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SportThe real reason Mitchell Pearce pulled out of Origin II

10:56  20 june  2019
10:56  20 june  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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Pearce was axed by NSW after his first Origin match as a teenager and was shipped in and out of the side in the years afterward. He wore the brunt of criticism from Blues fans in a dire period and was no doubt scarred by the rough treatment. For those reasons , Brett Finch says he can understand why

Mitchell Pearce (born 7 April 1989) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a halfback and captains the Newcastle Knights in the NRL.

The real reason Mitchell Pearce pulled out of Origin II© AAP How he would be used as much as injury forced Mitchell Pearce out of Origin II.

Earlier this week, one of the students at the private school in Perth where the Blues have set up camp for Origin II, nudged his mate standing next to him.

"See that guy there," the student, resplendent in dark blue blazer and tie, said with authority as he waved a finger towards the field. "That’s Mitchell Pearce."

Actually, it was James Maloney.

The real reason Mitchell Pearce pulled out of Origin II© NRL Photos Mitchell Pearce has been in superb form for the Knights, but is carrying several injuries. The reason why it was Maloney and not Pearce is because Pearce had selflessly ruled himself out of Sunday night's must-win match against Queensland.

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The reason proffered was injury. It can now be revealed that there was a little more to it.

Pearce's withdrawal had as much to do with him being asked to wear the No.6 jumper instead of No.7, which has been retained by Nathan Cleary.

Pearce, who plays halfback for Newcastle, had been pencilled into the Blues’ side before taking the field against the Storm at AAMI Park last Saturday afternoon.

The real reason Mitchell Pearce pulled out of Origin II© Supplied Legendary league commentator Ray Warren isn't a fan of flying.

In the lead-up to the match, he’d been told that if he did play he’d be playing as he has been for the Knights in recent months — on the ball, calling the shots, on both sides of the field.

The result of Newcastle coach Nathan Brown using Pearce in this way has been there for all to see: Pearce has been in career-best form, tearing away at the top of the Dally M leaderboard.

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Knights coach Nathan Brown said Mitchell Pearce ’s decision to rule himself out of State of Origin selection contention had cost the injured Newcastle “There’s going to be all sorts of stories that come out of it but the reality is, if you look at it at face value, he’s given up 60 grand and two Origin

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Then, after the loss to Melbourne, the narrative suddenly changed.

He was told he had been selected but he wouldn’t be playing halfback. Cleary would stay at seven with Pearce at six with the pair of them playing each side of the ruck.

He wasn’t concerned about the number on his back — it means nothing these days — but how he was going to be used.

When Pearce woke up in Melbourne the next morning, he immediately felt the aches and swelling in his groin and hip. He’d suffered the injury against the Roosters last month and now, after copping a knock in the first half against the Storm, it had flared again.

The real reason Mitchell Pearce pulled out of Origin II© AAP Canterbury are ready to make a big-money play for Latrell Mitchell.

The verdict from the Knights medical staff was clear: he wouldn’t have been able to train with the Blues until Wednesday, possibly Thursday.

Given the short turnaround for this Origin because it’s being played on a Sunday night, it meant he’d have only two field sessions in a new team, with a young half he’s never played with, in a match that needed to be won to force the series into a game-three decider in Sydney.

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Greg Bird Finding A Break AndG Getting The Offload With Great Support From Halfback Mitchell Pearce .

A Kangaroos incumbent, Mitchell scored two tries as part of an 18-point haul in the Sydney Roosters' big NRL win over Canterbury on Sunday. Halfback candidate Mitchell Pearce was widely tipped for a dramatic recall but was ruled out early on Sunday due to hip and cork issues. "It's really disappointing

So, with very little to win and everything to lose, Pearce ruled himself out. The haste at which he went from being the potential savour to watching from the couch surprised a few people within the Blues camp.

The easy response to all this is it'd never happen to Queensland. We’d play with a broken arm, in any jumper, in any position, if we had to. Blah blah blah.

This is different. This was a brave and selfless call from Pearce, who feels a debt of gratitude to the Knights for the way they've embraced him.

