Incumbent Queensland State of Origin and Australian fullback Darius Boyd has supported a return to the Origin arena for legendary custodian Billy Slater.
But Slater’s comeback will almost certainly mean a shift to the wing for Boyd who has made the number 1 jersey his own since Slater’s last Origin at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 2015.
“You put your best players in the team and you find positions afterwards I guess,” Boyd told Fox Sports’ NRL 360.
“You’d rather have both of us in the team obviously.”
Meanwhile North Queensland Coach Paul Green says Johnathan Thurston is still a chance of playing in Origin I at Suncorp Stadium despite ongoing injury concerns.
“There’s no point speculating,” he said on Tuesday.
“Everyone gets excited if I say it’s three weeks and then it could be anywhere from three weeks to six weeks.
“It depends on how the shoulder responds, so yeah, particularly with a player like that, I don’t want to get everyone talking too much until we get a bit closer.”