The highly anticipated Kangaroos World Cup front row will make a comeback on Wednesday night, donning sky blue jerseys. Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Jake Trbojevic, who played together in the Kangaroos’ victory over Samoa in the Rugby League World Cup final last year, will be reunited for Origin III.
Campbell-Gillard had been sidelined for the first two games of the Origin series due to a serious groin injury. However, he expressed his gratitude to the medical team for their efforts in shortening his rehabilitation period and allowing him to be match-fit for the final clash against the Maroons, despite the series result already being decided.
Trbojevic, on the other hand, suffered a calf tear in a previous game for Manly and was initially ruled out of Origin selection. But now, he will make an early return to the NSW side, aiming to make a significant impact in the final game.
Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga believes the duo will be a formidable force against the Maroons, citing their successful partnership in the World Cup final. Meninga praised Campbell-Gillard for his hard work, toughness, leadership qualities, and love for taking the first run.
Although Campbell-Gillard has achieved success at the international level, winning two World Cup finals with the Kangaroos, he is eager to make a mark in the Origin arena. Ready to play for pride and prevent a whitewash, he expressed surprise at his teammate Junior Paulo’s exclusion from the squad and emphasized their close bond and understanding on the field.
Due to injuries, suspensions, and Origin duties, Campbell-Gillard and Paulo have only played together in seven out of 17 possible club games this season. Campbell-Gillard hopes to finish the year strong, stringing together consistent games with Paulo.
The NSW prop appreciates the opportunity to represent his state and the significance of wearing the jersey, not only for himself but also for his family. He is grateful for his selection and is determined to contribute to the team’s pride-driven performance.
In conclusion, Campbell-Gillard expressed his humility and gratitude for being a part of representative teams throughout his career. His focus remains on playing his straightforward and consistent style of rugby league. The article ends by inviting readers to subscribe to Wide World of Sports’ newsletter for the latest breaking news and exclusive content.
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