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Jennings recovery inspires NSW for Origin

04/07/2011 07:11:28 PM Comments (0)

NSW hooker Michael Ennis says centre Michael Jennings' recovery from an ankle complaint has inspired the Blues ahead of Wednesday night's State of Origin decider.

But the Blues' rake has been reluctant to talk about the make-up of the NSW side, as coach Ricky Stuart faces a healthy selection headache.

After arriving in Brisbane ahead of Origin III, the Blues have claimed all of their injury concerns are fit to play - Jennings (ankle), Beau Scott (knee), Ben Creagh (ankle), Glenn Stewart (back), Jamie Soward (hamstring) and Kurt Gidley (hamstring).

But Jennings appears to have provided the biggest shot in the arm.

The Penrith gamebreaker was considered little chance of playing despite being named last week in the initial Origin III squad.

But he is now tipped to take his place in the NSW team at Suncorp Stadium.

"Mick has worked tirelessly with our physio - they put a program together and he is responding to that," Ennis said on Monday.

"It is inspiring, his attitude, how much he wants to play for NSW and the commitment he has made to get out on the field."

But Ennis did not want to get involved in the debate over how Stuart might trim his 19-man Blues' squad ahead of the big game.

Before any questions were asked on Monday, Ennis told the media: "I am not going to make any comments about the team (make-up).

"If you want to know about the team, talk to Ricky - I am here to play a footy game, not select a footy team, alright."

Ennis said NSW are happy to finally be in Brisbane ahead of what looms as one of the great Origin clashes.

Queensland hope to send off retiring skipper Darren Lockyer a winner by sealing six straight series.

"We are starting to knuckle down and get on with the game," Ennis said.

"It is Locky's final game. It has been pumped up and rightly so - the guy is a legend.

"They will want to send him off with a fairytale.

"We know we have a job to do that is very difficult but there is belief in the camp."

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