Daily Telegraph April 29, 2005 MANLY players claim they should have up to eight players in representative sides this year ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ a spin-off of the club's 2005 success. The NRL competition front-runners ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ who play Brisbane in tonight's blockbuster at Suncorp Stadium ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ claim they could lose up to 8 players to NSW, City and Country. For the first time in nearly a decade, Manly are bracing themselves to be crippled by the coming representative season. Sea Eagle players were yesterday adamant Ben Kennedy, Anthony Watmough, Steve Menzies, and Brent Kite should be considered for NSW on the coming Origin series. But the rep honours should not finish there, according to players. Halfback Michael Monaghan, fullback Brett Stewart and forwards Jason King and Sam Harris should be under scrutiny for honours in the City-Country game in Lismore on May 6. Monaghan's chances have improved after the ARL declared in-form Melbourne half Matt Orford a City player. It is the first time since 1997 Manly is looking at losing numerous players to rep football. In that year, five Sea Eagles represented Australia. Asked did the current side deserve recognition, centre Terry Hill said: "Bloody oath. They fully deserve it after all the hard work that has gone in. "We are leading the competition so it would be fantastic to be given some rep honours. "But there is still a long way to go and we have a big test against Brisbane away this Friday night." King said the players will be rewarded if rep sides are chosen purely on form. "If they are picking a side on form our blokes should be in the running," said King. "Anthony Watmough has put his hand up. "We should have a few guys there. We have been performing well and should be noticed." Veteran Menzies backed King's comments. "'Choc' (Watmough) has been awesome," Menzies said. "If they go on current form we should have a few in there. "They should be considered, definitely." Monaghan, the Manly captain, added: "We are going pretty well so they'd have to be having a close look at some of our guys. "The way Steve Menzies is going he'd have to be in there somewhere. "Anthony Watmough has also got to be a chance for City-Country and if he goes well there then they'd have to look at him for Origin. "Brett Stewart wouldn't be out of place in the Country side and obviously they'll be looking at Ben Kennedy and Brent Kite for the NSW side." Under ARL laws, any players who represented in Australia in last week's Test will be unavailable for City-Country. Kennedy will therefore not be considered but will push hard for an Origin spot. "It is a long season and in fairness to the elite players, to have them play two big Friday night games and then back up for weekend rounds would have been considered a bit much," ARL chief executive Geoff Carr said last night. "Those two weekends are close together too in this season's draw." Hill and Kennedy will be back for Manly this evening against the Broncos after missing the game against South Sydney. Meanwhile Brisbane has been forced to make two late changes to its side to play Manly. Test forward Tonie Carroll has withdrawn with a rib injury while hooker Barry Berrigan has pulled out with a shoulder problem. Coach Wayne Bennett has recalled veteran utility Darren Smith to play lock while another utility, Casey Maguire, will fill in at hooker. Bennett has also handed young prospect Berrick Barnes a place on the interchange bench.