Queensland rugby league team

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Queensland Maroons
Team information
NicknamesMaroons
Canetoads
Queenslanders
Governing body Queensland Rugby League
Head coach Paul Green
Captain Daly Cherry-Evans
Most caps Cameron Smith (42)
Top try-scorer Greg Inglis (18)
Top point-scorer Johnathan Thurston (220)
Home stadium Suncorp Stadium (52,500)
Uniforms
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First colours
Team results
First game
Queensland colours.svg Queensland 34–12 New Zealand New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg
(Brisbane Exhibition Ground, Brisbane; 16 May 1908)
First State of Origin game
Queensland colours.svg Queensland 20–10 New South Wales New South Wales colours.svg
(Lang Park, Brisbane; 8 July 1980)
Biggest win
Queensland colours.svg Queensland 52–6 New South Wales New South Wales colours.svg
(Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane; 8 July 2015)
Biggest defeat
New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales 69–5 Queensland Queensland colours.svg
(Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney; 4 June 1957)

The Queensland rugby league team represents the Australian state of Queensland in rugby league football. Nicknamed the "Maroons" after the colour of their jersey, they play three times a year against arch-rivals New South Wales in the State of Origin series. Coached by Paul Green and captained by Daly Cherry-Evans, the team is administered by the Queensland Rugby League and plays all of its home matches at Brisbane's Lang Park (now known as Suncorp Stadium).

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Since 1908, a rugby league team representing Queensland has been assembled from players based in the state to compete annually against New South Wales. The team used to play matches against other high-profile foreign and domestic touring teams, but has not played anyone other than New South Wales in several decades. From 1980 onwards, when Queensland was first allowed to select players of local origin even if they were currently at clubs outside its borders, the team's success rate against New South Wales improved dramatically. Until 1987 clubs from both the Brisbane Rugby League and the NSWRL provided players for the side. Maroons players have been chosen exclusively from clubs in the National Rugby League since Game III 2001 when Allan Langer was selected from the Super League. As of 2020, the Maroons have won twelve out of the past fifteen series, including a record-breaking eight successive State of Origin victories between 2006 and 2013.

History

Residential era (1908–1979)

Queensland had already been playing in their maroon jerseys each year against New South Wales in their sky blue before the split in rugby football between union and league took place. Queensland's captain, Mike Dore, left the rugby union establishment to play the new Northern Union brand of football in 1907 and his decision to switch codes influenced many other Queensland union players including his brother, to join the rugby league ranks. The first Queensland rugby league team ever formed, like the first New South Wales and Australian teams ever formed, was for playing the ground-breaking 1907-08 New Zealand rugby tourists, and was as follows: [1]

1. Roy Allingham, 2. Doug McLean, 3. George Watson, 4. Arthur O'Brien, 5. William Evans, 6. William Abrahams, 7. Mick Dore
8. Jack Horan, 9. Robert Tubman, 10. William Hardcastle, 11. Vic Anderson, 12. Ernest Cartmill, 13. Jack Fihelly

Still some months away from having its own competition, when Queensland first played rugby league against New South Wales in the opening match of the 1908 interstate series they lost 43 – 0. [2] This set the precedent for much of interstate rugby league's early history in Australia. During the 1912 New Zealand rugby league tour of Australia, Queensland lost both its matches against the Kiwis in Brisbane. Again, Queensland played two matches against the Kiwis during the 1913 New Zealand rugby league tour of Australia and again the Maroons lost both.

1924 Queensland side - captain Jim Craig Queensland state rugby league team (1924, Sydney).jpg
1924 Queensland side – captain Jim Craig

New South Wales had won every match between the two states until 1922, when the Maroons, with Cyril Connell playing at halfback, achieved their maiden victory. This commenced Queensland's only golden period before the introduction of State of Origin. In 1925 Queensland toured New Zealand and played against the full New Zealand side. [3] The Queensland side was invited to tour ahead of the New South Wales side because Queensland was the more dominant of the two during this period.

During the 1951 French rugby league tour of Australia and New Zealand Queensland played one match against the successful France national rugby league team, a 19-all draw. As the twentieth century progressed, New South Wales proved to be the dominant team. Queensland did not win an interstate series against New South Wales until 1958. The powerful New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership attracted many Queenslanders south of the border, and the "residential" selection policy meant that the Maroons would often be disadvantaged against New South Wales teams containing many Queenslanders playing in the New South Wales club competition.

