7 July, 2017, 12:00 am
Despite missing the Maroons’ first training session, Brisbane Broncos and Queensland lock Josh McGuire will be ready to go for game three of the Holden State of Origin Series.
That is according to teammate Matt Gillett who believes the 27-year-old will be out to make up for his seven-minute stint in Brisbane’s 42-12 thrashing at the hands of the Melbourne Storm in Round 17.
McGuire was knocked unconscious during that match, copping the hip of Storm prop Jesse Bromwich in a sickening clash that ended his night prematurely.
So dazed and confused was McGuire, he tried to wrestle Broncos trainer Alfie Langer in a bid to stay on the field, with Langer forced to call in other Brisbane trainers to restrain McGuire and eventually get him down the tunnel.
It was clear to all watching that McGuire was concussed and he is still feeling the after effects of the knock that many feared could rule him out of the Origin decider.
But if he follows protocol then he should be right to take the field, with Game Three taking place 12 days after he suffered the head knock. And he will be hungry to excel, with the man they call “Moose” blaming himself for missing majority of the Broncos’ one-sided loss.