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Pearce wants to skip Origin

  • Pearce wants to skip Origin

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 30: Mitchell Pearce of the Roosters smiles after victory in the round nine NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Newcastle Knights at Allianz Stadium on April 30, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Mitchell Pearce is reportedly keen to be overlooked for State of Origin selection in 2016 to instead focus on his rehabilitation.

The Roosters halfback will ask Laurie Daley to be excluded from this year's series, having only just returned to playing for the Sydney Roosters after an eight-game ban to start the NRL season.

It is believed the Roosters' struggles during his absence - with the tri-colours dropping seven of their first eight games - was also a factor in his decision.

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"I've told him to go away and think about it, but he seems to have made up his mind," Roosters coach Trent Robinson told News Corp Australia.

"This is a long healing process and Mitchell does not want his progress affected by more change."

Pearce has featured in all but one of the Blues' Origin campaigns since his debut in 2008.

While he missed the opening two months of the season as punishment after footage of a drunken lewd episode on Australia Day went viral, Pearce was considered in the running to wear the Blues No.7 jumper with no other halfback option impressing so far this season.

He scored a try in the Roosters' 38-0 win over Newcastle last Saturday night, and there was speculation he could have been linked with former halves partner James Maloney for NSW.

Origin rules do not permit players standing down for one season, with Pearce hoping merely to be overlooked by Daley.

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