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State of Origin: Jai Arrow insists he WON’T let his second chance go to waste

Ready for redemption! Jai Arrow insists he WON’T let his second Origin chance go to waste as Queensland star aims to bounce back from team hotel scandal which saw him DUMPED by his Miss Australia girlfriend

  • Jai Arrow is ready to seize his Origin lifeline with both hands this weekend 
  • The Souths star was exiled after bringing a dancer back to his hotel last year 
  • The saga saw him dumped by his girlfriend and dropped by the Maroons
  • He is back involved for Game II and wants to redeem himself in Perth 

Jai Arrow is ready to seize his Origin lifeline with both hands after being recalled for the Maroons’ second game against New South Wales this weekend. 

Arrow’s Origin future was clouded after he was axed from camp Maroon last season for smuggling a dancer back to the team hotel, in breach of Covid-19 protocols. 

The 26-year-old served a two-game suspension and copped a $35,000 fine which saw him dumped by his model former Miss Australia girlfriend. 

Jai Arrow is ready for Origin redemption after earning his recall to Billy Slater's Maroons

Jai Arrow is ready for Origin redemption after earning his recall to Billy Slater’s Maroons

The South Sydney star has since earned a recall by Maroons coach Billy Slater, replacing the injured Reuben Cotter for Game II, and insists he won’t waste his shot at redemption.     

‘I don’t want to let what happened last year define me as a person and define me as a player,’ Arrow said.

‘All I could do was control what I was doing moving forward, that was just do the right things and make sure I prepare myself as best as I can.

Arrow was dumped by his girlfriend (L) after smuggling a dancer into the team hotel last year

Arrow was dumped by his girlfriend (L) after smuggling a dancer into the team hotel last year

The lock has replaced Reuben Cotter and is ready to make an impact for Queensland

The lock has replaced Reuben Cotter and is ready to make an impact for Queensland

‘It was hard watching Game Three in isolation from home but I have definitely moved on and Billy reiterated at the start of year that I had not done my dash.

‘Playing for Queensland is something I hold close to my heart and now I’m looking forward to pulling on the Maroon jersey again.’

The Maroons are aiming to wrap up the series in Perth having taken an early advantage at Accor Stadium this month.  


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