BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 05: Boyd Cordner of the Blues looks on during game one of the 2019 State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium on June 05, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Blues forward Cameron Murray sustained a hamstring injury in the first half of the series opener in Adelaide, with the Rabbitohs star now ruled out of the remainder of the series, per NRL.com.

Murray’s injury came shortly after captain Boyd Cordner left the field following a head knock, with the Roosters veteran eventually returning to play after passing a head injury assessment.

Isaah Yeo, Dale Finucane and Nathan Brown are all placed as potential replacements for Murray.

Queensland had injury woes of their own with centre Brenko Lee ruled out of the match after limping off during a late fitness test on Wednesday night.

Kurt Capewell failed to finish the match after aggravating a previous groin injury during his debut match for the Maroons.

Capewell told NRL.com that he is confident he would be available for game two at ANZ Stadium next Wednesday.

Queensland prop Christian Welch also had to be replaced in the closing stages after suffering a head knock.

 

The NSW women’s squad have injury concerns ahead of the Women’s State of Origin clash on November 13.

Blues players Kezie Apps and Isabelle Kelly are racing against the clock to be fit and available for selection after both suffering from leg injuries.

The pair have made it to the Blues camp in the Sunshine Coast as the squad continues its preparation.

Apps (medial ligament) and Kelly (syndesmosis) did not finish the NRLW season due to their injuries.

“The knee is feeling good, I’m on track to play and am in good hands,” Apps said.

NSW utility Botille Vette-Welsh (hamstring) made a successful return for the Roosters in the NRLW grand final and is set to boost the Blues squad.

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  1. 1. Tedesco
    2. Tupou
    3. Gutherson
    4. S Crichton
    5. Addo-Carr
    6. Wighton
    7. Cleary
    8. Saifiti
    9. Cook
    10. Haas
    11. Cordner
    12. Frizzell
    13. Trbojevic

    14. McInnes
    15. Paulo
    16. A Crichton
    17. Campbell-Gillard

    18. Finucane

    NSW move Jack Wighton into his preferred position at five-eight where he played excellent all year, which allows the inform Stephen Crichton to move into the team. Payne Haas moves into a starting position with Junior Paulo off the bench for impact. With Cam Murray out, Campbell-Gillard completes his great return to representative footy. Cam McInnes also comes in for Cody Walker. RCG and Paulo the eels starting props hope to provide the impact from the bench the blues missed in game 1.

    1. Brimson
    2. Coates
    3. Gagai
    4. Capewell
    5. Sami
    6. Munster
    7. DCE
    8. Fotuaika
    9. Friend
    10. Pappalii
    11. Su’a
    12. Kaufusi
    13. Faasuamaleaui

    14. Hunt
    15. Collins
    16. Arrow
    17. Lui

    18. Val Holmes

    A largely unchanged team, Capewell shakes on his injury to keep his spot but Val Holmes may return from injury in time to take over from Phillip Sami. With Christian Welch likely out, Mo Fotuaika makes his debut and him and Pappalii will look to dominate the middle together. Coen Hess is dropped from the 17 with Jayden Su’a starting and Dunamis Lui coming in to make his debut. Queensland will be hoping to go 2-0 up at home in a series many tipped them to struggle in.

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