Hynes remains upbeat despite NSW Origin disappointment

Nicho Hynes has returned to Cronulla training showing no ill effects from NSW's opening State of Origin disappointment, with Sharks players adamant the No.7 remains his old self.

Hynes on Tuesday had his first session back with Cronulla since the Blues' chastening series-opening loss last week, showing no signs of his problematic calf at Shark Park.

His return came on a good day for Blues coach Michael Maguire, with Dylan Edwards, Haumole Olakau'atu and Liam Martin all receiving positive injury news.

Edwards has been named by Penrith to play fullback against Newcastle on Sunday, while Martin has been listed on an extended bench.

That will give Edwards one game to make his case to regain the NSW No.1 jersey from James Tedesco for Origin II on June 26, after an ankle injury denied him a debut in the opening match of the series.

Dylan Edwards.
Penrith's Dylan Edwards has been named to face Newcastle as he looks to stake his Blues claim.

Martin is battling a quad injury suffered in the game one, but is expected to be fit to run out at the MCG for Origin II.

Olakau'atu is expected to turn out for Manly against St George Illawarra on Sunday afternoon after scans eased concerns around his sore calf.

The powerful second-rower came off the bench for NSW in game one, and is pushing to hold his spot as Maguire prepares to make several calls for the must-win match in Melbourne.

Cameron Murray has been named to play for South Sydney against Brisbane on Friday, and could also push for a Blues recall on return from a hip injury.

But the biggest call of all surrounds Hynes.

The Sharks No.7 has taken most of the spotlight after NSW's loss at Accor Stadium last week, including questions about a lack of polish at the end of sets.

Blues legend Andrew Johns is among those calling for Mitch Moses to take over as NSW halfback, with the Parramatta star two games back from a foot injury.

But Cronulla players have thrown their support behind Hynes, who was axed after one game on the bench last year for NSW.

"He's been good. He rocked up today with a smile on his face," Sharks hooker Blayke Brailey said. 

"He's joking, playing pranks. That's what he normally does around the club. We didn't hear anything different from him." 

Hynes has spoken at length about his confidence being dented after his NSW debut last year, but Brailey said there had been no signs of that this time.

If anything, Brailey said the situation could motivate Hynes in Cronulla's top-four clash against the Dolphins on Thursday night.

"He's happy to be here, still loving his footy ...  trained great today," Brailey said.

"It's not great to see (the fallout from Origin) for such a close friend, (but) he's been such a great player for so long. He's deserved that spot.

"He's a competitor, so I'm guessing that'll drive him or motivate him."

License this article

What is AAPNews?

For the first time, Australian Associated Press is delivering news straight to the consumer.

No ads. No spin. News straight-up.

Not only do you get to enjoy high-quality news delivered straight to your desktop or device, you do so in the knowledge you are supporting media diversity in Australia.

AAP Is Australia’s only independent newswire service, free from political and commercial influence, producing fact-based public interest journalism across a range of topics including politics, courts, sport, finance and entertainment.

What is AAPNews?
The Morning Wire

Wake up to AAPNews’ morning news bulletin delivered straight to your inbox or mobile device, bringing you up to speed with all that has happened overnight at home and abroad, as well as setting you up what the day has in store.

AAPNews Morning Wire
AAPNews Breaking News
Breaking News

Be the first to know when major breaking news happens.

Notifications will be sent to your device whenever a big story breaks, ensuring you are never in the dark when the talking points happen.

Focused Content

Enjoy the best of AAP’s specialised Topics in Focus. AAP has reporters dedicated to bringing you hard news and feature content across a range of specialised topics including Environment, Agriculture, Future Economies, Arts and Refugee Issues.

AAPNews Focussed Content
Subscription Plans

Choose the plan that best fits your needs. AAPNews offers two basic subscriptions, all billed monthly.

Once you sign up, you will have seven days to test out the service before being billed.

AAPNews Full Access Plan
Full Access
  • Enjoy all that AAPNews has to offer
  • Access to breaking news notifications and bulletins
  • Includes access to all AAPNews’ specialised topics
Join Now
AAPNews Student Access Plan
Student Access
  • Gain access via a verified student email account
  • Enjoy all the benefits of the ‘Full Access’ plan at a reduced rate
  • Subscription renews each month
Join Now
AAPNews Annual Access Plan
Annual Access
  • All the benefits of the 'Full Access' subscription at a discounted rate
  • Subscription automatically renews after 12 months
Join Now

AAPNews also offers enterprise deals for businesses so you can provide an AAPNews account for your team, organisation or customers. Click here to contact AAP to sign-up your business today.

Download the app
Download AAPNews on the App StoreDownload AAPNews on the Google Play Store