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Papalii to miss Origin after taking ban

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Josh Papalii is out of the State of Origin series opener after the Queensland prop accepted a three-game suspension for his high tackle on Tui Katoa.

Canberra confirmed on Monday that all three of their players charged would accept early guilty pleas, after a heavy rap sheet from their NRL win over Canterbury.

It means Josh Hodgson and Jack Wighton will, along with Papalii, miss Saturday's clash with Melbourne, leaving the struggling Raiders decimated.

But while hooker Hodgson and half Wighton will return the following week against the Sydney Roosters, Papalii is set to feel the pain for much longer after being sent off against the Bulldogs.

The ban means the Maroons will be without both Papalii and Lindsay Collins for Origin game one on June 9, with the latter's season over due to a knee injury.

Dunamis Lui - who was part of Queensland's squad last year - has not been seen in first grade at the Raiders since round three.

Christian Welch will almost certainly start for the Maroons with Jai Arrow, Moeaki Fotuaika, Jarrod Wallace, Coen Hess and Josh Kerr among the front-row options.

An incredible 22 players were charged for 24 incidents over Magic Round, to go with the 14 sin bins and three send-offs amid the NRL's crackdown.

It comes a round after 14 players were charged just last weekend, which at the time stood as the most since such records were kept going back to 1999.