Brad Fittler has named five more players in his NSW State of Origin squad, from the Raiders and Rabbitohs. NSW STATE OF ORIGIN SQUAD (20 OF 27 SELECTED). NRL Round Table: Will SBW make an impact for Roosters? NRL Round Table: Which team wins the premiership from here? "But they both have this ability where they could beat you before they were even near you – they just knew they were going to beat you. Ultimately, Johns said he would pick Walker ahead of Keary to partner Cleary in the Blues' engine room despite the Rabbitoh failing to impress in last year's series. "He's a great finisher, I look forward to seeing Nick," Fittler said of Cotric. “He had a good start to the season for Newcastle but for whatever reason it faded for them in the second half of the year.”. “He had a lot of distractions around that time, but he handles himself well and he’s gotten better. Panthers into NRL Grand Final with 17 wins in a row. South Sydney Rabbitohs five-eighth Cody Walker is back in the NSW State of Origin fold after being called into the Blues' extended squad for this year's series. Wests Tigers hooker Harry Grant, on loan from Melbourne, has been named the RLPA Rookie of the Year. It gives Walker the opportunity to continue impressing after a red-hot month of form. “He’s had one of those great years, so he deserves it,” Fittler told the Herald in Griffith on the Hogs For The Homeless Tour of regional NSW. Nathan Brown, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Damien Cook, Boyd Cordner, Nick Cotric, Angus Crichton, Tyson Frizell, Clint Gutherson, Payne Haas, Luke Keary, Zac Lomax, Cameron McInnes, Cameron Murray, Junior Paulo, Daniel Saifiti, James Tedesco, Jake Trbojevic, Daniel Tupou, Cody Walker, Jack Wighton. Cody Walker dove into the representative scene in 2019 having played for New South Wales and the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII, as well as captaining the Indigenous All Stars team. And there is no doubting that Jack Wighton is doing a lot of things right for the Canberra Raiders, as they prepare for a sudden-death final against the Roosters. NRL Round Table: What does the future hold for Wests Tigers? “You’ve got to have (Walker) because at the moment he’s the best player in rugby league... at what he does — it’s important to say.”. Sydney Roosters five-eighth Luke Keary is still believed to be the front-runner for the No.6 jersey, but Walker remains some chance or could even play as a No.14. Cotric was another man to make his debut in last year's series opener, before injury ruled him out of Game II. Fittler is pleased with the depth NSW has — something that should come in handy this year — and revealed he’s planning to rotate his halves combination between Walker, Keary and Penrith halfback Nathan Cleary. Fittler lauded Walker's superb form for South Sydney this season. Cody Walker in action during Game 1 of the 2019 Origin series. A NOTE ABOUT RELEVANT ADVERTISING: We collect information about the content (including ads) you use across this site and use it to make both advertising and content more relevant to you on our network and other sites. The livewire No.6 debuted in Origin last season but was dropped after just one game. Eighth Immortal Andrew Johns says he would pick Cody Walker to partner Nathan Cleary in the NSW halves ahead of Luke Keary, as the Rabbitoh nears … Cody Walker (born 10 January 1990) is an Indigenous Australian and state representative professional rugby league footballer who plays as a five-eighth and fullback for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL. “I think Keary deserves a crack... I’d have (Jack) Wighton in the centres like he was last year and Cody Walker at 14,” Johns told NRL 360 on Tuesday. NRL Round Table: Do the Rabbitohs or Panthers have the better spine? Sydney Roosters five-eighth Luke Keary is still believed to be the front-runner for the No.6 jersey, but Walker remains some chance or could even play as a No.14. “We’re looking at Gutho and Zac Lomax,” Fittler said. Overseas? Fittler also made the tough call of dropping Newcastle prop David Klemmer. Cotric was another man to make his debut in last year's series opener, before injury ruled him out of Game II. NRL Round Table: Can Fittler really pick Tommy Turbo for Blues? Daniel Tupou is already a part of the Blues' squad on the wing, while Josh Addo-Carr will be