Robbie Farah has taken part in NSW’s first training session at their Coffs Harbour base ahead of State of Origin II as his recovery from a shoulder injury continues.
Farah looked free of concerns on Wednesday as he participated in a full ballwork session with the Blues, nine days out from Origin II in Melbourne.
The Blues rake looked at ease as he repeatedly stretched his troublesome left shoulder in the warm-up and looked slick and lively at dummy-half in the warm morning conditions before media were ushered away.
A condition of Farah’s selection for game two at the MCG next Wednesday was a compulsory ballwork session on the first full day of camp and the Wests Tigers skipper passed the test with flying colours.
Farah is a certain starter for the must-win clash and if his shoulder continues to improve his preparation shouldn’t be affected by the injury suffered in a Justin Hodges tackle in Origin I.
The stand-in captain for the Blues in their series-opening loss in Sydney last month is expected to be right for a contact session with his teammates on Saturday.
Prior to Wednesday’s training session, Blues fullback Josh Dugan said he had no concerns about Farah’s fitness.
“Robbie is all strapped up and he is ready to go,” Dugan said.
“There aren’t any worries there at all.”
Dugan said a hip knock he suffered in St George Illawarra’s loss to Canterbury on Monday wasn’t worrying him. Skipper Paul Gallen and winger Brett Morris, who both missed Game I, also trained strongly.
In the time media witnessed the session, Morris trained outside Michael Jennings on the Blues’ left wing, in an indication Blues coach Laurie Daley could break up his right side partnership with brother Josh in an attempt to shore up NSW’s defence on the other side.
Both of Queensland’s tries in game one came on the NSW’s left side where dumped winger Daniel Tupou was defending with Jennings.