State Of Origin - General Discussion

Harry Sack

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https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/state-of-origin/teams/queensland/kevin-walters-axes-trevor-gillmeister-hires-a-host-of-maroons-legends/news-story/a532ef37fb2ef7073453c96edfea58f2?nk=4df289b05d54d77c2ecbd9f9e9d4d6ec-1542001856

Queensland coach Kevin Walters has reacted to a rare State of Origin series loss by axing long-serving Trevor Gillmeister and hiring some of the Maroons’ biggest names.

Gillmeister was the highest-profile casualty in sweeping staff changes for the 2019 Maroons, with Walters cutting the ex-Queensland captain as his defensive coach and recruiting Justin Hodges, Petero Civoniceva, Johnathan Thurston and Billy Slater.
Walters also dropped assistant Josh Hannay and long-time trainer Tony Spencer.
Hodges replaces Hannay as Maroons assistant and Civoniceva is the new team manager while Thurston and Slater will lend a hand at Maroons camps throughout the series.
Melbourne Storm’s Matthew Barradeen replaces Spencer as the new trainer.
Walters said he needed to take a new direction in 2019 as Queensland attempt to win back the Origin title after NSW won only their second series in 13 years this season.
“Trevor Gillmeister is a Queensland legend and Tony has worked tirelessly with the team for nearly 20 years as a trainer,” Walters said of his staff changes.
“They have been great servants, but I just felt that the time was right to get fresh faces in and around the team with the next generation of players coming through.”
Walters is focusing on his fourth season as Queensland coach after missing out on the Brisbane NRL coaching job.
Walters admitted last week that he was crestfallen to be overlooked for the Broncos gig after the NRL club opted for South Sydney’s Anthony Seibold to succeed Wayne Bennett.
I'm not the only one seeing a touch of irony here right?
 

Unbreakable

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Any clue what we're going to do in the back line next year with no Slater & Holmes? I don't want to see Chambers ever again either. Ponga is reportedly playing 6 next season.. I suppose Munster at Fullback and Morgan or Milford at 6 is plausible if they're actually playing good footy next year. Oates would have to be the favourite for the left wing.. Not sure about right centre..

1. ?
2. ?
3. Inglis (c)
4. ?
5. Gagai
6. Munster
7. Cherry-Evans
 
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Morepudding

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Any clue what we're going to do in the back line next year with no Slater & Holmes? I don't want to see Chambers ever again either. Ponga is reportedly playing 6 next season.. I suppose Munster at Fullback and Morgan or Milford at 6 is plausible if they're actually playing good footy next year. Oates would have to be the favourite for the left wing.. Not sure about right centre..

1. ?
2. ?
3. Inglis (c)
4. ?
5. Gagai
6. Munster
7. Cherry-Evans
I mean Ponga is a certainty... Probably be
1. Ponga
2. Oates
3. Inglis
4. Chambers (I know he hasn't been great but I don't think there is anyone else?)
5. Gagai
6. Munster
7. DCE
 

Morepudding

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Other option would be Gagai at centre and Feldt / Edrick Lee or something on wing. But I personally think Gagai sucks at centre.
 

holdzy89

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Any clue what we're going to do in the back line next year with no Slater & Holmes? I don't want to see Chambers ever again either. Ponga is reportedly playing 6 next season.. I suppose Munster at Fullback and Morgan or Milford at 6 is plausible if they're actually playing good footy next year. Oates would have to be the favourite for the left wing.. Not sure about right centre..

1. ?
2. ?
3. Inglis (c)
4. ?
5. Gagai
6. Munster
7. Cherry-Evans
Munster or Ponga at 1, milf at six, Morgan at four. Not sure about vacant wing, whoever is in form I guess.
 

holdzy89

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I wouldn't play Ponga at 1 unless he is playing there on a regular basis for the Knights
Yeah I can see that, but he is a natural fullback, and probably the best option qld have, unless Boyd can get back to his best. Qld are stacked with fullbacks turned five eights in an effort to replicate Locky.
 

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