In shocking news for the Queensland Maroons, Billy Slater has been ruled out for State Of Origin Game 1 after suffering a hamstring injury during a practise training session.
The Daily Telegraph stated this afternoon that Cowboy's half Michael Morgan may move to fullback to replace Slater, with Kalyn Ponga named on the bench, however, it has not been confirmed.
The Queensland Maroons released a statement about Slater's injury saying, "Billy Slater has today confirmed he will not play in the opening match of the Holden State of Origin series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground due to a hamstring injury.
"Maroons coach Kevin Walters will consult with selectors and senior players before deciding on the final make-up of the side closer to kick off.
"He confirmed Anthony Milford and Kalyn Ponga will join the Maroons squad in Melbourne tonight."
Slater himself said, "I didn't pull up as well as I would have liked after our training run on Sunday, and because I'm not 100 per cent, it's in my best interests as well as the team's to withdraw from Wednesday's game."
Only last week, the Storm player announced his retirement from representative football, explaining that this State Of Origin would be his last.
"It’s been a hell of a ride representing my state and country for more than a decade.
“I feel privileged and grateful to have been given this opportunity.
“Last year’s World Cup final was my last time playing for Kangaroos and this year’s State of Origin series will be my last for the Maroons.”
More to come.