Kalyn Ponga ruled out of third State of Origin

Kalyn Ponga played 52 minutes off the bench on debut in Origin II.AAP: Craig Golding

Queensland have received a blow to its hopes of avoiding a State of Origin series whitewash, with youngster Kalyn Ponga ruled out of game three with a hamstring injury.

Newcastle said the 20-year-old Maroons bench utility had suffered a lateral hamstring strain in the Knights' loss to Canterbury yesterday and would be sidelined for three to four weeks.

It is a blow to the Maroons leading into the July 11 dead rubber in Brisbane.

They are set to announce their team at 7pm.

More to come.

AAP

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