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State of Origin: Mal Meninga says Queensland has huge talent bank

Discussion in 'News' started by Jethro, Jan 30, 2014.

By Jethro on Jan 30, 2014 at 11:40 PM
  1. Jethro

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    Depth is looking so good for eight-time defending State of Origin champions Queensland that coach Mal Meninga reckons even inspirational skipper Cameron Smith can be replaced.


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Discussion in 'News' started by Jethro, Jan 30, 2014.

    1. Jethro

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      Depth is looking so good for eight-time defending State of Origin champions Queensland that coach Mal Meninga reckons even inspirational skipper Cameron Smith can be replaced.

      Eyebrows w[​IMG]ere raised when the man expected to slot in for recovering Maroons veteran Justin Hodges (Achilles) for the bulk of this year's series - Newcastle centre Dane Gagai - had a line put through his name after a discipline breach at the recent Emerging Origin squad camp.

      But Meninga is confident about Queensland's back-up ranks, saying the Maroons even have a ready replacement for former Golden Boot winner Smith- Sydney Roosters hooker Jake Friend.

      ''Most pleasing is the depth of talent that we now have at our disposal across all positions, thanks to the development work that has been done as part of our future planning,'' Meninga said.

      ''Even someone as irreplaceable to our team as our captain Cameron Smith, if the worst was to happen and he was not available through injury, we have a guy like Jake Friend waiting in the wings who, to me, looks tailor-made for Origin footy.

      ''And behind Jake, we had [Penrith's] James Segeyaro in the Emerging Origin program as well, so that gives you an idea of the quality of depth we are talking about. There is that quality across all of the positions, and we have a number of players ready to establish themselves as Queensland Origin players for the next five to 10 years.''

      Melbourne's Justin O'Neill and Will Chambers - who have both served as 18th man for the Maroons - are expected to get the jump on Gagai, who Meninga said would have to serve a ''penance'' for his breach before being considered again.

      Meninga admitted a changing of the guard in his experienced squad loomed but moves were already in place to ease into that transition.

      ''We are now getting to the stage where we will have to start making some tough calls,'' he said. ''[But] we had two players from the Emerging squad step up to make their Origin debuts in Daly Cherry-Evans and Josh Papalii, and there is no reason to think guys from this year's program could not follow the same path.''

      AAP - Laine Clark

      http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/state-of-origin-mal-meninga-says-queensland-has-huge-talent-bank-20140130-31pnv.html
       
    2. Chip and Chase

      Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      Looks like Matty Ballin has fallen off the QLD radar according to Mal.
       
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      • mozgrame

        mozgrame Well-Known Member

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        And how many are from CQ ?

        Travis WADDELL Proserpine
        Ben HUNT Dingo
        Josh HOFFMAN Mackay
        Daly CHERRY-EVANS Mackay
        Dave Taylor Mackay
        Ben BARBA Mackay
        Brett SEYMOUR Mackay
        Luke CAPEWELL Charleville
        Jharal YOW YEH Yeppoon
        Ben RIDGE Yeppoon/Roma
        Matt SCOTT Ilfracombe
        Dane NIELSEN Mackay
        Antonio KAUFUSI Bundaberg
        Maurice BLAIR Maryborough
        Neville COSTIGAN Mackay
        Nick EMMETT Hervey Bay
        Gavin COOPER Murgon
        Chris SANDOW Cherbourg
        Willie TONGA Cherbourg
        Matt BALLIN Kingaroy
        Jacob LILLYMAN Richmond
        Jamie SIMPSON Rockhampton
        Chris MCQUEEN Kingaroy
        Dane GAGAI Mackay
        Tom HUMBLE Blackwater
        Corey OATES Baralaba
        Javarn WHITE Rockhampton
        Rhyse MARTIN Proserpine
        Corey Parker Mackay

        I'm sure I've missed a few.

        And what about the old CQ Guard?

