Sims in line for Origin debut as Cordner struggles with calf injury
St George Illawarra forward Tariq Sims is in line to make his State of Origin debut with NSW skipper Boyd Cordner racing the clock to overcome a calf injury.
NRL.com understands the calf injury that kept Boyd out of the Sydney Roosters' loss to Melbourne in Adelaide on Friday night is worse than originally feared and could force Blues coach Brad Fittler to reshuffle his line-up.
The 26-year-old second-rower, who also suffered a concussion late in the Origin II win over Queensland at ANZ Stadium, was aiming to become the first Blues skipper in 18 years to lead his team to a 3-0 series whitewash however that honour could now fall to James Maloney.
However, it now seems the Blues, who name their team on Monday morning, are set to unveil Sims as their 13th debutant for the series as Cordner battles to prove his fitness.
Storm winger Josh Addo-Carr, who has been playing with a niggling ankle injury, is also expected to be named in the squad and is certain to play in the third game of the series at Suncorp Stadium on July 11.
The Blues team will officially be named by the NSWRL on Monday morning, with the players to gather at ANZ Stadium for a junior clinic before returning to their base in Coogee.
Titans forward Ryan James, who went close to making his Origin debut in the series opener and then lost out to Prior in their head-to-head battle to replace Campbell-Gillard for game two, is understood to have stayed in Sydney after Gold Coast's win over the Wests Tigers to again be part of the Blues' camp.
Likely NSW team: 1 James Tedesco, 2 Tom Trbojevic, 3 Latrell Mitchell, 4 James Roberts, 5 Josh Addo-Carr, 6 James Maloney, 7 Nathan Cleary, 8 David Klemmer, 9 Damien Cook, 10 Matt Prior, 11 Boyd Cordner (c) /Tariq Sims, 12 Tyson Frizell, 13 Jack de Belin. Interchange: 14 Paul Vaughan, 15 Jake Trbojevic, 16 Angus Crichton, 17 Tyrone Peachey.
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