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NSW team named for Origin II

03/06/2008 09:51:03 AM Comments (0)

NSW rugby league selectors have named in-doubt pair Jarryd Hayne and Mark Gasnier in their squad for Origin II, making just two changes to the side which won the series opener last month.

Hayne will decide later on Tuesday whether to contest a grade two dangerous throw charge which threatens to rule him out of the June 11 match at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium, while Gasnier will be given every opportunity to prove he has overcome a hamstring strain.

The inclusion of Newcastle pair Steve Simpson and Kurt Gidley on the bench are the only two changes from game one, Simpson coming in for injured Knights teammate Ben Cross and Gidley replacing utility back Ben Hornby in the one unforced switch.

NSW coach Craig Bellamy said no decision had been reached on a shadow player for Hayne, who could escape suspension if he beats the charge or if it is downgraded from a grade two to grade one.

"Parramatta's still got to make a decision whether they're going to take that on - if they do we'll have to wait for the judiciary's decision and we'll go from there," Bellamy said.

Gasnier missed St George Illawarra's win over Souths on Sunday due to his hamstring complaint, with the initial diagnosis being a 2-3 week layoff.

Two weeks would take him up to game day from the time of the injury, but Bellamy was keen to give the star centre every chance to play after he terrorised the Maroons in a scintillating game one performance.

"We're reasonably confident that he'll play, obviously he won't be able to train early this week but we'll just see how he goes," Bellamy said.

"Hopefully by the end of this week he'll run with the team and we'll be a little bit wiser on whether he'll play or not.

"At some stage if we think he's no chance we'll call it off then, but we're thinking we should have a good idea by Friday or Saturday."

The selection of Gidley would have come as welcome relief to the Knights utility after he was cruelly ruled out of Origin I when he fractured his cheekbone on the eve of selection.

Gidley was believed to be the Blues selectors' first choice halfback ahead of the opening game, but with Peter Wallace enjoying a sensational debut in the No.7, the versatile Gidley will now take on the utility role off the bench.

Bellamy said he didn't think match fitness would be an issue with Gidley.

"It's will have only been three weeks, he's regarded as the fittest player in the game, we don't think it's going to be a big issue for us," Bell any said.

"Kurt was unlucky in the first one to miss out, he's been given clearance to play, he'll do a good job for us.

"Obviously he covers plenty of positions and he was in really good form before he got injured."

The Blues enter camp on Tuesday.

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