Sport Stuart was right to drop me: Papalii

14:57  16 april  2018
14:57  16 april  2018 Source:   MSN

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Stuart has dropped State of Origin star Josh Papalii for a must-win match against the Canterbury Bulldogs at Canberra Stadium on Thursday night. "I don't know Jack at all but I love the way he plays," said Fox League commentator Finch.

"I'm feeling all right and fitter than most years. Asked what his playing weight was for the season, Papalii grinned: "Confidential No I swear it is . "I've dropped a few. I came back from the Samoan camp at about 128 [kilograms], and I wasn't training much.

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Papalii and playmaker Blake Austin were the men made to pay for the Raiders' worst start to a season in 21 years, dropped back this month to play for Mounties in the NSW Cup.

Both are back in the Raiders' first-grade side after respective one-week absences, Austin courtesy of an injury to Sam Williams and Papalii following a recall against Parramatta last week.

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Stuart has dropped State of Origin star Josh Papalii for a must-win match against the Canterbury Bulldogs at Canberra Stadium on Thursday night. "I don't know Jack at all but I love the way he plays," said Fox League commentator Finch.

Papalii turned down Stuart 's advances three years ago when Stuart was Parramatta coach, using the now-defunct round 13 rule to remain at the Raiders. "I loved Canberra ever since I moved down, I didn't want to be in any other place," Papalii said.

But despite being a Queensland State of Origin representative or the past five years, Papalii conceded his poor start to the year warranted a demotion.

"I probably agreed with Ricky on the call to drop me back," Papalii said on Monday.

"I just copped it on the chin like most players would. Sticky said I wasn't in form and dropped me back for one week. It didn't hurt.

"I've been in these shoes before. I got dropped back to Souths Logan back in the day.

"Sometimes to try and get that spark you need to take a few steps backwards and come back a better player."

Papalii played in the middle in his outing on for Mounties and also figured there off the bench for the Raiders last weekend.

Whether he returns to the edge is unclear but Stuart appears unlikely to make changes after the Raiders won their past two games to climb back to 13th on the ladder.

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