Origin: Wallace free to make Queensland debut
JARROD Wallace says he will now be able to finally enjoy the fact he has been named to make his Origin debut, after he was cleared by the judiciary to play in Origin II.
The Maroons young gun will face the Blues next Wednesday night after he was found not guilty of a grade one shoulder charge on Warriors centre Blake Ayshford.
The news is a massive boost not just for Wallace but also for the Queensland team in their bid to save the Origin series.
Had Wallace been found guilty, he would have been ruled out for two games, including the do-or-die clash with NSW.
But after a successful argument from QLD Law Group director Steven Johnson, Wallace has been given the all-clear to make his debut.
"I'm excited now," a relieved Wallace told The Courier-Mail on Tuesday night.
"(The charge) has been a real dampener on things not knowing what my fate was going to be.
"But I've got nothing stopping me now.
"I'm very stoked they made the call."
Johnson, also the chairman of the Ipswich Jets, argued Wallace did everything he could to minimise the impact of his hit on Ayshford in Saturday's loss to the Warriors, and that the 25-year-old showed a duty of care.
Despite the good result, the panel still took close to half an hour to deliberate before delivering the decision all Queenslanders wanted to hear.
"It took forever," Wallace said.
"It was very nerve-wrecking. I was sweating bullets.
"I don't think you're ever confident going into those things. I know we had a good case to go forward with because I knew I was bracing myself from the start.
"But I was still never confident.
"I can concentrate on getting into camp properly now. I'm just looking forward to getting back into Brisbane."
Wallace will rejoin the Maroons in camp today before travelling back to Sydney on Monday for the highly-anticipated Game Two.
He was one of four new faces named in Kevin Walters' team for Origin II.