NEW South Wales hooker Robbie Farah says he has no intentions of changing his style of football despite critics declaring he is “not suited” to State of Origin.
Two weeks ago, Blues staff member Steve Roach, a former forward nicknamed ‘Blocker’, said Farah’s game wasn’t suited to the Origin style.
Despite the comments, the Wests Tigers captain was selected in the NSW side to face Queensland in Melbourne in just over a week’s time.
He started the season behind Michael Ennis and Newcastle’s Danny Buderus, but 28-year-old Farah clawed his way back into contention while his club coach Tim Sheens exchanged a war of words with Blues coach Ricky Stuart.
Labelling himself as being “out of form” last year where he was overlooked in favour of Ennis, Farah believes he is now fitter than ever and doubts his game will change much - albeit a little more structured than at the Tigers.
“I think the fact that I’ve got a genuine No.7 outside me will help my game,” Farah said.
“To be able to play with a genuine seven like Mitchell (Pearce) allows me to concentrate on my game as a nine and do that job to the best of my ability.”
The hooker said he and Roach have buried the hatchet after remaining silent over the entire time he was being spoken about.
Farah denied there was any bad blood between him and the Balmain legend.
“We had a bit of a joke about it,” he said.
“It’s all good, we’re in camp now and we’re all here with the same objective and that to win.
“It’s fair to say I was pretty disappointed in it… but he’s entitled to his opinion.”
Having twice represented the Blues, his last game in the second game of the 2009 series, Farah came under scrutiny for playing with injured ribs.
However, the Tigers skipper denies he played injured.
“It’s an absolute myth,” Farah said.
“Everyone has said I shouldn’t have played but there was nothing wrong with me.
“It was just one of those games where I made a couple of mistakes and I got punished.”
Having built a combination with Pearce during City Origin camp, Farah said he and the halfback kept in contact and is now looking forward to linking with Todd Carney.
“I had the chance to play a Test with Toddy at Eden Park and we played really well that night and got a win against the Kiwis,” Farah said.
“He and ‘Junior’ have a combination there from the Roosters so hopefully between the three of us we can get this team moving in the right direction.”
That combination is something Carney is also looking forward to working on.
“Pearcey has a nice combination with Robbie from his time at City,” Carney said.
“Me and Pearcey’s combination was good when I was at the Roosters so hopefully that can gel straight away and we fit in together.”