Queensland Rugby League boss John McDonald was the man to unveil the XXXX Queensland Maroons team toÂ meet New South Wales in the first game of the Harvey Norman State of Origin Series in Sydney, 2008
The Maroons team includes two debutants â€“ Israel Folau (Storm) and Ben Hannant (Broncos). Much of the talk centred around Scott Prince missing out, the Gold Coast Titans halfback looked set to take the vacant role left by Darren Lockyer but somehow the form no.7 missed the cut and Karmichael Hunt got the nod in the unfamiliar position of the halves.
Bronocs coach and Queensland legend Wayne Bennett has already crucified selectors for not picking the two form halves in Prince and Thurston together, Bennett feeling that the Maroons have played into NSW hands.
Cameron Smith is the new captain and Queensland have shown faith in Jacob Lillyman the Cowboys utility who gets another run in Origin 2008.
The opening match of series is at ANZ Stadium on May 21.
XXXX Maroons Queensland Team v NSW Blues
1. Billy SlaterÂ – Storm
2. Brent TateÂ – Warriors
3. Greg InglisÂ – Storm
4. Justin HodgesÂ – Broncos
5. Israel FolauÂ – Storm
6. Karmichael HuntÂ – Broncos
7. Johnathan ThurstonÂ – Cowboys
8. Carl WebbÂ – Cowboys
9. Cameron SmithÂ (c)Â – Storm
10. Petero CivonicevaÂ -Â Panthers
11. Michael CrockerÂ -Â Storm
12. Sam ThaidayÂ -Â Broncos
13. Dallas JohnsonÂ -Â Storm
14. Peter J MarshÂ -Â Broncos
15. Ben HannantÂ -Â Broncos
16. Nate MylesÂ – Roosters
17. Jacob LillymanÂ – Cowboys