Boyd Cordner a man on mission for Country
ROOSTERS forward Boyd Cordner has taken just two games back from a serious pectoral injury to send New South Wales Origin coach Laurie Daley a clear message - he wants to keep his Blues jumper.
Cordner is the only Origin incumbent in Sunday's City versus Country clash at Tamworth.
His performance in the 20-18 Anzac Day loss to the Dragons was outstanding. He ran for 153m and made 29 tackles before backing that up with a similar effort in the 38-0 thrashing of the Knights last weekend.
One of the best angle runners in the NRL, Cordner will be a man on a mission against a City side whose rangy young back-rower, Bryce Cartwright, will also be looking to score Origin points with Daley.
Daley will use the trial to help settle on his halves for Origin I in Sydney on June 1, with James Maloney set to partner his Cronulla teammate Jack Bird for Country against Aidan Sezer and the vastly improved Chad Townsend, who has been in terrific form for the Sharks in the No.7 jumper this season.
City has a huge head-to-head advantage of 65-22 in the 90 clashes since 1911, with three draws. But Country has won four of the last five games, including a highly-entertaining 34-22 win last year.
The clash is a good opportunity for Parramatta hooker Nathan Peats to push his Origin claims against Robbie Farah and Michael Ennis. At 25, Peats is playing his best football, helping Parramatta to the best start to a season since it last won the premiership in 1986.