Petero Civoniceva
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Petero willing to miss Origin

BRONCOS senior statesman Petero Civoniceva says he still has not decided whether he will put his hand up for State of Origin duties after being overlooked by Australian selectors.

The 45-Test veteran was a notable omission when the Kangaroos side was named last Sunday and front-rowers Paul Gallen, David Shillington, Ben Hannant and James Tamou got the nod ahead of him.

Civoniceva, 35, said he was comfortable about missing out and would sit down with Maroons coach Mal Meninga in the next few weeks to decide whether he was up to Origin.

"We'll have a look at where we're at as a squad," Civoniceva said.

"I'm coming towards the end of my career and we've got plenty of young guys there ready to go. It's one of those things we need to weigh up."

Speaking at the FOGS Indigenous Employment and Careers Expo at Kawana, a forthright Civoniceva said his form had not been up to scratch and Hannant, Shillington and returning Cowboy Matt Scott were making strong cases for Maroons selection.

"You have to be in great form and it's been a bit of a slow start coming back from surgery at the start of the season. I've had a bit of a delayed start," he said.

"If I'm to be honest, there's probably a few front-rowers who have got the jump on me."


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