Hunt the man to beat for Qld No.7 jersey

Vince Rugari

The Queensland No.7 jersey is Ben Hunt's to lose, with chief selector Gene Miles confirming he is the frontrunner to succeed Jonathan Thurston in State of Origin.

Barring any dramatic developments between now and the series opener on June 6, Hunt's scintillating form at St George Illawarra will see him join Cameron Munster in the halves and keep Michael Morgan restricted to a bench role.

"Anyone that hasn't been impressed with his form in the first nine rounds is pretty hard to please," Miles said of Hunt on Thursday.