FIGHTING FIT: Female Dally M winner Kezie Apps is back on the footy field after spending 14 weeks in months in a moon boot after the league star broke her leg and tore ankle ligaments while playing for the Jillaroos.
FIGHTING FIT: Female Dally M winner Kezie Apps is back on the footy field after spending 14 weeks in months in a moon boot after the league star broke her leg and tore ankle ligaments while playing for the Jillaroos.

Origin desire fuels star player's stunning injury recovery

SO intense is Kezie Apps' passion to wear a Blues jumper in Origin it has helped provoke one of the most remarkable comebacks from injury in rugby league this season.

Just weeks after she finally escaped the confines of a moon boot worn for 14 weeks after breaking her leg and tearing ankle ligaments while playing for the Jillaroos, Apps is back in the mix to make the team for the upcoming women's rugby league Origin match.

But the winner of the female Dally M award last year admits she is seriously nervous about selection for the match in Sydney later this month.

"I always get nervous before selections but especially before this one because of the quality of the girls around this year and my recent injury,” she said.

Less than a fortnight ago Apps made a spectacular return to the playing pitch, scoring four tries in her return to club rugby league.

It was a quicker than expected comeback for Apps who underwent surgery for the injury sustained while playing in the victorious Jillaroos side at the Auckland Nines in February, with six screws and plate inserted in her leg.

"I pushed myself because I just love being a Blues player,” Apps said.

"I really wanted to pull that jersey on again this year. It was all I could think about.

"They kept saying don't come back too early, the World Cup is on later this year.

"But being a Blues player is something very close to my heart. I am very proud of the Blues. I love my Blues.

"I grew up hating Queensland so all I wanted to do was play them again.”

NSWRL last week announced its 2017 NSW Women's Origin pathways squad with players selected attending a camp last weekend.

Coach Ben Cross will name the 18-strong team aiming to take down Queensland on home turf on July 23 in upcoming



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