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Jai Arrow on game day: 'More nervous when I'm not playing'

Queensland Maroons forward Jai Arrow has joined camp ahead of State of Origin Game II, to cheer the boys on at Suncorp Stadium.

Arrow, who played Game I but had to have surgery after suffering a syndesmosis injury when playing for South Sydney Rabbitohs against Gold Coast Titans, said he was “so nervous”.

"I'm probably more nervous when I'm not playing, which is at the moment,” Arrow said.

He joined the team on their game day walk today and reflected on what game days usually looked like, including his first in maroon.

“Pretty relaxed during the day, but once you get to the game, you're obviously pretty nervous and no doubt the boys will be,” Arrow said.

Arrow on the Game II team walk. Photo: Erick Lucero/QRL
Arrow on the Game II team walk. Photo: Erick Lucero/QRL

“But I'm sure the Queensland fans will get behind us and get the boys raring.”

Arrow said his first game day in maroon was in Melbourne and he was “a nervous wreck”.

Arrow during Game I. Photo: NRL Imagery
Arrow during Game I. Photo: NRL Imagery

 “I remember not sleeping the night before, so that was a good start… and then during the day, I was a proper nervous wreck the whole day, probably up until I got into the sheds and it was a normal environment that I was used to and it calmed me down a bit,” Arrow said.

“But I remember being in not sleeping the night before and a nervous wreck of the day of, so it was a nightmare.”

Arrow said he was “pretty disappointed” not to be able to play in Game II, but he was so excited to see what the boys did.

Jai Arrow. Photo: Erick Lucero/QRL
Jai Arrow. Photo: Erick Lucero/QRL

“I'm excited to see the boys get the opportunity to get out there at Suncorp and hopefully wrap the series up,” Arrow said.

“Can't wait to get behind them, support them and watch them go to work.”

Arrow said he had every faith in the team Slater had pulled together.

“Absolutely, I think the boys that they brought, Bill's brought in, he's brought them in for a reason… to do their job and I have the utmost faith that those boys will do their job and some. I can’t wait to see that,” Arrow said.

“Go Queensland.”

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