Munster asked to repeat Origin heroics

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Kevin Walters (L) is confident Cameron Munster (R) can produce another stirring Origin performance

Queensland coach Kevin Walters believes Cameron Munster can repeat his man of the match Maroons debut in Wednesday's State of Origin opener.

Munster produced an inspired game three display last year as Johnathan Thurston's injury replacement, helping seal the Maroons' 11th series win in 12 years.

But Walters had no problem asking for a repeat effort from the 23-year-old in the series opener in Melbourne.

"There is every opportunity for Cameron to go and do that again," Walters said.

"He sets very high standards around his training and preparation and he is going to be a very important player for us.

"If he can get to the level that he did in game three of last year, there will be a lot of happy Queenslanders, regardless of the result."

Munster was one of the first picked by Queensland as they prepare for life after Thurston and fellow retired greats Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk in Origin I.

And NSW great Andrew Johns was quick to pinpoint Munster as the Blues' danger man.

It capped a remarkable turnaround for Munster who was reportedly close to being released by Melbourne over off-field issues in the pre-season.

Munster cleaned up his act after being sent home from the Kangaroos' 2017 Rugby League World Cup campaign over reports he came to blows with teammate Ben Hunt, who he will coincidentally partner in the Queensland halves on Wednesday night.

New Queensland skipper Greg Inglis said Munster had set the on-field standard expected on Wednesday night.

"In terms of Origin that is what you want from your players," Inglis said of Munster's memorable debut.

"You want your players to be consistent each and every week and Cam Munster played one of his best games last year after all the hype and build-up.

"The most dangerous thing about him is that he is a ball runner.

"We want him to take the line on when he sees an opportunity and back up what he did in game three last year."

NSW coach Brad Fittler said Munster's debut was proof Queensland had nailed their succession plan for life after Smith, Cronk and Thurston, and it was worth looking at from a NSW perspective.