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Phil Gould says Josh Addo-Carr should not be selected for Origin II DESPITE heroics against the Eels

Phil Gould says Josh Addo-Carr should not be selected for Origin II despite his heroism of three tries against Parramatta, saying it would leave the Blues in ‘a terrible mess’

  • Gould is a former NSW State of Origin coach and current Bulldogs boss
  • Addo-Carr played for the Bulldogs against the Eels after being dropped by NSW
  • He put in a remarkable performance that could be rewarded with re-selection
  • However, Gould has warned of large-scale changes on the Blues side

Bulldogs star Josh Addo-Carr was a shocking omission for the opening State of Origin clash in Sydney, but his triple heroism against Parramatta shouldn’t be his ticket back to the Blues side, Phil Gould has warned.

Addo-Carr was controversially left out of the Blues side that lost 16-10 at Accor Stadium on June 8, with coach Brad Fittler choosing Roosters winger Daniel Tupou instead.

Gould, the former New South Wales coach and current Bulldogs boss, was delighted to see Addo-Carr return to his devastating best against the Eels in their Queen’s Birthday NRL clash on Monday.

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Phil Gould (above) has warned against the NSW Blues making large-scale changes after Bulldogs star Josh Addo-Carr (below) tore shreds of Parramatta to challenge again for rep selection

Phil Gould (above) has warned against the NSW Blues making large-scale changes after Bulldogs star Josh Addo-Carr (below) tore shreds of Parramatta to challenge again for rep selection

But Gould told Nine’s 100% Footy that the Blues must resist large-scale changes ahead of the second and potentially decisive clash at Perth’s Optus Stadium on June 26.

Rule #1: Don’t pick your team for the medical exam until next week. If you’re going to try to make position changes – ‘We’ll get him in, get him out’ – and then all of a sudden you come out next Sunday night and three others are banned (out), then you suddenly have six changes in the team and you go into yourself leave a terrible mess,’ said Gould.

“What we need to do is go to the doctor next Sunday afternoon and see who’s available.

‘No.2: We didn’t have a belt. We were only just beaten.

“We just need some small changes in our mentality and the style of football we played.”

NSW assistant Greg Alexander kept his cards close to his chest when asked about the chances of Addo-Carr returning for Origin II.

“Addo-Carr was very good and he was also very good last week,” Alexander said on NRL 360.

“That’s the kind of reaction you want to see. He must’ve raised his hand again.’

NSW Blues assistant coach Greg Alexander said Addo-Carr did everything right for a recall to the representative arena

NSW Blues assistant coach Greg Alexander said Addo-Carr did everything right for a recall to the representative arena

As for the man himself, Addo-Carr said he was only focused on getting wins for the Bulldogs and letting the representative roster take care of itself.

“I don’t know, brah, I’m just focused on what I have to do for the Bulldogs,” he said when asked if he was picked for Origin II after the Bulldogs win against the Eels.

“The club comes first, my teammates come first, if Freddy and the coaching staff decide to pick me, so be it.

‘I love putting on that Blues jersey’ [but] my only focus at the moment is playing for the Bulldogs.”

Addo-Carr reacts after NSW won Game 2 of the 2021 State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium

Addo-Carr reacts after NSW won Game 2 of the 2021 State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium

Gould said the Blues should focus on developing their own structures and identity and said the current side was too “panterized.”

“That’s not to say all those Panthers players didn’t deserve to be on the team. They do – they’re the best out there,’ he said.

“But… taking that club combination in Origin can sometimes be dangerous. I’ve had Origin teams where we’ve had a lot of Canberra Raiders players or a lot of Newcastle Knights players or a lot of Parramatta players.

“You can’t just bring your club mentality and your club football into Origin and expect the opponent not to be ready.

“As we freed up a little bit more at the back of the game and played a little more ad-lib, things started opening up for [the Blues]†

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