Queensland have named Jacob Lillyman for next week’s State of Origin game two after Nate Myles was ruled out with a knee injury.
Myles picked up the injury during Sunday’s NRL clash between Manly and Penrith and is expected to undergo surgery.
Myles’ omission for Lillyman is the only change to the Queensland team that beat NSW in the series opener in Sydney last month.
That 6-4 win was Myles’ 30th appearance for the Maroons.
Queensland coach Kevin Walters says Lillyman was the obvious choice to replace Myles.
“He was unlucky to miss out after his performance in game three last year,” Walters said of the big Warriors forward.
“We like to reward those who’ve done the job before in the jersey.”
Walters said it was unknown at this stage whether Lillyman will directly replace Myles in the starting lineup or if one of his forward options on the bench will get promoted.
Queensland are also sweating on the fitness of North Queensland quartet Michael Morgan, Justin O’Neill, Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott, who face Cronulla on Monday night in the final NRL fixture of round 14.
Qld: Darius Boyd, Dane Gagai, Greg Inglis, Justin O’Neill, Corey Oates, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Matt Scott, Cameron Smith (capt), Jacob Lillyman, Matt Gillett, Sam Thaiday, Corey Parker. Int: Michael Morgan, Josh Papalii, Aidan Guerra, Josh McGuire.