The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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The North Sydney Club will begin their 2008 season campaign with a mixture of Bears 07 experience and some highly touted North Sydney and South Sydney talent on team.
Beau Champion, Greg Nichols, Shannon Hegarty, Luke Grant, Scott Geddes, Ben Lowe, Dave Wynyard, Shannan McPherson and Ryan Verlinden will all once again hit the paddock for Norths on Saturday at Concord Oval.
While of great interest will be the new kids on the block that all come with high praise from Coaches Wayne Lambkin and Jason Taylor - winger Nathanael Barnes, centre Jamie Simpson, five-eight Charlie Herekotukutuku, halfback Marc Russell and hooker George Ndaira all make their competition run-on debut in the Red and Black.
Last years Grand Final five-eight Beau Champion has been named captain.
The Bears juniors this week travel all the way to Toronto to face the highly fancied Newcastle teams. Both the bears Harold Matthews and S G Ball are both still in contention for the 2008 competition. Charles Vicente returns for the S G Ball team.
Round One NSW Cup Date: Saturday 15th March 2008 Location: Concord Oval, Concord Western Suburbs V North Sydney - 3:00pm
Round Five NSW Junior Rep Competition Date: Saturday 15th March 2008 Location: Lyle Peacock Field, Toronto Newcastle V North Sydney - Harold Matthews - 12:00 pm, S G Ball - 01:30 pm.
PICTURED: After a captaining stint in preseason Bears forward Dave Wynyard makes the run-on squad for round 1. PHOTO: Steve Little.
NSW Cup North Sydney V Western Suburbs
1. Beau Champion