AUSTRALIAN five-eighth Greg Bird has called on NSW selectors to hand Kurt Gidley a starting role for the opening State of Origin clash.
HAZEM El Masri returns for the Bulldogs in Saturday night's NRL clash with Penrith to stake a last-minute claim.
BRAD Fittler has called on Braith Anasta to demand NSW selection and lead his side out of a two-game losing sequence against Canberra on Saturday.
MANLY halfback Matt Orford concedes he can do no more to convince selectors of his claims at a NSW jersey.
IT'S doubtful Blues selectors learned too much new about players in line for an Origin call-up from Friday night's City-Country clash in Wollongong.
COUNTRY pivot Todd Carney is set to be used exclusively at five-eighth against City on Friday night.
WESTS Tigers forward Keith Galloway has joined the NSW City team as 18th man for Friday's clash with Country at WIN Stadium.
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NSW City coach Tim Sheens has pushed Penrith utility Luke Lewis' case for the 'Mr Fixit' job on the NSW Origin bench.
BRETT Hodgson knows he's a distant No.2 but that won't stop him pushing his case to be the NSW No.1 when he leads out City Origin.