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Shunned Bird backs Walker's Blues call-up

  • Shunned Bird backs Walker's Blues call-up

    SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES - APRIL 02: Jack Bird of the Sharks looks on during the round five NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Cronulla Sharks at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on April 2, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Overlooked for State of Origin honours, Cronulla star Jack Bird is backing shock selection Dylan Walker to give Queensland hell when he makes his debut on Wednesday week.

Walker's selection has been criticised, with the Manly flyer included in Blues coach Laurie Daley's 19-man squad as a utility despite strong claims from Bird and Penrith's Bryce Cartwright.

Bird graciously accepted his omission at Sharks training on Tuesday, wishing Walker well against the Maroons and saying he would focus on pushing for a call-up for game two in Brisbane.

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