The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Hooker, Terry Newton has picked up a knee problem which will now require minor surgery and Winger Brett Dallas has suffered a reoccurrence of his hamstring injury and is sidelined for both the Bradford and Leeds games.
Both players are expected to be out for a number of matches.
Coach Stuart Raper said,
"It's so frustrating. After a good win it looked as though we would get a few of our players back to ease the injury crisis. Now we are back at square one. We will still be going into the game with the same determination we showed against St.Helens and with that kind of spirit anything is possible."
Wigan Warriors Coach Stuart Raper has named a squad of 18 for Friday's home Super League clash against Bradford Bulls at the JJB Stadium, the list includes both Kris Radlinski and Jamie Ainscough who have recovered from recent injuries and new arrival Nick Graham who has signed for the Warriors on loan from Cronulla until the end of the season.
The eighteen is:
Radlinski, Carney, Aspinwall, Johnson, Ainscough, O'Loughlin, Lam, O'Connor, Newton, C.Smith, Tickle, Sculthorpe, Hock, Graham, M.Smith, Briscoe, Brown and Allen.
Bradford have won their last six matches against Wigan but Coach Stuart Raper said,
"Everytime you play a side you can always bring up a record and records are there to be broken. I think when we played Hull here last season, they hadn't won here for a certain amount of years and they did. Records don't bother me one bit, the game is about the eighty minutes ahead of us and not is what behind us. I have the utmost respect for Bradford, they are the Challenge Cup holders, they beat us two weeks ago and they will be full of confidence but it is a good time to play them, it can be very difficult to lift yourself back up after such a high."
"We now have three games in the space of eight days and there is six points to pick up . We will be going all out to get all six to help put us back into a healthy situation in the table, but we have the two top sides who are going to be very tough. We did some things on Good Friday against St.Helens which were very encouraging and we now have to build on that and improve on that."
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