NSW hooker Robbie Farah is set for a Blues bash session on Saturday as his troublesome left shoulder is put to the ultimate test.
The Blues enjoyed a day off at their Coffs Harbour base on Friday after two ballwork sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, both of which Farah participated in.
NSW will ramp up their preparation for the must-win State of Origin at the MCG with a full contact session on Saturday in which Farah will take part.
The Wests Tigers skipper hasn’t played since injuring his shoulder in NSW’s loss in Origin I. He is rated by the Blues as certain to play in Melbourne on Wednesday.
To make sure, the Blues’ big boppers Aaron Woods, James Tamou, Paul Gallen and David Klemmer are set to give Farah’s shoulder a searching examination at training on Saturday.
“We have a full contact session on Saturday and Sunday so hopefully Robbie pulls up good,” Woods said.
“You can’t really hide when you get stuck in the middle, he gets targeted a lot during games as well. So at training, Jimmy, myself, Big Gal, will be running at him, we will see how he goes then.”
Farah has been regularly spotted around the Blues’ hotel with an icepack strapped to his shoulder that looks like it has been calved from an iceberg. He will probably require a painkilling injection to take his place in the Blues’ side for Origin II.
Woods doesn’t have any doubt his Tigers teammate will be good to go.
“Robbie is the always first guy out of the line to try and put a shot on, he doesn’t care how big the bloke is, he has no fear, and he won’t let anyone down,” Woods said.