SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 25: Ronaldo Mulitalo of the Sharks celebrates winning the round 19 NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the North Queensland Cowboys at Shark Park on July 25, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Paul Green has named his side for Sunday's the must-win Origin II clash, with a number of players in line for a Maroons debut, per

Warriors young gun Reece Walsh and Cowboys prop Francis Molo have been named in the starting 17, while Sharks speedster Ronaldo Mulitalo has been named in the extended squad.

Dragons duo Ben Hunt and Andrew McCullough have also come into the side that lost the series opener in Townsville.

Walsh comes into the fullback position as Valentine Holmes mans a wing spot and Xavier Coates falls out of the side.

Hooker Harry Grant is also withdrawn from the clash after battling a hamstring injury, with McCullough taking his place at dummy-half.

Josh Papalii comes into the forward pack after serving his suspension, with David Fifita falling to the interchange.

Queensland Maroons squad          

1. Reece Walsh - New Zealand Warriors
2. Valentine Holmes - North Queensland Cowboys
3. Kurt Capewell - Penrith Panthers
4. Dane Gagai - South Sydney Rabbitohs
5. Kyle Feldt - North Queensland Cowboys
6. Cameron Munster - Melbourne Storm
7. Daly Cherry-Evans - Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
8. Christian Welch - Melbourne Storm
9. Andrew McCullough - St George Illawarra Dragons
10. Josh Papalii - Canberra Raiders
11. Jai Arrow - South Sydney Rabbitohs
12. Felise Kaufusi - Melbourne Storm
13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui - Gold Coast Titans
14. Ben Hunt - St George Illawarra Dragons
15. Moeaki Fotuaika - Gold Coast Titans
16. David Fifita - Gold Coast Titans
17. Francis Molo - North Queensland Cowboys
18. Coen Hess - North Queensland Cowboys
19. Ronaldo Mulitalo - Cronulla Sutherland Sharks


  1. Throwing in Walsh is just absolute madness. He’s a kid, not even old enough to have a full drivers license. He has 7 NRL games under his belt. All this is going to do is destroy his career before it’s even started. 100% the wrong thing to do. I am interested to see what other people have to say about this.

  2. I agree with you 100% flaxmatheseeker, and I posted some comments similar in meaning to yours last week. The QLD selection panel have either gone completely bananas or are very confident that Walsh will handle the occasion. Either way, it’s a decision that could make a huge difference in this kid’s future in the NRL.

  3. Yeah, if Walsh just flops in Origin II, just imagine how much hate and threats he will get. It will completely destroy him

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