Pearce’s Origin career hanging by a thread

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    Adam Reynolds, Josh Reynolds, James Maloney and Blake Austin will be waiting in the wings should Mitchell Pearce be sacked from the NSW side for off-field incidents for the second time in three years.

    Pearce has a dagger dangling above his head after the emergence of a video in which he simulates a sexual act with a dog at a boozy Australia Day party.

    Pearce has been stood down by the Sydney Roosters with his club weighing up whether to sack, suspend or fine their co-captain.

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    The 26-year-old’s chances of retaining his NSW halves jumper appear slim after yet another off-field misdemeanour.

    In 2014, Pearce was sacked by Blues coach Laurie Daley after he was arrested for failing to leave a Kings Cross nightclub. He was also fined $20,000 and suspended for one game by his club.

    Daley came down hard on Pearce and drew a line in the sand after excluding Blake Ferguson and James Tamou from a training camp for off-field incidents that year.

    Should Pearce receive a lengthy ban, that would almost certainly rule him out of Daley’s calculations, with the team set to be named after round 11 in mid-May.

    “NSWRL is aware that the Sydney Roosters and the NRL are investigating an incident involving Mitchell Pearce and in the outcome of those investigations it will be inappropriate for the NSWRL to make a comment on the incident,” a NSWRL spokesperson told AAP.

    South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds, Canterbury’s Josh Reynolds and Canberra No.6 Austin are the most likely candidates should Daley need a new half while Penrith’s Matt Moylan and Manly recruit Dylan Walker are the smokeys.

    The Rabbitohs No.7 was tipped to challenge for a Blues jumper last year before being sidelined with a knee injury suffered in the ‘Bad Friday’ clash against Canterbury.

    Bulldogs five-eighth Reynolds, who lost his Blues jumper to Pearce last season, steered the Blues in 2014 with Trent Hodkinson to their first win in eight years to break Queensland’s Origin dominance. He could be a fallback option.

    Austin has rocketed into Origin contention after thriving in the Raiders No.6 jersey last year after defecting from the Wests Tigers.

    After a standout performance in City-Country with three tries and two try-saving tackles, he proved himself one of the most attacking weapons in the NRL.

    He finished the season with 14 tries (ranked 13th in the NRL), 17 line breaks (9th) and 14 try assists (equal 4th).

    Maloney, who has left the Roosters for Cronulla, is another option. He played the 2013 series for the Blues but was dropped the following year as a flow-on from Pearce, his then Roosters playmaking partner, being banned.

    Blues selectors will also be keeping a close eye on new Penrith skipper Moylan, who could be shifted into the halves by coach Anthony Griffin.

    Walker will also play in the halves at Manl

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    The Crowd Says (11)

    • January 28th 2016 @ 4:02pm
      Sean said | January 28th 2016 @ 4:02pm | ! Report

      His Origin career has been hanging by a thread for years.

    • January 28th 2016 @ 5:53pm
      db swannie said | January 28th 2016 @ 5:53pm | ! Report

      As a Qlder I hope he’s picked .
      The most inept half I’ve ever seen .

      Please pick him if he’s available

      • January 28th 2016 @ 11:59pm
        ross said | January 28th 2016 @ 11:59pm | ! Report

        really so tell us all about your NRL/Rep career- oh you never played NRL or reps – figures

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          January 29th 2016 @ 7:55am
          Squidward said | January 29th 2016 @ 7:55am | ! Report

          I don’t agree with that. As consumers of the game we can criticise players as much as we want with due intelligence.
          If you haven’t made a film are you not allowed to walk out of the cinema and say “gee that movie was terrible”?

    • January 28th 2016 @ 6:59pm
      Cecil said | January 28th 2016 @ 6:59pm | ! Report

      Please don’t suspend him QLD need him for origin, he been their best player every game he has played in. NSW may pick good halves now OMG

      • January 29th 2016 @ 12:01am
        ross said | January 29th 2016 @ 12:01am | ! Report

        ditto db swannie- really so tell us all about your NRL/Rep career- oh you never played NRL or reps – figures

        • January 29th 2016 @ 6:17pm
          db swannie said | January 29th 2016 @ 6:17pm | ! Report

          Ross .
          This is a discussion forum .
          I can’t say I’ve ever seen a rule that says only people who have played the sport can comment .

          Open your eyes .Qld fans love Mythcell ,
          Most NSW fans don’t want him anywhere near SOO .

    • January 28th 2016 @ 10:03pm
      Alex L said | January 28th 2016 @ 10:03pm | ! Report

      If Austin is performing again this year I think he deserved the 6 jersey anyway with Hodkinson at 7.

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        January 29th 2016 @ 7:57am
        Squidward said | January 29th 2016 @ 7:57am | ! Report

        If Austin can play first half 2015 form and Maloney or Adam Reynolds can stay injury free and at potential that’s a pretty handy halves pairing. Might be tough for Hodko to make in being stuck in Newcastle

    • January 29th 2016 @ 9:33am
      Tom G said | January 29th 2016 @ 9:33am | ! Report

      I’m genuinely shocked!! Pearce had an Origin career? Can’t say I noticed

    • January 29th 2016 @ 9:56am
      john neeson said | January 29th 2016 @ 9:56am | ! Report

      Pearces Origin career as legitimate as his teams 2013 premiership

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