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A touch of Maroon for Blackhawks?

Will we see Australian and Queensland State of Origin representative Justin O'Neill in the Intrust Super Cup this weekend?

O'Neill, who last played Intrust Super Cup with the Mackay Cutters in 2015, has played four Origins, two Tests and made one NRL All Stars appearance, along with his 152 NRL starts.

He has been named at 18th man for the North Queensland Cowboys for their Friday night clash against the New Zealand Warriors at 1300 Smiles Stadium, meaning he may be available for Intrust Super Cup duties.

His designated affiliate club, Townsville Blackhawks, play the Mackay Cutters on Saturday night, 6pm at Jack Manski Oval.

Samoan international Antonio Winterstein is another who has been omitted from the Cowboys side, though injury is set to keep him from playing for Mackay in the same fixture.

Northern Pride duo Enari Tuala and Javid Bowen have been preferred by North Queensland coach Paul Green in his NRL squad this week.

Bowen has shown eye-catching pace in recent performances for the Pride, including a 95m tearaway try against Souths Logan a fortnight ago.

Should O'Neill start with the Blackhawks, he will be theĀ  fourth State of Origin player to appear this season, preceded by former Maroons Dave Taylor and Ben Hannant, and ex-Blue Todd Carney.

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