Cordner fit for Origin decider
NSW Blues captain Boyd Cordner has declared himself fit to play in this Wednesday's State of Origin decider at Suncorp Stadium.
Cordner has been hampered with a calf injury for the past three weeks and has not played since the Blues' loss to the Maroons in the second game of the series.
However, he told reporters from his Blues training camp in Kingscliff that he is "100 per cent” ready to go.
"I did the whole session yesterday (Sunday) and it has given me more confidence,” Cordner said.
He said he pulled up well this morning and was ready to take on the Maroons to help secure the Blues a first series win since 2014.
He did concede there had been some mental hurdles in getting to this point.
"It's a lot easier being in camp because you have that 24-hour access to the physios and everything that's provided here which is handy,” Cordner said.
"It just puts the ball back in my court. It's been stressful mentally, but in regards to recovery and rehab and having everything there for me, it's been unreal.”
Cordner was unsure on whether he would play when he arrived in camp in Kingscliff.
"To be honest, at the start of the week I was deadset up in the air about whether I'd be right or not. But come Wednesday and Thursday, it really took a turn,” he said.
"I was more nervous before yesterday's training run. It was a pretty big session, so got through most of that pretty good. And then this morning it pulled up pretty good as well.”
The Blues players have Monday off before finalising preparations in a captain's run at Cbus Stadium.
The Sydney Roosters star said he needed a break from his recovery. "On my days off I've had days off. I've needed them. It's been really good, especially up here and having the beaches. Game one was so good for us up here just being away,” he said.
"It's no different to this camp.
"At this stage it's looking pretty good. I've been doing everything I can and at this stage it looks pretty good although we've still got a captain's run tomorrow.”