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Jai Arrow makes Queensland Origin team after being AXED for smuggling ‘dancer’ into hotel  

Jai Arrow will take the field for Queensland’s State of Origin team after he was UPDATED last year for smuggling ‘dancer’ into his hotel room in a scandal that saw him FALL by his beauty queen girlfriend

  • Arrow takes the field for Maroons for the first time since scandalous 2021 abolition
  • Souths attacker was dropped by his Miss World Australia girlfriend for a foul
  • He smuggled a woman past hotel and team security, resulting in a $35,000 fine

The recalled Queensland forward Jai Arrow has earned his shot at home state redemption as Murray Taulagi makes his debut as the Maroons try to seal the series in Perth.

Arrow’s Origin’s future was clouded after he was fired from Camp Maroon last season for violating COVID-19 protocols.

The South Sydney workhorse was the 18th man to the Maroons’ Origin I win, but has been included as one of two additions on Billy Slater’s side to play at Optus Stadium on Sunday.

Arrow (with ball) was shamefully boxed up last year after she smuggled woman into team hotel and violated Covid protocols

Arrow (with ball) was shamefully boxed up last year after she smuggled woman into team hotel and violated Covid protocols

The ex-girlfriend of the lock forward and Miss World Australia, Taylah Cannon (pictured together) followed the disgraced star on Instagram as the news broke

The ex-girlfriend of the lock forward and Miss World Australia, Taylah Cannon (pictured together) followed the disgraced star on Instagram as the news broke

Powerful North Queensland winger Taulagi is the other change, the 23-year-old in for injured Melbourne flyer Xavier Coates.

Arrow will replace Lindsay Collins on the bench who will move to the starting forward pack.

Tino Fa’asuamaleaui will switch props to fill the void left by injured lock Reuben Cotter, whose massive 80-minute effort in the middle on debut helped set up Queensland’s 16-10 upset win.

The South Sydney forward’s decision to invite a woman to the team’s Gold Coast camp last year violated the NRL’s strict COVID-19 protocols and resulted in a fine and suspension from Origin III .

However, new coach Slater has cleared Arrow of his sins during a heart-to-heart pre-series and the 26-year-old is now set to play the 10th game for his state.

Arrow’s ex-partner, former Miss World Australia Taylah Cannon, unfollowed the star after news broke that the woman in question was a ‘dancer’.

The Souths enforcer was fined $35,000 after he managed to sneak the woman past hotel and team security.

Cowboys winger Murray Taulagi makes his debut for the Maroons in Perth on Sunday

Cowboys winger Murray Taulagi makes his debut for the Maroons in Perth on Sunday

Brisbane winger Corey Oates and underrated Gold Coast backrower Beau Fermor have been added to the expanded roster, while Reece Walsh replaced Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow (HIA) in Slater’s only changes forced by injuries in stark contrast to his NSW opposition.

Despite the narrow margin in the series opener, the Blues have made seven changes to their roster and are poised to make five changes to their 17 for the Optus Stadium rematch.

The Sydney win was Queensland’s first win since 2017 and has put them in the box-seat to flatten any idea of ​​a Blues Origin stranglehold with a second series win in five years.

QUEENSLAND TEAM FOR ORIGIN II: Kalyn Ponga, Selywn Cobbo, Valentine Holmes, Dane Gagai, Murray Taulagi, Cameron Munster, Daly Cherry-Evans (capt), Lindsay Collins, Ben Hunt, Josh Papalii, Kurt Capewell, Felise Kaufusi, Tino Fa’ asuamaleaui. Exchange: Harry Grant, Patrick Carrigan, Jai Arrow, Jeremiah Nanai. Reserves: Tom Dearden, Beau Fermor, Thomas Flegler, Reece Walsh, Corey Oates.

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