Big guns back for Queensland for 2nd Origin clash

KEVIN Walters is feeling the heat as the Maroons coach prepares to name his side for the second State of Origin clash in Sydney.

A dislocated shoulder has forced Anthony Milford to drop out, while Corey Oates, Sam Thaiday, Aidan Guerra, Jacob Lillyman, Nate Myles and Justin O'Neill have been omitted.

"We didn't get the result we needed in game one so we went to plan B to bring some new players in the team which haven't played Origin".

Not since 2002 have Queensland made six changes mid-series, but the mass revamp expected to be announced by chairman Bruce Hatcher will see a vastly different 17 run out at ANZ Stadium next Wednesday.

His snubbing has left Queensland fans heartbroken as Cronulla flyer Valentine Holmes gets ready to make his debut.

Queensland, which has won 10 of the last 11 series, on Monday made seven changes to the Maroons squad which lost 28-4 in Brisbane last month, with four veteran forwards dropped to make way for the likes of rookies Coen Hess, Jarrod Wallace and Tim Glasby.

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Coach Kevin Walters noted that while axing so many long-time Maroons was a hard call, the time was right to transition the Queensland side to a new generation of Maroons. "The transition period for Queensland is now".

A squad sheet can not hide the seven changes made to the side, which Kevin Walters labelled as inevitable after the last two results for the side.

In the forwards, North Queensland youngster Hess will make his debut while Cowboys teammate Gavin Cooper returns to the Origin arena at the age of 31.

QLD Maroons squad in full: Darius Boyd, Will Chambers, Gavin Cooper, Cooper Cronk, Dane Gagai, Matt Gillett, Tim Glasby, Coen Hess, Valentine Holmes, Josh McGuire, Michael Morgan, Dylan Napa, Josh Papalii, Billy Slater, Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston, Jarrod Wallace.

"We just picked 17 players who we feel are the best 17 for Queensland".

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