Billy Slater hits out at ‘disrespectful’ Origin query

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Billy Slater is refusing to buckle to stress to spill the beans about his staff picks for the opening recreation of the 2024 State of Origin collection.

The Queensland coach on Monday stated it was “disrespectful” to deal with hypothesis about who will change Cameron Munster within the Maroons staff for the collection opener at Accor Stadium on June 5 in Sydney.

The Queensland camp was rocked on Monday when the Melbourne Storm confirmed Munster will miss the following 8-10 weeks as he continues to handle a groin criticism which stored him sidelined for the opening month of the season.

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Munster returned in spherical 5 and performed strongly albeit nonetheless hampered by the situation which flared up considerably in opposition to the Eels at Magic Spherical, with the rep star writhing in ache and subbed off simply earlier than half-time because the Storm piled on the factors with out him.

The 29-year-old gained’t require surgical procedure at this stage, with Munster doubtless needing to play by any ache when he returns probably as early because the spherical 20 conflict in opposition to the Roosters at AAMI Park.

The Maroons will now be with out certainly one of their most necessary gamers with the 2020 Wally Lewis Medal winner out for all the Origin collection.

Munster is without doubt one of the fashionable Origin greats and has at all times lifted at that stage, with Queensland coach Billy Slater now set to show to Tom Dearden or Ezra Mam in a collection that will likely be lacking among the greatest names within the NRL.

Slater, nonetheless, sidestepped a direct query in regards to the Mam-Dearden debate when requested by co-host mark Levy on his Billy Slater Podcast.

He stated he’ll wait till the official staff announcement on Monday earlier than addressing his conundrum in regards to the Cowboys playmaker and Broncos five-eighth.

“Till this precise time subsequent week when the groups are introduced, it’s all untimely dialog,” Slater stated on his podcast.

“I perceive it being a member of the media and I get the joy round it however as an individual who has to make selections it’s actually necessary to be respectful to all gamers and permit them to play the sport.

“Subsequent week, I’ll be sitting on The Sunday Footy Present within the afternoon. It might be disrespectful for me to speak about particular person gamers who I believe will likely be there or gained’t be there when there may be nonetheless two video games to be performed after that present.

“You’ve actually obtained to be affected person and anticipate all the knowledge, do your responsibility for the state, after which choose that staff.”

Dearden was spectacular in Sport 3 of the 2022 collection and was 18th man as a part of the Maroons squad in 2023.

Nevertheless, Mam is in purple sizzling kind after serving to the Broncos attain the 2023 NRL grand remaining.

Slater spoke at size in regards to the lack of Munster and warranted Queensland followers the staff will likely be positive heading into the Origin collection.

“Queensland will likely be okay. Melbourne will likely be okay,” Slater stated on 9’s The Billy Slater Podcast.

“Somebody will get a chance there… I haven’t spoken to Cameron personally however this isn’t a brand new factor. He’s been battling this all yr, all through the preseason.

“I do go into Melbourne as soon as per week… I do know what’s happening there, it’s not new to me, it’s not a shock.

“I really feel for him that he needed to undergo that on the sphere. I’ve had a groin harm and I understand how debilitating it’s.

“For him to be pushing by that ache all year long and nonetheless performing after which to incur a setback like that, I actually felt for him.

“I perceive how a lot time, effort, dedication, and sacrifice our gamers put into their careers as a result of I did it. When that’s taken away from you thru harm it’s powerful, each bodily and mentally.”

Melbourne Storm soccer boss Frank Ponissi earlier stated in an announcement: “Cameron had scans earlier at this time which confirmed a tear within the adductor tendon.

“Our membership physician sought impartial medical recommendation and we determined to take the conservative strategy by remedy and rehabilitation with out the necessity for surgical procedure.

“Whereas it’s clearly disappointing for each Cameron and the membership to be lacking soccer at this stage of the season, we’re assured this strategy will give him the very best likelihood of restoration in the long run.”

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