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Saturday, 25 May 2019

Blues' Origin hopes thrown into disarray


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Brad Fittler's plans for State of Origin I have been thrown into disarray with South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds suffering what appeared to a serious leg injury in the win over the Wests Tigers.

After Luke Keary was ruled out with concussion earlier on Saturday, Reynolds was in the box seat to partner teammate Cody Walker in the halves for the Blues.

But scans are expected to reveal Reynolds has a fractured fibula, clearing the way for incumbent Nathan Cleary to likely to retain his No.7 jersey.

Reynolds was on crutches after the match and the best-case scenario would be a leg contusion which would keep his Origin hopes alive.

Reynolds' injury is concerning on many levels but most notably the combinations it may force Fittler to go with when he announces the side on Sunday night.

Walker would be the oldest five-eighth debutant in Origin history if he gets the nod but he would have to form a partnership with Cleary in under ten days if both men are picked.

Last year Cleary had the comfort of relying on his combination with Penrith teammate James Maloney. This time around he'll have to forge a connection with a player he has never played with before at any level.

Heading into this weekend, Keary was the hot-favourite to make his Origin debut, yet his third concussion in 6 months has most officials concerned for the star's health, with Blues official Greg Alexander ruling him out of selection.

“We decided it would be negligent of us to even consider Luke after the way he was knocked out up in Newcastle and what he’s gone through already this year and what he’s gone through in his recent history of concussions,’’ Alexander told Fox Sports.

Newcastle captain Mitchell Pearce is also unavailable for the Blues due to a groin injury, with Newcastle officials confirming it's an injury he's been dealing with for weeks.

It's said NSW will also give Josh Morris his first Origin start since 2016, while Daniel Tupou is tipped to make his comeback to the Origin arena since 2015.

Wests Tigers utility Ryan Matterson, Canberra’s Jack Wighton and Brisbane young gun Payne Hass have all been earmarked as possible selections for the bench

Brad Fittler's plans for State of Origin I have been thrown into disarray with South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds suffering what appeared to a serious leg injury in the win over the Wests Tigers.

After Luke Keary was ruled out with concussion earlier on Saturday, Reynolds was in the box seat to partner teammate Cody Walker in the halves for the Blues.

But scans are expected to reveal Reynolds has a fractured fibula, clearing the way for incumbent Nathan Cleary to likely to retain his No.7 jersey.

Reynolds was on crutches after the match and the best-case scenario would be a leg contusion which would keep his Origin hopes alive.

Reynolds' injury is concerning on many levels but most notably the combinations it may force Fittler to go with when he announces the side on Sunday night.

Walker would be the oldest five-eighth debutant in Origin history if he gets the nod but he would have to form a partnership with Cleary in under ten days if both men are picked.

Last year Cleary had the comfort of relying on his combination with Penrith teammate James Maloney. This time around he'll have to forge a connection with a player he has never played with before at any level.

Heading into this weekend, Keary was the hot-favourite to make his Origin debut, yet his third concussion in 6 months has most officials concerned for the star's health, with Blues official Greg Alexander ruling him out of selection.

“We decided it would be negligent of us to even consider Luke after the way he was knocked out up in Newcastle and what he’s gone through already this year and what he’s gone through in his recent history of concussions,’’ Alexander told Fox Sports.

Newcastle captain Mitchell Pearce is also unavailable for the Blues due to a groin injury, with Newcastle officials confirming it's an injury he's been dealing with for weeks.

It's said NSW will also give Josh Morris his first Origin start since 2016, while Daniel Tupou is tipped to make his comeback to the Origin arena since 2015.

Wests Tigers utility Ryan Matterson, Canberra’s Jack Wighton and Brisbane young gun Payne Hass have all been earmarked as possible selections for the bench

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