State of Origin 2013 Game 3: Hayne ruled out for NSW

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    BREAKING: Jarryd Hayne has been ruled out of the State of Origin 2013 series decider by NSW Blues team doctor Nathan Gibbs.

    Hayne’s troublesome hamstring has failed to be right in time for the match, with a fitness test proving too much for the Parramatta Eels flyer on Monday morning.

    Newcastle Knights winger James McManus was announced on Sunday as on standby for Hayne, and has now been called in to the squad proper for the match.

    McManus is due to arrive in camp later Monday after playing in Mackay for Newcastle on Sunday.

    The Scotsman hasn’t played Origin since his one and only less than memorable appearance in the sky blue in the 2009 series opener.

    He comes into the side as one of the form wingers in the NRL, having scored five tries in the past two matches, including four in the round 16 win over Gold Coast.

    While he comes in for Hayne, McManus will essentially replace Nathan Merritt, who was dropped after enduring a nightmare Origin debut in game two in Brisbane.

    Earlier on Monday Hayne said he would need a miracle to play in the series finale, admitting Sydney’s big wet last week had hampered his recovery.

    “Last week the weather didn’t help with how wet the track was – the last three sessions were real wet and boggy and I couldn’t really get much speed and volume,” he said.

    “It was just putting that extra bit of pressure on my hammy which didn’t help.”

    Meanwhile, Blues backrower Greg Bird arrived in camp late, limping heavily in a moon boot but still hopeful of playing in game three.

    Bird injured his ankle playing for the Titans on Saturday night.

    “I give myself a fighting chance,” said Bird as he made his way to the team medical.

    – with AAP.

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    • July 8th 2013 @ 1:10pm
      Tyler said | July 8th 2013 @ 1:10pm | ! Report

      At least they made the call early to give him a solid camp knowing he’s playing! Still don’t know if that will help them shutdown qld’s left hand side!

    • July 8th 2013 @ 1:19pm
      Renegade said | July 8th 2013 @ 1:19pm | ! Report

      Well injuries may have cruelled us of the much awaited series win…..The news on Gallen isn’t good either but Laurie may give him until kick off which means there isn’t going to be much preparation.

      • July 8th 2013 @ 1:36pm
        Tyler said | July 8th 2013 @ 1:36pm | ! Report

        I feel sorry for woods, to hang in suspense can’t be easy. Hopefully they make an early call on gal and let him know if he’s playing or not!

      • July 8th 2013 @ 6:46pm
        Djcooper said | July 8th 2013 @ 6:46pm | ! Report

        Excuses already!? The game hasnt even started yet.

    • July 8th 2013 @ 1:25pm
      eagleJack said | July 8th 2013 @ 1:25pm | ! Report

      Noooooooooooooooo!!!

      McManus isn’t even in the top 20 wingers in the NRL. He’s not even the best winger at the Knights! Seriously poor selection. And I’m always one to try and find the positives but I really can’t with this guy.

      • July 8th 2013 @ 2:21pm
        The eye said | July 8th 2013 @ 2:21pm | ! Report

        Other options could only have been Akuila and Jorge T. who both have had memorable,horrible pressure games or Kane L.(NSW?) who very good footballer he may be,is stuck behind a poor team.

      • July 8th 2013 @ 2:23pm
        maximillian said | July 8th 2013 @ 2:23pm | ! Report

        I think his decision making in defence is better than a lot of the other guys that the blues have chosen in the past. That is the only positive I can think of & that may be enough. Im sure QLD will make a point of testing him out but if he can make the right defensive decisions & limit Inglis/Boyd then I will be happy.

        • July 8th 2013 @ 3:21pm
          Nico said | July 8th 2013 @ 3:21pm | ! Report

          He is the highest try scorer in the comp, just above Inglis i think! And most often he scores with a lot of work still left to do. He is great under the high ball and is VERY fast on foot. Not to mention his handy little line break stats!

      • July 8th 2013 @ 3:09pm
        Nico said | July 8th 2013 @ 3:09pm | ! Report

        I think you’ll find if you can be bothered to check out the PVS (points player value system) that he is actually the highest in the competition!! It punches in a whole heap of stats and McManus leads. In your ignorance you obviously have missed his solid defence and try scoring ability. Look beyond Sydney teams, you’ll be amazed at what you’ll find. I can predict that you don’t rate Mullen as a five eighth either…too funny!!!

        • July 8th 2013 @ 3:40pm
          eagleJack said | July 8th 2013 @ 3:40pm | ! Report

          No doubt scoring 4 tries in a match has skewed his output.

          When analysing a team I guarantee McM(a)nus is not one of the threats posed by the Knights team.

          Look he’s there and ill back him to the hilt. I hope he kills it.

          And I actually do rate Mullen but fail to see what he has to do in relation to talk of wingers?!?!

          • July 8th 2013 @ 6:20pm
            Nico said | July 8th 2013 @ 6:20pm | ! Report

            My point, is that very often Sydney fans and callers tend to overlook Newcastle knights players and what they have to offer this comp. They don’t get much talk time at all in the media, except for maybe big names like Boyd and others that recently joined the club. Glad you’ll be supporting McManus. I also would love to see him kill it!

    • July 8th 2013 @ 1:46pm
      Dragons Forever said | July 8th 2013 @ 1:46pm | ! Report

      Blues are gone….

    • July 8th 2013 @ 2:18pm
      Raugeee said | July 8th 2013 @ 2:18pm | ! Report

      Aw c’mon Blues fans. It’s always darkest before the dawn. Look at your incredible record at Stadium Australia. 20 Games – 14 wins – that’s effing amazing. Those weight of numbers actually really count in Origin. I would say NSW are 15points better in Sydney. With a bit of luck you can do it!

    • July 8th 2013 @ 2:38pm
      maximillian said | July 8th 2013 @ 2:38pm | ! Report

      This news makes Fergos drunken escapades even more annoying! Haynes injury coupled with Merritts poor showing means that we need Ferguson more than ever. Hopefully he has now learned his lesson after letting his state down.

      Come on McManus, the blues need a fairytale ending & the stage is set for you to be the unlikely hero. Go the Blues!!!

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