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Holmes put on notice

Friday March 23, 2018 Written by Published in League

Cook Islander Valentine Holmes has been put on notice by the Queensland coach Kevin Walters, who has declared that Greg Inglis will be an automatic selection come State of Origin time.

 

Walters announced the decision yesterday, referencing Billy Slater not being picked in last year’s game one as the reason why Inglis must be in the team.

“We would be silly to do the same thing again,” Walters said to Fox Sports.

“Greg has come back from a knee injury but he is a very experienced player.

It’s a nice feeling knowing he is going to be playing Origin this year.”

The news is a blow to Holmes, who has struggled out of the gate with Cronulla this year, and will be relying on his spectacular feats last year in the Maroon and Kangaroos jersey to earn a spot at this early stage.

Holmes will be battling 2017 Origin Player of the Series Dane Gagai for selection, likely on the wing, where the young Sharks star has become a sensation.

In the fullback jersey however, he has not been able to replicate his form that saw him score 11 tries in two matches during last year’s World Cup.

He was shifted back to the flank after his team’s 20-16 loss, with coach Shane Flanagan saying that is where the 22 year old will stay, despite his multi-million-dollar contract stipulating he will play in the number one jersey.

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