The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Speaking at the pre match press conference Coach Stuart Raper said,
"Farrell, Bibey,Cassidy,Wild, Robinson, Dallas and Hodgson will all miss the Bradford game, Gareth Hock should be alright, Jamie Ainscough and Kris Radlinski are the three that didn't play in the last game and obviously Nick Graham will be in the squad as well, he flew into the country this morning."
Hock has been out with knee injury as has Ainscough while Radlinski has been suffering from a neck injury picked up in the Powergen Challenge Cup Semi-Final.
Speaking about the qualities of Graham, Raper added,
"Nick is a solid player but I don't want to put too much on him, especially arriving into the season and into a squad he does not know, he will probably start on the bench this week. It will take him a little time to settle in, basically we needed some troops, we needed some back up and Nick will be some experience for us."
"He is fairly adaptable, he can play Stand Off, Loose Forward or Back Row and I will evaluate it as the game goes on and I will probably have him ready to play either. He is fully fit, he has been training, he didn't miss a game last year and he is raring to go. He is disappointed what happened at Cronulla and he is very keen on a new challenge, he will certainly give 100%, I have no problems about that."
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