1949 Queensland side - captain Bill Tyquin Queensland state rugby league team (1949, Sydney).jpg
1949 Queensland side – captain Bill Tyquin

In the 1970s Queensland only won four matches, and it was decided that if New South Wales won the first two games of the 1980 series that there would be a "State of Origin" selection policy for the last game. This meant that selection would be based on the state a player made his senior debut in, not the state that he currently played in. Queensland's first truly representative team won the first State of Origin match 20–10 on 8 July 1980. After Queensland lost the first two games in 1981 the third match was again a State of Origin match. Queensland also won this game, and all subsequent series have been played under State of Origin selection criteria.

Queensland's overall record in interstate clashes between 1908 and 1981 (non-State of Origin matches) was 54 wins, 8 draws and 159 losses in 221 games. Between 1908 and 1979 Queensland also played matches against a number of touring Test teams.

Tour Matches
OpponentGames PlayedGames Won
Great Britain165
France43
South Africa11

State of Origin era (1980 – present)

In the inaugural State of Origin match in 1980, Queensland surprised all in a commanding 20–10 win over New South Wales. Arthur Beetson and Chris Close were the stars for Queensland, but Kerry Boustead scored Queensland's first ever try. This saw the new State of Origin rules applied a fairer game, saw it again in 1981. In 1981, legendary captain Arthur Beetson was ready to play before injury ruled him out, so he became coach of the team, and would remain so for the next three years. It seemed that State of Origin might still be dominated by New South Wales with the Blues ahead 15–0, but a remarkable comeback by Queensland saw them defeat New South Wales 22–15 with young captain Wally Lewis and Chris Close the stars of the comeback win. This match gave rugby league officials the impetus to decide that 1982 should have 2 State of Origin matches and a decider if required.

In 1982, for the first time all three matches of the interstate series were played using 'origin' selection rules. New South Wales won their first State of Origin match in Game One, but this was not enough to stop Queensland winning the second and third games with Mal Meninga, Rod Morris and captain Wally Lewis the heroes for Queensland of the series. The next year New South Wales won the second game, but Queensland dominated the first and the decider winning the series with Wally Lewis being the saviour for Queensland.

At the end of the 1983 seasons in Qld and NSW, the Queensland team also toured Papua New Guinea and England. Their tour of Great Britain saw them play three matches. The first against Hull Kingston Rovers resulted in an 8–6 loss, though the Wally Lewis led Maroons then easily won their remaining matches against Wigan (40–2) and Leeds (58–2).

In 1984, Queensland won the first two games for the series, dominating the series, with Kerry Boustead and Wally Lewis the stars of the series, New South Wales won the final match.

In 1985, Queensland saw their first ever series loss to New South Wales. New South Wales were dominant through the series. Queensland's poor performance could be seen as Arthur Beetson retiring as coach or New South Wales halfback Steve Mortimer in good form. Queensland lost the first two matches but won the third match. Under new coach, Wayne Bennett, the 1986 series saw Queensland play a lot better but the scoreboard didn't show it. Queensland lost all 3 games, only by small margins for each game, but the fact was New South Wales had whitewashed Queensland.

In 1987, looking for redemption, Queensland lost the first game to New South Wales, but managed to win the last two games giving Wayne Bennett his first series win. Allan Langer's debut in the 1987 series saw Queensland win their first series since 1984, Langer went on to play 34 games for Queensland. In the exhibition match fourth game of 1987 in the USA, Queensland couldn't manage to win. The Maroons also toured New Zealand in 1987.

In 1988, the introduction of Queensland-based clubs for the first grade competition Brisbane Broncos and Gold Coast, saw more wealth of talent for Queensland. In 1988 and 1989 it was Allan Langer and Wally Lewis's formidable halves partnership that had them dominate both series winning all 6 matches and not letting New South Wales win. Wayne Bennett won the 1988 series while returning coach Arthur Beetson won the 1989 series. As a result, in 1989 a record-breaking twelve Queenslanders were selected to tour with the Australian national team. [4]

In 1990, the New South Wales team managed to win their first game since 1987, and going on to defeat the Queensland team 2–1 in the series, giving Queensland coach Arthur Beetson his first ever series loss with the team. In 1991, it was Queensland legend Wally Lewis, now known as the King, last series. With a new coach, Graham Lowe, Queensland won the first game, before New South Wales won the second. With Lewis's last game, the decider, the Queensland team managed to win the game by two points and give Lewis the perfect sendoff.

