All too easy for Mighty Maroons

QUEENSLAND skipper Darren Lockyer says complacency won't be an issue despite his side boasting more than three times the State of Origin caps of their NSW rivals.

Queensland boasts 182 caps to NSW's 57.

Maroons selectors yesterday announced only two changes to the team which completed Queensland's third successive Origin series victory last year.

Five-eighth Lockyer returns after being sidelined for last year's series with a knee injury, pushing Scott Prince out, while Justin Hodges, who missed games two and three last year through suspension, replaces injured Warrior Brent Tate in the centres.

But the Brisbane back won't train until Sunday due to a hamstring problem which has kept him out for the past month.

The only other selection talking point was Michael Crocker, named on the bench after only two NRL games since joining South Sydney following his UK work visa refusal.

Queensland can become the first team in Origin history to win four straight series, but Lockyer said the team's attitude would be kept in check.

“I think it needs to be mentioned, when you've won three series in a row and everyone is making you favourites,” Lockyer said.

“One thing we know is that NSW is going to be hungry to win.”

Queensland coach Mal Meninga admitted selection had been a “fairly easy process”.

Queensland Origin side

Billy Slater, Darius Boyd, Greg Inglis, Justin Hodges, Israel Folau, Darren Lockyer (capt), Johnathan Thurston, Steve Price, Cameron Smith, Petero Civoniceva, Ashley Harrison, Sam Thaiday, Dallas Johnson. Interchange: Karmichael Hunt, Ben Hannant, Nate Myles, Michael Crocker.



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