Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy has backed star Cameron Munster to stand up as Queensland’s full-back in the third and deciding State of Origin clash next Wednesday.
Munster started his NRL career with the Storm by filling in for Billy Slater at full-back and starred in the role until he was moved to five-eighth for Slater’s return from long-term injury in 2017.
Munster hasn’t played full-back since then, but was drafted into the role by Maroons coach Kevin Walters after Kalyn Ponga went down with a calf injury.
Bellamy was asked whether Munster was ready to play a complete game in the position, given the extra running demands compared to five-eighth, and he backed Munster to stand up.
“You don’t make as many tackles back there as you do in the front-line like he has been doing,” Bellamy said.
“I know Cameron says that is his favourite spot and where he plays his best footy but from my experience with Cameron you could throw him in the front row and he would do a fair job for you.
“I’m sure he won’t let the Queenslanders down.”