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Maroons inject new blood

Published: 4:26PM Tuesday July 07, 2009 Source: AAP

Queensland have injected new blood into their forward pack for July 15's Origin III clash with NSW at Suncorp Stadium.

Cowboys prop Matt Scott has been slotted into the front row for the injured Petero Civoniceva while Canberra's David Shillington and Dragons enforcer Neville Costigan feature on the bench.

Bulldogs prop Ben Hannant (knee) was not considered while Sydney Roosters forward Nate Myles was ruled out after being suspended for six games for a drunken incident at a Central Coast hotel last weekend.

Melbourne halfback Cooper Cronk has been called into the squad as the 18th man.

Karmichael Hunt is still battling an ankle injury and is believed to be in some doubt for Wednesday week's match at Suncorp Stadium where Queensland will be chasing their first series cleansweep in 15 years.

Winger Israel Folau is also out of the picture after fracturing his ankle playing for Brisbane against the Warriors on the weekend.

Cowboys flyer Willie Tonga moves from the centres to the wing as a result.

Meanwhile, the ARL has once again named Tony Archer and Shayne Hayne as the two referees for the third state of Origin clash.
  
The pair are retained after officiating the first two games of the series.
  
Video referees Bill Harrigan and Tim Mander have been replaced by Paul Simpkins and Sean Hampstead, with David Abood and Steve Carrall named as the sideline officials.

Queensland: Billy Slater, Darius Boyd, Greg Inglis, Justin Hodges, Willie Tonga, Darren Lockyer (capt), Johnathan Thurston, Steve Price, Cameron Smith, Matt Scott, Ashley Harrison, Sam Thaiday, Dallas Johnson.

Interchange: Karmichael Hunt, David Shillington, Neville Costigan, Michael Crocker.

18th man: Cooper Cronk

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