QUEENSLAND debutant Josh Papalii has a blunt message for Paul Gallen and the Blues going into next Wednesday night's Origin II at Suncorp Stadium.

"I'm not going to stand there and get my head punched in," he said when asked what his reaction would be if Gallen decided to initiate another fight, following his punches to Nate Myles's head in game one.

"If something happens I've got to look after myself."

The Maroons lacked size against the Blues' ambush through the middle, before losing the first match 14-6 in Sydney.

Many called for the inclusion of Ben Hannant for this game, and those concerns could become louder as the Queenslanders only picked one specialist prop - Matt Scott - for game two.

Nate Myles will be shifted to the front row after David Shillington was dropped, with Papalii to come on from the bench and add some aggression.

Daly Cherry-Evans was named on the bench to debut - as a utility - coach Mal Meninga sticking to his mantra of wanting mobility around the field.

Meninga said Hannant was never a huge chance of receiving a call-up, after running on for his first game in five weeks against the Tigers on Monday night.

The 28-year-old was impressive, running for 163m, with 22 runs and 38 tackles, in his return from a calf injury.

"It's difficult making changes - we've got a culture of loyalty and we had to make some tough decisions," Meninga said.

"Shillo's not playing well at the moment - he knows that."

Meninga's decision to drop Queensland veteran lock Ashley Harrison, and move second-gamer Chris McQueen to the starting line-up in order to bring in Cherry-Evans, could be seen as a gamble.

But the Origin legend said he believed the young Manly half could bring plenty of attacking spark to the team.
"Physically he's bigger than what most people think he is," Meninga said.

"He can play in the halves, No.9 and the back row a bit."

Maroons centre Greg Inglis refused to reveal whether he would target teammate Nathan Merritt, after the Rabbitohs winger was yesterday called into the Blues squad to replace the suspended Blake Ferguson.

"We haven't really talked about strategies; when we go into camp we'll look at them," Inglis said.



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