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Darius Boyd to miss Origin decider

NZN 21/06/2017 Steve Zemek, Russell Jackson and Matt Encarnacion

Queensland's hopes of sealing next month's State of Origin decider have nose-dived with Darius Boyd ruled out with a broken thumb while Johnathan Thurston is racing the clock to be fit for his Maroons farewell.

Thurston and Boyd headline a long list of Origin casualties which includes Cameron Smith, Boyd Cordner, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater, all of whom will miss this weekend's NRL action after a bruising Origin II.

Boyd suffered the injury in Queensland's gripping win over NSW on Wednesday night and is out of Origin III on July 12 at Suncorp Stadium.

On Thursday, Boyd underwent scans and is expected to have surgery, ruling him out for six weeks.

Boyd's injury could open the door for Melbourne's Cameron Munster and Brisbane winger Corey Oates to be brought into the side for the decider.

Thurston will miss what was to have been his 300th NRL match, against Penrith on Saturday night, with a shoulder injury.

The Queensland champion - who booted the match-winning conversion to seal a famous win - said he was confident he hadn't suffered structural damage and on Thursday underwent scans, the result of which were not yet known.

The top-of-the-table Melbourne-Sydney Roosters clash at Adelaide Oval on Saturday will be without at least five star attractions with the Storm's big three as well as centre Will Chambers (concussion) ruled out, joining tri-colours co-captain Cordner (calf) on the sideline.

The Storm announced on Thursday that Queensland's Smith, Cronk and Slater had all pulled up sore and would not play.

NSW captain Cordner on Thursday underwent scans after coming from the field with a possible torn calf late in the match and could be out for longer.

"I just felt my calf. We'll have to see how it pulls up tomorrow. Probably have to get scans to see how it is," Cordner said after game two.

A serious injury would wipe him out for the series decider in Brisbane in three weeks, leaving Laurie Daley to find a new skipper.

NSW pair Brett Morris and James Tedesco are also set to miss action for their clubs this weekend while St George Illawarra's Tyson Frizell (ribs) is also under an injury cloud.

Canterbury coach Des Hasler confirmed Morris would not be available to take on the Warriors on Friday night in Auckland, due to knee and rib niggles, while Blues teammates Josh Jackson and David Klemmer made the trip across the Tasman and would be assessed by club doctors.

Wests Tigers fullback Tedesco (ankle) spent time on the sideline for the Blues on Wednesday night.

Frizell is also long odds to back up for the Dragons on Sunday against Newcastle after playing through a rib injury and spending the last 25 minutes on the Blues' bench.

However, Dragons head of athletic performance Nathan Pickworth said the back-rower was being assessed.

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