Josh Addo-Carr is on the verge of equalling the all-time try-scoring record for New South Wales in State of Origin. He achieved this feat despite a six-month ban on alcohol and six weeks of intense recovery after ankle surgery. His Bulldogs comeback hours before the Origin I side was selected and his ability to train outside Tom Trbojevic without any issues have earned him a place in the Blues fold. Addo-Carr has scored 10 tries from his 13 Origin appearances, which is only one short of the record held by Michael O’Connor (11 tries from 19 games) and Jarryd Hayne (11 tries from 23 games).
Addo-Carr’s excellent comeback from being dropped by Brad Fittler last year has earned him a spot in the Kangaroos for the 2022 World Cup, where he scored 12 tries in five games. He gave up alcohol and his cherished Indigenous All Stars jersey to give his best for both club and state, and even recovered from a Good Friday injury suffered against South Sydney.
Addo-Carr stated that he made the sacrifice of giving up alcohol before the season started because it takes a toll on a person’s body and fatigues them. He clarified that he had a quiet beer with his teammates during last week’s bonding session and simply gave up excessive drinking. He refused to bite on suggestions that Fittler erred in leaving him out of the squad last year.
The Blues coach had to track down Addo-Carr’s new phone number from Bulldogs boss Phil Gould last week, but Addo-Carr’s relentless competitiveness has helped him recover in time for Origin when most people assumed he would be out. He is excited to put the jersey on and hit top-speed come Wednesday night.