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Brisbane Broncos prop Shane Webcke has had to quit training early after suffering back spasms this morning. But the former Test and Origin forward is not considered in any doubt for Sunday's NRL clash with Warriors in Auckland.
Fellow prop Peter Civoniceva was given a well-deserved early mark from training today while Ian Lacey ran at hooker which suggests he will start Sunday's match despite being named on the bench. Brisbane, who sits on top of the NRL ladder, flies out to New Zealand tomorrow afternoon.
Tonie Carroll and Brad Thorn will be trying to win last-minute State of Origin call-ups for the return game in Brisbane on Wednesday week.
Meanwhile, the Gold Coast Titans have confirmed the signing of former international back-rower Brad Meyers on a two-year deal for their inaugural NRL season in 2007. The 26-year-old Meyers has spent two years playing with world club champion Bradford in the English Super League and becomes the 11th recruitment for the Titans.
The former Brisbane Bronco made his debut for Queensland and Australia in 2001 but his form dipped over the next three seasons and he tried his luck in England.
Elsewhere, Manly forward Steve Menzies says he knocked back the chance to rejoin former Sea Eagles coach Peter Sharp at English club Hull to stay in the NRL. Menzies says the Sea Eagles couldn't match the offer from the English Super League club but the decision to stay a one-club man was about loyalty.
Menzies, a Manly local junior, will play his 300th game for the club against Penrith on Sunday.