Injury update: Ponga Origin verdict, Griffin's season over

Kalyn Ponga has been ruled out of game three of the State of Origin series.

The nib Newcastle Knights fullback has suffered a lateral hamstring strain.

The Grade 1+ injury will keep Ponga sidelined for 3-4 weeks.

Meanwhile, Slade Griffin's season is over.


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The No.9 has suffered multiple ruptures to ligaments in his knee.

The injury to Griffin includes a ruptured ACL graft, ruptured lateral ligament and torn lateral meniscus.

He will undergo an ACL reconstruction in the coming weeks.

Griffin will undergo 9-12 months of rehab.


Injured players and expected return dates:

Tautau Moga (ACL, Season)

Slade Griffin (Knee, Season)

Jacob Saifiti (Shoulder, Round 24)

Kalyn Ponga (Hamstring, Round 20-21)

Daniel Saifiti (Foot, Round 18-19)

Mitchell Pearce (Pectoral, Round 18-19)