Jarrod Wallace during a Queensland State of Origin team training session.
Jarrod Wallace during a Queensland State of Origin team training session. DAVE HUNT

Maroons confirm debutant will start in game two

JARROD Wallace will start in the front row for Queensland in his State of Origin debut after Maroons coach Kevin Walters finalised his team for game two.

The Gold Coast Titans prop will replace axed veteran Nate Myles as Dylan Napa's starting partner in a revamped Maroons side that runs on to ANZ Stadium on Wednesday.

Darius Boyd will play centre for the first time in his Origin career.

Cowboys talisman Gavin Cooper will start in his second appearance for the Maroons, forming his club combination with Johnathan Thurston on the left side.

Josh Papalii will revert back to the bench to give the interchange some experience alongside debutants Coen Hess, Tim Glasby and utility Michael Morgan.

The Maroons will hold their first full training session on the Gold Coast on Friday morning, where the exact combinations will be revealed.

The return of Billy Slater at fullback and the debut of Test winger Valentine Holmes has mixed up the Maroons backline, forcing Boyd to centre in his 28th Origin.

Storm utility Cameron Munster will be 18th man and Broncos duo Ben Hunt and Andrew McCullough have joined Camp Maroon to train with the side. 

Queensland Maroons

1. Billy Slater 2. Valentine Holmes 3. Will Chambers 4. Darius Boyd 5. Dane Gagai 6. Johnathan Thurston 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Dylan Napa 9. Cameron Smith (c) 10. Jarrod Wallace 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Matt Gillett 13. Josh McGuire 14. Michael Morgan 15. Josh Papalii 16. Coen Hess 17. Tim Glasby 18. Cameron Munster. Coach: Kevin Walters

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