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Specialist to decide on Wallace

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by clontaago, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

    +170 /1
    NSW halfback Peter Wallace has a 4pm deadline to find a specialist willing to clear him to play in next week's decider - throwing the whole Blues selection process up in the air until a decision is reached.

    In a bizarre development, Wallace is being forced to find an independent specialist after being cleared to play by the Brisbane Broncos last Friday but failing to be cleared by NSW doctor Hugh Hazard.

    Hazard wants specialist approval before signing off Wallace's place in the side. He will not be cleared without it. Further complicating the issue, Wallace's specialist is overseas and unable to examine him, forcing him to find an alternative before the NSW selectors sit down for a preliminary meeting at 4pm.

    Almost overlooked in all the confusion is that Wallace trained pain-free at Broncos training on Sunday, getting through all the club's running and kicking drills.

    So as confusion reigns, it appears Wallace's fate will have a significant bearing on the Blues line-up beyond just a positional selection.

    And not just because five-eighth Greg Bird was ruled out after injuring his knee.

    If Wallace is cleared then Kurt Gidley is favoured to line up at five-eighth despite the strong push for Braith Anasta.

    Anasta is not without hope, though.

    However, if Wallace joins Bird on the sidelines then the Blues will most likely go for an established club pairing.

    Heading the choices will be Anasta and Roosters half-back Mitchell Pearce, although Manly duo Matt Orford and Jamie Lyon are also a strong chance.
    "I keep getting conflicting reports," Bellamy said. "He tells me he is going to be OK but you talk to Hugh Hazard and he tells me he is far from over the line."

    The drama began Friday night when Wallace, coach Wayne Bennett and the Brisbane doctor met to discuss his Origin fate and he was cleared to play.

    "Then I told him to ring Craig Bellamy and tell him he was OK," Bennett said last night.

    "I don't understand what the confusion is about.

    "The guy was totally free of pain this morning."

    While the Broncos have cleared Wallace, Hazard said he still had concerns about Wallace's recovery.

    "He has got to come down to me with a clearance from a specialist saying he is fit to play," Hazard said.

    "I want a specialist saying he isn't going to be put at risk and saying that he isn't going to lose a testicle."
  2. The Gronk

    The Gronk Well-Known Member

    +37 /0
    A lot of people probably say that they would give their left nut to play a game of origin.  This bloke may have to do it literally. 
  3. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

    +516 /14
    Will he show more balls than he did in game two?
  4. SilentBob

    SilentBob Well-Known Member

    +4 /0
    My tip
    6. Mullen
    7. Gidley
  5. willstyles

    willstyles Active Member

    +4 /0
    I'd say playing 50 minutes of Origin football with a split testicle and no forward pack is a pretty ballsy effort to be perfectly honest...
  6. eggson

    eggson Well-Known Member

    +305 /2
    Just saw that Pearce and Anasta are the favourites now, according to SMH. 

    In other news, i can't believe the ref gave the stupid Bunnies a win.
  7. Jatz Crackers

    Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

    +1,476 /8
    Hed be Jatz Crackers.
  8. Downie

    Downie Active Member

    +3 /0
    Gidley at halfback would be a disaster. I'd even prefer Finch over him!
  9. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

    +170 /1
    Id say 

    1. Pearce and Anasta
    2. Mullen and Anasta
    3. Mullen and Gidley
  10. The Gronk

    The Gronk Well-Known Member

    +37 /0
    6. Dorn
    7. Mullane
  11. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member

    +215 /5
    Gronk, you are killing me. Maybe Adam Browne and Dorn!!!
  12. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

    +516 /14
    I reckon the inspection must have been a real ball tearer.
  13. Utility Player

    Utility Player Well-Known Member

    +514 /6
    He said on the news last night that he would definitely be playing against Penrith, but not named in side in today's paper.

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