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Cronk to miss up to 3 months with broken arm

May 29, 2014

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Queensland halfback Cooper Cronk will miss up to three months of the National Rugby League season for the Melbourne Storm after scans Thursday confirmed he broke his left arm in the first State-of-Origin match.

Cronk was injured during a tackle early in Queensland’s 12-8 loss Wednesday to New South Wales at Brisbane.

Two other Melbourne players were injured in the game. Fullback Billy Slater has a right shoulder strain and is expected to miss three weeks, while hooker and Australia captain Cameron Smith has a right ankle sprain and will miss up to two weeks.

The second match in the three-match Origin series is June 18 in Sydney and the third is July 9 in Brisbane. Queensland needs victories in both to extend its eight-year winning streak over the Blues.

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