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Blues star Farah ready for Origin

After years of not knowing if he'll be part of the NSW side Robbie Farah has been preparing himself for the 2013 State of Origin series since the summer.
Blues star Farah ready for Origin
by AAP

By Ian McCullough

SYDNEY, May 7 AAP - After years of not knowing if he'll be part of the NSW side Robbie Farah has been preparing himself for the 2013 State of Origin series since the summer.

Blues coach Laurie Daley doesn't name his team until just under three weeks for the June 5 opener at ANZ Stadium, but Farah is certain to retain the No.9 jersey.

His magnificent performances in the 2012 series earned him the Brad Fittler Medal for the NSW State of Origin player of the year - and the Wests Tigers skipper has since thought of little else but ending Queensland's Origin stranglehold.

This time last year the 28-year-old was battling Michael Ennis and Danny Buderus for the hooking role and had to endure Tigers great Steve Roach claiming he wasn't a player suited to the Origin arena.

At the time Farah was furious at the comments from Roach, who is also part of the Blues coaching set-up, but more than silenced his critics with three outstanding performances - albeit in a losing side.

"Throughout my whole career I've had to go through the questions about Origin at this time of year," Farah said on Tuesday.

"It's pleasing that after the year I had it's given me the opportunity to go again this year. But I have to ensure that I play well enough to be around the team for a lot longer."

Farah had been out in the cold since the 2009 series after two underwhelming performances, but he believes the experience of last year opened his eyes as to what's required to be successful at that level.

"I have thought about Origin every day since I came back in pre-season. It's always in your head," he said.

"Origin is the toughest level you can play. Physically and mentally it's so demanding.

"You cannot just turn up and play. You need to push your body day in, day out in training to be ready for it.

"That is what the best players do, and that is what I want to be for NSW."

"We came so close last year and to fall just short means we are desperate to go one better and beat them."




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