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Te'o tipped for Origin debut

The Broncos' Ben Te'o has reportedly been added to the Queensland Origin squad for game three.

The Broncos' Ben Te'o has reportedly been added to the Queensland Origin squad for game three.

Brisbane Broncos forward Ben Te'o has reportedly been added to the Queensland State of Origin squad for the deciding game three at Suncorp Stadium.

Te'o didn't take part in Broncos training at Red Hill today and was said to have left with Sam Thaiday, Ben Hannant and Matt Gillett, all of whom will be named when the Queensland side is revealed tomorrow afternoon at Coolum.

Te'o told The Courier Mail he was "just having a rest" instead of training with the rest of the Brisbane side.

That could be bad news for Dave Taylor, the Maroons forward who struggled to get going in games one and two of the series in Melbourne and Sydney. He was sick in the opening game but never fired after starting at ANZ Stadium.

Taylor toiled well against the Broncos on Friday night but was easily outpointed by Corey Parker, who produced a compelling Origin audition and will be named in will most likely be an extended Maroons squad.

In any case, Taylor isn't picked for his tackles and carries. His biggest assett is carnage and ball play on the edges but Queensland selectors evidently feel Te'o, who is smaller but more explosive than Taylor, gives them more bang for their buck.

Te'o can also play in the centres if required. If Billy Slater's knee injury clears up in time but he can't see out the game, it would give Queensland the option to drop Greg Inglis back to fullback and park Te'o in the backline.

Parker could start the game if Ash Harrison is forced out with a toe injury.

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  • The Mighty Maroons will have to dig deep to win Game 3.It's a scene similar to 1995 when Gilly got out of a hospital bed to lead Fatty's kids to victory. We can't afford to play injured players against the cockroaches from the south.

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    June 25, 2012, 9:15PM

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