The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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The Newcastle Knights have named Australian hooker Danny Buderus as the replacement halfback for the suspended Andrew Johns. Luke Quigley moves into the hooking role while Clint Newton makes a return to the second row in the absence of Ben Kennedy and Steve Simpson through injury.
The Knights side looks quite weak on paper but their opposition, the Melbourne Storm, also face a horrendous injury toll with the Storm without Scott Hill, Mat Orford, Rodney Howe, Aaron Moule (retired) and Andrew Mcfadden to name a few.
If Melbourne's forwards can dominate they are a huge chance of causing a major boilover and the Storm also scored 28 unanswered points in their round four loss to the Knights.
Knights v Storm First Grade Team Round 8 Tuesday, 29 April 2003 - Newcastle Knights
NEWCASTLE v MELBOURNE ROUND 8 AT OLYMPIC PARK 7.30PM SATURDAY 3rd May 2003
Coach: Michael Hagan
1. Mark Hughes 2. Timana Tahu 3. Matthew Gidley 4. Craig Hall 5. Gavin Quinn 6. Sean Rudder 7. Danny Buderus 8. Josh Perry 9. Luke Quigley 10. Matt Parsons ? 11. Matthew Jobson 12. Clint Newton 13. Daniel Abraham
14. Andrew Price 15. Reegan Tanner 16. Todd Bates 17. Matthew Kennedy 18. Blake Mueller