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Nicho Hynes injury, calf, how bad is it, is he in doubt, why hasn’t he trained, Blues training camp, NRL360, rugby league news

“Confusion reigns and mystery surrounds.”

That’s what one expert has called the injury situation surrounding Blues halfback Nicho Hynes, who was unable to train at camp in New South Wales on Wednesday due to a troublesome calf.

Hynes was pictured wearing only sweatpants during Blues training in the Blue Mountains just seven days away from State of Origin Game I.

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The NRL360 panel is all concerned that Hynes is not yet training properly with the team.

“What I find interesting is that a number of months ago Michael Maguire was adamant from the outset that the players he was going to pick would be fit, in shape and available to train from day 1 in camp,” says Fox. The League’s James Hooper said so.

“Now that hasn’t happened. Nicho wasn’t the only player to sit out today’s session. Liam Martin, the right back rower, also did not train. Those are two key elements of the NSW right side who were unable to train.

“All reports from the camp in the Blue Mountains indicate that he (Hynes) is doing well, it is just a precaution. They expect him to train tomorrow, but I think it is a concern.”

The Daily Telegraph Michael Carayannis agrees as he believes Hynes needs as much time in the training paddock as possible as he forms a new partnership with Jarome Luai.

“It’s clearly a concern. Nicho has never played in the number 7 jersey for NSW and the new pairing with Jarome Luai and they need all the training paddock time they can get,” Carayannis said.

“With calves, even if he gets through this week, you know we didn’t see him finish the game last week.

‘It’s been a lingering problem all season and at the moment it’s just a ticking time bomb for Nicho.

“I think he will play but there is clearly concern about the NSW halfback and there is no real cover in that 1-17.”

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Roosters playmaker Luke Keary has been appointed as back-up to Hynes if the Cronulla star does not make a full recovery in time.

Maroons legend Gorden Tallis then questioned whether Hynes, who has not played in half for the Blues before, needed every possible day of camp to train.

“Oh yeah, but missing the first few days won’t be the end of the world if I’m honest, but he hasn’t played in that position before in Origin,” NRL360 host Braith Anasta replied.

“Every minute, every second is important because you are the chief conductor of that team. You pretty much call the game plan.

“He needs to get back out there, and I’m sure he will. Hopefully he’ll be there tomorrow.

“He looked a little red. I know he was only in his sweatpants, but he’s not 100%.”

Hooper again raised his concerns, pointing to Cronulla’s match against the Panthers last weekend, which saw Hynes leave the game early.

Sharks coach Craig Fitzgibbon said after the match that the star halfback was withdrawn early as a precaution.

Hooper also referenced Hynes’ infamous Origin arena debut in Game I last year, when he came into the unfamiliar position of center and made a defensive error that led to a crucial Maroons try.

The Daily Telegraph 29.5.2024 Nicho Hynes watches during training. Westpac NSW Blues State of Origin Team training session at Leura Blue Mountains Grammar School. Photo: Rohan KellySource: News Corp Australia

“He has to find confidence. With the utmost respect to Nicho, and we all love the role model he is off the field, but there’s no doubt he must have a bit of head noise surrounding last year’s Origin series and, more importantly, most recently his most previous performance,” said Hooper.

“That game against Penrith at Shark Park had State of Origin intensity. He was forced to play on the back foot. Penrith had the ball in Cronulla’s own 20 for a long time there and Nicho was unable to think of the right answers before leaving and not returning.

“We won’t really know what the answer is until next weekend,” Anasta added.