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Origin knock sidelines Cowboys' O'Neill

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/06/2017 Mitchell van Homrigh

North Queensland coach Paul Green has confirmed centre Justin O'Neill will miss Saturday's NRL clash with Gold Coast after being concussed in State of Origin.

Under the NRL's concussion protocol, O'Neill has to wait at least six days before playing again, having failed a concussion test in the wake of a tackle by NSW opponent Jarryd Hayne late in Wednesday night's State of Origin opener.

"It's part of playing footy this time of the year, you've always got that extra risk involved when they're playing Origin," Green said.

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