TARIQ Sims' State of Origin dream is over after the burgeoning North Queensland star was taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg in the Cowboys' 30-28 win over Penrith at Dairy Farmers Stadium.
Only included in Ricky Stuart's New South Wales squad as 18th man on Saturday afternoon, Sims was left clutching his lower left leg in pain hours later.
Sims collided with Panther Cameron Ciraldo while trying to ankle tap Travis Burns as he scored in the 53th minute.
The 22-year-old was only playing his sixth match of the season after returning from a horrific leg break during a clash against Cronulla last season and had gained the attention of Blues selectors with some powerful form.
The seriousness of the injury was immediately apparent, team-mate Glenn Hall calling over medical staff quickly and the back-rower was taken from the field on a stretcher and transported to nearby Townsville Hospital.
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