He loves his state. He’s bled for it. He’s been brutalised by the public and press for the way he’s failed to meet their expectations since making his debut as a teenager in 2008.

Knowing that to play in this match would be a mistake, on several fronts, he handed the jumper over to Maloney — because it was the right thing to do.

Ennis racket

One person who was certainly against the Pearce-Cleary pairing was Fox Sports expert Michael Ennis, who last week publicly slammed the idea as "absolutely crazy" just days before the team was named.

"I can’t see why going into such a contest where we have to win the game," Ennis said. "If Mitchell is in the side absolutely I have no problem with that.

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A Kangaroos incumbent, Mitchell scored two tries as part of an 18-point haul in the Sydney Roosters' big NRL win over Canterbury on Sunday. Halfback candidate Mitchell Pearce was widely tipped for a dramatic recall but was ruled out early on Sunday due to hip and cork issues.

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"I think he completely deserves his opportunity. He is the form halfback for NSW, but Mitchell the way he is playing he needs to play that same way for NSW, which is on the ball.

"Where does Nathan Cleary go when that happens? Isn’t that his job? He’s a halfback."

As we’ve written in this space before, Ennis’ unfiltered views are fearless and refreshing. Former players rarely speak so candidly.

But we can tell you the remarks went down like a schooner of nails with the Blues because Ennis is on the NSWRL payroll as coach of the under-18s side that was hammered by Queensland in the curtain raiser to game one.

Blue sky thinking

The NSWRL's decision to play in an alternative jersey in this Origin has divided opinion among former players.

In a move away from the traditional sky blue, NSW players will take the field in a dark blue jumper with sky-blue chevrons.

Some have slammed the idea as nothing more than a marketing ploy. Others fear we could be a modern-day "Changa Langlands" scenario after he played the 1975 grand final for St George in white boots. The Dragons lost 38-0 and Langlands played the worst game of his life because a painkilling injection had made his leg completely numb.

But the NSWRL insists that it's been done for no other reason than to acknowledge the special occasion of an Origin being played in a foreign market.

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Pearce was far from the only underwhelming performer in a NSW jumper at Suncorp Stadium. Error prone, they were veritably blown away either side of a brief fightback after half-time. Last chance: This may well be the last time Mitchell Pearce pulls on a New South Wales jersey.

Brains trust: Mitchell Pearce , Trent Hodkinson and Robbie Farah at the Coffs Harbour training camp. Physically, I was wrecked. But I knew I couldn't let They don't realise the emotional toll and the hurt we carry with us long after they stop thinking about Origin . Those emotions came rushing back when

Rabbits in the headlights

The voice of State of Origin - Channel Nine caller Ray Warren - is so nervous about flying that he considered taking the two-day train trip from Sydney to Perth for Origin II.

It’s a well-known fact that "Rabbits" hates planes, so much so that he opted out of calling at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984 while working for Network Ten.

In the end, he decided to fly to Perth earlier in the week to give himself several days to get over the trauma of flying five hours in business class. This will be Warren’s 92nd Origin call.

Meanwhile, the fans are pouring into Perth as we speak. More than 20,000 people from interstate will attend the match at Optus Stadium.

No deal on the table for Latrell... yet

The Bulldogs are adamant they haven’t tabled a mega-deal for Roosters centre Latrell Mitchell — but understand that people connected to their club will make offers on their behalf.

As revealed by the Herald, an intermediary has approached Mitchell’s father, Matt, about his son coming to Belmore on a five-year deal worth more than $5 million.

Other reports suggest the Dogs are prepared to pay $11 million over 10 years, which sounds like a ludicrously blind show of faith in a talented player but one who lacks motivation at times.

The Roosters aren’t the least surprised about the interest and the speculation about their troubled superstar, who was dumped for Origin II.

People have been getting in his ear for months about not being on enough money, about his next contract from 2021 needing to resemble a telephone number, about him not being loved.

Roosters chairman Nick Politis values loyalty and won’t be paying silly amounts to keep Mitchell, as much as the club wants him to stay.

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Pearce was certain to be selected in the Blues squad for Origin II but ruled himself out due to injury on the day the team was announced.

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