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Bulldogs get tough with Idris

By Ian McCullough 14/06/2011 06:18:54 PM Comments (0)

Jamal Idris has paid the price after missing a Canterbury training session with coach Kevin Moore axing the star centre for Sunday's NRL clash with Cronulla.

The giant 20-year old, who will join Gold Coast at the start of next season on a lucrative five-year contract, was dropped on Tuesday for not complying with club standards.

Idris failed to front for training on the public holiday Monday after Moore had given his players four days off following the bye.

Idris travelled to the Gold Coast during the break, but did not return in time to rejoin his teammates.

"Jamal made a mistake and he is paying a high price for it," Moore said.

"He breached team protocol and as such he was not considered for selection in the team to play the Sharks.

"We set high standards at the Bulldogs and we expect all players to meet those standards.

"The simple fact is Jamal hasn't lived up to expectations and, as such, he will miss this week's game."

Bulldogs chief executive Todd Greenberg praised Moore's decision, with the coach under huge pressure as the side sits in eighth spot despite some expensive off-season recruitment.

"Credit to Kevvy, he has been under the pump for the last few weeks and with there being no media scrutiny about this, it would have been easy to sweep it under the carpet, especially as we need the win," Greenberg told AAP.

"But this is about picking the team and making the players accountable."

Reports have claimed Idris angered NSW coach Ricky Stuart with his attitude around the Blues camp when named 18th man for the first State of Origin clash in Brisbane, which is why he was not considered for Wednesday's encounter in Sydney.

However Greenberg denied Idris, who made his Kangaroos debut in the ANZAC Test in May, had been a disruptive influence since announcing his move to the Titans in April.

"He has been in good form and tried hard and I don't think there has been any problems with his attitude," Greenberg said.

"It is just one of those one-off occasions where he has got it wrong and is paying the price for it.

"Jamal has done everything we have asked of him, apart from this occasion, but it has not been systematic of his behaviour since he announced he was leaving."

Idris' spot in the team will be taken by Tim Lafai.

The Sharks rushed new signing Sam Tagataese into their squad for the clash following his switch from the Titans on Tuesday.

The New Zealander was named on an extended bench by coach Shane Flanagan.

In other team news, St George Illawarra and Brisbane named all of their Origin stars for Friday's clash at Suncorp Stadium.

Micheal Luck's injury has resulted in a selection reshuffle for the Warriors' clash with North Queensland in Townsville on Saturday.

With Luck sidelined for up to eight weeks after partially dislocating his left patella against the Wests Tigers last Sunday, 21-year-old Elijah Taylor has been named at lock against the Cowboys.

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