Warriors second rower Ryan Hoffman says he’s recovered from the blow to the head that forced him off the field against the Gold Coast on Anzac Day.
The former Melbourne star has been monitored throughout this week and he would have been fit to play this weekend if there had been an NRL match.
Hoffman was helped off early in the second half of the Warriors’ 32-28 defeat in Auckland after a hit by Titans lock and NSW Origin teammate Greg Bird.
“It looked a hell of a lot worse than what it actually was,” Hoffman said.
“I’ve done everything the club and the medical staff have required from me and I’m feeling fine now.”
Hoffman didn’t take any further part in the match, which he said was the correct call.
“The doctor assessed straight away that I wasn’t ready to go back on,” he said.
“It just showed that these new systems and protocols the NRL is putting in for player welfare and safety are working.”
Bird, whose shoulder connected with Hoffman’s head, was put on report but wasn’t charged, freeing him to be picked for the Kangaroos for the Anzac Test on Friday night.
Hoffman, not required for either the Test or the NSW City-Country Origin match, will get to enjoy a rare week off.
The 31-year-old, who was recalled to the Kangaroos for last year’s Four Nations, was disappointed at not adding to this six caps this week, but said Australia always had plenty of back row depth.
As for the City side, he said it was good to see up-and-comers getting their chance.
“I’m still fully committed to playing for NSW and hopefully getting my chance to defend the shield with the Blues,” he said.
“But I agree this City-Country game should be for the next crop coming through to show their wares and give them a taste, so in the next two or three years those players will be ready to take the step up to Origin.”