AFB long-term out, Lockyer unsure if Cobbo is at Origin, Daley wants Burton as Blues center




Warriors prop Addin Fonua-Blake’s season is in jeopardy after he was ruled out ‘long-term’ with a foot injury sustained in last Saturday’s loss to St George Illawarra.

Lisfranc’s injury may take up to three months to heal, meaning Fonua-Blake may not be seen again this season until the final rounds.

It’s the last thing the struggling Warriors need after frontline partner Matt Lodge was granted an immediate release from the club last week.

Former Queensland Origin stalwart Lui was rushed to the extended bench for Saturday’s Redcliffe game against Newcastle after being signed for the remainder of the season on Monday.

Cronulla breathed a sigh of relief with Siosifa Talakai, Wade Graham and Ronaldo Mulitalo all cleared of injuries and set to face the Sydney Roosters.

The key trio were each sent for scans on Monday night after running into trouble in Sunday’s win over Gold Coast.

Talakai’s ankle remained the Sharks’ biggest fear, while Graham demanded scans on his foot and Mulitalo on his shoulder.

However, all three stars are set to be named on Tuesday afternoon to face the Roosters, as Cronulla aims to fight to stay in the top four ahead of the state of origin period.

Elsewhere, Canberra have confirmed full-back Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad will miss up to two games with a hamstring injury.

But the club are hoping Jamal Fogarty could make his long-awaited return to the field after his pre-season knee injury, while Jarrod Croker could also be back against Parramatta.

And Newcastle will be without center Bradman Best against the Warriors, with the young star set for a long spell out with an elbow injury.

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Locky isn’t sure about Cobbo’s origin claims

Queensland manager Darren Lockyer has poured cold water on the chances of Broncos young gun Selwyn Cobbo breaking into the Maroons squad at 19.

The teenage winger has been on fire for Brisbane this season, scoring nine tries in 11 appearances to take his career tally to 11 from just 18 appearances.

However, Lockyer told 100% Footy that Queensland had to be careful not to throw him into the Origin cauldron too soon.

“There are young guys showing a lot of potential, but Origin is another step forward. A lot can change in seven days,” he said.

“You have to understand that even though there are guys like Selwyn Cobbo who is a superstar in the making, you just have to make sure they’re ready for it.

AFB long-term out, Lockyer unsure if Cobbo is at Origin, Daley wants Burton as Blues center

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“He’s a pretty relaxed player but going to play against the Blues in the first game in Sydney is a big challenge. I’m not saying he’s not up to it, but you have to take a lot into account. of these elements.

“Just because they’re playing well and being young at their clubs doesn’t always translate to good play at this stage.”

Cowboys winger Kyle Feldt is out of contention after suffering a knee injury over the weekend, so teammates Valentine Holmes and Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow are expected to fill the outside back spots alongside Dane Gagai and Xavier Coates with Broncos veteran Corey Oates another option on the wing.

Oates scored 10 tries for Brisbane having been in and out of the squad last season.

Lockyer said if Cobbo and 19-year-old Cowboys forward Jeremiah Nanai aren’t on the 18-man roster on game day, they’ll likely be on the expanded 22-man roster.

Matt Burton of the Bulldogs

Matt Burton. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Daley calls on the Blues to pick Burton at center

Former NSW manager Laurie Daley believes the Blues should bring Matt Burton ahead of Kotoni Staggs in the center as they look to lift the Origin shield for the fourth time in five years.

Daley said the majority of the team picked each other, but “a middle position was tough, the back row was a bit tough, and then just to get that 14 [bench utility].

“Stephen Crichton will definitely be one and I will place him with [Brian] As well. I wanted to find a position for Matt Burton, so I left out Kotoni Staggs,” he said on the Big Sports Breakfast on Tuesday.

“He was Dally M Center of the Year last year, he still plays good football and he has that combination with the Penrith lads.”

Daley said Staggs was unlucky to miss the cut on his team and would be more than happy if he got a spot on the actual team, but said he “had to find a place for Burton “.

He thinks Dragons veteran Tariq Sims should get a place on the bench because he can play on the edge and through the middle, Eels stalwart Reagan Campbell-Gillard should be recalled after four years away from Origin and the Raiders star Jack Wighton is expected to edge out Cronulla utility Nicho Hynes for NSW. bench.

Daley’s Blues Team

1. James Tedesco
2. Josh Addo-Carr
3. Matt Burton
4.Stephen Crichton
5. Brian To’o
6. Jarome Luai
7. Nathan Cleary
8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard
9. Damien Cook
10. Jake Trbojevic
11. Cam Murray
12. Liam Martin
13. Isaac Yeo
14. Jack Wighton
15. Payne Haas
16. Tarik Sims
17. Paolo Junior




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