All eyes this afternoon will be on Warriors teen star Reece Walsh, who has the opportunity to put his hand up for a Maroons debut.
The 18-year-old has starred for the Warriors since moving from Brisbane and would trail only Ben Ikin (four games) as the least experienced Origin rookie.
And after it was revealed first-choice fullback Kalyn Ponga would miss next Sunday’s Game Two, Walsh has now found his name heavily linked with a potential early Origin debut.
While selection seems a long shot, Walsh has the talent to be an Origin player according to rugby league great Wally Lewis.
“Corey Norman … and Reece Walsh as well,” Lewis said on Wide World of Sports’ QLDER, when asked.
“There will be plenty of people questioning if he’s old enough and I think you’ve heard me say it 100 times: if you’re good enough, you are old enough.”
Since making his NRL debut after departing the Broncos for the Warriors mid-season, Walsh through six games already has four tries, eight try assists and six line-breaks to his name in what’s been touted as one of the biggest coups in the club’s history.
Also on the line is a spot in the top eight for the Warriors. A win this afternoon and New Zealand will jump into the eighth spot.
Knights: 3. Kurt Mann 2. Dominic Young 4. Enari Tuala 12. Brodie Jones 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Jake Clifford 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Jacob Saifiti 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 13. Mitchell Barnett 16. Sauaso Sue 14. Connor Watson 15. David Klemmer 17. Jack Johns 18. Josh King. 18th man: 21. Tex Hoy
Warriors: 1. Reece Walsh 2. Marcelo Montoya 4. Euan Aitken 21. Adam Pompey 5. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Sean O’Sullivan 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Jazz Tevaga 10. Ben Murdoch-Masila 11. Bayley Sironen 12. Tohu Harris 13. Josh Curran 14. Eliesa Katoa 15. Leeson Ah Mau 17. Kane Evans 22. Taniela Otukolo. 18th man: 18. Edward Kosi