The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Good news for Coach Lang is that his star center and goal kicker , Ryan Girdler will be fit to play after suffering a bruised sternum in last weekends game against Manly.
Bad news for Coach Lang is that his in form 2nd rower , Joe Galuvao is still out with the injury he suffered 2 weeks ago.
This is a huge game for the Panthers, a win would ensure them a well deserved Minor Premiership.
Equally important is this game for the Eels who are looking for a win to secure a top 8 spot in the premiership.
The Panthers Team is :
1. Rhys Wesser, 2. Luke Lewis, 3. Ryan Girdler, 4. Paul Whatuira, 5. Luke Rooney, 6. Preston Campbell, 7. Craig Gower (c), 8. Joel Clinton, 9. Luke Priddis, 10. Martin Lang, 11. Trent Waterhouse, 12. Tony Puletua, 13. Scott Sattler. Interchange: 14. Ben Ross, 15. Shane Rodney, 16. Luke Swain, 17.Danny Galea.