Queensland name Origin team for game one

Last updated 21:03 19/05/2014
Billy Slater
BACK AGAIN: Melbourne Storm fullback Billy Slater will start for Queensland in his regular position.

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Queensland have named Sydney Roosters forward Aidan Guerra to debut in next week's State of Origin series opener in Brisbane.

Guerra has been chosen for injured back-rower Sam Thaiday, who ruled himself out of contention after failing to recover from a niggling calf injury which has kept him sidelined since last month.

Guerra will start from the interchange bench with South Sydney forward Chris McQueen taking Thaiday's second row position.

Selectors have also overlooked Dave Taylor despite the giant forward's impressive form for Gold Coast.

Taylor missed out on a spot with out-of-sorts Josh Papalii retaining his spot on the interchange bench alongside Guerra.

Melbourne Storm back Will Chambers and Roosters hooker Jake Friend are the 18th and 19th men in the squad.

The Origin series kicks off at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday, May 28.  

Queensland squad: Billy Slater, Brent Tate, Greg Inglis, Justin Hodges, Darius Boyd, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Matt Scott, Cameron Smith, Nate Myles, Chris McQueen, Matt Gillett, Corey Parker. Interchange: Daly Cherry-Evans, Aidan Guerra, Ben Te'o, Josh Papalii. 18th man: Will Chambers. 19th man: Jake Friend.

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