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Maroons star to miss State of Origin III

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Queensland coach Billy Slater expects to have Cameron Munster and Kalyn Ponga on deck for the State of Origin series decider, but the Maroons will be without the services of Felise Kaufusi.

Kaufusi has travelled to the United States to be with his unwell father.

He missed the Melbourne Storm’s loss to Manly on Thursday and will not be named in Slater’s squad on Monday ahead of Origin III on July 13 in Brisbane.

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“There will be one change in our team,” Slater told the Nine Network.

“Felise has unfortunately got an illness in the family and won’t make the trip back for the game.

“I spoke to Felise before he went to America and we didn’t talk about playing in the game.

“We had a chat yesterday and there’s still some uncertainty there and the priority is his family.

Slater has a wide range of options at his disposal, spearheaded by St George Illawarra’s Jaydn Su’A.

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