Welch, Wallace to vie for Maroons bench spot as Glasby earns recall

Queensland coach Kevin Walters will only make two injury forced changes to a team striving to claim the series in Perth on Sunday.

With Joe Ofahengaue nursing a nasty gash just below his right knee and Jai Arrow injuring his left ankle during the Titans' 24-20 loss to the Warriors on Friday night, Walters must find some fresh legs to inject into a pack which dominated NSW in the series opener.

In mix for debut: Melbourne's Christian Welch.

In mix for debut: Melbourne's Christian Welch.Credit:NRL Photos

The Herald understands Tim Glasby has won the race for one of the bench spots made available, with Jarrod Wallace and Christian Welch the two players in the hunt for the final spot in Walters' team.

Walters is expected to name both Wallace and Welch in an 18-man squad tonight.


Dylan Napa is tipped to be the man who will shift from the bench to the starting front row to cover the loss of Arrow.

Walters' decision to otherwise stick solid with the players who did the job required in the series opener at Suncorp Stadium is in direct contrast to their opponents on Sunday.

While Walters is picking and sticking, NSW coach Brad Fittler is expected to make mass changes to the team which dropped the series opener in Brisbane.

This will be the third time Glasby has been called into the Maroons squad after the series opener.

It will also be his fourth game for Queensland.

If Wallace earns the final spot on the pine it will be his sixth game in the maroon jersey, having been dropped by Walters for the first match of the series.

Welch has been part of Emerging Maroons camp since 2017 and was the 19th man for the Queensland team which dropped Origin II this tRead More – Source

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