Cronulla’s Nicho Hynes is thankful for State of Origin axing

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ABC Sport

Cronulla playmaker Nicho Hynes insists he is not disappointed to have missed out on selection for the State of Origin decider, given his axing will allow him to face his former side, premiership heavyweights Melbourne.

NSW coach Brad Fittler selected Hynes as 18th man for the first two games of 2022 as well as the final game of last year’s series.

The 26-year-old appeared close to making his State of Origin debut but has instead been relegated to the extended squad in favour of Jack Wighton, who has recovered from COVID-19 and will line up as 18th man.

But Hynes said he could see the positive…

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