NRL Media Release: 2018 Kangaroos Origin Merit Team

2018 Kangaroos Origin Merit Team

Australian selectors have confirmed the Kangaroos Origin Merit Team based on performances through the Holden State of Origin series.

The second Kangaroos Origin Merit Team includes 12 players from the series victors NSW and five from Queensland.

"Once again, this is an important step for the national team to make, based on the pathway from state through to international level," Australian Coach Mal Meninga said.

"We named our first Kangaroos Origin Merit Team last year and there have been a significant number of changes based on performances through this year's Origin series.

"There were some outstanding individual displays over the course of the series and it was a very challenging job to select a team based on those personal and team performances as well as individual values.

"Clearly over the course of the series NSW was the dominant team and they deserved to have a high representation in the Merit Team."

Meninga said that ultimately form in the State of Origin series would be one of a number of criteria the selectors will take into account before settling on a squad for the end-of-season schedule.

Meninga said the selectors would be looking at past recent performances for the Kangaroos, overall form, Club success, form in the Finals Series, form in the State of Origin series as well as values and bevaviour.

"The Kangaroos Origin Merit Team is an important recognition of the Origin players and their form through the series," Meninga said.

"Form in the Origin series is one of a number of factors the selectors take into account ahead of Kangaroos selection, although it is clearly an important one."

To be selected in the Kangaroos Origin Merit Team a player must have played two out of the three matches in the series. Players could be selected out of the positions they played in during the series.

The 2018 Kangaroos Origin Merit Team is:

 

Position

Player

State

NRL Club

Fullback

Billy Slater

Queensland

Melbourne Storm

Wing

Tom Trbojevic

NSW

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

Centre

Greg Inglis

Queensland

South Sydney Rabbitohs

Centre

Latrell Mitchell

NSW

Sydney Roosters

Wing

Josh Addo-Carr

NSW

Melbourne Storm

Five-Eighth

Cameron Munster

Queensland

Melbourne Storm

Halfback

James Maloney

NSW

Penrith Panthers

Prop

David Klemmer

NSW

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Hooker

Damien Cook

NSW

South Sydney Rabbitohs

Prop

Josh McGuire

Queensland

Brisbane Broncos

Second Row

Boyd Cordner

NSW

Sydney Roosters

Second Row

Tyson Frizell

NSW

St George Illawarra Dragons

Lock

Jake Trbojevic

NSW

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

Interchange

James Tedesco

NSW

Sydney Roosters

Interchange

Jack de Belin

NSW

St George Illawarra Dragons

Interchange

Josh Papalii

Queensland

Canberra Raiders

Interchange

Paul Vaughan

NSW

St George Illawarra Dragons