Tom Gilbert will make his Queensland debut in the state of origin decider as Billy Slater resisted making sweeping changes ahead of the Brisbane clash.

As veteran second-rower Felise Kaufusi was unavailable for family reasons, Maroon selectors called North Queensland forward.

Gilbert’s Cowboys teammate Jordan McLean will make his debut for New South Wales with Jack Wighton named on the bench and Payne Haas missing due to injury.

Haas, who has been battling a recurring AC joint problem all season, played in the Broncos’ 40-26 loss to the Cowboys on Saturday.

Since then, he has again aggravated the injury and will not appear in the decider round on July 13.

McLean was part of the expanded squad for Origin II but has yet to earn NSW honors despite winning eight caps for Australia.

The Blues equalized the ledger in Perth and led us to a deciding game three in Brisbane.Getty Images: Mark Kolbe

Gilbert has been named on the exchange bench, with fellow Cowboy Jeremiah Nanai promoted to base in Kaufusi’s absence.

Maroons selectors have also added another Cowboy in Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow and up-and-coming Sydney Roosters playmaker Sam Walker to the roster, effectively replacing Corey Oates and Reece Walsh.

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