AUSTRALIAN star Greg Bird has declared his desire to play five-eighth for NSW.
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.
GREG Inglis has volunteered to wear Darren Lockyer's No.6 Origin jumper but thinks Johnathan Thurston and Scott Prince will be the halves if he misses game one.
SYDNEY Roosters captain Craig Fitzgibbon isn't surprised Mitchell Pearce is being linked to the NSW No.7 jersey, but fears the youngster may not be ready.
THE prospect of losing rugged forward Neville Costigan has not fazed Queensland chairman of selectors Des Morris.
INCOMING NSW coach Craig Bellamy believes the Blues may have tried too hard to emulate Queensland's 'maroon passion' in recent Origin series.
THE Gold Coast Titans will today push for an under-20s component to the annual State of Origin series.