A front-rower who has played conscionable 16 NRL games has been called successful to reenforce the NSW Blues squad aft Daniel Saifiti was ruled retired of Game Three with a rib cartilage injury.
Tigers young weapon Stefano Utoikamanu was contiguous brought into campy alongside recalled inferior Clint Gutherson, who was dumped by the Blues astatine the commencement of the bid aft playing each 3 games astatine close centre past year.
With Dale Finucane promoted from 18th antheral to the starting 17 to regenerate Saifiti and Api Koroisau getting his archetypal sensation of Origin arsenic the seat utility, Gutherson has been called into the squad to supply backline cover.
However, the call-up for Stefano Utoikamanu is simply a astonishment fixed his comparative inexperience astatine NRL level and doubles arsenic a immense ballot of assurance successful a young subordinate who has shone for a Wests Tigers broadside successful crisis.
The Blues announced the 2 additions to the squad, which present numbers 21 players, successful a connection this afternoon.
"NSW Blues manager Brad Fittler was forced to marque changes contiguous aft Newcastle Knights prop Daniel Saifiti was ruled retired with a rib cartilage injury," the connection said.
"Melbourne Storm's Dale Finucane was named arsenic his replacement successful the 17-man line-up, portion Gutherson and Utoikamanu articulation the Storm's Nicho Hynes connected an extended bench."
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