Maroons to keep faith with Munster-DCE combination: Walters

Cameron Munster may want Queensland's No.1 jersey, but Kevin Walters has revealed he aims to retain the Melbourne star in the Maroons halves as Daly Cherry-Evans' long-term partner.

Queensland coach Walters said he saw Munster as a "10-year Origin player" as the Maroons No.6 despite the Storm star's desire to replace the retired Billy Slater at fullback.

Positioning: Despite his desire to replace Billy Slater, Cameron Munster is expected to remain in the Maroons halves.Credit:AAP

Walters said he wanted to keep faith with Munster and Cherry-Evans in the halves after they combined for the first time to inspire Queensland's State of Origin game three win last year.

"There's no doubt about that," Walters told Former Origin Greats website. "Daly and Munster showed their worth in game three.

"With Cameron, he doesn't realise just how good he can be at representative level.

"He has been outstanding for us in the five-eighth role.

"I see Munster as a 10-year Origin player."

Skipper Greg Inglis looks set to play at fullback for Queensland in his final year in representative football.

But just where returning North Queensland playmaker Michael Morgan fits into the Maroons line-up remains to be seen.

Morgan is returning from a biceps injury that has sidelined him since June.

Walters said it was a good selection headache to have with Newcastle young gun Kalyn Ponga also pushing for a starting berth after a stellar Origin debut off the bench in 2018.

The Queenslanders have big shoes to fill following Slater’s retirement.Credit:AAP

"We didn't miss last year's series by much and we lost a wealth of experience we relied so heavily on," Walters said.

"I think we've got the right mix of players to do well and win the series.

"We didn't get it right last year so it's important the players learn from it and get things right this year."


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