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Vaughan ready to lead NSW in Origin II

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Front-rower Paul Vaughan has declared himself ready to replace the injured David Klemmer as the NSW's premier big man for State of Origin II.

Blues coach Brad Fittler will be forced to make at least one change for the clash in Perth after Klemmer was ruled out for up to six weeks with a wrist issue.

North Queensland prop Jordan McLean is also injured, leaving Brisbane prop Matt Lodge and Penrith's Reagan Campbell-Gillard as possible options.

With Brisbane youngster Payne Haas the only other genuine front-rower from Origin I, it would leave Vaughan as the Blues' most experienced enforcer.

But after just four Origin games, the St George Illawarra star believes he has proven himself at the interstate level.

"(Origin I) was definitely the best Origin that I've played so far," Vaughan said.

"I started really well, so I got confidence now that I can compete and compete well, make an impact on that level now.

"It's definitely massive shoes to fill, (but) I felt good last game. I felt like I'm finding my feet there at representative football."

Not onlydo the Blues lose arguably the best prop in the game in Klemmer, but also his 13 games of Origin experience.

From the NSW team that lost at Suncorp Stadium, only veteran centre Josh Morris has played more Origin games than the Newcastle forward.

Morris may even lose his spot for the game in Perth, with Manly fullback Tom Trbojevic a chance of filling his spot in the three-quarter line.

That would leave skipper Boyd Cordner (13 games) as NSW's most-capped player.

"It's pretty devastating news for Klem. He's obviously one of the best props in the game and a massive part of NSW," Vaughan said.

"I was devastated to hear he broke his wrist.

"But I'm sure he's a great professional. He'll be doing everything he can to get back."

While Origin representatives from either side of the border have been rested at different times in the past few weeks, Vaughan will play through in the NRL.

The Dragons prop enjoyed the five-day turnaround after game one, and will feature in Sunday's match against the Sea Eagles.

In 12 NRL matches this year, Vaughan is averaging a team-high 135 metres gained.

"There's great staff here (at the Dragons), so if they want me to have a rest, I'll have a rest," Vaughan said.

"But they'll manage me the best way possible.

"I just need to get my body in good nick, and I think it's in the best interests of the team that I play and play well each week."

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