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Taylor ready to wear Maroons jumper for State of Origin duty

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Monday, June 16, 2014

GOLD COAST - Their aura might be dimming but Queensland coach Mal Meninga hopes his reigning eight-time State of Origin champions still have enough to rub off on David Taylor.

Meninga on Friday let slip that Taylor looked set to play his first Origin in two years when a desperate Maroons attempt to keep their remarkable dynasty alive in Wednesday night's must-win Origin II in Sydney.

It's an enormous show of faith in a player who, in 2012, Meninga contemplated not picking for Queensland again due to his questionable attitude.

The naturally gifted, hulking Taylor still remains an enigma but barnstorming NRL form and a Maroons injury crisis ensured an unlikely Origin recall.

Meninga was burned by Taylor after attempting to take him under his wing at the 2012 camp.

But the Maroons' coach believed simply rubbing shoulders with his all-conquering teammates will ensure the Gold Coast wrecking ball leaves his latest Origin experience a better player.

"We want Dave to be involved in the aura of the team and make sure he gets dragged along," Meninga told radio Triple M's Brisbane Grill Team.

"I am pretty sure he has learned his lessons from years gone by.


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