11th- hour de­ci­sion over Farah

Townsville Bulletin - - STATE OF ORIGIN III -

NSW are keep­ing mum on Rob­bie Farah’s avail­abil­ity, with cap­tain Paul Gallen con­firm­ing those out­side the Blues camp won’t know for cer­tain if the hooker will play in State of Ori­gin III un­til an hour be­fore kick off.

Farah was al­ways a long­shot to play af­ter hav­ing surgery on his bro­ken hand last week and Michael En­nis is set to re­place him in the Blues line- up for the Ori­gin de­cider at Sun­corp Sta­dium. Both Farah and En­nis trained with the side in their fi­nal hitout be­fore game three in the cap­tain’s run yesterday.

In the lim­ited time media were per­mit­ted to view the ses­sion at tonight’s venue, both Farah and En­nis trained at dummy half. En­nis trained on NSW’s left side with half­back Trent Hod­kin­son call­ing the shots while Farah trained on the Blues’ right edge with fiveeighth Mitchell Pearce call­ing the plays.

How­ever, Farah did ap­pear af­fected by his hand in­jury as he went about his work.

In his tra­di­tional press con­fer­ence on Ori­gin eve, Gallen con­firmed Blues coach Lau­rie Da­ley was keen to keep any word on Farah un­der wraps un­til as late as pos­si­ble. Un­der NRL reg­u­la­tions, both sides are re­quired to be named an hour be­fore kick- off. “Lau­rie will prob­a­bly wait to an hour be­fore kick off,” Gallen said yesterday.

“Rob­bie is the only one who knows, you have seen him pass­ing and kick­ing and car­ry­ing on so we will see.”

Gallen said the Blues wouldn’t lose much if En­nis was forced to fill in.

Michael En­nis.

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