The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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It's understood the former Kangaroo will be allowed leave of absence to return to Australia in April to face assault charges resulting from the alleged 'glassing' of Bird's girlfriend Kate Milligan last August.
Bird's management had been negotiating with other UK clubs, including Wigan, but the deal fell over during the week.
The Sharks and Bird officially parted ways last Friday following months of speculation. As part of the contract termination agreement, Bird could not play for a rival NRL club in 2009.