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Smith now a step closer to Origin

By Wayne Heming 21/05/2010 10:22:57 PM Comments (0)

Injured hooker Cameron Smith was a welcome sight as he joined in Queensland training for the first time on the Sunshine Coast on Friday.

While the Storm rake is far from out of the woods, his appearance on the training paddock, while only brief, was enough to suggest he is still an outside chance of playing in Wednesday night's opening State of Origin game in Sydney.

Smith (elbow) threw a few passes out of dummy half early in the session before his shadow, Manly hooker Matt Ballin, took over the dummy half role for the remainder of the 90 minute work out.

Surprisingly, Smith then did some attacking fending with his injured right arm before indulging in a couple of light defensive grabs on former Maroon hooker Jason Hetherington late in the session.

Smith seemed surprised by how well his dislocated elbow felt but said he would wait until after doing some heavy contact work on Sunday before making a final decision.

Smith couldn't throw a pass when the side went into camp on the Sunshine Coast on Tuesday.

But his range of movement has improved significantly with intensive daily phsyio.

Hetherington, a former Australian and Queensland hooker who played eight Origins for Queensland, has been working with Ballin to help him fit in if he gets the call up.

"He's (Ballin) ready to go," declared Hetherington.

Meanwhile NRL boss David Gallop made a flying visit to Camp Maroon on Friday for informal talks with Brisbane captain Darren Lockyer and senior forward Petero Civoniceva about a number of issues confronting rugby league, including the salary cap and players having a louder say in the running of the game.

The meeting took place at the Hyatt Regency Resort at Coolum where the Queensland team are in Origin camp.

Gallop said he didn't want to go into details but felt the two players had put forward some good ideas at the informal meeting.

"I don't want to go into specifics but there was some good ideas that we'll be happy to take on board," said Gallop.

"It was an opportunity to discuss the game's financial position, and the review of the salary cap.

"My advice was that they work on integrating their views with those of the RLPA (Rugby League Players' Association) so that as much as possible they present a single response to some of the issues.

"We discussed the pros and cons of some of the ideas that have been tossed up around the structure of the season.

"Many of their ideas were very good ones, and they'll certainly be put into the mix as we go forward over the next few weeks."

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