The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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The threequarter has missed the Rhinos? last four matches after aggravating an ankle injury in the Powergen Challenge Cup final against Hull on August 27. He sustained the original injury in a 42-10 home defeat by the Bulls seven weeks ago.
?Keith won?t make it,? said coach Tony Smith. ?It?s probably come a week too early for him, which is disappointing. If it had been a week later he might have been alright.
?I believe he will be fine for the Tri-Nations so all round it?s good news for Brian.?
Bradford and Great Britain coach Brian Noble, delighted to have his number one centre available to line up against Australia and New Zealand, offered Senior his sympathy with regards to the Grand Final.
?I?m disappointed for Keith that he?s not playing in the final,? said Noble. ?I would have liked to see their best players out there.
?Our focus wasn?t Keith Senior, the focus is the Leeds team. They have world-class players all across the board.?
Leeds will be at full strength apart from Senior, with Chris McKenna set to deputise, while Bradford?s only absentee is expected to be winger Stuart Reardon.
?It?s no coincidence that the upsurge in our form has come when we have had everybody on deck for the last couple of months,? said Noble. ?Everybody is healthy and ready to play.?
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Thanks to www.superleague.co.uk for this news.