The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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With Lockyer diffinately out for Origin II with a knee injury, Scott Prince will likely start for the Maroons.
Fellow Bronco David Stagg has been cleared of any wrong doing in the case of Wendell Sailor's fractured cheekbone. Sailor is set to be back within 3-4 weeks.
Travis Burns was not so lucky however being found guilty of a dangerous throw as well as a careless high tackle and will miss 4 weeks through suspension.
Other players to miss matches are Canberra's Scott Logan likely out for 3-4 weeks with a dangerous throw, and Rooster's Mickey Paea who may miss 1 week from a careless hich tackle.
Penrith's Maurice Blair and Rooster's Brent Grouse will escape suspension with early guilty pleas.
There is also fallout at the Bulldogs after learning Matt Utai could possibly be out for 6 weeks with a knee injury. The Bulldogs are currently without 10 top line players and have made use of 32 players so far this season. Chairmen George Peponis has ordered an overhaul of the Dog's training and medical practices as the clubs worst ever injury toll takes its toll.
In other weekend news the sharks have signed Corey Hughes to a 1 year deal and Tim Smith is set to start for Wigan Warriors as soon as his work visa is approved. Smith has been signed for the remainder of the 2008 season and 2009.