State of Origin 2022: Josh Papalii in Maroons squad, Jack Wighton named NSW Blues starting centre

Melanie Dinjaski
By Melanie Dinjaski
Updated May 30 2022 - 8:17am, first published May 29 2022 - 11:00pm
Queensland Maroons' Josh Papalii and NSW Blues' Jack Wighton will join their respective 2022 State of Origin camps. Picture: Getty Images

Josh Papalii has backed the Raiders forward pack to step up in his absence after the prop was named in Billy Slater's Queensland State of Origin squad to take on NSW in the series opener in Sydney on Wednesday, June 8.

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Melanie Dinjaski

Melanie Dinjaski

Sports Reporter

Melanie Dinjaski is an experienced sports journalist at the Canberra Times with a genuine love of all sports. She's covered every code from NRL to NFL, and has experience in print, digital, podcasting, TV and video journalism, having spent time working in newsrooms at Nine, Fox Sports and Seven before moving to the capital. Melanie aims to bring Canberrans all the sports news they need to know - have a story worth sharing? Get in touch!

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