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Reece Walsh Queensland selection talk slammed by Phil Gould, Paul Gallen

Phil Gould hammered in talks over teenage prodigy Reece Walsh being transported to the Queensland camp for State of Origin II, imploring selectors to assess the potential inclusion of more experienced players instead.

Walsh made a sensational start to his NRL career for the New Zealand Warriors, prompting former Maroons captain Wally Lewis to come forward as a bolter ahead of Origin’s opener, saying: “If you’re good enough, you’re old enough. “

Lewis’s call was followed by Queensland champion half-back Cooper Cronk, also approving of Walsh following the Maroons’ 50-6 loss to the Blues in Game 1 of the series.

“I don’t think you should ever put a cap or limit on what kids can do in any arena,” Cronk told Fox League.

Warriors young gun Reece Walsh on the attack. (Getty)

However, Gould says there is no need for the Maroons to base their hopes on an 18-year-old with just six NRL games beside his name, as Queensland look to keep the series alive at Suncorp. Stadium on June 27.

“Reece Walsh is an exceptional young boy, he’s 18, he played six freshman games, he didn’t play at all last year because of COVID. And quite honestly, the Queensland problem doesn’t have to be. not be solved by an 18-year-old, “Gould said on Nine’s 100% Football.

“There are a lot of other people they can find to put on an Origin shirt for them – and they’ve done it regularly… Go back to your Queensland Cup and find some players if you think it’s that good.

“You have a lot of other players playing on teams in the NRL, the Cowboys and the Broncos that can form the bridge. You have Josh McGuire and Ben Hunt… and all these guys. Throw them in there. all that in there instead of watching 18 year olds come and solve your problems. I find that ridiculous. “


Former Queensland center superstar Will Chambers tries to build muscle with a Cronulla tackle. (Getty)

Former Blues skipper Paul Gallen agreed with Gould and said that instead of chasing the X factor, the Maroons need to address their lack of Origin I passion.

Gallen threw two Sharks, center Will Chambers and winger Ronaldo Mulitalo, two men who would add a wealth of passion to the Queensland camp.

Chambers collected 13 Maroons caps between 2014 and 2019 and has returned to the conflict in Queensland since relaunching his NRL career with Cronulla this season, while Mulitalo is aiming for his Origin debut.

“You know what I thought Queensland was missing the other day? And it’s hard for me to say that. I thought they were lacking in passion – really. At 50 points down, I thought it was theirs. someone was missing to try and change the game at all, ”Gallen said 100% Football.

“Chambers is the type of player who will bring the passion. The other Sharks guy who will bring the passion is Ronaldo Mulitalo. So there are two guys out there who are a combination on that edge that would work for them without a doubt. “

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