Blues call in Maitua as 18th man

Bulldogs forward Reni Maitua has been called into the New South Wales Origin squad as 18th man for Wednesday night's Origin clash.

Maitua will arrive in camp tonight and will be on stand-by should there be any late injury concerns. It is a timely call-up for the Bulldogs utility who celebrates his 25th birthday today.

His chances of getting a run are slim with the entire Blues squad making it through today's penultimate training session unscathed.