Keilee Joseph returns for Queensland in Origin decider

Jacob Shteyman |

Keilee Joseph (centre) will start for Queensland in the Women’s State of Origin decider.
Keilee Joseph (centre) will start for Queensland in the Women’s State of Origin decider.

Queensland have been forced into one change for the Women’s State of Origin decider, after forward Sienna Lofipo was injured in the Maroons’ thrilling 11-10 victory over NSW in game two.

Titans lock Lofipo impressed in her Origin debut but a posterior cruciate ligament injury sustained during the match has ruled her out of game three and left her racing against the clock to be back in time for the start of the NRLW season.

Coach Tahnee Norris has turned to Brisbane’s Keilee Joseph to don the No.13 jersey at Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville on June 27.

The rest of the side is unchanged as the Maroons target a 2-1 series win in the three-game series.

Joseph was lucky to avoid a charge for a high shot on Jess Sergis in game two, unlike Shannon Mato who was placed on report for pulling Yasmin Clydsdale’s hair.

But the Gold Coast prop has retained her spot in the Maroons’ starting XIII after paying a $400 fine and avoiding suspension.

Canberra’s Sophie Holyman has been elevated to the matchday 17 and is set to start on the bench.

Winger Emily Bass and prop Chelsea Lenarduzzi will add some extra experience to the squad after being named on the extended bench.


Tamika Upton, Julia Robinson, Shenae Ciesiolka, Evania Pelite, Emmanita Paki, Tarryn Aiken, Ali Brigginshaw (capt), Shannon Mato, Lauren Brown, Jessika Elliston, Tazmin Rapana, Romy Teitzel, Keilee Joseph, Emma Manzelmann, Makenzie Weale, Sophie Holyman, Destiny Brill, Zahara Temara (18th player), Emily Bass (extended bench), Chelsea Lenarduzzi (extended bench).