NSW coach Laurie Daley insists he won’t risk carrying an injured Paul Gallen into the Blues camp ahead of State of Origin I.
Blues skipper Gallen is racing the clock to be fit for the interstate series opener in Sydney on May 27 as he continues to battle a hip injury.
Daley will announce his team on Tuesday May 19, after the NRL’s 10th round and he said he won’t be taking any half measures on Gallen as the Blues chase back-to-back Origin titles for the first time since 2005.
“I don’t think Gal gets right up until game time, we will certainly give him right up until team selection,” Daley said.
“He is a guy that we will give him every opportunity to play.
“I think he will play, but it will be interesting to see how it goes.
“I think my first year in charge (2013) he was coming off an ankle injury, he missed something like five weeks, we selected him and he got man of the match.
“So he has done it before and if he has to he will do it again.”
Injuries to Gallen and Jarryd Hayne for the final Origin clash in 2013 cruelled NSW’s chances of victory. Gallen overcame an ankle injury to play in Origin I that year and while Luke Lewis was named as man of the match in the Blues 14-6 win, Gallen too was instrumental
The Cronulla skipper made 188m in 20 runs and made 33 tackles in just 50 minutes.