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Burns to start at halfback for Cowboys

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Berkeley_Eagle, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. Berkeley_Eagle

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    Burns to start at halfback for Cowboys

    Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 5:42 PM
    Cowboys star recruit Travis Burns has been named at halfback for North Queensland's hastily arranged trial against Canberra on Saturday.

    With the Cowboys racing the clock to find a replacement for the injured Johnathon Thurston former Manly utility Burns will partner Justin Smith in the halves.

    Cronulla signing Anthony Watts failed to impress in the Cowboys last trial against Gold Coast and has been dropped to play Queensland Cup newcomers Mackay Cutters.

    With the Cowboys round one clash against Gold Coast rapidly approaching Cowboys CEO Peter Parr gave the best indication that Burns will be the man to fill Thurston's shoes, who is on track for a round five comeback.

    "It is the last trial before the season kicks off," Parr said.

    "What usually happens is that both teams pick their best available sides.

    "This case is no different and it will be a great game of footy and the most important thing is that we are able to provide a game for us and Canberra."

    With the game transferred to Townsville from the flood ravaged Mackay, Parr said the club would be doing everything possible to help the town recover.

    "It is bitterly disappointing for the Mackay District Rugby League and the community that the game isn't there but any profit generated will go back to the Mackay community."

    In a further boost to the Cowboys 2008 campaign Australian representative Luke O'Donnell and the hard-hitting Steve Southern return from long injury lay-offs to the starting pack.

    Source: AAP

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