Munster is made for Origin: Bellamy
Cameron Munster was one good performance away from well and truly staking his claim for an Origin debut and on Friday night he did just that.
The 22-year-old has skyrocketed into the selection discussion for next week's series decider after showcasing his playmaking ability with devastating effect against the Broncos.
Queensland name their team on Monday for the July 12 Origin decider and in the eyes of his Club coach, awarding Munster with a Maroon jersey is a no brainer.
“I have no doubt he will handle it,” Bellamy said.
“He will do a good job, he has got Origin written all over him.
“As I’ve said 1,000 time before he is a tough kid, a resilient kid and he is a real footy player.”
With Jonathan Thurston ruled out for the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury and Anthony Milford also on the sidelines, a spot has opened up in the halves alongside Cooper Cronk.
It is a role Munster has shown he is more than capable of fulfilling after successfully shifting to the No.6 jersey this year after originally bursting on to the scene as Storm's fullback for the last two seasons.
Another option for Queensland coach Kevin Walters wpuld be to to shift Munster into the centres in place of Darius Boyd, who will also miss the game after breaking his thumb in Origin II.
It leaves an interesting food for thought as to what position the rising Storm star is best suited to.
“For next week I honestly believe it is six,” Bellamy said.
“They’ve got a few (options), I know Michael Morgan is on the bench. I don’t want to tell Queensland what they should be doing but he has been doing well in that position so do you want to move him away from that position?
“If it was just Cameron being picked at either centre or five-eighth, well I’d say five-eighth but as I said he is a real footy player, he ain’t going to let you down wherever you put him.”
Queensland will announce their team for Game III on Monday at 1pm.