21 May 2015

Warriors teamates to face off in State of Origin

4:12 pm on 21 May 2015

For the first time Warriors team-mates will come up against each other other in rugby league's State of Origin.

The Warriors forward Ryan Hoffman and Jacob Lilyman have both been selected for the series opener in Sydney next week.

Despite suffering concussion in two of his past three NRL games Hoffman has been named in the New South Wales side while Lilyman is set to play is ninth match for Queensland.

A concussed Warriors forward Ryan Hoffman leaves the field.

A concussed Warriors forward Ryan Hoffman leaves the field. Photo: Photosport

Hoffman, who joined the Warriors on a three-year contract this season is the club's first current player to make the Blues side.

Hoffman was in the starting side for all three matches last year when New South Wales ended Queensland's run of eight consecutive series wins.

He will be making his 12th Origin appearance next week.

Warriors prop Jacob Lilyman

Warriors prop Jacob Lilyman Photo: Photosport

Previous Warriors players to represent Queensland while at the club were Kevin Campion, PJ Marsh, Steve Price and Brent Tate.

Meanwhile Mal Meninga will coach Queensland for at least three more years after penning a contract extension with the Maroons.

The deal ends any chance of Meninga succeeding Tim Sheens as Kangaroos coach. Meninga will now be at the helm of the Maroons until the end of the 2018 Origin campaign.

Queensland: Billy Slater, Darius Boyd, Greg Inglis, Justin Hodges, Will Chambers, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Matt Scott, Cameron Smith (capt), Nate Myles, Aidan Guerra, Sam Thaiday, Corey Parker.

Interchange: Daly Cherry-Evans, Jacob Lillyman, Matt Gillett, Josh McGuire.

New South Wales: Josh Dugan, Daniel Tupou, Michael Jennings, Josh Morris, Will Hopoate, Mitchell Pearce, Trent Hodkinson, Aaron Woods, Robbie Farah (capt), James Tamou, Ryan Hoffman, Beau Scott, Josh Jackson. Interchange: Trent Merrin, Boyd Cordner, David Klemmer, Andrew Fifita.