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Saturday, 25 May 2019

'Weapon': Freddy hails historic Origin debutant


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NSW coach Brad Fittler has branded Cody Walker "a weapon" as an Origin debut looms for the Rabbitohs star.

Wide World of Sports' The Mole revealed on Sunday that Walker was set to be named Blues five-eighth, after a superb start to the season and also a concussion for Roosters rival Luke Keary. It's expected that he will play alongside incumbent NSW halfback Nathan Cleary.

Fittler did not confirm Walker's selection in a Sunday Footy Show appearance, but gave his form an enormous rap. Walker, 29, will be the oldest five-eighth to debut in Origin.

"He's not only had a great year this year, he's been good for a while," Fittler said.

"He's been very consistent with them. You see the players react to him, around him; when he gets the ball, they all move because they know something's going to happen.

"Having someone like that with such great instincts, around a team that holding the ball and they're getting good field position, so they're getting the other teams a bit tired - he's a weapon.

"And his kicking game when Adam Reynolds went off was fantastic. He got them home."

Fittler said that South Sydney's exceptional 10-1 winning record was a big boost to Walker's credentials.

"Absolutely. Last year [team selection] was purely based on that," Fittler said.

"This year's been a bit of a hiccup, because blokes have been a bit out of form and that's going to happen. That's definitely a big challenge. But combinations are always [key], because you don't need to introduce anything. Combinations are already there."

Sterling weighs in on Cleary pick

Iconic NSW halfback Peter Sterling said Walker was an excellent selection candidate.

"You can pick Cody Walker at every level, because he's just such a natural, instinctive player," Sterling said.

"And he's durable; I don't think he's missed a game since he's debuted, I think he's played 70-odd straight [games]. He's there every week and he performs every week."

Walker will have two Rabbitohs teammates in the NSW side: incumbent hooker Damien Cook and young lock Cameron Murray, who is set to debut from the bench.

"He's outstanding, he's just a great player," Fittler said of Murray.

NSW coach Brad Fittler has branded Cody Walker "a weapon" as an Origin debut looms for the Rabbitohs star.

Wide World of Sports' The Mole revealed on Sunday that Walker was set to be named Blues five-eighth, after a superb start to the season and also a concussion for Roosters rival Luke Keary. It's expected that he will play alongside incumbent NSW halfback Nathan Cleary.

Fittler did not confirm Walker's selection in a Sunday Footy Show appearance, but gave his form an enormous rap. Walker, 29, will be the oldest five-eighth to debut in Origin.

"He's not only had a great year this year, he's been good for a while," Fittler said.

"He's been very consistent with them. You see the players react to him, around him; when he gets the ball, they all move because they know something's going to happen.

"Having someone like that with such great instincts, around a team that holding the ball and they're getting good field position, so they're getting the other teams a bit tired - he's a weapon.

"And his kicking game when Adam Reynolds went off was fantastic. He got them home."

Fittler said that South Sydney's exceptional 10-1 winning record was a big boost to Walker's credentials.

"Absolutely. Last year [team selection] was purely based on that," Fittler said.

"This year's been a bit of a hiccup, because blokes have been a bit out of form and that's going to happen. That's definitely a big challenge. But combinations are always [key], because you don't need to introduce anything. Combinations are already there."

Sterling weighs in on Cleary pick

Iconic NSW halfback Peter Sterling said Walker was an excellent selection candidate.

"You can pick Cody Walker at every level, because he's just such a natural, instinctive player," Sterling said.

"And he's durable; I don't think he's missed a game since he's debuted, I think he's played 70-odd straight [games]. He's there every week and he performs every week."

Walker will have two Rabbitohs teammates in the NSW side: incumbent hooker Damien Cook and young lock Cameron Murray, who is set to debut from the bench.

"He's outstanding, he's just a great player," Fittler said of Murray.

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