How Tom Gilbert left ‘madman’ past behind to secure a Queensland Origin jersey

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Queenslanders expecting Tom Gilbert to channel his inner “madman” will be sorely disappointed.

The State of Origin debutant reckons that’s not him, going as far as to say efforts to shed that tag are the reason he’ll complete a childhood dream and play in next Wednesday’s State of Origin decider.

Set to replace the unavailable Felise Kaufusi for the Suncorp Stadium clash, the in-form North Queensland forward has been billed as the fire and brimstone the Maroons need to respond to their game two thumping.

But the 21-year-old didn’t play to that narrative in a thoughtful and polite discussion…

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