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The NSW VB Blues’ courageous vice-captain will take his place in Wednesday night’s must-win clash with the Maroons after shrugging off a shoulder concern.

The dynamic dummy-half is adamant he’s pushed the concern aside and says he’s recovered faster than expected.

“It’s going really good, I’ve been involved in all the sessions so far, taken part in probably more contact than what was expected of me,” Farah said.

“I was keen to test it out and give myself some confidence out there. The medical staff were kind of like “what are you doing?”… but for myself it was important to get through that which was really pleasing.

“I haven’t had anything to worry about all week to be honest and I wouldn’t be here if I wasn’t [fit]. I did the hard work the past two weeks and I certainly didn’t want to affect my preparation or the team’s preparation by coming in here and not being able to perform at training. I’m happy I’ve been able to do that.

“Late last week, last weekend, I had my concerns but it came good the Sunday and the Monday before the team was named so by the Monday I went into [Wests] Tigers training and gave it a good test… and was real confident after that.”

The Wests Tigers rake believes his team has had the ideal lead-in to the Origin II fixture and will travel to Melbourne full of confidence ahead of their clash at one of the world’s great sports stadiums.

“Our preparation was first class and for us it’s important to continue that and this camp we’ve been able to do that and step up a level with the way we’ve trained and it’s been pretty sharp,” Farah said.

“None of us have played [at the MCG]. It’s such an iconic ground in Australian sport and I’ve been there to watch other sporting spectacles, other sports, and to play there is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we’re all looking forward to it.”

The NSW VB Blues travel to Melbourne this afternoon before finalising preparations ahead of Wednesday night’s showdown at the MCG.

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