21 May 2012

NSW skipper looking good for Origin opener

6:35 am on 21 May 2012

New South Wales' inspirational league captain Paul Gallen appears a certain starter for Wednesday night's State of Origin opener in Melbourne.

Sunday loomed as D-day for the workaholic prop, but he survived an opposed training session on his strained thigh muscle, removing any doubts about his fitness to start in the opening game against Queensland.

The Blues' 18th man Tariq Sims broke his leg in North Queensland's win over Penrith on Saturday night.