In news that will devastate New South Wales rugby league fans, Queensland five-eighth Cameron Munster has been ruled out of this year’s State of Origin series due to an exacerbated groin injury.

Doctors say the 29-year-old superstar won’t require surgery at this stage, but his earliest possible return is currently looking like the round 20 clash against the Roosters at AAMI Park.

Melbourne Storm fans say they are at least relieved that the doctors have cleared their playmaker ahead of the finals – However the confirmation that he will miss Origin has NSW shitting themselves.

With such an integral member of the current Queensland State Of Origin going down for the entire 2024 series, the Maroons can once again reaffirm their ‘underdog status’ – which means they will definitely win this year.

As goes the undeniable science of State Of Origin mythology, the Queensland Maroons perform better when their backs against the wall and everyone is doubting them – even when the lack of outside belief is a figment of their own imaginations.

Somehow, even at the back end of eight Origin series victories in a row, Queensland is always somehow able to convince themselves that everyone has ruled them out and that they have a point to prove. Sometimes even going as far as leaking to the media false reports of a gastro outbreak in the team’s hotel.

This is starkly different to the NSW Blues, who play even shitter football when things go wrong, and are unable to lift in the big moments because they just don’t get Origin.

This means that the Queensland side will play very good football as a result of losing one of their best players. In contrast, the NSW Blues will play much worse football for having lost their own star Nathan Cleary to a torn hamstring.

NRL fans can look forward to three months of non-stop media speculation about how Cameron Munster’s injury has snatched Queensland’s chances of victory from them, before they inevitably win every match of the series convincingly because a 33-year-old Dane Gagai still has it in him to score 8 full-field tries.


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