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Campese set for NRL return against Cowboys

Matthew Sadler 04/06/2011 06:14:29 PM Comments (0)

Terry Campese looks likely to take the field for Canberra in Sunday's NRL clash with North Queensland in the national capital.

Although Raiders coach David Furner was still keeping his cards close to his chest ahead of his side's final training session, Campese's nine-month injury-enforced exile was expected to come to an end on Sunday afternoon.

"He's trained quite well," Furner told reporters.

"I thought his Tuesday session was strong, (although he) pulled up a bit sore. But if he's confident, I'd look to putting him in."

Furner said Campese might even make it to the run-on side.

"Sometimes, it's best just throwing them straight in because he is a key player."

Raiders captain Alan Tongue said Campese's enthusiasm at training had a positive effect on the team.

"Just seeing him out at training and around the place, everybody's just got that bit more confidence out of it," Tongue said.

Also returning from injury is forward Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, who will be playing for a NSW jersey for State of Origin II.

Furner said his side was desperate to extend its two-game winning run after a horror eight-match losing streak.

With Canberra facing a Brisbane team without its Origin players next week before a bye in round 15, Furner knew there was a real opportunity to get back in the finals race.

"We can get ourselves into a position where the team deserves to be and should be," he said.

Canberra will need to play their best game against a North Queensland side which have rediscovered their sparkle this year.

The Cowboys are sitting in fourth place on the ladder with Johnathan Thurston in dynamic form.

Cowboys coach Neil Henry wasn't underestimating the 15th-placed Raiders, who he said were a well-balanced side with a big pack.

"There's a lot to like about their team. They're a very dangerous side and we need to make sure that we start well," Henry told AAP.

"They'll be looking to keep resurrecting their season and we're looking to keep ours going."

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