Bad break for Blues and Farah after fractured hand

NEW South Wales selectors will name hooker Robbie Farah in the team to take on Queensland in Origin III despite scans showing the West Tigers captain had fractured his hand in Sunday's game against the Panthers.

The veteran faced a similar dilemma prior to game two when he was battling a shoulder injury from the Origin opener which the Blues lost 11-10.

Coach Laurie Daley confirmed Farah would be named today and would join his teammates in camp in Coffs Harbour where he would be assessed by the Blues' medical staff.

Wests Tigers confirmed Farah had suffered a metacarpal fracture in his right hand, and had been in consultation with a specialist.

Compounding the situation for NSW is the fact back-up hooker Michael Ennis has been hit with a grade one careless high tackle charge for his shot on Cowboys prop Matt Scott on Saturday night.

Carry-over points would see Ennis miss one game even with an early guilty plea, which means he would have to beat the charge at the NRL judiciary to play in game three at Suncorp Stadium next week.

The cupboard looks threadbare for NSW if Farah and Ennis are both unavailable, with Dragons No.9 Mitch Rein, who missed Saturday night's loss to the Eels through suspension, likely to be the front-runner for the job against Cameron Smith and the Maroons.

Other possibilities would include out-of-favour Bulldogs playmaker Josh Reynolds and Storm hooker Ryan Hinchcliffe.

Meanwhile, enforcer Beau Scott looks set to be fit for the Origin decider following positive scan results on the shoulder he injured against the Broncos on Friday night.


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