8 May 2013

New South Wales lose Stewart for opening State of Origin

6:16 pm on 8 May 2013

The Manly fullback Brett Stewart will miss the opening game of rugby league's State or Origin series next month after scans showed a back injury was more serious than first thought.

The Manly coach Geoff Toovey says Stewart won't be able to play for at least a month, after scans showed he had a small bone chip in his back.

That means he'll be unavailable for New South Wales in the opening match against Queensland in Sydney on June 5th.