It's a tough one. Paul has been a warrior for NSW. He is our skipper. We have to determine where he best fits the team. There are other contentious spots but I still have a few days to go before the team is announced. I am mulling over a few positions with (chief adviser) Bob Fulton. But I know whoever is chosen will represent the sky blue jumper with pride and passion.
We'd like him to play and come through it, but if he is able to run on Monday or Tuesday next week he would certainly still come strongly into consideration ... Speaking to [Dragons high performance manager] Andrew Gray, Brett has been doing a lot of work … and they were hopeful he would be back running by the end of the week.
It's out of my hands ... I'm pretty sure Loz (coach Laurie Daley) will know his team by the end of this week.More quotes »
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