Digital Image Grant Trouville © nrlphotos.com : Greg Bird hit by Cherry-Evans : State of Origin Rugby League -  NSW v QLD, Game 2 at ANZ Stadium Wednesday 18th 2014.

Bird back for the Blues

Greg Bird has been selected to make his 17th appearance for NSW in his first representative game after being suspended for a lifting tackle in last year’s Anzac Test.

The 32-year-old Titans back-rower missed all of last year’s series, after playing a leading role in the Blues’ only series victory in a decade in 2014, but coach Laurie Daley has welcomed him back after his fine form in the opening rounds of the Telstra Premiership.

“I’m really excited to be back in the squad; it was pretty hard watching us lose the series 2-1 last year and not being able to contribute after winning in 2014,” he said.

“There are some new young faces and plenty of Origin experience too; I think it’s a very strong squad.

“I can’t wait to get out there.”

It will be Bird’s first representative appearance since being suspended for two months after last year’s Test loss to New Zealand and he is raring to make amends for lost time.

Titans prop Ryan James has been overlooked but his consistent good form this season will keep him under the selectors’ gaze.

Bird is the second most experienced player behind Paul Gallen (21 appearances) in the Blues squad. He first played for his state in 2007 while Gallen debuted in 2006.

The Queensland team will be announced tomorrow.

The Blues 19-man squad, in alphabetical order, is:

Name

NRL Club

D.O.B

Junior Club

Origin App

Greg Bird

Gold Coast Titans

 
10/2/1984

West Maitland Red Dogs/ Maitland Pumpkin Pickers

16

Boyd Cordner

Sydney Roosters

 
9/6/1992

Old Bar Pirates

5

Josh Dugan

St George Illawarra Dragons

 
10/5/1990

South Tuggeranong Knights/ Valley Dragons

8

Robbie Farah

Wests Tigers

 
23/1/1984

Enfield Federals/ Leichhardt Wanderers

13

Blake Ferguson

Sydney Roosters

 
20/3/1990

Wellington Cowboys/ Earlwood Saints

1

Andrew Fifita

Cronulla Sharks

 
28/6/1989

Griffith Waratahs/ St Patricks Blacktown

4

Tyson Frizell

St George Illawarra Dragons

 
9/10/1991

Corrimal Cougars

Nil

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Gallen (c)

Cronulla Sharks

 
14/8/1981

Wentworthville Magpies

21

Josh Jackson

Canterbury Bulldogs

 
8/1/1991

Gulgong Terriers/ Mudgee Dragons

3

Michael Jennings

Parramatta Eels

 
20/4/1988

St Marys/ West City Tigers

15

David Klemmer

Canterbury Bulldogs

 
22/12/1993

All Saints Toongabbie

3

James Maloney

Cronulla Sharks

 
15/6/1986

St Edwards Gosford

3

Josh Mansour

Penrith Panthers

 
17/6/1990

St Johns Eagles/ Kingsgrove Colts

Nil

Josh Morris

Canterbury Bulldogs

 
23/8/1986

Kiama Knights

11

Matt Moylan

Penrith Panthers

16/6/1991

St Patricks Blacktown/ St Clair Comets

Nil

Adam Reynolds

South Sydney Rabbitohs

 
10/7/1990

Alexandria Rovers/ Kensington United

Nil

 
James Tamou

North Queensland Cowboys

 
13/12/1988

Paddington Tigers/ Levin Knights

11

Dylan Walker

Manly Sea Eagles

 
27/9/1994

Mascot Jets

Nil

Aaron Woods

Wests Tigers

 
13/3/1991

Leichhardt Juniors

8


DEVELOPMENT PLAYER
Bryce Cartwright

Penrith Panthers

 
15/11/1994

St Marys

Nil