For the series 1992 to 1994 it seemed that Wally Lewis was sorely missed, losing a record three series in a row. With veteran Mal Meninga taking over as captain, Lowe continuing as coach, the Queensland team were unable to show any spark against New South Wales. They were able to win a game in each of the series in 1992, 1993, and 1994. The King Wally Lewis took over coaching for the Queensland team in 1993 and 1994, the QRL hoping he would revive some spark to the team.

In 1995, the Queensland team was noticeably hampered being unable to select players from the Super League teams, most notably the Brisbane Broncos. With new coach and former Queensland captain Paul Vautin, the Queensland team were apparently going to be belted by the New South Wales team. It was not to be. In one of the biggest upsets in Origin history, the baby Queensland team defied all betting odds and whitewashed the New South Wales team 3–0. In 1996, New South Wales got their revenge and whitewashed the Queensland team. In 1997, during the Super League War and the rival Super League Tri-series with another Queensland, New South Wales and New Zealand representative teams. Queensland were unable to win the series ending Vautin's reign as coach.

In 1998, Queensland re-employed Wayne Bennett as coach of the team who only wanted a one-year stint at the team. With the Super League War over, Queensland was able to pick a great side again. Allan Langer returned in style in a man of the match appearance guiding the Queensland team to a close 24–23 win in the first game. New South Wales won the second, but Queensland dominated the third and won. With new coach and former Queensland player Mark Murray at the helm the Queensland team won the first before losing the second. In controversial circumstances, Queensland were locked up at 6 all at half-time, scored with 8 minutes to go making it 10–6 seemingly wrapping up the game, but New South Wales scored and missed the conversion to finish the game 10-all, making it the first drawn game and series in State of Origin history. Queensland won the series by retaining the drawn shield. 2000 was a forgettable series, captain Gorden Tallis was sent from the field for dissent to referee Bill Harrigan in a 20–16 loss in Game One. Queensland lost Game Two 28–10 before suffering their worst ever State of Origin defeat 56–16 in Game Three to cap a 3–0 wipewish of the series.

In 2001, Wayne Bennett again took over after their humiliating 3–0 loss in 2000. Queensland won the first game decisively however injuries saw them lose the second game and those injuries were still there for Game Three. This saw coach Bennett take a huge risk, bringing out of retirement Allan Langer to make a miraculous comeback. Although some thought Langer couldn't rise to the challenge, the great halfback inspired Queensland to a win in the final game 40–14. In 2002, Langer again returned however Queensland were thumped in Game One 32–4. Queensland won Game Two 26–18 in spite of a horror debut by winger Justin Hodges who gifted New South Wales two tries via ingoal mistakes. The third game proved to be Langers final game, but a miraculous last minute try by back rower Dane Carlaw saw Queensland draw level with New South Wales 18-all. The game could have been won by Queensland if Lote Tuquri had converted the Carlaw try, but the conversion was wide thus resulting in the second drawn series in Origin history with Queensland retaining the shield.

The 2003 series, marked a period of New South Wales dominance at Origin. New South Wales won a hard fought first game 25–12 before disposing of Queensland 27–4 in Game Two. The Queensland team took their anger out by flogging New South Wales in the dead rubber third game 36–6. Queensland however could not stop New South Wales taking the 2004 series 2–1 even with new coach Michael Hagan, when Brad Fittler came out of representative retirement for New South Wales to help them defeat Queensland. Game One was notable for being the first State of Origin game to go into Golden Point extra time, with Shaun Timmins kicking the winning field goal for New South Wales to win 9–8. Queensland won Game Two 22–18 on the back of an incredible try to winger Billy Slater the game in which Fitter returned. New South Wales wouldn't be denied in Game Three, winning 36–14 on the back of an inspirational performance by Fittler.

The 2005 series again was not much better for Queensland in spite of a Game One win in Golden Point extra time due to an intercept try to Matthew Bowen off a wayward Brett Kimmorley pass. Queensland however failed to dominate the series losing the final two matches to lose again to New South Wales after halfback Andrew Johns made a memorable return for the final two games. Queensland's 2005 series loss marked their third straight series defeat to New South Wales.

As part of the 25 year celebrations in 2005, Queensland named 25 legends for each year before that. [5] The players below are the people who have change the game forever and will continue to change it even if they are not playing.

