Canberra Raiders prop Dunamis Lui will get the emotional homecoming he'd hoped for.
The 30-year-old has been named on the Queensland bench for the State of Origin decider at Lang Park on Wednesday night.
He drops out of the starting side to make way for Christian Welch, who returns after missing game two due to a head knock.
Fellow Raiders front-rower Josh Papalii will start in the do-or-die clash, while Dally M Medallist Jack Wighton was again named in the NSW centres.
Former Raiders winger Nick Cotric comes onto an extended bench.
Lui's from Brisbane and made his NRL debut for the Broncos before finding his way to Canberra.
He was looking forward to playing in front of family and friends in his home state - where the Queensland government has lifted capacity from 75 to 100 per cent for game three.
It will make for an electric atmosphere as the Maroons look to end a two-series losing streak.
Only two Blues teams (1994 and 2005) have managed to win a decider at Lang Park, while NSW coach Brad Fittler has never tasted victory in Queensland.
Joining Lui on the pine will be Harry Grant, whose breakout 2020 season will end in an Origin debut.
Grant, the Dally M and RLPA rookie of the year, was one of three changes to the Maroons' line-up in the wake of their heavy 34-10 defeat to the Blues in game two on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old starred at Wests Tigers on loan from Melbourne during the NRL season.
Grant will start on the bench in the No.14 jersey, replacing Ben Hunt in the utility role with the St George Illawarra star dropping out of the 17.
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South Sydney's Corey Allan will also debut for the Maroons, replacing Phillip Sami on the left wing.
The other change made by Queensland coach Wayne Bennett was the return of Welch at prop, with game two debutant Moeaki Fotuaika joining Hunt on the four-man reserves list along with Edrick Lee and Brenko Lee.
Melbourne premiership-winner Brenko Lee, who missed out on a debut in game one after being a late scratching due a calf injury, could yet come into the 17 in place of Allan if he can prove his fitness at the Maroons' training session on Sunday.
Cameron Munster has been named at five-eighth, but can only play if he passes NRL concussion protocols after being taken out of game two in just the third minute due to a head knock.
Fullback Valentine Holmes said Munster had been his normal "lippy" self since Wednesday's loss and deserved to be given every chance to prove his fitness for game three.
"He has played in grand finals, Origins, big games. He is someone we definitely need to have," Holmes said.
"He is an experienced player in our team and in the leadership team. We need him on the field."
On Thursday the man responsible for the contact that put Munster on the ground, Tyson Frizell, avoided any charge for the incident despite concern he had hit the Queenslander in mid-air.
As well as not being charged, the NSW backrower was not penalised by referee Gerard Sutton at the time. with AAP.
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Wednesday: Queensland Maroons v NSW Blues at Lang Park, 8.10pm.
Queensland squad: 1. Valentine Holmes, 2. Xavier Coates, 3. Kurt Capewell, 4. Dane Gagai, 5. Corey Allan, 6. Cameron Munster, 7. Daly Cherry-Evans, 8. Christian Welch, 9. Jake Friend, 10. Josh Papalii, 11. Felise Kaufusi, 12. Jaydn Su'A, 13. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui. Interchange: 14. Harry Grant, 15. Lindsay Collins, 16. Jai Arrow, 17. Dunamis Lui. Reserves: 18. Ben Hunt, 19. Edrick Lee, 20. Moeaki Fotuaika, 21. Brenko Lee.
NSW squad: 1. James Tedesco (c), 2. Daniel Tupou, 3. Clint Gutherson, 4. Jack Wighton, 5. Josh Addo-Carr, 6. Cody Walker, 7. Nathan Cleary, 8. Daniel Saifiti, 9. Damien Cook, 10. Payne Haas, 11. Angus Crichton, 12. Tyson Frizell, 13. Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: 14. Dale Finucane, 15. Junior Paulo, 16. Nathan Brown, 17. Isaah Yeo. Reserves: 18. Ryan Papenhuyzen, 19. Jarome Luai, 20. Cameron McInnes, 21. Nic Cotric.