Joey’s left-field pick to fill QLD’s Munster hole

Andrew Johns says Corey Norman is the ideal replacement for the injured Cameron Munster at the five-eighth position for Queensland ahead of the Origin opener.

Munster was inspirational in Queensland’s shock 2-1 win last season, taking out the Wally Lewis Medal, but is likely to miss the series opener on June 9 due to a foot sprain.

While moving Kalyn Ponga from fullback into five-eighth has been tossed up as an option, Johns said he’d prefer to see Norman return to the Maroons side after making his Origin debut in the 2019 series.

“I’ve had a quick look and I think number one, Corey Norman, is probably the most favoured option for Queensland,” Johns told Wide World of Sports’ Immortal Behaviour.

“He played there a couple of years ago and really did the job. It’s a real target, Kalyn being in the front line. We saw Newcastle experiment with Kalyn at five-eighth and it didn’t really work.

“If I had to pick between (Ponga and Brimson), I’d probably defend Brimson in the front line other than Kalyn and let Kalyn swing and play everywhere.

“I just think Corey Norman has done the job in the past, he’s a natural left-field player and Cherry-Evans likes to play on the right side.

“Daly Cherry-Evans is a right-foot kicker and Norman a left-foot kicker and it’s his natural position.”

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