Gorden Tallis backs Cameron Smith to play for Maroons in his 2020 Origin side before retiring

Gorden Tallis has named three debutants in his Queensland side for the 2020 State of Origin series and tipped Cameron Smith to come out of representative retirement.

Tallis believes if Smith decides to retire from the NRL at the end of the season the stage would be set for him to be the first player to retire from rugby league after an Origin series.

“Fullback I’ve got Ponga and on the wings I’ve got AJ Brimson and Valentine Holmes,” Tallis said in announcing his Maroons line-up on Triple M.

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“In the centres I have Gagai and Morgan. The halves are Munster and DCE. The front row is Josh Papalii and Lindsay Collins from the Roosters. I think he is having a great season.

“I’ve got Cameron Smith at No.9. If he retires I think he will go out playing Origin. I would certainly be making that call.

“The back row is Kaufusi, Fifita and Josh McGuire.

“On the bench I’ve got ben Hunt, Jai Arrow, Christian Welch and Kurt Capewell. I think he is going great at the Panthers. He is one of those versatile guys that can pop in the centres.”

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Interestingly Tallis named three debutants in Titans fullback AJ Brimson, Roosters forward Lindsay Collins and Penrith back-rower Kurt Capewell.

However the biggest selection was the call to bring Smith out of retirement for one last shot at defeating the Blues before sailing off into the sunset.

Smith played 42 games for Queensland from 2003 to 2017 before retiring from representative football on the eve of the 2018 Origin series, but Tallis called for the Queensland selectors to gauge his interest.

“I know nothing, but I just know he is our greatest ever No.9 and if he is going to retire and he still has those itchy feet,” Tallis said.

Cameron Smith last played for Queensland in 2017.Source:AAP

“It is three games for Cameron and you get to play your last game in Queensland. I think the last Origin is in Queensland, so I think it would be huge. Then there’s a little holiday for you and the kids in Hawaii.

“He is already up here. He knows what it is like to pull the jersey on. If he is not a 100 per cent sure and Melbourne Storm go all the way it is not hard for the old timer to come back.

“I think we respected his decision the last time, but this time as an old player, I’d be giving him a call and say Cam come out of retirement mate.”

Originally published asTallis backs Smith to play for Maroons in his 2020 Origin side before retiring

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