Roosters unhappy with James Tedesco’s State of Origin recall

Roosters powerbrokers are said to be “unhappy” about the circumstances of James Tedesco’s recall from NSW amid growing calls for the NRL to introduce a mid-season Origin period.

On Sunday, the Blues confirmed that first-choice full-back Dylan Edwards has been ruled out with a quad injury and sent an SOS to the Tricolors on the day of their Round 13 match.

His omission highlights a larger issue surrounding State of Origin, with more than 100 first-class players unavailable to take the field over the weekend.

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36 players are selected and unavailable to play for their countries, while more than 75 NRL players are also ruled out due to multiple injuries.

Both states have been hit by injuries, with the Blues missing Nathan Cleary and Tom Trbojevic, among others, while the Maroons are without Tom Flegler and Tom Gilbert.

Meanwhile, in round 13, the Bulldogs lost Josh Addo-Carr for eight to 10 weeks with a hamstring injury and Dolphins veteran Jesse Bromwich may have suffered a torn pectoral.

Now veteran rugby league reporter Phil Rothfield has reignited talk for NRL powerbrokers to suspend the first-grade competition for three weeks to allow them to play Origin.

He also revealed Roosters bosses believe Tedesco’s call-up could be the difference between them winning and losing against the Cowboys.

“In the circumstances of James Tedesco’s recall, the Roosters management are not too happy with how things turned out,” Rothfield said on Big sports breakfast.

“Clubs have to give up a lot in terms of State of Origin. In yesterday’s game (The Cowboys and Roosters) 10 players were missing and then Tedesco had to withdraw.

“They weren’t happy because it happened on the day of the game, they were fine, they waived all the other players a week ago when the squads were announced.

“They think it might be the difference between winning and losing in a close game of football, Tedesco with his management might have held the side together.

“You can’t blame James for wanting to play, it would be interesting if he hit them back and got dirty.”

Rugby league legend Laurie Daley then asked if a representative stint was something the NRL powerhouses were considering.

“There are 100 NRL players missing since last weekend … we’ve had this unprecedented string of hamstring and hamstring injuries in very high-profile players,” Rothfield said.

“Ponga, Turbo, you know, Adam Reynolds, Nathan Cleary. I spoke to Peter V’landys over the weekend and he said it’s something they’ll have to look at.

“It’s player attrition, Origin going from round 13 to round 20. It’s a big chunk of the NRL season.

“It’s only six weeks until they come back and I think the game needs to have debate and discussion.

“We can really see some young talent coming through, but I looked at the TV ratings and they both went down.

“That’s really tough, do you spread it out to seven weeks, take it to three weeks and put some reps on it … you’re playing it in the middle of the year.”

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Rothfield also explained that the three weeks without club action will only make fans more eager to watch and attend games until the end of the season.

“Even though we’re missing the club leg for three weeks, you know how hungry we are for the first round of tests at the start of the year,” he said.

“This three-year hiatus will make us even hungrier.”

Meanwhile, Daley believed Michael Maguire could face a difficult decision if Tedesco fires in the front row.

“We should almost reward Teddy if he plays well and NSW wins, it would be hard to see Edwards getting a game for Game II,” Daley said.

“If you need a guy at short notice to come into the football team, it’s James Tedesco with a lot of experience that he’s been able to gain over the years.

“He was a big part of that NSW team. So I don’t have a problem with Teddy coming in and they’re not too dissimilar to what they do in the game.

“They (NSW) won’t have to rearrange the deckchairs to accommodate him.”

Originally published as ‘They weren’t happy’: Roosters dirty over Tedesco call-up

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