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Anasta backs Carney for Origin selection

Adrian Warren 13/05/2011 02:56:04 PM Comments (0)

Todd Carney should be considered for a NSW Origin call-up later in the season, if he makes a successful return to NRL duties against Cronulla on Sunday, Roosters skipper Braith Anasta says.

The reigning Dally M winner has missed the Roosters' past three games, after a club-imposed suspension for participating in a late-night drinking session with teammate Anthony Watts.

He has also been battling a groin problem.

The NSW Origin team for game one on May 25 will be announced on Sunday, leaving the controversial five-eighth with little chance to press his claims for the series opener in Brisbane.

Jamie Soward and Mitchell Pearce are favoured to be the Blues' halves pairing for game one.

Asked on Friday if he thought Carney would push for selection for the second and third Origin games, Anasta said "I don't doubt that".

"I think if Toddy comes out and plays well on the weekend, all of a sudden he's putting his hand up," he added.

"There's no need to put pressure on him, but there's so much speculation about the halves and five-eighth and all the rest, if he plays a good game, there's no reason why he won't be considered."

"It's early doors, so just coming back for his first game, that might work against him, but he's definitely ready for Origin," Anasta said.

Anasta said Carney would bring confidence and cohesion to a Roosters side, which had slipped to four successive losses and 12th spot on the ladder, with a record of just two wins in eight games.

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