Will Api Koroisau’s shock State of Origin start be the spark New South Wales need to save the series?

Apisai Koroisau poses for a photo at the beach in his Blues kit

ABC Sport

As the newly minted New South Wales starting hooker, Api Koroisau admits he has big shoes to fill, replacing incumbent number nine Damien Cook.

“‘Cookie’ has done an amazing job and nobody is going to replace what he has done,” Apisai Koroisau told ABC Sport.

The Rabbitohs star has started as hooker for 13 consecutive State of Origin matches but will start from the bench for Game II after the Blues’ shock loss in Sydney earlier this month.

Koroisau doesn’t want to get overwhelmed by the pressure, knowing he has to step up in Perth for New South Wales to keep their series hopes alive.

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