Queensland back-rower Matt Gillett has been officially ruled out of Wednesday’s State of Origin series decider.
Barely 10 minutes after saying Gillett would be given until kick-off to overcome a groin injury, Queensland coach Kevin Walters returned to tell the media the 20-game Origin veteran would not be playing.
“We just tried to run him there in the warm-up and he is not coming up too well,” Walters said.
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It came just a matter of minutes after Walters said he would be given until kick off to prove his fitness.
At that time, Walters refused to confirm how would would reshuffle the side but Bulldogs prop Dylan Napa has already been brought into camp as 18th man. South Sydney’s Ethan Lowe has already been training with the team all week.
“We’ll make those decisions – that’s for us to know. Now that he’s officially been ruled out we’ll make some decision around that in the next 24 hours.
“As I said before if he wasn’t playing we had some players ready and more than capable of putting their hand up and doing the job.”