Mal Meninga answers your questions.
Mal Meninga answers your questions. Kristy Muir

Q&A with Mal Meninga

MAL Meninga answers your questions about the Maroons:

Scott Rowleson: As the Queensland players get older, is there plans to blood new players to continue the current momentum of victory?

MM: Yes we're always looking to the future.

The core of this squad has now been together for quite a while but there are opportunities for new players to play their way into a Maroon jersey.

We've seen that in recent times with the selection of players like Matt Gillett and Ben Te'o.

The QAS Emerging Origin Squad is a vital cog for us.

Each year we hold a camp in January in Brisbane and the next wave of players are exposed to our coaching methods and what we stand for as a group.

Players like Daly Cherry Evans, Ben Barba and Martin Kennedy were involved this year and they are just some of the guys in the mix for Origin selection now.

We're also keeping a close eye on players coming through our Queensland Under 20s team.

Emma Flor: What do you love most about coaching the Queensland team?

MM: It's the best job in the world really - you can't get any better than what we are doing at the moment. It's a privilege for me to be involved and it's nice to come into camp and work with the players … and it's a fantastic footy side. The staff is excellent and it's a pretty smooth machine.

Andy McLucas: How many do you think your boys can win in a row before they actually put up a fight?

MM: I would like to think that we can keep winning.

But the truth is NSW always put up a fight and is an incredibly talented team in their own right.

It's a massive effort to win one Origin match, let alone a series.

What we've done over the last seven years is pretty special, but the most important thing to me is that we've done it with dignity.

The players are a humble group and that is something we are exceptionally proud of.

We know we can keep improving and getting better as well, so that's the challenge at hand.

Todd Conway: Which series has been the most challenging in the past six years and why?

MM: It's hard to pinpoint one series.

But I guess the first one will always be a special victory because we introduced a lot of new players in that 2006 series.

We got hammered in the press, even after we lost the opening match by a single point.

But to the team's credit we went out there and scored a great win in Game 2 in Brisbane and then wrapped up the series in Melbourne in Game 3 when nothing really went our way.

Terry Wall: Before Queensland's winning run the selectors stuck with the same core group of players, how much of a factor do you think that contributed to the success?

MM: Yes it has been a massive factor. We've always been big on loyalty.

You would be hard-pressed to find a player who hasn't given everything he's got when he's pulled on that maroon jersey.

Guys like Steve Price and Petero Civoniceva played a huge role in moulding this team into what it is today, not only with their on-field exploits, but their work off it.



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