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Dane Gagai at QAS Emerging Origin squad training. SMP Images

Newcastle’s Dane Gagai has today joined the XXXX Queensland Maroons squad at Sanctuary Cove.

Gagai is expected to have his first training run with the Maroons later this afternoon.

With fullback Billy Slater currently receiving ongoing management on his shoulder and centre Greg Inglis unwell, Maroons coach Mal Meninga said it was necessary to extend the squad ahead of Game I in Sydney next week.

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