Rugby League

Maroons coaching shake-up

Kevin Walters yesterday announced a coaching shake-up to the Queensland Origin team, in preparation of the 2019 State of Origin campaign.

Walters has opted for a fresh approach to his Maroons team with the inclusion of Petero Civoniceva, Justin Hodges, Billy Slater and Johnathan Thurston.

The inclusion of these four former superstars brings a combined 125 Origin games of experience into the squad.

They have been great servants

Civoniceva has been appointed team manager for the Maroons, whilst Thurston and Slater move into a mentoring role to assist with the fresh-faced origin team.

Hodges will become the new assistant coach for Queensland after his successful campaign as head coach for the under-20s maroon’s team.

The 2018 young Maroons were victorious against the Blues under the leadership of Hodges.

A coaching shake-up was not off the cards with the 2-1 series loss to New South Wales in 2018.

This coaching shake-up wasn’t without casualties with the axing of Trevor Gillmeister, Tony Spencer and Josh Hennay.

“They have been great servants, but I just felt that the time was right to get fresh faces in and around the team with the next generation of players coming through,” he told QRL Media.

Melbourne Storm’s Matthew Barradeen has also been appointed the new trainer for the Maroons.

The opening game of the 2019 State of Origin series will start at Suncorp Stadium on June 5, 2019.

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