State of Origin 2024, Women’s Origin squad, Queensland Maroons, Origin Game One squad list, team news, selection details

Queensland coach Tahnee Norris has shown loyalty to the players who did the job in last year’s series for the opener, but assured the remaining members of the expanded squad are still in contention for the rest of the series.

Norris has named her squad for the first game of the 2024 Ampol Women’s State of Origin series to take on the New South Wales Sky Blues at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday 16 May.

The squad includes 16 players who took to the field during the two-match series against the Sky Blues last year, but Norris said the entire 30-player squad will be vital to retaining the shield in the new three-game structure.

“We’re trying to keep those who were in last year’s winning series and I think it’s a good opportunity to also show how well they are progressing through our BMD Premiership,” Norris told the media on Friday.

“From our pop-up camp we selected 30 players and all 30 were told that we were going to need that entire team to help us get through three games.

“It’s the first time we’ve done it so it’s a completely new experience for all of us, so we’ll take advantage of that and if we need to make changes in the second and third game then we’ll look for those that are included in our team 30.”

Shaniah Power and China Polata are the only two members who will appear in 2023 who missed selection for the first game after the Cowboys duo suffered injuries in the 2023 season, but were still chosen as part of the team of 30 players.

Meanwhile, Titans utility Lauren Brown has returned to the Maroons camp for the first time since 2022, while Sienna Lofipo, Skyla Adams and Makenzie Weale are one step closer to making their Origin debuts after being named also on the first game team.

“I’m really excited for those girls, you’re Sienna Lofipo, Skyla Adamas, Makenzie Weale, they’ve come our way and it’s a really good opportunity for those girls,” Norris said.

“They are super talented athletes and I am very happy to have them on the team.

“And welcoming back Lauren Brown after spending a year with the Fireys last year, so it’s a really good opportunity for her to show what she did with the NRLW last year and that she’s back this year.

“Loz has a lot of different skills and you saw that with the Titans last year, when she played several different roles for them, she is the ultimate utility.

“She can play 13, 9, 7, outside rower, back rower, she can jump anywhere and she’s such a good athlete that whatever situation comes up, I think she’ll be there for us.”

A three-game series will be played at the women’s Origin Stadium in 2024 for the first time, with Queensland taking last year’s series overall.

Queensland camp will officially begin on Friday, May 10 ahead of the first Origin match on Thursday, May 16 ahead of the NRL Magic Round weekend.

Queensland team for the first game

*Players listed in alphabetical order.

  • Skyla Adams
  • Aiken Tarryn
  • Emily Bass
  • Ali Brigginshaw
  • Bright destiny
  • lauren brown
  • Shenae Ciesiolka
  • Jessika Elliston
  • Sofia Holyman
  • Keilee Joseph
  • Sienna Lofipo
  • Emma Manzelmann
  • Shannon Mato
  • Evania Pelite
  • Tazmin Rapana
  • Julia Robinson
  • Romy Teitzel
  • Zahara Temara
  • Tamika Upton
  • Makenzie Weale

Coach: Tahnee Norris