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Blue Creagh laughs at rookie fear claims

By Todd Balym 29/05/2009 04:42:42 PM Comments (0)

NSW rookie Ben Creagh has laughed off constant claims from the Queensland camp that the Blues debutants will be running "scared" in next Wednesday's series opener at Etihad Stadium.

Queensland's experienced campaigners Johnathan Thurston and Justin Hodges have both attempted to put the heat on the baby Blues by talking up the fear factor of making an Origin debut.

But menacing 104kg second rower Creagh dismissed the gamesmanship from the Maroons, declaring none of the seven NSW debutants will be put off by the prospect of playing State of Origin football.

"You wouldn't play rugby league if you were scared," said Creagh.

"I think all the boys like myself who haven't played before are very excited about the opportunity ahead of us.

"There's definitely going to be nerves there ... I don't think it's going to get the better of us and I think all of us will make the most of the opportunity we have.

"None of us are going to be scared."

NSW veteran Craig Wing refuted any suggestion of fear on debut.

The 89kg utility has been offering his Origin experiences to the Blues rookies along with prop Luke Bailey and they're delivering a far different message than that of the Queenslanders.

"This is Origin, you don't get scared," said Wing.

"It's a fantastic occasion. I remember my first one, I'm not the biggest bloke but I certainly felt 10 foot tall and bulletproof. I don't think fear is an issue.

"Bails and I have said a few things (at training) ... all about the pace of the game, what to expect, the preparation.

"Don't let it sneak up on you and when you're on the field don't let it get away from you."

The Blues had their first training run as a full team on Friday with Creagh (ankle) and lock Paul Gallen (shoulder) both completing the long session at Werribee.

Gallen has yet to begin contact work on his shoulder and will be given until early next week to prove his fitness, with Gold Coast's Anthony Laffranchi in camp on standby.

Creagh insists his ankle complaint is no problem and is a certain starter next Wednesday.

"I've done the injury before and knew I only needed a few days off my feet to let it heal and it was fine this morning," said Creagh.

"(Gallen) was running around fine and he still has five days now til we play so hopefully he will be fine as well."

While NSW's session was closed to the media, Wing showed the effects of a vigorous hitout with skin missing from his nose and forehead from a training incident.

"I'm copping a knock every day. I've lost that much skin off my face," he said.

"Training has been really intense. I've really enjoy it. There's certainly no holding back."

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