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Cronulla halfback Brett Kimmorley remains confident of playing State of Origin football this year despite an ankle injury which will sideline him for six weeks.
The Sharks skipper suffered ligament damage to his left ankle while scoring a second half try during his team's 28-24 loss to the Sydney Roosters on Saturday. The injury will see him miss game one of the interstate series on May 24, but Kimmorley hopes to play some part in the final two matches of the series.
Penrith captain Craig Gower is the clear favourite to wear the number seven jersey in the series opener after starting the season with a series of strong displays.