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HOW QUEENSLAND SHAPE UP FOR STATE OF ORIGIN I:
Fullback - Kalyn Ponga
The elusive fullback will look to repay coach Billy Slater after his call-up despite Newcastle's indifferent NRL form. Still to see his best for the Maroons.
Winger - Selwyn Cobbo
His power, speed and fend have drawn comparisons to a young Greg Inglis. Cobbo will be out to prove he's not too young for Origin football as some pundits have predicted.
Holmes has reinvented himself as a centre this season but the Maroons will be hoping his try-scoring strike-rate doesn't take a hit with his shift off the wing.
Centre - Dane Gagai
With a debutant and five-eighth lining up in the NSW centres, veteran Gagai needs to use his game smarts to get the better of the Blues.
Winger - Xavier Coates
Has shown maturity beyond his years in his five Origin appearances. His aerial prowess has prompted the Blues to select Daniel Tupou ahead of Josh Addo-Carr.
Five-eighth - Cameron Munster
Munster is back in career-best shape and playing an exciting, confident brand after nearly losing his Melbourne contract.
Halfback - Daly Cherry-Evans (captain)
The captain's crowning moment in a 2020 series win was tarnished by last year's trouncing, but Cherry-Evans believes he has the team to orchestrate another Maroons triumph.
Prop - Tino Fa'asuamaleau
Tries: In rampaging form despite Gold Coast's struggles, the move to prop will mean plenty of ball and some spicy clashes with rival Payne Haas.
Hooker - Ben Hunt
Retained at hooker after starring there in a face-saving Game III win for Queensland last season, Hunt is a proven performer at this level.
Prop - Josh Papalii
The spiritual leader of the Maroons' pack now has some fresh faces around him to help turn the tables in a forward battle won well by the Blues last year.
Back-rower - Kurt Capewell
Has helped turn the Broncos' fortunes around, particularly defensively, since a move from Penrith and will be an important part of that process again for Queensland.
Back-rower - Felise Kaufusi
A familiar face in a Queensland back row that will be stinging after last year's series loss and will be keen to prove himself ahead of a 2023 move to the Dolphins.
Lock - Reuben Cotter
Handed a massive task up against Blues lock Isaah Yeo, but given the ultimate vote of confidence as one of coach Slater's "first picked" based on his storming 2022 form.
Starting on the bench with Ben Hunt preferred at hooker, Grant says he's over a groin concern and will be keen to poke his nose through a tiring Blues defence.
A blue-collar worker who debuted in the successful 2020 Queensland series win, back from an ACL injury and won't shirk his task in the middle.
A terrific return to form with Brisbane since last year's ACL tear has seen the middle forward beat a host of contenders to the bench for his Origin debut.
The teenager has caught the eye with his aerial prowess as a try-scoring backrower, but has been a workhorse defensively too for the Cowboys.
Superb form for North Queensland has earned the halfback a stay with the squad in a feel-good story for a talent who has sparkled since moving on from Brisbane.