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Milford to spark Broncos: Adam Blair

NZN 6/06/2017 Laine Clark

State of Origin duty has Anthony Milford primed to spark Brisbane in Friday night's NRL clash with South Sydney, Broncos prop Adam Blair says.

Kiwi captain Blair believes Milford has come back from his Origin debut for Queensland a better player and tips the Maroons' five-eighth to help snap the Broncos' two-game losing run against the Rabbitohs.

Milford has been welcomed back to the Broncos' halves after missing last-round's loss to the Sydney Roosters, due to a head knock suffered on debut in the Maroons' record 28-4 Origin I loss.

Blair said Milford had made an immediate impact at Brisbane training, showing no sign of disappointment after Queensland's worst Origin loss at Suncorp Stadium.

Milford showed how keen he was by taking part in training on Tuesday despite coach Wayne Bennett giving all six of his Origin players the day off.

"It's good that Milly got to play Origin, that he got to be around some of the best players in the game," Blair said.

"He's come here and his energy around the club and on the field was great."

Brisbane hooker Andrew McCullough had also noticed a difference.

"When you surround yourself with quality players, you pick up aspects of your game that you think you have to work on (at Origin camp)," he said.

"Anthony's job is to run the football and be creative - I think he will take a fair bit of pressure off a lot of players (on Friday night)."

Bennett slotted Milford into the halves with Ben Hunt, and named Kodi Nikorima as his bench utility with veteran Benji Marshall as 19th man.

It will mark the first time Milford has played in the halves with Hunt since the Brisbane No.7 tore his hamstring on April 6.

Bennett also has his first-choice squad available since Hunt was sidelined two months ago.

Bennett could not find a spot in the 17 for Marshall, despite the former Kiwi skipper shining last round against the Roosters as a replacement for Nikorima.

Playmaking utility Nikorima missed the loss due to a shoulder complaint but received the all-clear on Tuesday.

It allayed fears Nikorima had aggravated the same shoulder injury that cost him several games last year and resulted in an off-season reconstruction.

"It wasn't a structural issue - it was more of a minor nerve problem," Broncos high performance manager Jeremy Hickmans said.

"He just needed the one week to recover his strength."

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