Dragons Test prop Jason Ryles has done further damage to his injured hamstring and will be sidelined for 6-8 weeks an MRI scan revealed today.
Ryles, who strained his hamstring two weeks ago, was expected back in round eight, but the further damage sustained on Thursday afternoon means he won't return now until round 10-12 - which is 2-4 weeks out from the first state of Origin clash.
"I was sitting down in the sand and went to stand up when it just went on me," Ryles said. "I had an MRI scan today and it's torn about a third of the way down the muscle."
Following the bye, the Dragons were given last weekend off and next meet Manly at WIN Stadium in round five (Sun, April 13).