No.PositionPlayer
Flag of Australia (converted).svg SR Arthur Beetson
Flag of Australia (converted).svg FB Gary Belcher
Flag of Australia (converted).svg PR Martin Bella
Flag of Australia (converted).svg WG Kerry Boustead
Flag of Australia (converted).svg CE Chris Close
Flag of Australia (converted).svg HK Greg Conescu
Flag of Australia (converted).svg PR Greg Dowling
Flag of Australia (converted).svg SR Trevor Gillmeister
Flag of Australia (converted).svg CE Peter Jackson
Flag of Australia (converted).svg HB Allan Langer
Flag of Australia (converted).svg SR Gary Larson
Flag of Australia (converted).svg FE Wally Lewis
No.PositionPlayer
Flag of Australia (converted).svg SR Bob Lindner
Flag of Australia (converted).svg FB Darren Lockyer
Flag of Australia (converted).svg CE Mal Meninga
Flag of Australia (converted).svg CE Gene Miles
Flag of Australia (converted).svg PR Rod Morris
Flag of Australia (converted).svg WG Dale Shearer
Flag of Australia (converted).svg WG Matt Sing
Flag of Australia (converted).svg LK Darren Smith
Flag of Australia (converted).svg SR Gorden Tallis
Flag of Australia (converted).svg SR Paul Vautin
Flag of Australia (converted).svg FE Kevin Walters
Flag of Australia (converted).svg HK Steve Walters
Flag of Australia (converted).svg PR Shane Webcke

In 2006, former Queensland great Mal Meninga took the helm of coach and he took a big risk in Game One to have 7 debutantes against a formidable New South Wales side. This showed in the opening 30 minutes where mistakes were made and New South Wales dominated on the scoreboard. A comeback in the second half wasn't enough to win, New South Wales getting home 17–16 on the back of a field goal in the final moments by halfback and last minute Blues replacement Brett Finch. This put coach Meninga and captain Darren Lockyer under intense criticism by New South Wales media. The second game however saw the fired up Queensland team defeat New South Wales easily 30–6. In the third and deciding game, Queensland found themselves down 14–4 with 9 minutes to go after some controversial refereeing decisions. However a miraculous comeback started by Johnathan Thurston and Brent Tate and an intercept try by Lockyer saw them steal the win and the series.

In 2007, Queensland were the bookies' favourites for the first time in a long time. Queensland were down 18–6 at half time but came back with 19 unanswered points to win the first game by a score of 25–18. Queensland went on to win the second game 10–6 and win the series. This was Queensland's first win in 12 attempts at Telstra Stadium.

In 2008, Queensland played without Darren Lockyer for the whole series and it showed in the first game in Sydney with Queensland losing 18–10. However, the return match in Brisbane saw Queensland return to form winning 30–0, equalling Queensland's biggest ever victory. The final game was again played at Telstra Stadium, with Queensland being down 10–8 at half time before coming back to win the game 16–10 leaving New South Wales pointless for the second half and on the wrong end of 3 successive series defeats.

The Maroons training in 2009. Ashley Harrison, Ben Hannant, Cameron Smith, Petero Civoniceva and Sam Thaiday (25 June 2009, Cairns).jpg
The Maroons training in 2009.

The mid-season test against the Kiwis in 2009 saw a record-equalling ten Queensland representatives, including an all maroon backline and front row. [6]

In 2009, the Maroons became the first side to win four consecutive Origin series and were named sporting team of the year at the Queensland Sports Awards in December. [7] In 2010, the Maroons had their 5th consecutive series win becoming the first team to ever do so, whilst also winning the games in a 3–0 clean sweep, the first time Queensland had accomplished this since 1995. Billy Slater was named Man of the Series.

In 2011, the Maroons had their 6th consecutive series win becoming the only team to ever do so. Also winning game III 34–24 and the series 2–1 in front of a record home crowd at Suncorp Stadium. This was also their captain Darren Lockyer's final State of Origin game. Cameron Smith was named both Man of the Match and Series.

In 2012, Queensland won game III 21–20 by a field goal in front of a mostly Maroon crowd at Suncorp stadium, making 7 series wins in a row. The final score was attributed partly to the retirement of Petero Civoniceva. Johnathon Thurston was named Man of the Match and Nate Myles was awarded Man of the Series.

In 2013, Queensland took the series again, for the 8th time in succession, after winning the 3rd game at ANZ Stadium in Sydney 12–10. Brent Tate was awarded Man of the Match.

In 2014, Queensland were defeated in an upset at their home stadium in game 1 of the series, and subsequently lost the 2nd game in Sydney, ending their 8-year winning streak.

