NEW BLUE: Tyson Frizell of the Dragons will make his Origin debut on Wednesday in place of the suspended Wade Graham.
NEW BLUE: Tyson Frizell of the Dragons will make his Origin debut on Wednesday in place of the suspended Wade Graham. PAUL MILLER

Frizell to make Origin debut after Graham suspended

SECOND-rower Tyson Frizell is preparing for the biggest game of his life after being called up to replace the suspended Wade Graham for Origin II at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night.

But the strong ball-runner – described as being akin to tackling a “brick wall” by Blues teammate Michael Jennings – says he’s ready to go.

“I think it’s my fourth time here in camp and if I didn’t have that experience it would be a bit nerve-racking,” Frizell said.

“But I’m ready to go and I can’t wait to go out there on Wednesday and play.”

There has been a chorus of criticism in regards to Cronulla back-rower Graham’s suspension for Origin II after his high shot on North Queensland’s Johnathan Thurston on Monday night.

Blues legend Peter Sterling said there needed to be an overhaul of the judiciary system when looking at low-grade incidents – such as Graham’s grade-one charge – before blue-chip matches like Origins and grand finals.

After initially saying he had “no words” when explaining his disappointment at missing his Origin debut, Graham said he was happy to help NSW prepare for a must-win game while in camp at Coffs Harbour.

The talented 25-year-old will stay with the Blues squad in the build-up to Origin II in Brisbane.

“The reality has sunk in that I won’t be playing, but I’m grateful for being back in camp,” he said.

“I’ll enjoy the next few days and help the boys prepare the best I can.”

Graham will be available for the Sharks’ next game against the Warriors at Southern Cross Group Stadium next Saturday night.


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