Change mooted: Greg Inglis on the charge in Origin I. Photo: Getty Images
Queensland are contemplating taking one of the biggest gambles of their record eight year run, weighing up the notion of moving Greg Inglis to five-eighth for game two in Sydney.
With Cooper Cronk ruled out with a broken arm and Daly Cherry-Evans in doubt with hip and knee injuries picked up in game one, the Maroons could be on the look out for a new halves partner for Johnathan Thurston.
Fairfax Media understands the Maroons are mulling over a number of potential combinations, one of those involving moving Thurston to halfback and Inglis into the No.6 jersey.
Inglis won the Clive Churchill medal in 2007 as a five-eighth in Melbourne's grand final win. Photo: Getty Images
While Inglis has developed into one of the best fullbacks in the game at South Sydney, it's often forgotten that he won the Clive Churchill medal in 2007 as a five-eighth in Melbourne's grand final triumph against Manly.
The Maroons have also looked at the possibility of picking Broncos halfback Ben Hunt or even switching skipper Cameron Smith from hooker to the halves, however rugby league immortal Andrew Johns believes Queensland's best option involves Inglis.
"I'm saying Thurston to halfback and Inglis to five-eighth," Johns said on The Footy Show.
"He's got a Clive Churchill medal playing five-eighth. Billy Slater will be right, it's only a shoulder.
"I just think if you take Cameron Smith out of dummy half, and I'm not helping Queensland in any way, you change the whole way they play. No one plays like Cameron Smith. He plays like a halfback out of dummy half."
Selection talk is all hypothetical at this point, with Cherry-Evans and Billy Slater (shoulder) both a chance of lining up for the second game of the series at ANZ Stadium on June 18.
But even if Slater is ruled out, the Maroons have plenty of options at fullback to justify picking Inglis at five-eighth.
Darius Boyd could switch from the wing to the familiar fullback role, which would open the door for either Will Chambers or Dane Nielsen to slot into the backline, while Canberra superstar Anthony Milford is also being considered to make his debut in game two at fullback or even as a utility on the bench.
While the Maroons have been decimated by injury, Inglis is no certainty to line up for the must-win game in Sydney in just over two weeks' time given he is expecting the birth of his first child on the day of the match.