In 2015, Queensland reclaimed the State of Origin series, with victories in Game I and Game III, at ANZ Stadium and Suncorp Stadium respectively. Game III of the series set a number of State of Origin records, including most goals in a game by a team (9 goals), biggest winning margin (46 points) and highest ever attendance at Suncorp (52,500), with Cameron Smith making his 36th appearance for Queensland in the same match, drawing level with Darren Lockyer for the record of most appearances for Queensland.

On 2 December 2015, Meninga resigned as Queensland head coach and was appointed head coach of the Australian national rugby league team, succeeding Tim Sheens. Meninga ended his 10-year reign as State of Origin's most successful coach. [8] [9]

On 28 December 2015, Kevin Walters was appointed head coach until the end of 2018. Walters, a 20-time Queensland representative and five-time premiership winner with the Brisbane Broncos, served as assistant coach to Meninga during four Origin series wins and coached the Queensland Under 20s side in 2012 and 2014. [10]

In 2016, Cameron Smith broke Queensland's record for most appearances, and captained the Maroons to win Games I and II. Queensland's hopes of their first series whitewash since 2010 were dashed when they lost to NSW in Game III. Corey Parker retired following the match.

2017 would be Johnathan Thurston's last series playing for the Maroons. However, he was injured in a game for the North Queensland Cowboys and was unable to play Game I. Queensland suffered their largest defeat in over 10 years when they lost to NSW 28-4. Thurston returned for Game II and kicked the winning conversion to level the series. However, he was injured again and ruled out for Game III. In his farewell match, which he watched from the coach's box, Queensland defeated NSW 22-6 to win their third straight series and their eleventh from twelve.

Following the end of the 2017 series, coach Kevin Walters had his coaching contract extended for two years.

For the 2018 series, coach Kevin Walters selected Greg Inglis, at the time the top try-scorer in the State of Origin series, as the captain. Significant changes were made to the Queensland team for 2018 following the retirement of key players Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk and the absence of Matthew Scott and Darius Boyd. Queensland then lost to NSW in both 2018 and 2019. [11]

Colours and badge

Former logo Queensland Maroons.jpg
Former logo

The primary colour of Queensland Maroons is Maroon, which represents the state colour of Queensland. The secondary colour is Gold, with an additional contrasting colour of white.

The Maroons badge was created and used since the club's founding in 1908. It features a football set centrally in a stylised Q representing Queensland. Other badges have been used such as a stylised Q with a Kangaroo next to it.

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers

Period Kit manufacturerMajor SponsorMinor SponsorShorts Sponsor
1980, 1985-1986PeerlessNoneNoneNone
1987-1990Peerless (jersey) Patrick (shorts)None*NoneNone
1991PeerlessNone XXXX XXXX
1992-1996 Canterbury (jersey)

EMU (shorts)

None XXXX XXXX
1997-2002 Canterbury None XXXX XXXX
2003-2014 Canterbury AAMI XXXX XXXX
2015-2017 Canterbury Suncorp XXXX* XXXX*
2018 ISC Intrust Super XXXX XXXX
2019 ISC Auswide Bank XXXX XXXX
2020 ISC Auswide Bank XXXX Ice Break
2021 - current Puma Auswide Bank XXXX TBA

Players

While the Queensland rugby league team's players mostly come from Queensland, up until 1980 when residential selection criteria were still used, some of New South Wales' most prominent footballers, such as Dally Messenger and Clive Churchill, also played for the Maroons. Queensland's players are some of the most famous athletes Australia produces, with goal-kicking centre Mal Meninga being named the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year in 1990, the first rugby league player to ever do so. [12] Since the turn of the century Maroons players have become big name footballers not only in rugby league but in other codes as well. Rugby union's 2003 World Cup Final alone featured four former Queensland players: Brad Thorn playing for the All Blacks, and Mat Rogers, Lote Tuqiri and Wendell Sailor playing for the Wallabies. Former Maroons Karmichael Hunt and Israel Folau were both recruited by the AFL to play Australian rules football [13] [14] (and both also currently play professional rugby union).

