Learoyd-Lahrs must be retained

CUDGEN colossus Tom Learoyd-Lahrs may be one of the few spared in the sweeping review of the Blues’ State of Origin set-up in the wake of the side’s fifth straight series loss to Queensland at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night.

NSW Rugby League boss Geoff Carr yesterday said the standard review will be widened with all aspects of the NSW campaign up for discussion.

However, Learoyd-Lahrs, who made an outstanding 28 tackles and nine hit-ups, should have little to worry about.

Bested only by workhorse back-rower Nathan Hindmarsh and skipper Kurt Gidley in the tackle counts, and firebrand Paul Gallen in the hit-up category, the hulking interchange forward must be one of the few retained.

But Carr insists not a single player or coach is assured of anything ahead of the July 7 dead rubber in Sydney. He said former players and coaches were among those wishing to have a voice and that everything, including coaching and selection, would be on the table.

“All aspects are anyhow,” Carr said. “This will involve a broader range of people who have already shown an interest in making a contribution.

“Given the number of people that have spoken to me since last night’s game, there are a lot of people with ideas that want to be heard. Given the circumstance of where we’re at, it’s probably an opportunity to have a full review but a lot broader than normal.”

Besieged Blues coach Craig Bellamy hinted the selectors may look further to the future with game three selections now the series was gone but he was determined to stop a clean sweep.

“The series is done and dusted but if you talk to anyone involved in Origin, every game is important,” Bellamy said.



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