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Farah is still my first pick: Sheens

By Ed Jackson 16/07/2009 07:18:13 PM Comments (0)

Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens says captain Robbie Farah is the only name he wants at hooker despite NSW winning Wednesday night's State of Origin III match without him.

Farah, who played in games one and two of the series, was dropped in favour of Bulldogs hooker Michael Ennis for game three.

The Blues went on to post a 28-16 victory over Queensland to avoid a series whitewash.

But Sheens says Farah is still his favourite rake despite the Origin disappointment.

"I don't think Robbie was happy with his second game but I've always maintained I wouldn't swap Robbie for any hooker and I still maintain that," Sheens said.

Despite Farah's absence from Wednesday's fiery Origin finale, Sheens said he had been impressed by the game.

He said the quality displayed would give him plenty to think about when he comes to select his Australian squad at the end of the season.

"I wouldn't mind all games to be played under those rules to be quite honest," the Kangaroos coach said of Wednesday's match.

"Obviously the majority of the Australian side is going to come out of those two sides and a handful of other players who didn't play in that game.

"I don't have to worry about the politics of winning a series between Queensland and NSW, I've got the choice of both teams.

"But in saying that there'll obviously be some hard decisions to be made at the end of the year given that we have some pretty good players in most positions."

Farah missed Thursday's training session with the Tigers but Sheens expects him to be fit for Sunday's NRL clash at Leichhardt Oval against North Queensland.

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