Tongue called into Country camp as 18th man

Canberra's workaholic back-rower Alan Tongue will arrive in Coffs Harbour today to join the Country Origin camp as 18th man.

Tongue will be on standby to cover for any possible last-minute withdrawals before tomorrow's annual clash with City. City coach Tim Sheens and Country mentor Craig Bellamy will fine-tune their short preparations in today's final training sessions.

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