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St George Illawarra prop Jason Ryles is out of tomorrow night's match against Canberra after being overruled by the club's medical officials today.
Ryles declared himself a certain starter after putting his injured knee through a searching fitness test. But club doctors stepped in and ruled the giant front rower out of the game after inspecting the strained medial ligament he suffered in last week's win over Gold Coast.
The news gets worse for the Dragons with five-eighth Dean Young also out of the Raiders clash. Young complained of soreness in his surgically repaired right knee following the win over the Titans with Dragons medicos erring on the side of caution by resting him.
Dragons coach Nathan Brown will wait until tomorrow to make a decision on who will come into the side after naming a six-man bench earlier in the week.
Queensland prop Antonio Kaufusi has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury in last night' State of Origin in Brisbane. The Melbourne NRL forward ruptured the patella tendon in his right knee in Queensland's 25-18 win over NSW at Suncorp Stadium.
He will fly back to Melbourne today to undergo surgery tonight. Newcastle utility Kurt Gidley is also expected to miss several weeks after suffering a grade three AC joint shoulder injury last night.
NSW teammate Willie Mason also has a hamstring strain and will be sidelined for up to two weeks.
Evergreen prop Steve Price has declared his aim to reclaim an Australian Test jersey following his standout performance in Queensland's State of Origin triumph last night. The oldest player on the park at age 33, Price was at his inspirational best against a youthful NSW side in the series opener and was unlucky not to claim the man-of-the-match award ahead of teammate Johnathan Thurston.
Although he has not played for Australia since the 2005 Tri Nations, Price is hoping selectors are taking note of his performances this year, and not his age, ahead of next year's World Cup. Price says he knows his age could work against him but believes if he continues to perform well at club and representative level he will give himself every chance of selection.