Cooper to debut for Queensland
North Queensland Toyota Cowboys second-rower Gavin Cooper has today been named in the XXXX Queensland Maroons team for Game III of the State of Origin series at ANZ Stadium on 13 July.
Cooper will become the 185th player to represent Queensland in the Origin arena when he makes his debut on Wednesday week.
The announcement follows Sunday's 150-game club milestone for the second-rower against the Rabbitohs in Cairns, the Murgon Mustangs junior debuting for the Cowboys back in Round 2, 2006.
Cooper will take his place in the 2016 series winners' side with club teammates Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott and Justin O'Neill, with Michael Morgan unavailable for selection due to injury.
The Cowboys five-eighth suffered a knee injury in the Maroons' Game II victory at Suncorp Stadium on 22 June.
Earlier on Monday, James Tamou was named in the New South Wales Blues side to play Queensland in the final game for 2016.
XXXX Queensland Maroons team – Game III:
Darius Boyd (Brisbane Broncos)
Gavin Cooper (North Queensland Cowboys)
Cooper Cronk (Melbourne Storm)
Dane Gagai (Newcastle Knights)
Matt Gillett (Brisbane Broncos)
Aidan Guerra (Sydney Roosters)
Greg Inglis (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
Jacob Lillyman (Warriors)
Josh McGuire (Brisbane Broncos)
Nate Myles (Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles)
Corey Oates (Brisbane Broncos)
Justin O'Neill (North Queensland Cowboys)
Corey Parker (Brisbane Broncos)
Matt Scott (North Queensland Cowboys)
Cameron Smith (c) (Melbourne Storm)
Johnathan Thurston (North Queensland Cowboys)
Sam Thaiday (Brisbane Broncos)
Coach: Kevin Walters