With Origin Game Three just two weeks away, the race is on for selection for a number of contentious positions in the Queensland side.

The Maroons go into the match without proven match winners Johnathon Thurston and Darius Boyd and with a need to find some stiffness in the middle to nullify the Blues significant advantage in the forwards.

Former Origin star Billy Moore told Fox, he believes Qld selectors could do worse than throw a lifeline to veteran forward Sam Thaiday (pictured), who will have plenty to prove after being dropped for Game Two.