State of Origin: Cooper Cronk to play Game 1 after shrugging off ankle injury

  • Queensland halfback overcomes ankle injury and will play series opener
  • ‘He’s a quick healer, obviously,’ says NSW assistant coach Matt Parish

It will come as little surprise to New South Wales but Cooper Cronk will play the 2016 State of Origin series opener in Sydney after the Queensland halfback shrugged off the ankle injury that had threatened his participation in Wednesday night’s match – and sparked accusations of mind games from the opposition camp.

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