The State of Origin contenders

A look at the NRL players with potential State of Origin spots on the line during this weekend's Magic Round in Brisbane.

THE PLAYERS WITH ORIGIN SPOTS ON THE LINE DURING NRL MAGIC ROUND

NSW

* James Maloney - Well and truly in the gun and will need a massive form surge to hold his spot.

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* Reagan Campbell Gillard - Like Penrith teammate Maloney, his hopes are remote.

* Tyrone Peachey - Has struggled for form since moving to the Gold Coast and now has several players in front of him for the No.14 jersey.

* Luke Keary - Since last year's grand final has been the form player of the league and just about has to be picked.

* Cody Walker - Like Keary, is putting massive pressure on Maloney. Could also slot into the bench utility spot.

* Jordan McLean - Seems to be the next in line for a front-row spot.

* Payne Haas - Has been playing big minutes and making big metres. A player of the future.

* Jack Wighton - Can play anywhere in the backline and is being considered as a potential utility.

* Jack Bird - The leading candidate to replace Brisbane teammate James Roberts and has switched to the right side.

* Blake Ferguson - Looks a shoo-in to get a wing spot with Tom Trbojevic out injured.

* Jarrod Croker - Has been a consistent performer for a long time. A bit of a smoky for the left centre spot, considering he plays on the right.

* Cameron Murray - Has a big test in front of him against Jason Taumalolo on Sunday.

* Dale Finucane - Tough as they come. Wouldn't look out of place or let anyone down.

* Victor Radley - Is covering at hooker at the moment but has put his hand up for a back-row berth.

* Jesse Ramien - Another contender for a centre spot.

QUEENSLAND

* Coen Hess - Currently sits on the edge and must prove to Kevin Walters he deserves to hold his spot.

* Gavin Cooper - Like Hess, if North Queensland can return to form it will be a big help to his case.

* Jarrod Wallace - Unlikely to hold his bench spot.

* Dylan Napa - His return from an ankle injury is a big boost for Queensland, who need him in form.

* Christian Welch - Has pushed himself into the pecking order and now looks likely to be blooded.

* David Fifita - The Broncos back-rower is in line to make his debut off the bench.

* Reed Mahoney - Has 17 games to his credit and is a long shot. But looks tailor made for Origin.

* Michael Morgan - Will be there, it's just not certain where. Either in the halves or at centre.


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Published 8 May 2019 at 3:20pm
Source: AAP