Current squad

On 7 October 2020, the QRL announced the first 15 players for their 27-man 2020 State of Origin squad. [15] On 9 October 2020, Kalyn Ponga, who was originally chosen in the squad, was ruled out of the series after undergoing shoulder surgery. [16] The squad was finalised following the 2020 NRL Grand Final. [17]

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsPtsClub
Fullback Corey Allan 19 April 1998 (age 23)10 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs
Lock Jai Arrow 12 July 1995 (age 25)50 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans
Fullback AJ Brimson 9 September 1998 (age 22)14 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans
Second-row Kurt Capewell 12 July 1993 (age 27)10 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers
Lock Patrick Carrigan 1 January 1998 (age 23)00 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
Wing Xavier Coates 12 March 2001 (age 20)14 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
Prop Lindsay Collins 17 April 1996 (age 25)10 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters
Halfback Daly Cherry-Evans (Captain)20 February 1989 (age 32)1110 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Prop Tino Fa'asuamaleaui 16 February 2000 (age 21)10 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
Prop Moeaki Fotuaika 16 November 1999 (age 21)10 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans
Hooker Jake Friend 1 February 1990 (age 31)10 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters
Centre , Wing Dane Gagai 3 January 1991 (age 30)1444 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs
Hooker Harry Grant 17 February 1998 (age 23)14 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers
Second-row Coen Hess 14 August 1996 (age 24)60 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
Fullback Valentine Holmes 24 July 1995 (age 25)544 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
Halfback Ben Hunt 27 March 1990 (age 31)80 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons
Wing Hymel Hunt 14 November 1993 (age 27)00 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights
Second-row Felise Kaufusi 19 May 1992 (age 29)74 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
Prop Josh Kerr 11 February 1996 (age 25)00 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons
Centre Brenko Lee 10 October 1995 (age 25)10 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
Wing Edrick Lee 18 September 1992 (age 28)14 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights
Prop Dunamis Lui 16 February 1990 (age 31)10 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders
Five-eighth Cameron Munster 13 September 1994 (age 26)84 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
Prop Josh Papalii 13 May 1992 (age 29)168 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders
Wing Phillip Sami 2 August 1997 (age 23)10 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans
Second-row Jaydn Su'A 23 October 1997 (age 23)10 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs
Prop Christian Welch 19 July 1994 (age 26)20 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm

Team of the Century (1908–2007)

In 2008, the centenary year of rugby league in Australia, the Queensland Rugby League named their best ever 17, selected from all players from 1908–2007. [18]

No.PositionPlayer
Flag of Australia (converted).svg FB Darren Lockyer
Flag of Australia (converted).svg WG Cecil Aynsley
Flag of Australia (converted).svg CE Tom Gorman
Flag of Australia (converted).svg CE Mal Meninga
Flag of Australia (converted).svg WG Denis Flannery
Flag of Australia (converted).svg FE Wally Lewis (c)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg HB Allan Langer
Flag of Australia (converted).svg PR Mick Madsen
Flag of Australia (converted).svg HK Noel Kelly
No.PositionPlayer
Flag of Australia (converted).svg PR Duncan Hall
Flag of Australia (converted).svg SR Brian Davies
Flag of Australia (converted).svg SR Arthur Beetson
Flag of Australia (converted).svg LK Bob Lindner
Flag of Australia (converted).svg RE Jim Craig
Flag of Australia (converted).svg RE Duncan Thompson
Flag of Australia (converted).svg RE Gene Miles
Flag of Australia (converted).svg RE Herb Steinohrt

All-Time Team (1980-2020)

Following Queensland's victory in the 2020 series as State of Origin celebrated its 40th anniversary, Origin legends including Wally Lewis, Paul Vautin, Darren Lockyer and Johnathan Thurston along with New South Wales' Peter Sterling and Andrew Johns selected Queensland's best 17 over the 40 years of State of Origin. [19]

No.PositionPlayer
1 Flag of Australia (converted).svg FB Billy Slater
2 Flag of Australia (converted).svg WG Wendell Sailor
3 Flag of Australia (converted).svg CE Mal Meninga (Player-coach)
4 Flag of Australia (converted).svg CE Greg Inglis
5 Flag of Australia (converted).svg WG Lote Tuqiri
6 Flag of Australia (converted).svg FE Wally Lewis
7 Flag of Australia (converted).svg HB Johnathan Thurston
8 Flag of Australia (converted).svg PR Shane Webcke
9 Flag of Australia (converted).svg HK Cameron Smith
No.PositionPlayer
10 Flag of Australia (converted).svg PR Arthur Beetson
11 Flag of Australia (converted).svg SR Trevor Gillmeister
12 Flag of Australia (converted).svg SR Gorden Tallis
13 Flag of Australia (converted).svg LK Bob Lindner
14 Flag of Australia (converted).svg RE Darren Lockyer
15 Flag of Australia (converted).svg RE Petero Civoniceva
16 Flag of Australia (converted).svg RE Paul Vautin
17 Flag of Australia (converted).svg RE Allan Langer

Captains

A list of captains and coaches for the Maroons since State of Origin.

