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Lockyer's rep league future under wraps

By Ian McCullough 03/04/2010 01:16:08 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane skipper Darren Lockyer is saying little about his representative future following Friday's 25-6 NRL defeat to Sydney Roosters, but hinted the injury-hit Broncos' poor form might be a factor in his decision.

Lockyer will announce on Tuesday if he will continue as Queensland and Australia captain, but after a Todd Carney-inspired Roosters consigned his young side to a third successive defeat, the 33-year-old admitted it will be a tough decision to make.

"I've been thinking about it a lot, but I am not too sure yet what I am going to do, I have a couple of days to kick back and give it some hard thought, and Tuesday is when I will come up with what I am going to do," said Lockyer.

"We are in a bit of a tough spot at the moment, we are a young team, we have a few bodies on the sidelines and we have a game in Wollongong against the Dragons next week, but the important thing is we hold the place together until we get some reinforcements."

Roosters' and Queensland forward Nate Myles said he hoped Lockyer would stay on with the Maroons, who are looking for a record-breaking fifth successive State of Origin series victory over NSW this year.

"He is a fantastic team player and I obviously hope to see him there as things run a lot smoother when he is around, but I don't think tonight will make a difference to his decision, he is a big-game player," Myles said.

"But the decision is totally up to him and we will all respect whatever he wants to do."

The Broncos fielded nine players aged 21 or under against the Roosters, and with key players such as Israel Folau, Justin Hodges and Corey Parker sidelined with injuries, it is shaping up as a tough season for the six-time premiership winners.

Coach Ivan Henjak maintained the club will not pressure Lockyer to make a decision to dedicate himself solely to the Broncos, but said his young players needed to grow up fast following a mistake-riddled performance.

"We looked pretty tired in the ruck, there were good little passages here and there, but just not consistently enough, there were a few basic errors that players shouldn't be making at this level," he said.

"But we are not making excuses, we need to be better, we have a bit of work to do.

"We have a lot of new players and combinations but I am positive if we keep working really hard, we will turn this back."

Henjak also revealed 20-year-old Mitch Rivett, who made his debut on the wing, was another addition to his growing injury list after badly twisting his ankle late in the game.

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