Ryles, Bailey keen to tackle Eels,
Anasta decision looms

  • by NRL
  • July 08 2005 12:00AM

NSW props Jason Ryles and Luke Bailey could be late inclusions in the St George Illawarra side for tonight's crucial NRL clash against Parramatta.

Dragons coach Nathan Brown didn't name either player this week, but Ryles says he and Bailey are both eager to take on the Eels. Parramatta's NSW representatives Nathan Hindmarsh and Timana Tahu are both confirmed starters.

The match is vital for the seventh-placed Dragons, among a group of four teams tied on 20 competition points. A win could put the red-and-whites into the top four, while a loss could have them out of the eight.

Meanwhile, Bulldogs five-eighth Braith Anasta says he will try to sort out his rugby league future as soon as possible. Anasta had put all contract talks on hold until after the State of Origin series, in which he was one of NSW's top performers after being recalled for the last two matches.

South Sydney and the Sydney Roosters are the two teams in the running for his services, with the Roosters possibly firming after it was revealed Anasta praised NSW coach Ricky Stuart as the best coach he?d ever played under.

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