The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Electric Roosters hooker Craig Wing has laughed off suggestions that Brisbane ? coming off three-straight losses ? are in the midst of a post-Origin slide yet again. Roosters coach Ricky Stuart has named an unchanged line-up from last week to tackle the Broncos on Friday night ? knowing anything but a win will ?mathematically? end the club?s finals hopes.
But Wing, who has been in dynamic touch over the past month, insisted the Broncos ? who will be without Darren Lockyer and Shane Webcke ? would not be easybeats.
?They?ll be keen to turn around their form ? they won?t want to lose four in a row heading into the finals,? Wing said.
?They?ll put out 17 great players on the field and we have our work cut out.
?It will be a tough game.
?All the talk about them being gone and a spent force is a bit of a joke.
?They?ve been the most consistent side this year ? their position on the ladder indicates that.
?We haven?t forgotten what they did to us last time.?
That time was round three this year.
That scoreline was 40-22.
?They embarrassed us,? Wing recalled.
?They have the minor premiership to play for and we have a small chance at the top eight.
?The boys will head up to Brisbane on Thursday and we can?t wait to get out there.?
Richard Fa'aoso has been included as the Roosters' 18th man.
Anthony MINICHIELLO Amos ROBERTS Ryan CROSS Iosia SOLIOLA Joel MONAGHAN Chris FLANNERY Brett FINCH David SHILLINGTON Craig WING Adrian MORLEY Anthony TUPOU Craig FITZGIBBON Luke RICKETSON
Michael CROCKER Heath L'ESTRANGE Lopini PAEA Nigel PLUM Richard FA'AOSO