INJURY UPDATE | Boyd Cordner
NSW skipper Boyd Cordner has declared his troublesome calf will not keep him out of his state's tilt at a rare clean sweep in Origin III this Wednesday.
Cordner was man of the match when NSW wrapped up a rare series win in game two of the Holden State of Origin series and has been one of the best on field in both games so far.
If the Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues can complete the sweep it would be the first 3-0 result since Queensland managed it in 2010 (the only sweep of their dominant past 12 years) and the first for NSW since 2000.
A late concussion suffered in a collision with Roosters teammate Dylan Napa meant Cordner was not on the field at full-time in game two when NSW wrapped up the series and missed the Roosters' one-point loss to Melbourne the following week, however it is a niggling calf injury that has reduced him to limited training in the early stages of his team's game three preparations.
Cordner had a very light run at Coogee on Tuesday morning before telling reporters he would be "good to go" next Wednesday night.
Previously speaking at the NSW team announcement at ANZ Stadium, the captain was confident that he would be fit to complete most of the team's training sessions this week, with a view to playing at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday, 11 July.
"I'll be confident I'll be able to get most of the training done throughout the week," Cordner said. "I don't think our first big session is until Thursday, so there's still a lot of time.
"It feels good, I think I'll be 'right."
While Cordner was eventually forced from the field late in Game Two due to a concussion, the captain revealed his calf had previously been causing him trouble.
"Early on in the game I felt it wasn't 100% but it was good enough to get through the game with adrenalin and everything," Cordner said. "I've had a bit of time now since then, obviously I wouldn't have the played the (Roosters Round 16) game in Adelaide from the head knock anyway.
"It was a good chance to rest it up and get it treated on and it feels really good. I'll probably be sweet to do most of training throughout the week."