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Qld dump Harrison, Shillington for Origin

Queensland coach Mal Meninga has dumped Ashley Harrison and David Shillington, calling up Daly Cherry-Evans and Josh Papalii for the must-win State of Origin game two at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday week.
Qld dump Harrison, Shillington for Origin
by AAP

BRISBANE, June 18 AAP - Queensland coach Mal Meninga has dumped Ashley Harrison and David Shillington, calling up Daly Cherry-Evans and Josh Papalii for the must-win State of Origin game two at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday week.

Workaholic back-rower Harrison and prop Shillington paid the price on Tuesday after the Maroons pack was outplayed in the game one loss to NSW in Sydney.

South Sydney's Chris McQueen and Corey Parker were promoted from the bench into the back row while hard man Nate Myles was shifted to the front row.

Canberra enforcer Papalii was selected to add punch from the interchange bench where he's joined by a fellow debutant in Manly halfback Cherry-Evans.

"It was difficult making changes. We have a culture of loyalty and we had to make some tough decisions with regards to the team moving forward," coach Mal Meninga said.

"I thought some fresh faces and fresh enthusiasm in this footy team was important.

"Hopefully we are heading in the right direction."

Meninga said Papalii would had much-needed grunt to the Maroons pack.

"He adds that aggressive element to the game, he's very combative when he plays and Origin is like that. You need that mentality," Meninga said.

Papalii's rematch with NSW captain Paul Gallen after they clashed in an NRL finals game last season may test the NRL's new hardline stance on punching.

Meninga joked that the rule came "one game too late."

"I can understand the decision. We don't want to be portrayed like that especially in Origin. But it's an aggressive game and sometimes tempers flare," Meninga said.

"It's going to be difficult to control yourself now. That's what we must be better at controlling our emotions.

"But Origin is about emotion so we'll see what happens."

Meninga said Cherry-Evans was injected on the bench for his utility value and hinted at using him in the halves, the centres, hooker and even the back row.

Queensland team: Billy Slater, Darius Boyd, Greg Inglis, Justin Hodges, Brent Tate, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Matt Scott, Cameron Smith (capt), Nate Myles, Chris McQueen, Sam Thaiday, Corey Parker. Interchange: Daly Cherry-Evans, Matt Gillett, Ben Te'o, Josh Papalii, Martin Kennedy.


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