Queensland coach Billy Slater has made a significant change to his State of Origin team for the upcoming match, giving Corey Horsburgh his first cap. This opportunity is the culmination of a standout season for the Canberra Raiders forward, who has impressed with his aggressive style of play. Horsburgh will be replacing Tom Flegler, who is out due to a Lisfranc injury. Despite his young age of 25, Horsburgh has already showcased his skills on the field, averaging 117 run metres and 37 tackles per game. Slater has noted Horsburgh’s dedication and enthusiasm, particularly during the team’s preparation for game two. Horsburgh’s selection highlights the progress he has made and the impact he can bring to the Queensland team.
Additionally, Gold Coast fullback AJ Brimson has been called in to fill the void left by the suspended Reece Walsh. Brimson had a successful Origin debut in 2020 but has faced setbacks due to injuries. Despite playing only nine games for the Titans this year, Brimson has made the most of his opportunities, averaging impressive statistics of 156 metres and five tackle busts per game in the seven matches he has completed. His try assists and line breaks have also come in these injury-free contests. Brimson’s inclusion in the starting lineup is a testament to his skills and the value he can bring to the team.
In his quest for a series clean sweep, Slater has kept the remainder of the lineup unchanged. Harry Grant will start at hooker, with Ben Hunt on the bench. This consistent lineup reflects Slater’s confidence in the players’ abilities and his desire to continue their winning momentum. The Queensland team will be aiming to become the first Origin team in a decade to achieve a 3-0 series sweep.
The Queensland team for game three is as follows: AJ Brimson (fullback), Xavier Coates (wing), Valentine Holmes (centre), Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow (centre), Murray Taulagi (wing), Cameron Munster (five-eighth), Daly Cherry-Evans (captain, halfback), Reuben Cotter (prop), Ben Hunt (hooker), Tino Fa’asuamaleaui (prop), David Fifita (second row), Jeremiah Nanai (second row), Pat Carrigan (lock), with Harry Grant, Lindsay Collins, Moeaki Fotuaika, and Corey Horsburgh on the interchange. Tom Dearden, J’maine Hopgood, and the remaining players make up the extended bench. Slater’s selection showcases a well-balanced team that possesses both experience and fresh talent, ready to take on New South Wales in the final match of the series.