Newcastle captain Danny Buderus has effectively ruled out playing for NSW again, saying it was Robbie Farah’s ‘‘time to shine’’ on the Origin stage.
The 34-year-old former NSW and Australian skipper was Blues coach Ricky Stuart’s first-choice dummy half for this year’s series until a recurrence of Achilles tendonitis ruled him out of contention for the first game in Melbourne last Wednesday.
That opened the door for Farah, who was one of the Blues’ most creative and effective players in their 18-10 loss to Queensland.
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Farah’s form, his own health and fitness, and his desire to help lead the Knights out of their form slump had combined to convince Buderus his Origin career was behind him.
He was also disappointed and disenchanted by Country Rugby League president Jock Colley’s negative reaction to his decision to decline Country Origin selection last month.
‘‘For me, May was a write-off, with all the negative publicity that I received for that City-Country,’’ Buderus said. ‘‘It’s not my time. It’s for someone like a Robbie Farah, and he’s taken it with both hands. It’s his time to shine. He played a great game in State of Origin I, and he’ll be picked for [game] two and three, hopefully.’’
Buderus said he had recovered from a head knock suffered in Newcastle’s 24-14 loss to Gold Coast at last Saturday and would be fit to lead the Knights against the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.
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