Sport State of Origin: Melbourne team-mate reveals details of Cameron Munster’s phone call to Mal Meninga
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Cameron Munster’s desperate bid to delay his entry into the Queensland Maroons’ bubble is officially part of rugby league folklore after a Melbourne Storm team-mate confirmed the star five-eighth's daring phone call to Mal Meninga.
The Storm remained in the sheds at ANZ Stadium until the early hours of Monday morning following their 26-20 grand-final triumph over the Penrith Panthers on Sunday night.
They returned to their Sunshine Coast base on Monday and held their club awards night that evening.
While the majority of the Storm squad have descended on Byron Bay on the NSW north coast, their five State of Origin stars were required to join their respective camps mid-week.
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Speaking on his father Matthew's Sydney radio show on Friday morning, Storm squad member Cooper Johns revealed Munster attempted to take a detour before joining his Maroons team-mates in camp.
“Christian Welch, Felise Kaufusi, Paps (Ryan Papenhuyzen) and Dale (Finucane), they were all pretty happy to go in (to Origin camp),” Cooper Johns told SEN’s Morning Glory with Matty Johns on Friday.
“The only one who wasn’t, he was pretty reluctant, he wanted to come to Byron, was Cameron Munster.”
Asked to confirm rumours Munster put in a call to Maroons assistant Meninga requesting an extension, Cooper replied: “I can confirm that.
“I remember we were at the signing session and he was still in his kit from the awards night the night before.
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“I was geeing him up, I said, ‘Why don’t you come to Byron instead of Origin camp?’ And he rung him (Meninga) up.”
The answer was no.
Munster instead joined his Queensland team-mates for a team photo that has since gone viral, with the 26-year-old looking worse for wear following his four-day bender.
He trained with Wayne Bennett's Maroons on Friday and declared both his head, and troublesome knee, will be ready for Game 1 against the NSW Blues in Adelaide on Wednesday night.
“There’s a lot of stuff going viral at the moment but no, there’s no head noise at all,” Munster told reporters on Friday.
“I’ve got nothing to worry about, a party’s a party and it’s business as usual.”
He added of the knee injury, which required painkilling injections ahead of the NRL decider: “I’ll do everything I can to make it at least 80-90 percent right for Wednesday.”
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State of Origin has finally arrived - in Adelaide of all places - when NSW tackle Queensland in the series opener on Wednesday night. Kick-off is at 8.10pm (AEDT), with Brad Fittler's Blues the red hot favourites chasing three successive series wins against the Maroons who will be rank outsiders.The Adelaide Oval hosts the interstate match for the first time since the concept was launched in 1980. The series is also being played after the regular NRL season due to COVID-19 disruptions.