        Gary Larson Gladstone
        Jason Hetherington Baralaba
        PJ Marsh Blackwater
        Clinton Schifcofske Moranbah
        Mal Meninga Monto
        Sid Domic Rockhampton
        Rhys Wesser Rockhampton
        Rod Reddy Rockhampton
        Dale Shearer Sarina
        Martin Bella Sarina
        Alan McIndoe Emerald
        Steve Jackson Mackay
        Steve Renouf Murgon
        Brett Dallas Mackay
        Julian O’Neill Yeppoon
        Trevor Gillmeister Gladstone
        Adrian Vowles Charleville
        Matt Sing Dysart
        Kevin Campion Sarina
        Wendell Sailor Sarina
        Steven Bell Emerald
        Josh Hannay Moranbah
        Travis Norton Moranbah
        John Doyle Yeppoon
        Stuart Kelly Taroom
        Jamie Goddard Mt Isa
        Owen Cunningham Mackay
        Darren Fritz Rockhampton
        Les Kiss Bundaberg
        Brad Tessmann Kingaroy
        Paul Bowman Proserpine, Yeppoon
        Russell Bawden Mt. Isa
        Carl Webb Mt. Isa

        Again, I bet I've missed some.

        Bloody hell...give us a team already!! The CQ region demands a team to call their own! I demand a team for CQ!!!


        Then I can at least once a year drive 5 mins into town to watch the greatest team to ever pull on a jersey. MANLY!!!!
         
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        • Lord Eagleton

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          Lol please tell me you are joking, there is a town called Dingo in this country?
           
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          • mozgrame

            mozgrame Well-Known Member

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            We also have an Emu Park. lol
             
          • SeaEagleRock8

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            Dingo is a small town in outback Queensland.
            "Dingo holds the annual World Championship Dingo Trap Throwing and Picnic Races in July. For more information, just ask at the 24 hour service station on the Highway."
            Can't understand how you've never heard of it :s
             
          • Shoe1

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            How's Yeppoon? Nice spot?
             
          • mozgrame

            mozgrame Well-Known Member

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            Dingo would be described as "Outback" only by someone who has never been in the bush. Bloody hell...it's about 2 hours from the coast. LOL
             
          • globaleagle

            globaleagle Deux bourbons s'il vous plait Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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            That's just up the road from Eagle rock!
             
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            • mozgrame

              mozgrame Well-Known Member

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              Not at the moment. 100km wind gusts, pissing down rain. On the upside, it's not Bowen. Last week people were praying for a little rain lol. Oh well, it's all part of the price we pay for living in paradise.

              I think Evil Eddie summed it up best in his song - Queensland.

              NOW LET ME
              WELCOME EVERYONE TO THE BLEACH SANDS OF QUEENSLAND STINKING HOT DAYS COLD BEERS AND CHEAP LAND
              BIKINI CLAD BACKPACKERS AND WEED PLANTS
              CALIFORNIA BEACH TANS BUT INSTEAD OF STREET GANGS
              AND GOLD BLING OR GETTING CAPPED ON YOUR STEPS
              HERE YOU CAN PAT A STINGRAY AND MAYBE GET A STAB IN THE CHEST FROM WHAT INHABITS THE DEPTHS OF THE REEF
              CAUSE EVERY CREATURE IN OUR HABITAT HAS VENOM OR TEETH
              IN BRIEF WE GOT FLYS THE SIZE OF ZIPPO LIGHTERS
              MOSQUITOS BITING US RIFE WITH HEPATITIS
              NO LIE WE GOT THE HIGHEST COUNT OF VENOMOUS SNAKES
              AND POISONOUS ARACHNOIDS THAN ANY OTHER PLACE
              WE GOT WEATHER EXTREMES IN EVERY SENSE IT CAN MEAN
              FAMINES AND BUSHFIRES DEATH AND DISEASE
              WE GOT COWS WE GOT MUD WE GOT DROUGHTS WE GOT FLOOD
              WE GOT CYCLONES RIPPING UP OUR HOUSES AND PUBS
              STILL THERE’S OUNCES OF BUD THAT LOCAL OUTLAWS
              GIVE HUGE AMOUNTS OF LOVE GROWIN’ OUTDOORS
              SO THIS IS GOING OUT YALL ON MY NEW LP
              TO EVERY CORNER OF THE SAUNA CALLED THE QLD

