There’s a shock selection call looming with a Maroons star reportedly set to be axed for the State of Origin series opener.
Meanwhile, superstar Daly Cherry-Evans has no plans on giving up his representative jumpers anytime soon.
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Queensland star David Fifita could be facing a shock axing ahead of game one on June 8.
Fifita is currently sidelined with a knee injury but his form at the Titans through the opening eight rounds was patchy.
The hulking back-rower on $1.2 million per season was even benched by coach Justin Holbrook in most-recent game two weeks ago.
Veteran rugby league journalist Brent Read believes the 22-year-old, who made his Origin debut as a teenager in 2019, is set to miss out.
“The one big omission might be Fifita, I can’t see David Fifita making that team at the moment,” Read said on NRL 360.
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“Well I don’t see him being there, I think they’ve got enough. I think (Kurt) Capewell will be on the bench, I think (Pat) Carrigan will be on the bench. I think Tommy Flegler will be on the bench,” Read said.
NRL 360 host Braith Anasta said “I have have Fifita every day of the week” before Read was pressed by Kent on whether he’s been talking to Maroons coach Billy Slater and if that was the source of his information.
“Occasionally I speak to Billy, yeah. No he hasn’t (told me that). It’s just an educated opinion from watching the game of footy,” Read said.
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DCE HERE TO STAY
Manly superstar Daly Cherry-Evans has no plan on giving up his representative jumper anytime soon, vowing to protect it until 2025.
Roosters playmaker Sam Walker and Cowboys playmaker Tom Dearden are seen as the next generation of Maroons halves.
But not anytime soon if Cherry-Evans has his way. DCE has worn the Kangaroos and Maroons No. 7 or No. 14 jersey for the past decade and plans on holding his spot until he’s 36.
“In terms of Origin, it’s really pleasing to see the evolution of Sam Walker. It’s important that Queensland’s stocks are healthy and it’s great to see young playmakers such as Sam and Tommy Dearden coming through,” Cherry-Evans said.
“But their development doesn‘t change the fact that I love playing for Queensland and I’m still as passionate…
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