Queensland Maroons star Felise Kaufusi misses State of Origin III against NSW Blues

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

Kaufusi has traveled to the United States to be with his ailing father.

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

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

“Unfortunately, Felise has a family illness and will not be making 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 meeting yesterday and there is still some uncertainty and the priority is his family.

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

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