The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Ex Kiwi international and current North Sydney Bears Rugby League Coach Gary Freeman, has called on all Bears fans past and present to "Get off their collective backsides" and get down to North Sydney Oval on Sunday 19th June for the Bears first home match in four weeks. "Whiz" wants a big game from his boys as they tackle one of his former clubs, Penrith. Gary's two years (1994, 1995) with the Panthers included 21 tries as well as The Player of the Year award in 1994. Whiz also captained the Kiwi side in 1995.
While crowd favourites Namila Davui and Scott Webb are still out injured Norths unstoppable full back John Russell (pictured) will be back. Luke Fatnowna has been named at five-eight and Flegg prop Pat Galea has his chance to cement a regular spot in Premier League.
The Bears main match against the Penrith/St Marys Cougars begins at 2:30 p.m. at North Sydney Oval on Sunday 19th June. The match will be preceded by the Jersey Flegg match against the Penrith Panthers at 1:00 p.m.
TEAM LISTS FOR SUNDAY 19TH JUNE NORTH SYDNEY OVAL ? V PENRITH
1. John Russell 2. Joseph Swamy 3. Andrew Moodie 4. Chris Tuatara 5. Lester Salanoa 6. Luke Fatnowna 7. Aaron Heremaia 8. Kyle Arnold (c) 9. Ben Ellis 10. Pat Galea 11. Anthony Kiro 12. Tevita Metuisela 13. Matt Thurston 14. Michael Harper 15. Rhian Gerard 16. Stephen Hales 17. Richard Retimana Coach - Gary Freeman
1. Jono Freeman 2. Ryan Wilson 3. Danny Chiha 4. Lee Cameron 5. Joel Bennet 6. Tyson Muscat 7. Anthony Beare 8. Mitch Erickson 9. Tim Woodbine 10. Blake McLean (c) 11. Ryan Verlinden 12. Michael Morris 13. Jessie Mileto 14. Arnold Mano 15. Pio Rokomaqisa 16. Brad Price 17. Oliver Saunders 18. Luke Hemsworth 19. Pat Allendorf 20. Aziz Nanouh 21. Ken Petia 22. 23. Michael Mansour Coach - Gavin Catanach