Queensland Marons coach Billy Slater has confirmed the news that no one in the solar system could hear, because Cameron Munster and Murray Taulagi were eliminated from Primary III after returning from positive PCR tests.
Both players scored positive RATs on Friday but had to perform PCR tests to confirm.
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They are replaced by Brisbane Broncos striker Cori Ott and Cowboys star Tom Darden.
Oates prepared for his ninth start last night and joined the Marion team as a substitute.
Dorden has arrived for Munster and will be in the Maroons’ 17-mans squad, although Slater has yet to confirm his final line-up.
The Cowboys ace is set to play for Origin I Slater in Sydney in Sydney.
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However, Dordon looks set to make his debut in the all-time leading scorer in the series.
As soon as he heard the news of the positive RATs of Munster and Tulagine, the NRL Greater Bengali Marshall Munster worried about how much damage could be done to the Marines.
“It’s great news for Queensland,” Marshall said.
“You can see the impact Cameron Munster has had on Melbourne without him. For me, being out of the starting line-up will change the game for Queensland.
“He’s an X-factor guy,” Marshall said. Fox League On friday
I think it brings a lot of energy. His show was great for Queensland, so I think it’s a big loss.
“I know there are people like Ben Hunt and Dearden there, but I think their side makeup took NSW to win.
“Without Munster, I think this raises a little suspicion.”
Wednesday’s clash at Suncorp Stadium will be a crucial swing game as both NSW and Queensland have one win each.