The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Roosters halfback Brett Firman believes his new team can overcome the void left by Brett Finch?s absence with a series of strong performances over the early competition rounds.
Speaking from the club?s pre-season training camp on the Gold Coast on Wednesday, Firman said the squad has trained strongly and were building up well for next Saturday?s Souths clash.
?I?m confident we can handle it,? Firman said.
?We?ve trained well up here over the last couple of days, and we?ve got all week leading into the Souths game.
?I?m sure by that time everything will be running smoothly, everyone will know what their jobs are and they?ll do them properly.?
Firman said coach Ricky Stuart has placed no pressure on him to play a greater role without close mate Finch on deck.
?Nothing has been said yet ? I think it goes without saying that I?ll need to do more though,? he said.
?The entire side knows what they have to do.?
Stuart has yet to decide who will partner 22-year-old Firman in the halves, although it appears versatile speedster Amos Roberts has been ruled out as a contender.
?I think it will be either Wingy (Craig Wing) or Flanno (Chris Flannery),? Firman said.
The side returns to Sydney today after five days north of the border.