Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Bird Hits Back at Critics; Star Says He Can Be Origin Five-Eighth

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Bird Hits Back at Critics; Star Says He Can Be Origin Five-Eighth

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Byline: Ian McCullough of AAP

GREG Bird has hit back at critics who say he is not attack-minded enough to be a New South Wales State of Origin five-eighth ahead of Friday's City versus Country clash.

Despite being named man-of-the-match in two of his four appearances for the Blues, many believe Bird, who will line up alongside former Cronulla team-mate Brett Kimmorley in the halves for Country at Port Macquarie, is better suited at lock than a playmaker role.

Selector Laurie Daley argued this week it would be an unlikely alliance for the opening match in Sydney later this month.

However, Bird, 26, whose form has picked up recently after a slow start to his Gold Coast Titans career, believes he and Kimmorley have what it takes to help New South Wales end Queensland's dominance.

"People can have their opinions, but I don't think I have to prove myself at this level. I have been named man-of-the-match twice and showed what I can do," Bird said. …

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