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My form wasn't up to Origin standard: Boyd

NZN 30/05/2017 Matt Coughlan

Test prop Shannon Boyd admits his NRL form has not been strong enough to be selected for State of Origin I, but says that won't make watching it any easier.

While injury meant the 24-year-old was forced to withdraw from this month's Anzac Test, a return to full fitness was not enough for NSW coach Laurie Daley to find a place for him in Wednesday night's series opener.

"Watching the game is going to suck, not being able to be there, but my form wasn't good enough to get picked," Boyd said on Tuesday.

"Coming into Origin and not playing in good form, I knew I wasn't going to be there so I was sort of mentally ready for that."

Wests Tigers skipper Aaron Woods and Boyd's Kangaroos replacement Andrew Fifita have been named as the Blues' starting props, while Canterbury giant David Klemmer is on the bench.

It's a tough pack to break into and Boyd says his recent form for Canberra has done him no favours.

"I had a bit of a quiet patch there for a couple of weeks and sort of got down on myself which didn't make it any better," Boyd said.

"But I'm starting to play a bit better footy now, getting some more minutes and being a bit more effective."

Boyd has Sunday's game against Manly and the following Saturday's match with Penrith to prove a point to NSW selectors before Origin II.

The Sea Eagles' forwards had the better of Canberra in last month's 20-18 win, but Boyd wasn't concerned by that performance.

"I'm not too worried about last time. I think it's our turn to get one back," Boyd said.

The leg injury which prevented Boyd winning a fifth Test cap didn't keep him out of action for the Raiders, but it halted his momentum after some good performances earlier in the season.

After a better showing in last week's 24-16 win over the Sydney Roosters, he feels ready to return to his best.

"Injuries and having to battle through things is pretty hard," Boyd said.

"Mentally, too, you've just got to try and get yourself out of that rut.

"Once you do, you're alright. It only takes one good game to find a bit more form."

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