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Qld Origin reject a bonus for Titans against Storm side

COACH John Cartwright appreciates the bonus Queensland selectors have handed the Titans by dropping Ashley Harrison, but would prefer his experienced forward was not available for Monday night's home clash with the Storm.

With co-captains Nate Myles and Greg Bird on Origin duty and unavailable for the round 15 match, Cartwright was expected to appreciate having Harrison on deck.

But he would much prefer him to be in camp with Queensland.

"He's been a big part of Queensland over the years and I feel for Ash at the moment." Cartwright said.

"After one loss, I know he would have been busting to make amends in the second game but he won't be there."

Veteran Mark Minichiello is in for Bird and Luke Douglass for Myles, with Mark Ioane and Luke O'Dwyer added to the bench. With four players on Origin duty, Melbourne will debut 21-year-old North Queensland recruit Ben Hampton at five-eighth, with Gareth Widdop switched to fullback.

The twin of disgraced Rabbitohs forward George Burgess has been named to make his debut against Parramatta on Sunday.

Justin Hunt replaces Greg Inglis at fullback and Nathan Peats and Ben Lowe are in the second row for Maroons duo Chris McQueen and Ben Te'o.

Another Queensland reject, David Shillington has failed to make the Raiders starting side for their clash with the Tigers on Saturday night.

Joel Edwards is in for Josh Papalii and youngster Sami Sauiluma makes his debut on the wing.

Queensland's 18th man, Martin Kennedy, will play for the Roosters against the Bulldogs on Friday night before re-joining the camp, while Mitch Aubusson and Daniel Mortimer are the new halves, covering for Blues Origin pair Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney, with Aiden Guerra in the centres for Michael Jennings.

Tim Lafai and Joel Romelo won Bulldogs promotion for Josh Morris and Josh Reynolds, also on Origin duty.



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