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The Forward Pass: Ricky’s Shock Selection

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Canberra coach Ricky Stuart has a surprise replacement for injured captain Jarrod Croker and Aidan Sezer…

…Mal Meninga.

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“I needed someone with captaincy experience. There was only one choice. I don’t care if Mal hasn’t played for 20-odd years, he’s good enough to replace Jarrod and Aiden. The big fella will destroy the kids out there, literally run over the top of them,” Stuart said.

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Meninga accepted the offer, returning against Cronulla Friday night.

“I can’t wait. It’s been heartbreaking watching the fellas lose so many close games and struggle to make the finals, we need an old head to guide this young team. They put a statue of me outside Bruce Stadium, so it’s the least I can do.” Meninga said. “I’m still pretty fit after a decade coaching Origin, so I should be right to go.”

Croker is excited about Meninga’s return. “I feel a lot better knowing Big Mal’s back. I can focus on my recovery while Mal tears it up. We’re in safe hands.”

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Betting agencies have installed Canberra as new premiership favourites.

“Canberra are deadset morals now Big Mal’s back. Put your house on it,” Sportsbet’s Joel Caine said. “But remember, gamble responsibly.”

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Deputy Sports Editor for the Australian Times Weekly

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