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Ben Hunt will start on the bench for the State of Origin decider
Cameron Munster and Ben Hunt have been named in the Queensland squad for their State of Origin decider against New South Wales on July 12.
Munster and Brisbane Broncos scrum-half Hunt replace injured Test stars Johnathan Thurston and Darius Boyd, with the in-form Daly Cherry-Evans missing out.
Queensland levelled the best-of-three game series with a late 18-16 win over the Blues in Sydney on June 21.
Maroons coach Kevin Walters said Hunt will start the July 12 match from the interchange bench and he will make a decision on Queensland’s new starting stand-off and centre.
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A major omission from the team was Manly Sea Eagles scrum-half Cherry-Evans, with Walters stoutly defending his selection choices after Hunt was dropped to the Broncos reserve grade team a month ago.
“DCE’s (Cherry-Evans’) Origin career is well and truly alive,” said Walters.
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“He was disappointed [at not being selected] but he was most disappointed with the media and what was a pretty personal attack on him.
“And I agree with him. These rumours and nonsense, this hogwash about him not fitting into the set-up, it couldn’t be further from the truth.”
Johnathan Thurston kicked the winning conversion in game two but has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury
Counterpart Laurie Daley named an unchanged squad for the final showdown at Suncorp Stadium, where New South Wales were 28-4 winners in game one.
Queensland squad: Will Chambers, Gavin Cooper, Cooper Cronk, Dane Gagai, Matt Gillett, Tim Glasby, Coen Hess, Valentine Holmes, Ben Hunt, Josh McGuire, Michael Morgan, Cameron Munster, Dylan Napa, Josh Papalii, Billy Slater, Cameron Smith (c), Jarrod Wallace.
New South Wales: 1 James Tedesco, 2 Brett Morris, 3 Josh Dugan, 4 Jarryd Hayne, 5 Blake Ferguson, 6 James Maloney, 7 Mitchell Pearce; 8 Aaron Woods, 9 Nathan Peats, 10 Andrew Fifita, 11 Boyd Cordner (c), 12 Josh Jackson, 13 Tyson Frizell.
Interchange (from): 14 David Klemmer, 15 Wade Graham, 16 Jake Trbojevic, 17 Jack Bird, 18 Jack de Belin.