PENRITH halfback Craig Gower will give his surgically-repaired knee its first real test later today when he runs for the first time since last week's Origin-eve mishap. Gower, who was ruled out the day before Origin one following a training injury, is desperate to play in Sunday's clash against the Manly, with the NSW side for Origin two to be selected on Monday.
NEW South Wales half-back Brett Finch says he's still coming back down to earth following last night's thrilling one point victory over Queensland in the Origin Series opener at Telstra Stadium.Finch capped a wonderful performance with the match winning field goal in the dying minutes of the clash but doesn't hold out much hope of featuring in the return game in Brisbane on June 14. The Sydney Roosters playmaker says he expects Penrith half-back Craig Gower to come back into the side if he is fit.Gower underwent knee surgery yesterday and it is still uncertain if he will be available for the Suncorp Stadium match.
QUEENSLAND'S Origin preparations continued to sail along today while New South Wales crammed in an unscheduled training session to accommodate late inclusion Brett Finch. The Maroons went for a team walk as the nerves began to build for tonight's opening State of Origin clash at Telstra Stadium.
NSW team head trainer Paul McGregor rates injured captain Danny Buderus a "very good chance to play" in tomorrow's rugby league State of Origin opener against Queensland in Sydney.
NSW Graham Murray says he will give skipper Danny Buderus until the last minute to overcome a back injury ahead of tomorrow night's opening State of Origin clash at Telstra Stadium.
SKIPPER Darren Lockyer says his forwards can help lay the platform for a Queensland State of Origin win in Sydney on Wednesday.
NSW captain Danny Buderus remains in serious doubt for Wednesday's opening State of Origin rugby league match after failing to train with his team this afternoon. Buderus, who has been troubled by back spasms, worked out by walking on a treadmill in the gym as his team trained at Aussie Stadium.
NEW South Wales will be hoping for good news on skipper Danny Buderus' back injury today after the hooker failed to finish training yesterday. Blues coach Graham Murray is hopeful his first-choice dummy-half will be fit for the Telstra Stadium showdown with Queensland, but will call on Penrith rake Luke Priddis to fill the void should Buderus be ruled out.
NEW South Wales coach Graham Murray says he's surprised how quickly halves Braith Anasta and Craig Gower have gelled in the lead-up to the opening State Of Origin rugby league match against Queensland.
SENIOR prop Petero Civoniceva says Queensland can overcome its abysmal Telstra Stadium record by feeding off the big Sydney crowd next Wednesday night. Civoniceva says he and fellow veteran front-rower Steve Price will have to lead the way for a forward pack that includes five rookies - two of them Nate Myles and Sam Thaiday - coming off the bench.