With the 2015 State of Origin Series now complete, Rabbitohs forward Chris McQueen says that it’s a fresh start for him, his team and other Clubs affected by Origin.
While Rabbitohs Skipper Greg Inglis battled it out for Origin supremacy last week, the rest of the Rabbitohs squad enjoyed the bye – an fact that McQueen cites as an opportunity to get some minor niggling injuries right.
“I think it is a bit of a fresh start,” said McQueen.
“All the boys are back at their clubs now, and obviously luckily for us we’ve got all of our boys on the paddock – I don’t think we’re carrying too many injured boys now.
“It is a bit of a fresh start for us and our run to the end (of) the year. It’s obviously a long season. Everyone’s got some niggling injuries so it was a good opportunity to refresh.”
Among the positives, McQueen added that the Rabbitohs will be back to a full complement of players on the back of the potential return of Kyle Turner from a long-term neck injury – the Indigenous All Star looking to make a return through the NSW Cup.
“I think Kyle Turner was the last of the injured boys and I think he comes back this weekend I’d say probably through the Bears – with him back on the paddock, we’ve got a full team again,” said McQueen.
“He’s been great around training. He’s absolutely ripped in, he’s got his body right and he’s ready to go.”
The Rabbitohs will be taking on the St George Illawarra Dragons this Saturday night in a return to the hallowed turf of the Sydney Cricket Ground – a venue that has played host to countless important battles between the two Clubs including the famed 1965 Grand Final which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
“It’s obviously great playing at the SCG,” admitted McQueen.
“A lot of history at that ground so all the boys are really keen, really excited to get out there and play on Saturday night.”
The Rabbitohs will take on the St George Illawarra Dragons at the SCG next Saturday night at 7:30pm. Click here to purchase your tickets.