23 May 2007

Tonga born prop thrust into State of Origin

10:35 am on 23 May 2007

Queensland rugby league coach, Mal Meninga, has reclaimed underdog tag as the Maroons came to grips with losing State of Origin strongman Carl Webb for tonight's opener in Brisbane.

Queensland have always drawn on the underdog role and adversity and they are using the loss of forward enforcer Webb, through injury, as a positive.

Tonga born prop, Antonio Kaufusi, has been put on Origin alert and Meninga says the strapping Melbourne Storm forward had the size and skills to do the job.

Meninga can start either rookie, Neville Costigan, or Nate Myles in Webb's second-row spot.