The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Darren Smith says it will be a mentally tough job for the Bulldogs to pick themselves up for Saturday's game against the North Queensland Cowboys after the emotions of their memorable win over the Knights last Sunday.
"Mentally it's going to be tough for a lot of guys to pick themselves up after such a big game against Newcastle. Emotionally it was a big effort and obviously we're all still coming down from that so we'll have to make sure we're able to get ourselves back to our best both physically and mentally," Smith said.
Wednesday 31 July 1.30pm Ballwork Thursday 1 August Rest day Friday 2 August 8.25am Depart for Townsville 2.30pm Open training session, Dairy Farmers Stadium Saturday 3 August 7.30pm Game v Cowboys Sunday 4 August 2.10pm Arrive in Sydney
BULLDOGS V NORTH QUEENSLAND Dairy Farmers Stadium Saturday 3 August, 7.30pm
1. Luke Patten 2. Hazem El Masri 3. Nigel Vagana 4. Todd Polglase 5. Matthew Utai 6. Braith Anasta 7. Brent Sherwin 8. Willie Mason 9. Corey Hughes 10. Steve Price (c) 11. Jamie Feeney 12. Steve Reardon 13. Darren Smith
14. Tony Grimaldi 15. Jonathan Thurston 16. Dennis Scott 17. Paul Rauhihi
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