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Queensland Miffed at Selectors
The Queensland Rugby League has questioned the test selection process after some of the Maroons' State of Origin heroes were overlooked for Friday night's clash with Great Britain.
QRL managing director Ross Livermore wants to review the casting vote granted to Australian Rugby League chairman Colin Love after just six Queenslanders were chosen in a 17-man squad despite retaining the Origin trophy against NSW.
While Livermore refused to ignite an interstate debate, Maroons captain Gorden Tallis previously expressed his disappointment at the omission of Origin teammates Dane Carlaw, Shaun Berrigan and Petero Civoniceva.
Sydney-based forwards Willie Mason and Jason Stevens were called in from outside the Origin arena for the one-off test at Aussie Stadium.
Livermore was concerned that Australian coach Chris Anderson appeared to get his way when Love was called on to break deadlocks between the four selectors.
"It's pretty difficult to just go on numbers and say there should be a certain number of players there from Queensland and NSW," Livermore said.
"You can argue until the cows come home that they should be there instead of other people.
"But the disappointing thing is that the players he has cast for are the ones the coach wanted and not necessarily the players from the Origin.
"I don't know who was against who because that stays in the (selection) room but it seems whoever the coach wanted he got."
Livermore wants the selection left to the four-man panel, which does not include Anderson, rejecting the need for a casting vote.
"You should have the four selectors sitting in a room until they work out a team," he said.
"They should be able to keep going over it until they come to a consensus.
"We really need to reassess the thing at ARL level and come up with a different system.
"We've always supported the idea of having another person there to break a deadlock but if it's not working then you have to look at it."