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Sport Slater to be named new Qld Maroons skipper

02:35  02 july  2018
02:35  02 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

Slater passes Maroons baton to Ponga

  Slater passes Maroons baton to Ponga Queensland fullback Billy Slater says he was in awe of Kalyn Ponga's State of Origin debut.Billy Slater will trudge off into State of Origin retirement knowing his beloved Queensland No.1 jersey is in safe hands when he passes the baton to heir apparent Kalyn Ponga.

Billy Slater is set to be named Queensland skipper for his 31st and final State of Origin game after Greg Inglis was ruled out with a broken thumb.

The Melbourne Storm star will bid farewell to the Maroons as skipper , named captain as Queensland try to avoid a 3-0 series defeat. Fittler takes cheeky swipe at Smith retirement. How to live stream State of Origin Game 3. Qld Maroons are in good hands: Slater .

Billy Slater talks to teammates during Origin II.© Mark Kolbe/Getty Images Billy Slater talks to teammates during Origin II. Ahead of his final State of Origin, Billy Slater is set to be handed the Queensland captaincy for the first time.

The Maroons are expected to confirm on Monday the veteran fullback will replace injured centre Greg Inglis (broken thumb) as skipper in July 11's dead rubber in Brisbane.

It is a fitting honour for Maroons great Slater who will bow out from representative football after his 31st Origin.

But it remains to be seen whether an injury-hit Queensland can provide a fitting farewell for the 35-year-old.

Queensland's scheduled Sunday night game three team announcement was delayed until Monday after Inglis went down late in South Sydney's 21-20 NRL win over North Queensland.

Queensland Maroons name team for Origin 3

  Queensland Maroons name team for Origin 3 <p>The Queensland Maroons have named their State of Origin Game 3 team, to be played on Wednesday, July 11 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, with just one change to the side.</p>Kevin Walters and his selectors had their hand forced, with Kalyn Ponga removed from the squad after picking up a hamstring injury on the weekend.

Billy Slater has been named as Queensland Maroons captain for his last-ever State of Origin match. Veteran fullback Slater replaces Greg Inglis (broken thumb) as skipper with coach Kevin Walters forced into a number of changes due to injuries.

The Maroons skipper was at his mercurial best in Queensland 's game one loss at the MCG and has revelled in the captaincy since taking over from Cameron Smith, who quit representative football on the eve of the series. But it will provide a nice moment for Slater

He was sent to hospital for scans and soon ruled out of Origin III after being told he could be sidelined for four to six weeks.

The bombshell came just hours after boom Maroons rookie Kalyn Ponga (hamstring) was ruled out of game three.

NSW have 'out-Origined' Qld: Slater

  NSW have 'out-Origined' Qld: Slater New Queensland captain Billy Slater admits NSW have "out-Origined" his side this year but believes his side can spark a revival by claiming game three.For years Queensland may have set the State of Origin benchmark but Billy Slater admits NSW have "out-Origined" his side this series as the Maroons look to avoid a rare whitewash.

AHEAD of his final State of Origin, Billy Slater is set to be handed the Queensland captaincy for the first time. The Maroons are expected to confirm on Monday the veteran fullback will replace injured centre Greg Inglis (broken thumb) as skipper in July 11’s dead rubber in Brisbane.

Cherry-Evans ended 1,111 days on the Maroons outer when he was named to start at halfback, replacing Ben Hunt who has been relegated to the bench in another new -look Queensland team. Veteran fullback Billy Slater will become Queensland 's 14th captain in his 31st and final Origin

And Sydney Roosters prop Dylan Napa (knee) may also be an Origin III scratching.

QRL officials were left scrambling trying to find a replacement centre on Sunday night, forcing them to abandon their scheduled 7pm Sunday night team reveal via their website.

"The scheduled naming of the Queensland State of Origin team for Game III of this year's series has been delayed following a late injury to captain and centre Greg Inglis," a QRL statement said.

"Due to this unforeseen circumstance, naming of the team could be delayed possibly as late as the morning of Monday, July 2.

"QRL Media apologises to fans on the delay, but will keep you updated as soon as the final team is confirmed."

The Maroons may push winger Dane Gagai into the centres with Will Chambers, and recall Brisbane winger Corey Oates for game three.

Manly's Daly Cherry-Evans is reportedly set to replace Ben Hunt at halfback, ending three years in the Origin wilderness.

Hunt is still in the Maroons mix as bench utility, replacing the injured Ponga.

The loss of 32-Origin veteran Inglis is another blow to the battling Maroons as they try to send out Slater in style.

They are trying to avoid only the fourth NSW series whitewash in Origin history and first since 2000.

Queensland coach Kevin Walters faces his third-straight match plagued by injury dramas in a nightmare start to life without retired Maroons greats Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk.

Qld Maroons are in good hands: Slater .
Retiring great Billy Slater believes he's leaving Queensland in good hands after helping steer the Maroons to an 18-12 State of Origin III win.Queensland provided one final highlight for stand-in skipper Slater, downing NSW 18-12 in State of Origin III in Brisbane in a fitting farewell for the veteran fullback.

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