TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 09: David Fifita of the Broncos looks on during the round 22 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Brisbane Broncos at 1300SMILES Stadium on August 9, 2018 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Queensland will be looking to regain the Shield that has resided in the Sunshine state for the large percentage of the past decade.

Mainstays such as Cronk, Smith, Slater, Thurston, Holmes, Boyd and Thaiday have all moved on from the rep set up in the past two years, meaning there's a chance we'll see some new blood in 2019.

A lot depends on where Kevin Walkers plays his big three stars in Morgan, Munster and Ponga. You'd have to think they'd be fullback, six and seven, with Ben Hunt at nine or in the utility spot.

The forwards look set for a shake up, while the centre position is possibly open for the first time in a long time.

Truthfully I can't see too many grand changes but below are a few options for possible debuts come Origin One. In no particular order, here are some possible names.

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1. Edrick Lee

Corey Oates is the obvious replacement for Valentine Holmes, with Dane Gagai on the other wing, but if either are injured, name me one more in form Queensland winger? Lee has started the season on fire and had a brilliant year in 2018 with the Sharks. He's spent time in Origin camp as a shadow player and stranger things have happened. Yes, at this stage, it looks a long shot, but as I said, his form is right where it needs to be. Whether or not he can keep that going for the next 8 or-so rounds is another question, but I'm a fan of the Newcastle winger.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 05: Edrick Lee of the Sharks scores a try during the round nine NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Parramatta Eels at Southern Cross Group Stadium on May 5, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt Blyth/Getty Images)
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6 COMMENTS

  1. What do you mean Nathan Friend? Your thinking of Jake Friend aye, get your facts right lahd!

  2. As a Queensland supporter I would reject most of them as simply not being good enough. Maybe Fafita and Lee but forget the rest.
    I’d even reject Ponga. I personally don’t think he’s ready . Yes he has potential but he makes too many errors and on many occasions, once he gets the ball, he doesn’t always know what to do with it. He needs more experience yet.
    Are you a Queenslander? Or just trying to lob us with the also rans?

  3. Early days yet but I’d be happy with something like this. Ben Hunt is rocks and diamonds, too risky for me.

    1. Ponga
    2. Oates
    3. Chambers
    4. GI (c)
    5. Gagai
    6. Munster
    7. DCE
    8. Napa
    9. Friend
    10. Maguire
    11. Gillett
    12. Kaufusi
    13. Arrow
    14. Morgan
    15. Papalli
    16. Hess
    17. Fifita
    18. Offa
    19. Milford

  4. Good squad, I’d have a similar squad to you aswell:

    1. Ponga
    2. Oates
    3. Chambers
    4. Inglis
    5. Gagai
    6. Munster
    7. Morgan
    8. Napa
    9. Friend
    10. McGuire
    11. Gillett
    12. Kaufusi
    13. Arrow

    14. Hunt
    15. Papalii
    16. Hess
    17. Fifita
    18. Sua

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