added next week and Josh Mansour remains a chance. Flanagan could pay the price for Roosters’ failure, How gritty Panther who ‘could join the SAS’ prepares for a game, May’s guilt after reading court reference Phil Gould provided for him, Theory behind why $1m flop is shock contender for Broncos captaincy, Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. League legend Matty Johns also believes Keary “deserves a crack” and he would play him at five-eighth with Walker as the bench utility. Johns said he had rarely seen such a magnetic peak in form and emphatically declared Walker's tear was reaching the heights set by Hayne's iconic run in 2009, as he gears up for a do-or-die finals clash against the Eels tonight. I just feel that he’s learned out of all that in the last year.”. Not as good, but his last couple of weeks he's just been unbelievable. If Walker were to land the No.6 jersey it would be a tough break for Keary. While Keary has long been touted to debut as NSW five-eighth, and this seemed to finally be his year, his form tailed off as the Roosters' season ended. Dan Walsh NRL.com Reporter Fri 22 May 2020, 05:14 PM South Sydney star Cody Walker has been suspended for two matches and the Rabbitohs have been hit with a … Walker was one of three South Sydney players added to Brad Fittler's group on Sunday, alongside mainstays Damien Cook and Cameron Murray. He's one player I'm really excited to see.". Stream the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series from outside Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands on WatchNRL. Meanwhile, former Blues coach Laurie Daley says while Walker has been in spectacular form the last in the last six weeks, he’d still go with Keary. Asked if Walker could play himself into the No.6 jersey, Fittler said: “Absolutely he can. Eels veteran Michael Jennings suspended by NRL under anti-doping policy, Dragons youngster Tristan Sailor charged with sexual assault, NRL integrity unit investigate. "Cody gave us a taste last year but was left out for the next two games but he'll definitely be in the top 27 when Freddy picks his squad. Eighth Immortal Andrew Johns says he would pick Cody Walker to partner Nathan Cleary in the NSW halves ahead of Luke Keary, as the Rabbitoh nears 2009 Jarryd Hayne form. Gutherson looks in front, with Fittler telling the Herald: "I can't wait for him to play this year. Just weeks after Eels legend Peter Sterling declared Walker was 'knocking down the door' of an Origin call-up, the Rabbitohs playmaker has gone on a tear, single-handedly orchestrating some of the Bunnies' biggest wins in the run into finals. Walker’s South Sydney takes on Parramatta in a sudden-death semi-final at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday night. "His passing game has improved, but when he runs the ball…he was in everything the other night. “If you want to pick on form I think Cody Walker has been the form player of the comp, he along with Nathan Cleary over the last six to eight weeks,” Daley told Big Sports Breakfast. Meninga joins Bennett in Qld Origin boost, Storm blow Raiders away, advance to Grand Final, Storm's Smith plays down Suncorp farewell. The mastermind behind Souths' historic 60-8 drubbing of the Roosters and their 46-20 finals comeback over the Knights, it's Walker's instinctual attacking minded-game that has recaptured the imagination of the league. Walker does a lot of charity work, particularly in the Indigenous community which he is very passionate about. One thing big thing in Walker’s favour is that the Rabbitohs are still in the finals race, where Keary’s Roosters’ were knocked out last week. He gave the Rabbitohs every chance against Penrith last night and they almost got away with it again.". "If I picked the team tomorrow, I would probably go Cody and Nathan Cleary," Johns said. He gave the Rabbitohs every chance against Penrith last night and they almost got away with it again.". However Panthers playmaker … If you're a playmaker in the NRL and you are receiving that sort of praise from Andrew Johns , you are certainly doing something right. Nick Cotric and Jack Wighton have also earned selection following Canberra's elimination from finals, while Rabbitohs centre Campbell Graham is the notable omission from the teams knocked out this weekend. 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