Maroons make seven changes for Origin II

Queensland have wielded the axe for their must-win State of Origin II clash in Sydney. (AAP)

Queensland have wielded the axe for their must-win State of Origin game two in Sydney next week.

The State of Origin careers of three long-serving Queensland forwards may be over after the Maroons underwent the biggest team upheaval in 15 years ahead of next week's must-win game two in Sydney.

Queensland coach Kevin Walters said the Maroons were officially in transition after wielding the axe on Monday, making seven changes and naming four debutants for the June 21 clash.

The Maroons welcomed back fullback Billy Slater after his shock game-one snub and playmaker Johnathan Thurston has finally overcome a shoulder injury that sidelined him for the record 28-4 Origin I loss to NSW.

However, the Origin future of veterans Sam Thaiday, Nate Myles and Jacob Lillyman - who have played a total of 75 Origins - is up in the air after their axing.

They were dumped along with bench backrower Aidan Guerra, unlucky winger Corey Oates, injured five-eighth Anthony Milford and centre Justin O'Neill.

Test winger Valentine Holmes, Melbourne bolter Tim Glasby and fellow forwards Coen Hess and Jarrod Wallace are all in line to make their Origin debuts.

The last time Queensland made six or seven changes to their 17 was way back in game two of 2002.

Thaiday, Myles and Lillyman may pay a high price.

Walters said it was time to inject new blood after the NSW pack dominated the Maroons in Brisbane.

"It's no secret we got beat up through the middle, our forwards didn't aim up, so we've made some changes there," he said.

"For game one we picked a team that won last year's series and a majority were afforded the luxury to perform in game one and we didn't get the result that we needed so we went to plan B.

"The transition period for Queensland is right now, not next year or the year after.

"We feel the time is right to introduce some new players who will benefit Origin."

While officially the Origin door is still open for Thaiday, Myles and Lillyman, Walters hinted that the end was nigh for the trio.

Myles, 32 this month, has played 32 Origins - one short of Origin's most capped prop Petero Civoniceva - while Thaiday is a veteran of 29 and 33-year-old Lillyman has 14 Maroon caps.

"Unfortunately the players we have left out of the side, three of them are at the end of their careers," Walters said.

"Justin O'Neill is different. I expect him to bounce back at clubland...same with Aidan Guerra, same with Oates.

"They are still part of it. The younger ones have to go back and get better."

Walters kept NSW guessing by naming an alphabetical 17-strong squad on Monday.

However, Slater is expected to slot into fullback with Darius Boyd switching to the left wing at the expense of Brisbane flyer Oates.

Canberra's Josh Papalii is expected to move into the starting front row for Myles with Cowboys secondrower Gavin Cooper recalled to the Maroons backrow at the age of 31.

Queensland are sweating on Gold Coast's Wallace who must successfully fight a shoulder charge offence at the NRL judiciary on Tuesday night to play.

"There is always pressure but I know I am doing all that I can," Walters said of what looms as his toughest match of his two-year tenure.

Source AAP

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