney's 21-20 NRL win over North Queensland.

Slater passes Maroons baton to Ponga

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Billy Slater was named in an 18-man Queensland squad as he prepares to make his return in State of Origin on Sunday. Slater missed the Maroons ' 22-12 game-one loss to New South Wales earlier this month due to a hamstring injury.

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He was sent to hospital for scans and soon ruled out of Origin III after being told he could be sidelined for four to six weeks.

The bombshell came just hours after boom Maroons rookie Kalyn Ponga (hamstring) was ruled out of game three.

Queensland Maroons name team for Origin 3

  Queensland Maroons name team for Origin 3 <p>The Queensland Maroons have named their State of Origin Game 3 team, to be played on Wednesday, July 11 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, with just one change to the side.</p>Kevin Walters and his selectors had their hand forced, with Kalyn Ponga removed from the squad after picking up a hamstring injury on the weekend.

Queensland Maroons Origin 2 team news. Maroons Game 2 line-up 1. Billy Slater , 2. Valentine Holmes, 3. Greg Inglis (c), 4. Will Chambers, 5. Dane Gagai, 6. Cameron Munster, 7 Greg Inglis was named as the new captain of the Queensland Maroons , taking over as the side’s skipper following

Morgan was initially named on the Maroons ’ bench as a utility. Morgan is known as a half but switched to fullback for NRL club North Queensland this Slater was present at the training session along with former skipper Cameron Smith. Queensland begin a new era on Wednesday as they start life

And Sydney Roosters prop Dylan Napa (knee) may also be an Origin III scratching.

QRL officials were left scrambling trying to find a replacement centre on Sunday night, forcing them to abandon their scheduled 7pm Sunday night team reveal via their website.

"The scheduled naming of the Queensland State of Origin team for Game III of this year's series has been delayed following a late injury to captain and centre Greg Inglis," a QRL statement said.

"Due to this unforeseen circumstance, naming of the team could be delayed possibly as late as the morning of Monday, July 2.

"QRL Media apologises to fans on the delay, but will keep you updated as soon as the final team is confirmed."

The Maroons may push winger Dane Gagai into the centres with Will Chambers, and recall Brisbane winger Corey Oates for game three.

Manly's Daly Cherry-Evans is reportedly set to replace Ben Hunt at halfback, ending three years in the Origin wilderness.

Hunt is still in the Maroons mix as bench utility, replacing the injured Ponga.

The loss of 32-Origin veteran Inglis is another blow to the battling Maroons as they try to send out Slater in style.

They are trying to avoid only the fourth NSW series whitewash in Origin history and first since 2000.

Queensland coach Kevin Walters faces his third-straight match plagued by injury dramas in a nightmare start to life without retired Maroons greats Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk.

Qld's Langer inspired Slater to stand tall .
Billy Slater has paid tribute to Allan Langer before his State of Origin swansong, saying the pint-sized halfback inspired him to play for Queensland.But the exciting fullback has identified pint-sized playmaker Allan Langer as his inspiration before drawing the curtain on his glittering Maroons career in Wednesday's Origin III in Brisbane.

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