PlayerOccasionsGames as Captain
Arthur Beetson 11980
Wally Lewis 301981–1987, Games 2 & 3 1988, 1989, Games 2 & 3 1990, 1991
Paul Vautin 2Game 1 1988, Game 1 1990
Mal Meninga 91992–1994
Trevor Gillmeister 41995, Game 1 1996
Allan Langer 5Games 2 & 3 1996, 1998
Adrian Lam 81997, Games 1 & 3 1999, 2000
Kevin Walters 1Game 2 1999
Gorden Tallis 7Game 1 2001, 2002, 2003
Darren Lockyer 22Game 2 & 3 2001, Games 2 & 3 2004, 2005–2007, 2009–2011
Shane Webcke 1Game 1 2004
Cameron Smith 212008, 2012–2017
Greg Inglis 2Games 1 & 2 2018
Billy Slater 1Game 3 2018
Daly Cherry-Evans 62019–2020

Emerging Origin squad

Each January, from 2001 to 2019, a squad of 14–15 players on the cusp of Queensland selection, took part in the Emerging Origin program held at the Queensland Academy of Sport in Brisbane. The program, run by Wayne Bennett and the current Queensland coaching staff, indoctrinated players on Queensland's Origin culture and values and included player training and meetings with dietitians and sports psychologists. [20] From the inaugural Emerging Origin squad in 2001, 12 of the players went on to play for Queensland in State of Origin. Since 2001, 66 players who have participated in the Emerging Origin program have represented Queensland in State of Origin. [20] [21]

In 2000, after Queensland's embarrassing series defeat to New South Wales, Bennett returned to coach the Maroons and established the Emerging Origin program in conjunction with the QAS. Before re-taking the job, Bennett phoned then-Queensland Minister for Sport Terry Mackenroth, requesting that if he retake the job, the program receive the support of the government, which Mackenroth agreed to.

On 20 December 2019, the Queensland Rugby League announced a 33-man Maroons squad, which included current representatives and uncapped players, to take part in a two-day camp, moving away from the traditional Emerging Origin concept. [22]

Coaches

Queensland has had a total of eight different coaches at State of Origin level, all of whom have played for the Maroons previously except for New Zealand's Graham Lowe, the only non-Australian to coach in State of Origin. The list also includes the known coaches from the pre-Origin era and only counts games against NSW. Games against touring teams from New Zealand and Great Britain or Queensland's three game tour of England in 1983 are not counted. Win percentages are listed to the nearest two decimal places.

CoachYearsGamesWinsWin %
Herb Steinohrt 1946---
Fred Gilbert 1951---
Duncan Thompson 1953---
Clive Churchill 19594375%
Ted Verrenkamp1960–196316531.25%
Eric Harris 1964200%
Ian Doyle 1965–1967800%
Des Crow1968–1970500%
Bob Bax 1971–1972500%
Wally O'Connell 1973300%
Barry Muir 1974–19781317.69%
John MacDonald 1979–19803133.33%
Arthur Beetson 1981–1984; 1989–1990191157.89%
Des Morris 19853133.00%
Wayne Bennett 1986–1988; 1998; 2001–2003; 2020221254.55%
Graham Lowe 1991–19926350%
Wally Lewis 1993–19946233.33%
Paul Vautin 1995–19979444.44%
Mark Murray 1999–20006116.67%
Michael Hagan 2004–20056233.33%
Mal Meninga 2006–2015302066.67%
Kevin Walters 2016–202012650%
Paul Green 2021-present

Wally Lewis / Ron McAuliffe Medal

From 1992 to 2003, this award was the "Wally Lewis Medal", however after 2003 this medal was dedicated to the player of the series from both Queensland and New South Wales, and thus the award for the Queensland Player of the Series was awarded with the Ron McAuliffe Medal.

