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Munster’s coronation sets up new era of rebooted Origin rivalries

Cameron Munster’s coronation as one of the modern kings of Origin football has arrived at the perfect time for the Maroons and headed off any threat of a long-term NSW dynasty in the interstate series.

After missing almost all of game two with a head injury, Munster was majestic for Queensland in their 20-14 win over the Blues, bouncing out of tackles and showing sublime moments of skill to wrap up the Wally Lewis Medal and the series.

Wally Lewis Medal winner Cameron Munster had a night to remember for Queensland.

Wally Lewis Medal winner Cameron Munster had a night to remember for Queensland.Credit:Getty

He burst onto the scene so early that it’s easy to forget Munster is only 26 and has half a decade, at least, of Origin football still in front of him. He has always been desperate to be the biggest star in the biggest show and has now won a series out of the shadow of the big three of Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater and Cameron Smith.

“Premiership winner and now won a series by myself… I played my debut in 2017 and felt like I didn’t really contribute the first two games as I didn’t play,” Munster said.

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