Roosters skipper Jake Friend and fiery forward Lindsay Collins have joined Wayne Bennett’s Queensland Maroon team at the end of the season in the State of Origin series.
NRL.com reported that the latest player to be added after the Roosters finished the final series after losing to the Raiders 22-18 last Friday night is Tricolor’s teammate.
The inclusion of the duo will bring the Queensland team to 16 members, with the remaining four teams adding Panthers, Storms, Raiders and Rabbits players at the end of the final campaign.
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This year was a breakout year for 24-year-old Collins, who slightly missed the last two Premier League wins at The Roosters.
Collins played 19 games in 2020, raising the NRL to 43 and was mentioned in Origin’s chat from mid-season.
A 30-year-old veteran friend has made his Origin debut after being on and around the Queensland team early in his career, but is stuck behind Cameron Smith.
A friend gives the young Maroon team the experience they need in 263 Roosters games and one kangaroo test in 2016.
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Maroon Squad 2020
J Arrow (Gold Coast Titans)
AJ Brimson (Gold Coast Titans)
Moeaki Fotuaika (Gold Coast Titans)
Philip Sami (Gold Coast Titans)
Edrick Lee (Newcastle Knights)
Himel Hunt (Newcastle Knights)
Valentine Homes (North Queensland Cowboys)
Cohenjes (North Queensland Cowboys)
Xavier Coats (Brisbane Broncos)
Patrick Carrigan (Brisbane Broncos)
Ben Hunt (St. George Irawara Dragons)
Josh Carr (St. George Irawara Dragons)
Harry Grant (Wests Tigers / Melbourne Storm)
Daily Cherry Evans (Manly Sea Eagles)
Jake Friend (Sydney Roosters)
Lindsay Collins (Sydney Roosters)
* Additional players will be added following the NRL finals
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Originally released when the Roosters duo was added to Bennett’s 16-man Maroon Origins team.
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