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Lockyer named in Qld team for Origin II

03/06/2008 02:34:53 PM Comments (0)

Darren Lockyer returns from injury to lead a Queensland team with four personnel changes when it attempts to level the State of origin series at Suncorp Stadium on June 11.

Lockyer is back at five eighth for the Maroons after proving the fitness of his troublesome knee in a match-winning performance for Brisbane over Parramatta in the NRL on Saturday.

Broncos winger Darius Boyd comes onto the wing after Justin Hodges was suspended for six matches for a dangerous throw on Parramatta's Mark Riddell, with Brent Tate moving in a spot to take over at centre.

Lockyer's return forces Origin I five eighth Karmichael Hunt to the bench, ousting utility PJ Marsh from the squad.

Veteran NZ Warriors captain Steve Price returns to Origin action after a recent comeback from a knee injury and Carl Webb has been dropped to make way.

In the other change, Ashley Harrison comes onto the bench in place of the axed Jacob Lillyman.

Queensland: Billy Slater, Darius Boyd, Greg Inglis, Brent Tate, Israel Folau, Darren Lockyer (capt), Johnathan Thurston, Steve Price, Cameron Smith, Petero Civoniceva, Michael Crocker, Sam Thaiday, Dallas Johnson. Interchange: Karmichael Hunt, Ben Hannant, Nate Myles, Ashley Harrison.

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