The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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National Rugby League broadcaster Channel 9 stood down one of its most popular presenters today in Matthew Johns, following his involvement in a now widely reported incident which occurred in New Zealand seven years ago.
Johns also parted company with the Melbourne Storm where he was a part-time assistant coach.
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In other news, there are injury concerns for Titans co-captain Scott Prince who is suffering from hamstring problems - although he is expected to take the field this week and notch up his 200th NRL game when his side plays the Broncos.
Still on the Titans and fellow co-captain Luke Bailey - who has been injured - has said that the pressure is on him to play this week following the suspension of team mate Anthony Laffranchi. The Australian forward failed to get off a grade one striking charge for connecting high with Newcastle's Mark Taufua.
Melbourne's Brett Finch had better luck at the judiciary - he pleaded guilty to dangerous contact with his leg/feet after being placed on report in last Monday's match against the Roosters. He'll line-up against one of his his old sides in Canberra this weekend.
Turning to Manly, and there were concerns today for hooker Heath L'Estrange who went down with an ankle injury after falling awkwardly during training, but he will reportedly play this Sunday against the Eels.
And finally, some good news for Brisbane's league fans who will be treated with a double header in July during Round 19 when the Broncos take on Souths followed by the Bulldogs and Titans in an action packed night for Suncorp Stadium. Channel 9 will broadcast both games live with the first clash expected to start at 6:40pm local time. It will be a big week for Queenslander's with the double header coming just two days after Origin 3.