The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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WILL IT BE DIFFICULT TO FOCUS THE PLAYER?S MINDS ON THE HULL GAME GIVEN THE CHALLENGE CUP FINAL THE FOLLOWING WEEK?
We have talked about it already this week. It is all very well being in the Final but our focus has to be on Friday. The week-to-week competition in Super League is equally important to us and we want to win this game. Hull will be a very tough ask for us as they are the best defensive team in the competition and they are playing well. So we know what we have to do on Friday and we can?t let the following week affect our approach to this game.
IS THE FINAL TEAM DECIDED OR ARE THERE PLACES STILL UP FOR GRABS?
We have a very big squad and the reality is anyone can make the 17 for the final. So, whilst I have asked them to put it at the back of their minds, one of the reasons why we have got to be doing well is that there is a team to pick the week after. We need to play well I this game and I am sure some of the fringe players will be looking to impress and grab a spot for the Final.
WILL YOU BE RESTING PLAYERS AHEAD OF THE GAME?
It is not in my make up to rest players and I will be picking the strongest possible team I can on Friday, without a shadow of a doubt.
YOU MUST KEEP YOUR MIND FOCUSED ON THE GAME AGAINST HULL.
We have to take each game as it comes and our focus has to be on Hull. They are a difficult side to play against and they will be hoping to come here and catch us with our minds on next week. Both competitions have their part to play in the game and have their own emotions but Super League is our bread and butter and we want to win that as well. The Final will come around soon enough but not until after the Hull game.
Bulls will not name a squad for the game until Friday evening.
SCOTT NAYLOR needs just 1 try for a career total of 100 and 400 points.
ROBBIE PAUL needs four tries for a career century of Super League touchdowns (Not including play-offs). His total of 96 has come in 152 rounds. He has scored six hat-tricks, including one four try feat.
The New Zealand half back has drawn level with Paul Newlove of St. Helens as they aim to become only the second player to reach a century of Super League tries since its launch in 1996. Kris Radlinski of Wigan Warriors leads the way with 101.
Paul made his debut for Bradford with two tries in a 34-0 home League defeat of Wakefield Trinity on 27 November 1994.
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