Recipients
1992 Allan Langer Halfback Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
1993 Bob Lindner Second-row, Lock Illawarra colours.svg Illawarra Steelers
1994 Billy Moore Lock, Second-row North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney Bears
1995 Gary Larson Second-row North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney Bears
1996 Allan Langer Halfback Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
1997 Robbie O'Davis Fullback Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights
1998 Allan Langer Halfback Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
1999 Jason Hetherington Hooker Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
2000 Darren Smith Centre Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
2001 Darren Lockyer Fullback Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
2002 Shane Webcke Prop Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
2003 Darren Lockyer Fullback Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
2004 Steve Price Prop Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
2005 Cameron Smith Hooker Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
2006 Darren Lockyer Five-eighth Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
2007 Cameron Smith Hooker Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
2008 Petero Civoniceva Prop Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers
2009 Greg Inglis Centre Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
2010 Sam Thaiday Second-row Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
2011 Petero Civoniceva Prop Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers
2012 Nate Myles Second-row Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans
2013 Cameron Smith Hooker Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
2014 Nate Myles Prop Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans
2015 Cameron Smith Hooker Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
2016 Darius Boyd Fullback Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
2017 Josh McGuire Lock Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
2018 Billy Slater Fullback Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
2019 Ben Hunt Hooker

St. George Illawarra colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons

2020 Jake Friend Hooker Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters

Records

The most-capped Queensland State of Origin player is Cameron Smith, with 42 caps. The player with the most tries for Queensland in State of Origin history is Greg Inglis, with 18 tries. The player with the most points is Johnathan Thurston, with 220 points.

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The 1994 State of Origin series saw the 13th year that the annual three-game series between the Queensland and New South Wales representative rugby league football teams was contested entirely under 'state of origin' selection rules. Mark Coyne's completion of a miraculous team effort by Queensland to snatch victory in the dying seconds of Game I has become a featured moment in Origin folklore. In Game II a crowd of 87,000 flocked to the MCG setting a new Australian rugby league crowd record. In Game III New South Wales won their first ever Lang Park decider, spoiling Mal Meninga's farewell Origin match.

The 1993 State of Origin series was the 12th year that the annual best-of-three series of rugby league football matches between the Queensland and New South Wales representative teams was contested under 'state of origin' selection rules. Queensland's favourite son Wally Lewis returned as coach just two years after his retirement as a player.

The 1991 State of Origin series saw the tenth time the annual three-match State of Origin series between the New South Wales and Queensland representative rugby league teams was played entirely under 'state of origin' selection rules. It was notable as Wally Lewis' farewell from Origin football and featured his half-time stoush with Mark Geyer in Game II which match culminated in Michael O'Connor's sensational match-winning sideline conversion in teeming rain.

The 1990 State of Origin series saw the ninth time that the annual three-game series between New South Wales and Queensland representative rugby league football teams was contested entirely under "state of origin" selection rules. It was the first year that the Australian Rugby League took an Origin match to Melbourne to showcase the code in Victoria. New South Wales broke an eight-game losing streak in game I and took the series for the first time since 1986.

The 1989 State of Origin series was the eighth time the annual three-game series between New South Wales and Queensland was contested entirely under 'state of origin' selection rules. It was Queensland's second consecutive Origin clean-sweep and an unpleasant inauguration for New South Wales' new coach Jack Gibson who, along with a new captain in Gavin Miller and eight new players, was brought into a dramatically overhauled Blues side that had lost its five last State of Origin matches.

The 1987 State of Origin series saw the sixth time the annual three-match series between the New South Wales and Queensland representative rugby league football teams was contested entirely under 'State of Origin' selection rules. It saw the emergence of new faces who would go on to become Origin legends, record crowds for all three matches, and an additional exhibition game played in Long Beach, California.

The 1982 State of Origin series was the first annual three-match series between New South Wales and Queensland to be played entirely under "state of origin" selection rules. After the matches in 1980 and 1981 that trialed the concept, 'Origin' was fully embraced in 1982, with no matches using the previous seventy-four years' residential-based selection rules ever played again.

The 2011 State of Origin series was the 30th annual best-of-three series of interstate rugby league football matches between the Queensland and New South Wales representative teams contested under "State of Origin" selection rules. For the third successive year a Queensland victory set a new record for consecutive State of Origin titles, reaching six. Game I was played in Brisbane, Game II in Sydney and Game III was again played in Brisbane. Game III was also Australia's most watched sports TV programme for the year 2011.

2014 State of Origin series

The 2014 State of Origin series was the 33rd time the annual best-of-three series between the Queensland and New South Wales rugby league teams has been played entirely under 'state of origin' rules. It is the second series to be administered by the Australian Rugby League Commission which was created in a major restructure of the sport's administration in Australia.

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