The NRL's game's premier caller, Ray ''Rabbits'' Warren, has confirmed he would be on deck to call State of Origin II for Channel Nine tonight after receiving some good news on the medical front.
Warren, who revealed on the weekend that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, had been awaiting the results of scans to establish whether the disease had spread, and he got those yesterday.
''The results say the cancer hasn't gone anywhere else, which is obviously a great relief.'' Warren said. ''I'm listed to be operated on to have the prostate removed on Monday week. There are other options to be considered and I'm looking at them all ... but my preferred option at this stage is to have the operation.''
Warren, 68, said he had been overwhelmed by the good wishes he has received from friends and strangers alike, and was looking forward to joining the rest of the Nine commentary team for the big game.
''I'm better off working and keeping myself occupied,'' he said. ''My mind is a bit clouded. I've been under a lot of stress, but the news today is a real boost ... It's the number of messages I've had.
''Among the people I've heard from is Wayne Swan, who has been through this himself.''
Nine sports boss Steve Crawley said last night the Nine commentators held up in New Zealand because of the volcanic ash drama were all due back by last night.
- Sydney Morning Herald