Willie Tonga released from Queensland Origin side

Parramatta’s Willie Tonga is free to play against Canterbury this Sunday at ANZ Stadium after being released from Queensland Origin camp.

Tonga was named in an extended Maroons side on Monday night.  Reports suggest that Greg Inglis will play game two despite a leg injury he sustained in South Sydney’s victory over New Zealand Warriors last Saturday in Perth.

Inglis along with Billy Slater and Daly Cherry-Evans are showing signs that they too will play next Wednesday night despite being on light duties.  Slater in particular hasn’t been involved in any contact training at this stage as he battles a shoulder problem.

It’s been a tough week for Queensland coach Mal Meninga with Corey Parker ruled out earlier this week with an eye socket problem.  But it’s been business as usual with a trip out to Longreach for a fan day, followed by pre-Origin camp at Sanctuary Cove.  A fan day has been organised in Sydney this Sunday.  For more details, go to the QRL website.

New South Wales coach Laurie Daley expected the three to play and this news shouldn’t affect the New South Wales preparations too much.

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