Michael Chammas June 29, 2012
No. 1 material … Ashley Graham, with ball. Photo: Getty Images
COWBOYS mid-season signing Anthony Mitchell will join his new teammates on their flight to Auckland today, added to the squad for Sunday's game against the the Warriors.
The dummy-half, who joined the club from the Roosters on Monday, has returned home to North Queensland and could be called straight into the side for its afternoon clash at Mt Smart Stadium.
The Cowboys are also waiting on word from Queensland Origin officials on whether Matt Bowen will join his teammates in New Zealand or remain in camp with the Maroons.
''At the moment, we are fairly hopeful from our point of view of having Matty but, obviously, from his point of view, it would be great if he could play Origin,'' assistant coach Terry Matterson said. ''That's out of our hands at the moment.''
Winger Ashley Graham will play fullback if Bowen does not make the trip across the ditch, Mosese Pangai taking his place in the back line
The Broncos, who take on Cronulla at Suncorp Stadium tonight, are resigned to playing without any of the six players named in Mal Meninga's 20-man squad, although they are not all guaranteed a game in the series decider on Wednesday night. Sharks coach Shane Flanagan still has not decided the make-up of his bench. He is likely to omit one of Sam Tagataese, Jon Green or Mark Taufua.
Eels hooker Matt Keating has been cleared to take on the Knights despite a concussion last week, while Taniela Lasalo is expected to drop off Parramatta's five-man bench.
Newcastle will have their final training run today, with Chris Adams and Kevin Naiqama likely to be given the weekend off.
Dave Taylor is no certainty to play for the Maroons and could be called back for the Rabbitohs against Penrith on Sunday.
''Knowing Dave, for his sake I hope he does get selected, but if he does end up coming back I'm sure he'll be focused on making sure he does well for the team,'' coach Michael Maguire said.
The Panthers hope Travis Burns will play. He has been sidelined for the past fortnight with a fractured cheekbone.
Canberra could also welcome back Shaun Berrigan from a biceps injury for Monday night's clash with the Dragons in the nation's capital, while Joel Thompson is in doubt with a hand injury.
The Dragons have been boosted by the return of Trent Merrin, who was yesterday released from the Blues' Origin camp.