Broncos‘ fullback, Herbie Farnworth, will play a crucial role in their match against the Cronulla Sharks at PointsBet Stadium on Saturday night. This game marks Farnworth’s return to the place where he made his NRL debut against the Sharks in 2019. Five of Farnworth’s Brisbane teammates, including his State of Origin-winning Maroons quartet, Pat Carrigan, Selwyn Cobbo, Reece Walsh and Tom Flegler, played in Origin I on Wednesday night in the game that stirred Farnworth’s passion for the Maroons team.
ARL Commissioner Wayne Pearce is reviewing whether international players from tier-one rivals such as England and New Zealand should be considered for selection in the Queensland or New South Wales teams.
The potential rule amendment may give players like Cowboys‘ superstar Jason Taumalolo, Farnworth, and his England teammate, Roosters‘ Victor Radley, a chance to compete in State of Origin. Farnworth, who made his Test debut for England at the 2019 World Cup, would relish the opportunity to represent Queensland in the prestigious tournament while holding dual British and Queensland eligibility.
Farnworth has lived in Queensland for ten years, moving to Australia as a teenager to pursue his NRL aspirations with the Broncos. Brisbane’s top-four push will be boosted if the team manages to defeat Cronulla, the co-leader of the NRL ladder, in their upcoming clash. Farnworth will face a tough challenge against Sharks’ Jesse Ramien, but he is confident he can hold his own in their upcoming duel. The fullback is eager to repeat his team’s past victory against Cronulla, adding that playing at Shark Park can be daunting due to the Sharks‘ great fans and hostile crowd.
Broncos‘ coach Kevin Walters will decide on his Origin players’ availability before Saturday’s match. Farnworth’s teammate, Corey Oates, may make his comeback from injury if Cobbo fails to play in the match against the Sharks. Oates’ presence in the team will add a significant boost, given his ability to break tackles and drive the ball forwards in the centre of the field.