Kalyn Ponga has withdrawn from this year’s State of Origin series because of a shoulder injury that requires surgery.
The Newcastle fullback was named in new Queensland coach Wayne Bennett’s preliminary squad but confirmed he would not take his place in the Maroons No. 1 jersey this year.
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“I’m devastated to miss out on Origin,” Ponga said in a statement. “I love pulling on the Maroons jersey.
“It is a privilege to play in the NRL and a privilege to be selected to represent Queensland.
“As an athlete and competitor, I pride myself on performing no matter how my body feels but I also accept that both the Maroons and Knights medical staff have my best interest at heart in making this decision.
“I wish the Queensland camp all the best for a successful 2020 series.
“I’ll be cheering loudly from home and will be working tirelessly to earn my place back in the squad next year.”
Ponga is a huge loss for Queensland.Source:News Corp Australia
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