LIVE: Maroons' Kevin Walters reveals Game 3 Origin side

BEN Hunt has achieved the most incredible rise in rugby league, going from reserve grade to his Queensland debut within the space of a month.

Maroons coach Kevin Walters confirmed the Broncos halfback will make his Origin debut in the decider next Wednesday, with Hunt to come off the bench as a utility.

The selection has come as a surprise, after Hunt was dropped to play with the Ipswich Jets just a few weeks ago by Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett.

But Walters said he is confident in what Hunt can do with the series in the balance.

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Dane Gagai of the Maroons scores a try during State of Origin Game II between the NSW Blues and Queensland Maroons, at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Dane Gagai of the Maroons scores a try during State of Origin Game II between the NSW Blues and Queensland Maroons, at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY DAN HIMBRECHTS

 

Hunt was also selected over the in-form Daly Cherry-Evans but Walters said it was because Hunt has played a similar role for the Broncos in the past.

"Ben, we like what he can bring to the team," Walters said.

"DCE obviously came up in a lot of the discussions but Ben will be coming off the bench for us.

"If DCE was playing, he had to be in the starting 13 ... Ben can bring a bit more value off the bench in other roles we are going to designate towards him.

"We like what we see in Ben. He could possibly be the future of the Maroons as well."

Walters said he rang Cherry-Evans today and that the Manly half was understanding of why he was not in the team but was disappointed by suggestions he missed selection because he does not fit into the Maroons fold.

Walters labelled those claims as "hogwash".

The Queensland selectors named a squad again for Game Three, with no clear replacement yet for Johnathan Thurston.

Walters confirmed it will come down to Michael Morgan and Cameron Munster for the five-eighth role.

"We'll sort that out through the next couple of days," he said.

"It's probably better that we talk to our players first and see where we go to from there.

"It's more just getting them together and getting them relaxed as we can be."

Cowboys five-eighth Michael Morgan is in line to make his starting debut for Queensland, while Cameron Munster, Daly Cherry-Evans and bolter Ben Hunt are also fighting for selection.

We'll have all the latest news as the Queensland team for State of Origin III is named.

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