Cordner to miss Origin series following latest head knock

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Boyd Cordner has ruled himself out of the State of Origin series following his latest head knock.

Cordner's playing future has been the subject of speculation after suffering another concussion – his fourth for the season – during the 18-14 loss to Queensland at Adelaide Oval.

Blues skipper Boyd Cordner.Credit:Getty Images

NSWRL boss Dave Trodden said on Friday: "The welfare of our players is always of the utmost importance in our minds. Boyd's decision after consulting with the team doctor Nathan Gibbs and coach Brad Fittler is the appropriate one and we fully support him and wish him a restful off-season."

The NRL were understood to be weighing up forcing Cordner to be assessed by an independent doctor before taking his place in Sydney next Wednesday had he been named.

Cordner has a history of concussions, including one against the Storm which resulted in him missing five matches earlier this year.

Politis said Cordner and Robinson would have a good conversation about giving the backrower an extended break.

Cordner is contracted to the Roosters until 2023, but there is growing belief he may try and lead the Kangaroos to victory at next year's World Cup – provided the tournament goes ahead – and then reassess his future.

Meanwhile, one of the big selection debates will be whether to stick with Nathan Cleary and Luke Keary in the halves for game two, or name Cody Walker in the No. 6 jersey.

After initially calling for Keary to be punted, immortal Andrew Johns told the Herald: "The more thought I give it, the more I'd like to see how Keary and Cody would go. More experience and Nathan's had a long year. He's young as a halfback at club level but in terms of Origin he's a baby. This is the next development for Nathan as a halfback: create under pressure, under fatigue, with his team on the back foot."

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