Kalyn Ponga of the Maroons is seen reacting during Game 2 of the 2019 State of Origin series.
Kalyn Ponga of the Maroons is seen reacting during Game 2 of the 2019 State of Origin series.

Fresh faces in Walters’ 2020 Maroons squad

TO THE surprise of absolutely nobody, Mackay’s talented trio of Dane Gagai, Daly Cherry-Evans and Kalyn Ponga were today named in the 33-man Queensland Maroons squad for 2020.

Gagai, 28, will reprise his role in Maroon for a sixth year, having debuted in 2015.

Cherry-Evans, who got his first State of Origin start in 2013, will look to add to his 10 Queensland caps next year.

Barring injury, breakout star Ponga will almost certainly add to his three-game Origin total in the 2020 series.

Josh Papalii of the Maroons celebrates with Daly Cherry-Evans after scoring a try during Game 3 of the 2019 State of Origin series.
Josh Papalii of the Maroons celebrates with Daly Cherry-Evans after scoring a try during Game 3 of the 2019 State of Origin series.

In a strategic move away from the traditional Emerging Origin camp, Maroons coach Kevin Walters decided he wanted the complete squad at the pre-season camp to begin preparations for the 2020 campaign.

“We want the 2020 Origin squad to spend as much time together to build their relationships off the field as well in their specific positions,” Walters said.

“It is also a wonderful opportunity for those who haven’t experienced State of Origin football to mix in and spend time with current team members.

“There has always been a strong bond and mateship between Queensland players and we will continue to drive that message over the two-day camp.”

Dane Gagai will be back in Queensland Maroons camp when the 33-man squad meets in Brisbane in early February.
Dane Gagai will be back in Queensland Maroons camp when the 33-man squad meets in Brisbane in early February.

Ten of those selected for the 2020 squad are yet to don a Maroons jersey.

Canberra Raiders wrecking ball Corey Horsburgh, who has been part of the Queensland Emerging Origin Program, is in the line-up alongside Cronulla Sharks speed demon Ronaldo Mulitalo, who ran out for the Queensland Under 20 side this year.

The other eight yet to debut are AJ Brimson, Kurt Capewell, Kyle Feldt, Phillip Sami, Jake Friend, Reed Mahoney, Thomas Flegler, and Jaydn Su’A.

Four players who formed part of the 15-strong 2019 Emerging Origin squad – Joe Ofahengaue, Christian Welch, David Fifita and Corey Norman – earned a Maroons call-up this year following camp in January.

The 2020 Maroons squad will get together in Brisbane at the start of February.

QUEENSLAND MAROONS 2020 SQUAD

Jai Arrow

AJ Brimson

Daly Cherry-Evans

Kurt Capewell

Kyle Feldt

David Fifita

Thomas Flegler

Jake Friend

Dane Gagai

Tim Glasby

Coen Hess

Valentine Holmes

Corey Horsburgh

Ben Hunt

Felise Kaufusi

Ethan Lowe

Reed Mahoney

Moses Mbye

Josh McGuire

Anthony Milford

Michael Morgan

Ronaldo Mulitalo

Cameron Munster

Dylan Napa

Corey Norman

Corey Oates

Joe Ofahengaue

Josh Papalii

Kalyn Ponga

Phillip Sami

jadyn Su’A

Jarrod Wallace

Christian Welch



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