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NRL: Ponga fit and ready for Origin

Kalyn Ponga has given Queensland a huge boost ahead of State of Origin after revealing he has never felt fitter heading into a series.

The Maroons are priced at 5/4 to win the series against New South Wales and without doubt Ponga will be key to their chances of emerging victorious.

Injury free

Ponga says for once he has no injury niggles heading into game one against the Blues on 8th June and hopes that will remain the case moving forward.

Without any disruptions the Newcastle Knights fullback is now hoping to shine throughout State of Origin.

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"It definitely feels nice. Been fit the whole year," Ponga told AAP. "For some reason, I've usually got some niggle going on, some sort of injury. Definitely grateful that I'm fit and ready to go.

"I'd like to be here for the whole series. 2019 was the last time I played game one. That's three years ago now.

"Just want to make sure that I get everything right throughout the week. Enjoy the moments that you need to enjoy. Prep well and then just give myself every opportunity to perform how I want to."

Slater support

Ponga has had a tough start to the NRL campaign as the Knights have struggled. However Maroons coach Billy Slater says that was never going to effect Ponga’s selection.

"I said to myself the players' actions would determine their selection. Kalyn's effort has never been questioned and that's the first thing you look at,” Slater said. "I haven't seen anything that would deter me from picking him."

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