Queensland Maroons coach Billy Slater has confirmed the news no-one in the Sunshine State wanted to hear, as Cameron Munster and Murray Taulagi have been ruled out of Origin III after returning positive PCR tests.
Both players turned in positive RATs on Friday but had to conduct PCR tests to confirm.
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Oates linked up with the Maroons squad last night as he gets set for his ninth Origin game and has been drafted in as Taulagi’s replacement.
Dearden comes in for Munster and will be in the Maroons’ 17-man squad, although Slater is yet to confirm the final line-up.
The Cowboys ace was drafted into Slater’s extended squad for Origin I in Sydney…