SEVEN players from last year's successful Queensland Rangers team, including Warilla-Lake South product Jesse Dee, will back up against the New South Wales Pioneers later this month.
Dee, who now plays for Wests Tigers Mackay, Ono So'oialo, Brett Kelly, Michael Molo, Chippie Korostchuk, Tristan Hope and Taulata Fakalelu all retained their jerseys after strong performances at the recent QRL State Championships.
Coach Glen Dreger is back for another campaign as well after overseeing Queensland's 46-16 win over the Pioneers in 2018.
"They were a really good group last year and when I called them to pass on the good news, they were all extremely excited about the opportunity to represent their state again," Dreger said.
"At the carnival, we were looking for consistency, as well as players who we thought could get the job done against a strong NSW team."
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Dreger is excited about the prospect of working with talented Central Crows halves Cory McGrady and Caleb Daunt, as well as exciting hooker Jack Miers.
Miers was named player of the carnival following his stunning form with the championship-winning SEQ Green team.
The annual clash against NSW will be played at Davies Park, the home of the Souths Logan Magpies, on Sunday, June 30 (11.40am kick off).
The Queensland team enters camp on the Gold Coast on June 26.
Dreger will be supported by assistant coach Mark Ross, team manager Rob White, head trainer Michael Barber, trainer Matt Pacey and physiotherapist Madelyn Reimer.
Queensland Rangers team: 1. John Mackin, Ono So'oialo, 3. Tevita Folau, Harlan Collinsm Brett Kelly, 6. Cory McGrady, 7. Caleb Daunt, 9. Andrew Petaia, 9. Jack Miers, 10. Michael Molo, 11. Jesse Dee, 12. Sam Elliot, 13. Chippe Korostchuk, 14. Trsitan Hope, 15. Stuart Mason, 16. Iosua Afoa, 17. Taulata Fakalelu and Kurtis McDonald.