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Fittler recall could lift Blues: Miles

By Wayne Heming 06/06/2004 07:50:39 PM Comments (0)

Queensland rugby league selector Gene Miles concedes the return Brad Fittler to the NSW Origin side could give the Blues the same psychological boost as Queensland got from Allan Langer's shock recall from England in 2001.

Miles will have an uneasy night, with Queensland players Shaun Berrigan (hamstring) and Brent Tate (shoulder) both injured during Brisbane's 30-22 loss to Cronulla and Roosters team-mates Justin Hodges and Michael Crocker both set to face the judiciary on high tackle charges.

Berrigan is no hope of playing in the return Origin on Wednesday week.

But Tate told Miles after the game he'd regained feeling in his shoulder, which went dead when hit in a heavy collision in the closing minutes.

"I got all the feeling back and the strength seems to be there so it's just a matter of how it feels tomorrow," said an optimistic Tate, who battled the same shoulder injury earlier in the season.

"It just went dead straight away but I'm pretty confident I'll be OK."

Fittler is expected to be named in the NSW side tomorrow following a plea from Blues coach Phil Gould to break his retirement for the second Origin game at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday week where they can wrap up the interstate series 2-0.

Wayne Bennett pulled off a similar selection master stroke by recalling halfback Langer for the final game of the 2001 series.

Queensland won the decider with Langer inspirational and Miles said Fittler's return could have a similar effect on the Blues.

"It could quite possibly have the same impact," said Miles, who along with co-selector Des Morris and Michael Hagan will name Queensland's 17-man squad tomorrow.

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