Cham­pion hop­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

FOR­MER Rab­bitoh Beau Cham­pion is hop­ing to con­vince Mel­bourne coach Craig Bel­lamy to pick him for their NRL sea­son opener de­spite barely play­ing any pre-sea­son foot­ball. The cen­tre, who re­placed Greg Inglis at the Storm, in­jured his calf in the warm-up for Mel­bourne’s fi­nal trial against Bris­bane. His only hit-out has been with the In­dige­nous All-Stars ear­lier this month when he only man­aged 20 min­utes be­fore be­ing knocked out. But Cham­pion hoped Bel­lamy would still give him an op­por­tu­nity against Manly next Satur­day.

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