The XXXX Queensland Maroons have today named two new faces for the opening match of the 2017 Holden State of Origin series.

Roosters prop Dylan Napa and Broncos five-eighth Anthony Milford have both been selected in the starting 17 for the May 31 match at Suncorp Stadium.

A member of the QAS Emerging Origin squad, Napa gets his opportunity to step up following Matt Scott’s season-ending knee injury. 

With star playmaker Johnathan Thurston highly unlikely to be fit due to a shoulder injury, coach Kevin Walters is backing Anthony Milford to step up at five-eighth. 

Thurston, who has made 36 consecutive Origin appearances for the Maroons, will still travel to Brisbane and will be assessed by the Maroons medical team at the start of camp.

XXXX Queensland Maroons Game I team

 

NAME

NRL CLUB

FOG No.

1.

Darius Boyd

Brisbane Broncos

166

2.

Corey Oates

Brisbane Broncos

183

3.

Will Chambers

Melbourne Storm

179

4.

Justin O’Neill

NQ Cowboys

184

5.

Dane Gagai

Newcastle Knights

182

6.

Anthony Milford

Brisbane Broncos

Yet to Play

7.

Cooper Cronk

Melbourne Storm

168

8.

Dylan Napa

Sydney Roosters

Yet to Play

9.

Cameron Smith (c)

Melbourne Storm

140

10.

Nate Myles

Manly Sea Eagles

158

11.

Josh Papalii

Canberra Raiders

177

12.

Matt Gillett

Brisbane Broncos

173

13.

Josh McGuire

Brisbane Broncos

180

14.

Michael Morgan

NQ Cowboys

181

15.

Sam Thaiday

Brisbane Broncos

157

16.

Aidan Guerra

Sydney Roosters

178

17.

Jacob Lillyman

NZ Warriors

161

18.

Johnathan Thurston

NQ Cowboys

148