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Maroons changes strengthen defence: Daley

The mass changes to Queensland's side for State of Origin II have bolstered their defence, NSW coach Laurie Daley says.

Maroons changes strengthen defence: Daley

The mass changes to Queensland's side for State of Origin II have bolstered their defence, NSW coach Laurie Daley says.

NSW coach Laurie Daley denies Queensland's mass changes have left them defensively vulnerable for State of Origin II.

"I don't think they've got too many weaknesses on the edges, they probably look a bit stronger," Daley told reporters in Sydney on Tuesday.


Despite the 28-4 scoreline, Daley insists NSW's game one victory in Brisbane wasn't a cakewalk and the return of the Maroons' "future immortals" will ensure a tough match at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night.

"When you bring back Thurston and Slater - two of the greats of our game and future immortals - they're a stronger team ... but (their benefit is) also their ability to lift other people," Daley said.

Nate Myles, Sam Thaiday, Jacob Lillyman, Corey Oates, Aidan Guerra and Justin O'Neill made way following their game-one hammering while Anthony Milford was unavailable through injury.

In their place, the Maroons will blood four debutants in Valentine Holmes, Coen Hess, Tim Glasby and Jarrod Wallace, while also bringing back some experience in the form of Slater, Thurston and Cowboys enforcer Gavin Cooper.

Queensland's powerful young forwards, North Queensland bruiser Hess and Gold Coast prop Wallace, will be asked to bring speed and enthusiasm to their defensive line.

"They've picked the players we'd thought they'd pick actually, they're a better defensive team through the middle for sure," Daley said.

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