              CAUSE IN THE SUNSHINE STATE WHERE FUN TIMES AWAIT
              AND THE COPS DON’T GET NO DUMBER
              EVEN YA BIG CITY STREETS THAT ARE BRINGING THE HEAT
              HAVE GOT NOTHING ON A QUEENSLAND SUMMER

              THIS IS QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA
              LET ME HER IT IF YOUR OUT THERE ‘HO’
              FROM THE NORTH TO THE SOUTH SAY ‘HO’
              QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA
              LET ME HER IT IF YOUR OUT THERE ‘HO’
              FROM THE NORTH TO THE SOUTH SAY ‘HO’

              SHOW YOUR BACK TO US SHAKE THAT GLUTIOUS MAXIMUS HEY
              SHOW YOUR BACK TO US SHAKE THAT GLUTIOUS MAXIMUS HEY
              SHOW YOUR BACK TO US SHAKE THAT GLUTIOUS MAXIMUS HEY
              SHOW YOUR BACK TO US SHAKE THAT GLUTIOUS MAXIMUS HEY


              SO NOW THAT WE’RE THE STATE YA SCHOOLIES COME FOR HOLIDAYS
              TO GET DEBAUCHED LIKE GEORGE BUSH’S COLLEGE DAYS
              WE GOT THE GIRLS AND THE SUN AND SURF AND THERE’S
              NO OTHER PLACE ON EARTH I’D RATHER CALL MY HOME TURF
              SINCE BIRTH I BEEN IN BRISSY WORLD’S MOST LIVEABLE CITY
              WE’RE CALLING POTS WHAT SYDNEY CALLS A MIDI
              IT’S HARDLY ANY DRAMA THOUGH WE ONLY ORDER SCHOONERS
              AND GROW BANANAS LIKE CHERNOBYL’S GROWING TUMOURS
              YA HEARD SO MANY RUMOURS GROWING UP ABOUT THE DROP BEARS LIKE THE SCOTT’S DO THE MONSTER IN THE LOCH NESS
              THAT WHEN A CROC TEARS PEOPLE TO SHREDS
              YA DON’T FLINCH EVEN IF IT’S EATIN’ EACH OF YA LEGS
              THE POLICE ARE IN BED WITH ALL THE CRIMINAL TYPES
              AND LET EM DO WHATEVER WITH MINIMAL HYPE
              POLITICIANS TO CRIME ARE LIKE PENISES TO FOETUSES
              WHEN PEOPLE VOTE YOUR LEADERS IN LIKE JOH BJELKE PETERSON
              BUT EVEN WITH NO REASONING I’D GIVE IT UP
              TO THE PLACE I LIVE IT UP AND STATE I GIVE A ****
              SO MATE FROM WYNNUM UP TO CAPE YORK PENINSULA
              I’M BIGGIN UP THE WHOLE FRIGGIN STATE WHEN I RIP IT UP

              CAUSE IN THE SUNSHINE STATE WHERE FUN TIMES AWAIT
              AND THE COPS DON’T GET NO DUMBER
              EVEN YA BIG CITY STREETS THAT ARE BRINGING THE HEAT
              HAVE GOT NOTHING ON A QUEENSLAND SUMMER

              THIS IS QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA
              LET ME HER IT IF YOUR OUT THERE ‘HO’
              FROM THE NORTH TO THE SOUTH SAY ‘HO’
              QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA
              LET ME HER IT IF YOUR OUT THERE ‘HO’
              FROM THE NORTH TO THE SOUTH SAY ‘HO’

              SHOW YOUR BACK TO US SHAKE THAT GLUTIOUS MAXIMUS HEY
              SHOW YOUR BACK TO US SHAKE THAT GLUTIOUS MAXIMUS HEY
              SHOW YOUR BACK TO US SHAKE THAT GLUTIOUS MAXIMUS HEY
              SHOW YOUR BACK TO US SHAKE THAT GLUTIOUS MAXIMUS HEY
               
            • COMMANDER

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              Dingo.

              That's in Queensland!
               
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