Aidan Guerra named in Queensland team; Jake Friend 19th man

Source: SMH.

Source: SMH.

Roosters second-rower Aidan Guerra will make his debut in the Origin arena next week, replacing Sam Thaiday in the squad to take on the Blues.

Thaiday has not played for a number of weeks, and bookmakers have already reduced the odds of a brawl occurring to almost unbackable odds. Guerra has been named on the bench with Matt Gillett selected to start.

It’s a fair reward for the Italian Gumby, whose maladroit running style causes havoc for opposing defenders. He’s having a career year to follow on from a breakout finals series which put him firmly on the Queensland radar, followed by a two-try debut for the Italians in the World Cup.

Meanwhile, Tyrion Lannister Jake Friend has been named 19th man, and will get his first jersey, but is unlikely to get a run with Cameron Smith in front of him as well as Daly Cherry Evans who could fill in for any unexpected injury. Regardless, it finally confirms that Friendy is the next line for the Queensland rake spot.

In a nice touch, the Queenslanders will retire former Roosters legend Arthur Beetson’s number 11 jersey for the first game. Chris McQueen will start in the number 18 jersey.

XXXX Queensland Maroons

1.         Billy SLATER                        Melbourne Storm
2.         Darius BOYD                        Newcastle Knights
3.         Greg INGLIS                        South Sydney Rabbitohs
4.         Justin HODGES                    Brisbane Broncos
5.         Brent TATE                         North Queensland Cowboys
6.         Johnathan THURSTON          North Queensland Cowboys
7.         Cooper CRONK                     Melbourne Storm
8.         Matt SCOTT                         North Queensland Cowboys
9.         Cameron SMITH (c)              Melbourne Storm
10.       Nate MYLES                         Gold Coast Titans
18.       Chris MCQUEEN*                  South Sydney Rabbitohs
12.       Matt GILLETT                       Brisbane Broncos
13.       Corey PARKER                      Brisbane Broncos
14.       Daly CHERRY-EVANS             Manly Sea Eagles
15.       Ben TE’O                             South Sydney Rabbitohs
16.       Aidan GUERRA                     Sydney Roosters
17.       Josh PAPALII                       Canberra Raiders
19.       Will CHAMBERS                    Melbourne Storm
20.       Jake FRIEND                         Sydney Roosters

Coach: Mal Meninga

  • *No. 11 jersey to be retired in honour of Arthur Beetson for Game 1.

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