SELECTED: Cameron Munster of the Storm in action during last year's NRL grand final. He is set to make his State of Origin debut.
SELECTED: Cameron Munster of the Storm in action during last year's NRL grand final. He is set to make his State of Origin debut. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Munster can excel on big stage: ex-Maroons ball-player

RUGBY LEAGUE: He's impressed in the NRL and now Cameron Munster can excel on the sport's biggest stage of all, according to former Queensland ball-player Kerrod Walters.

The Melbourne Storm 22-year-old was on Monday named to make his debut for Queensland in a pressure-packed series decider against New South Wales at Brisbane next week.

Munster could slot in into five-eighth or at centre, in the absence of injured stars Johnathan Thurston and Darius Boyd.

But wherever he plays, he'll make a significant impact, says Sunshine Coast-based Walters.

"I think he's made for Origin. He's a big strong fellow and he's got a lot of ability," he said.

"I think he certainly deserves an opportunity."

Walters pointed to Munster's performance on Friday night, when he played a telling role for the Storm.

"If you can excel in the NRL there's no reason you shouldn't excel in Origin and against the Broncos he certainly stood out."

"And he's obviously been in the (Queensland) emerging squad for a number of years so they earmarked him early on as a potential Origin player of the future and now he's got his opportunity so good luck to him."

Munster already has a club connection with Maroons mainstays and play-makers.

"The beauty is that Cameron plays with Billy (Slater) and Cooper (Cronk) and Cameron (Smith) week-in week-out so he'll be fine there," Walters, the brother of Queensland coach Kevin, said.

He also also plays regularly alongside Will Chambers and Tim Glasby.

Munster may don the six jersey as cover for an icon.

"Johnathan Thurston is a huge loss and you can't replace a player of his calibre," Walters said.

"But I'm pretty confident whoever plays five-eighth, whether it's Cameron or Michael (Morgan) that they're both in terrific form and they'll do well."

News Corp Australia


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