Competition - NRL Premiership

Round - Round 06

Teams - Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks v Gold Coast Titans

Date - 10th of April 2016

Venue - Southern Cross Group Stadium, Sydney NSW

Photographer - Robb Cox

Birdy happy to return to country roots

Four years after last representing Country Origin, Aquis Titans forward Greg Bird says he is willing to once again line up for the boys from the bush in order to prove that he has much more representative football ahead of him.

Overlooked by Mal Meninga in his first game in charge of the Kangaroos against the Kiwis in Newcastle next Friday night, Bird could be considered by Country coach Craig Fitzgibbon to play in Tamworth next Sunday.

New South Wales coach Laurie Daley has already stated publicly that he will guarantee Bird a position in the Blues team for Game One of this year's Holden State of Origin Series in Sydney on June 1 which could influence the makeup of the Country team.

Recognised now as a testing ground for young players with higher representative aspirations ahead of them, Bird believes it is also important to maintain the integrity of the contest with some senior players with representative experience.

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