Slater to lead Queensland in final Origin game

Billy Slater will replace Greg Inglis as Queensland’s captain. (AFP pic)

BRISBANE: Fullback Billy Slater will lead the Queensland Maroons in their final State of Origin match on July 11 against New South Wales after skipper Greg Inglis was ruled out Monday with a broken thumb.

The game in Brisbane will be Test fullback Slater’s last for the Maroons after announcing his retirement from representative¬†rugby.

Daly Cherry-Evans, Corey Oates, and Tim Glasby were also named in an injury-hit Queensland team hoping to avoid a series whitewash after losing the opening two games to the Blues.

Cherry-Evans played the last of his six Origin matches in 2015, while Oates is back for the first time since the opening game of the 2017 series.

Glasby featured in two winning games in Queensland’s successful 2017 campaign.

Queensland will also be without exciting young utility Kalyn Ponga, who injured a hamstring playing for his Newcastle Knights club at the weekend.

Cherry-Evans is the new scrum-half with Ben Hunt moving to the interchange bench, while Oates comes in on the wing with Dane Gagai moving to centre for the injured Inglis.

Jai Arrow and Josh Papalii have been selected in the starting team, while Dylan Napa has been named in the squad but is unlikely to be available due to a knee injury.

NSW made one change on Monday with forward Tariq Sims replacing Matt Prior.

Sims was named on the interchange bench but has a chance to start if captain Boyd Cordner is ruled out with a calf muscle injury.