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T-Rex in line for Bulldogs return

Former NSW Origin back-rower Tony Williams could make a surprise NRL return from injury for Canterbury against North Queensland on Saturday.
T-Rex in line for Bulldogs return
by AAP

By Adrian Warren

SYDNEY, June 7 AAP - Former NSW Origin back-rower Tony Williams could make a surprise NRL return from injury for Canterbury against North Queensland on Saturday.

Williams was not listed to play but he was with the Bulldogs team at Sydney airport as they headed off to Townsville on Friday seeking their sixth win in seven games.

The club's two current Origin players, Josh Morris and Josh Reynolds, neither of whom were listed to play on Saturday, were also with the travelling squad and were expected to face the Cowboys.

Williams, who hasn't played since the Bulldogs' round 10 loss to Newcastle, has been battling knee and ankle injuries.

Reynolds didn't get onto the field in NSW's 14-6 win over Queensland in the Origin series opener on Wednesday and should be raring to go.

Bulldogs skipper Michael Ennis, who has played seven Origin games, sympathised with Reynolds, who has still to make his Origin debut.

"I felt for him the other night," Ennis said of Reynolds.

"I know he prepared really well. I spoke to him a few times and he was ready to go.

Unfortunately, the way the game panned out, he didn't get his opportunity but the pleasing thing for him is that (NSW coach) Laurie (Daley) is going to take him again (for game 2) and no doubt whenever he gets the opportunity on the field he'll grab it with both hands."

Hooker Ennis preferred to focus on Saturday's game rather than his chances of playing in the second Origin fixture after Blues' hooker Robbie Farah finished the first match with a broken nose and a fractured eye socket and cheekbone.

"I'll just keep doing what I'm doing. I've no doubt he (Farah) will play in game two so I'll just keep chipping away here," said Ennis.

Asked if he had unfinished business with Origin, Ennis said: "I really enjoyed my experiences and my opportunities that I got there, and I've got a game to focus on tomorrow night rather than get caught up in a debate about Origin again.

"We (the Bulldogs) had a bit of a slow start to the season but we've built into some wins and got ourselves into a vital position sitting ninth on the ladder.

"It's a very important game for us Saturday night and hopefully we can perform well."

Ennis acknowledged the Bulldogs, who have Krisnan Inu back from suspension, would face a desperate Cowboys side coming off four successive losses.

"Any side with the class that they have - Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott, James Tamou, Brent Tate, the list goes on so we're under no illusions of what we're walking into," he said.

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