Nicho Hynes, who recently helped the Sharks secure a significant win, was seen engaging in a conversation with NSW coach Brad Fittler. Despite feeling overlooked and playing out of position in Origin I, Hynes expressed no hard feelings towards Fittler. He admitted that he does not anticipate being selected for the final clash against Queensland on July 12 due to the few weeks between Origin games and his disappointing performance against Melbourne. Hynes opened up about facing on-field adversity for the first time in his career and acknowledged that it affected him off the field, making him difficult to be around. Although he would love to return to the representative arena, he suggested that it would be pointless if he wasn’t starting in the halves. Renowned figures such as Matty Johns and Craig Bellamy have maintained that Hynes would have been an ideal NSW No. 6. Regarding the post-match chat with Fittler, Hynes clarified that they did not discuss Origin selection but rather checked on each other’s well-being, recognising the challenges Fittler had faced recently.
Hynes acknowledged that he does not believe he will be selected for Origin III, expressing his desire to prove himself in the Origin arena as a number six or seven. Accepting Fittler’s decision, he mentioned that he plans to show his capabilities in the future if not given the opportunity this time. Maintaining a positive outlook, Hynes emphasised the need to learn from this experience and not let it bring him down. He hopes that in retrospect, he will recognize this period as being beneficial for his career and play ten Origin games in the future.
Hynes is not only a prominent figure in the sport but also a strong advocate for mental health. He is determined to support his mother, Julie, in overcoming her addiction and avoiding imprisonment. Despite only losing five NRL games during his time at Melbourne, Hynes faced a challenging period of form upon joining the Sharks. He referred to it as his first major test, having experienced consistent success throughout his NRL journey. Recognizing the importance of this experience, he believes it will ultimately make him a better person and player. In the aftermath of Origin I, Hynes decided to distance himself from social media and the noise surrounding the game. Internally, he admitted that he let the criticism affect him, which unfortunately impacted his behavior towards family and friends. Determined to revert to his authentic self and be the best version of himself, Hynes focused on finding happiness and personal growth.