New South Wales league star Jarryd Hayne has been ruled out of the State of Origin series decider next Wednesday and replaced on the wing by Newcastle's James McManus.
Hayne was ruled out by team doctor Nathan Gibbs yesterday after undergoing a medical check on his hamstring injury.
He hadn't played since tearing his hamstring while turning out for Parramatta just 48 hours after playing a starring role in Origin I on June 5.
McManus, a Scotsman, hasn't played Origin since his one and only appearance in the 2009 series opener.
He comes into the side as one of the form wings in the NRL, having scored five tries in the past two matches, including four in the round 16 win over Gold Coast.
While he comes in for Hayne, McManus will essentially replace Nathan Merritt, who was dropped after enduring a nightmare Origin debut in game two in Brisbane.
Earlier, Hayne said he would need a miracle to play in the series finale, admitting Sydney's wet weather last week had hampered his recovery.
"The last three sessions were wet and boggy and I couldn't get much speed and volume," he said. "It was just putting that extra bit of pressure on my hammy which didn't help."
Meanwhile, Blues backrower Greg Bird arrived in camp late, limping heavily in a moon boot but still hopeful of playing.