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State of Origin: Maroons name Cooper Cronk

Cooper Cronk and Matt Scott talk tactics with Matt Gillett during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session.

Cooper Cronk and Matt Scott talk tactics with Matt Gillett during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session. Photo: Bradley Kanaris

Cooper Cronk has been named to make his return from a broken arm and Corey Parker returns from a facial injury as the Maroons bolster their squad for game three of State of Origin the series.

Cronk broke his arm in game one and hasn't played since but has been named in the starting side as Queensland, having already lost the series, try to avoid a clean sweep at Suncorp Stadium on July 9.

The Melbourne Storm number seven didn't play against the Dragons on Monday night but has indicated to Maroons medical staff he will be fit to return to action against NSW.

Parker returns at the back of the Maroons scrum while Daly Cherry-Evans returns to the bench after playing halfback for almost all of game one and game two in Sydney, where he campaigned with a suspect knee.

Mal Meninga has resisted any calls for fresh faces, with Will Chambers the replacement for the injured Brent Tate and Jacob Lillyman being promoted to the starting side to fill in for the injured Matt Scott.

Brisbane's Josh McGuire has been named 18th man, with Michael Morgan from the Cowboys 19th man.

Maroons: Billy Slater, Darius Boyd, Justin Hodges, Greg Inglis, Will Chambers, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Jacob Lillyman, Cameron Smith, Nate Myles, Sam Thaiday, Aidan Guerra, Corey Parker Interchange Ben Te'o, Matt Gillett, Daly Cherry-Evans, Dave Taylor. 

8 comments so far

  • Woohoo!!!! Lillyman is in!

    Commenter
    2Tank
    Location
    Ascot
    Date and time
    July 01, 2014, 11:41AM
    • I have seen many incidents of players returning from broken arm issues too early and re- injuring the arm. (Mal Meninga, Wally Lewis and recently Matt King). So why would Cooper Cronk come back early for an Origin game when the series has already been decided?

      Is that why Queensland are so good at Origin, because they care about Queensland more than their clubs? My take is that Qlders take playing for Qld more seriously than playing for Australia.

      Commenter
      jbg1995
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 01, 2014, 12:03PM
      • No there is no reason. Qld is just plain ordinary good . Regarding the team selected as much as I like Ben Teo as a player perhaps another player could have been blooded given he will not be here next year.

        Commenter
        DP
        Location
        GC
        Date and time
        July 01, 2014, 1:23PM
      • No jbg1995, Qld are so good at Origin because they have passion, unlike Jamie Lyon et al who have enormous talent but absolutely no desire to play for NSW.

        Commenter
        Reality Bites
        Date and time
        July 01, 2014, 1:58PM
      • @Reality Bites

        Ever considered the possibility that Lyon sees SOO for what it actually is - an overhyped, provincial game of football that 99.99% of the world could not care less about? It's beyond me why Joh-landers take it so seriously - something about having chips on their shoulders would be my guess - but substitute "passion" with "insecurity", "myopia" or possibly "a laughably overstuffed view of their, and, indeed, their occupation's, place in the world", and I reckon you're on to it.

        Commenter
        Jon Bon Jovial
        Date and time
        July 01, 2014, 2:29PM
    • Definitely should be blooding new players.

      Commenter
      Roma Boy
      Location
      Marooned in the deep south
      Date and time
      July 01, 2014, 2:32PM
      • Yea it is a dead game so why not give likes of CherryEvans more exposure to Origin in his true position.Cronk's days are coming to end and why risk another injury instead of more recovery time in order to help Storm make the eight?Also great chance for Blues to blood a couple young forwards as Gallon and co are mostly over 30 with not much left for future and if you lose so what its a dead rubber so you have excuse "was looking to future".
        I know its about money but apart from $$ I don't get playing a dead game with all the top players moaning about overload etc and lots clubs mid table really need their top players help in clubland badly.
        Origin would be better for clubs(who are the heart and soul of League) to be a two game competition with a third decider game "if required".

        Commenter
        Jacko
        Location
        Warriorville
        Date and time
        July 01, 2014, 3:07PM
    • Jon Bon Jovial--you have a point but isn't it nice seeing Aussies bash each other for no other reason then mmmmmmmmmm is there a reason besides petty internal hatred and money?Answer No!
      I admire Lyon for playing outstandingly well for his club before Origin.The likes of JT ,Smith. Gallon etc etc who moan and groan about player burnout/overload could well think more of their club (and their fans)than the money to be made playing a dead rubber.

      Commenter
      Jacko
      Location
      Warriorville
      Date and time
      July 01, 2014, 3:14PM

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