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Dugan no longer No.1 following booze ban


Jon Tuxworth, Michael Chammas

Inked in at No.6 … Canberra's Josh Dugan is moving from fullback.

Inked in at No.6 … Canberra's Josh Dugan is moving from fullback. Photo: Richard Briggs

INJURED Canberra five-eighth Terry Campese insists Josh Dugan can't be expected to single-handedly save their season after his switch from fullback to the No.6 jersey for Saturday's crucial battle with Wests Tigers.

Campese, who will work with Dugan this week, said one of the main messages he will relay to the 22-year-old is the danger of overplaying his hand.

One of the NRL's most dangerous attackers, Dugan's switch to the frontline - with young halfback Sam Williams dumped - is designed to stiffen Canberra's leaky defence.

Dugan and fellow star back Blake Ferguson, who has been shifted from wing to centre for this weekend's clash, both missed last Friday's heavy defeat to South Sydney for breaching the club's alcohol policy.

Campese said Dugan won't have to change his game drastically, and the fact the Raiders' best player will touch the ball more can only be a positive. ''I just think if he goes into the game with two or three simple things he has to do, I think the rest of his game will build around those,'' Campese said.

The Tigers have named rookie Curtis Sironen, who made his debut last Sunday, on the bench. But the son of Balmain legend Paul Sironen could be thrusted into the halves for the clash. Blake Ayshford, who last night was named at five-eighth, has a wrist injury and is in doubt for the match at Canberra Stadium, with Sironen likely to play at five-eighth, despite coach Tim Sheens's reluctance to throw the 18-year-old in too early.

Meanwhile, the Sea Eagles have named Kiwi international Kieran Foran at five-eighth, despite missing last Sunday's loss to Penrith with an ankle injury.

He is expected to have to pass a fitness test to play against the Dragons at Brookvale Oval on Friday night.

The Dragons will welcome back Nathan Fien from a knee injury, named on the bench for the clash.

South Sydney will be boosted by the return of Matt King, who missed last Friday night's win against the Raiders with a groin strain, for their game against Canterbury on Saturday night. King has been named in the centres, forcing rookie Justin Hunt out of the back line and on to an extended bench.

Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin has recalled Maroons trio Sam Thaiday, Petero Civoniceva and Justin Hodges after resting them against Melbourne on Friday night. The changes have forced Matt Gillett back to the bench for the showdown with Newcastle.

Parramatta coach Stephen Kearney has been forced to call up Ben Roberts from the NSW Cup, losing five-eighth Casey McGuire for the rest of the season with a pectoral injury.

Four Nations 2014

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AUS 12 vs NEWZ 30 Stats
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Four Nations 2014
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New Zealand 3 3 0 0 22 6
Australia 3 2 1 0 12 4
England 3 1 2 0 0 2
Samoa 3 0 3 0 -34 0
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