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Kemp in line for Broncos recall with Hodges out injured

DENAN Kemp, who last played for the Broncos three years ago, is on standby for injured centre Justin Hodges in the vital round 11 NRL premiership clash with the Bulldogs in Sydney on Friday night.

With Scott Prince (hamstring) overlooked, Hodges (ribs) has been recalled but remains in some doubt.

Injury forced both former internationals to miss last week's big win over the Titans and although he has trained strongly and showed no signs of his hamstring strain, coach Anthony Griffin has decided to rest Prince for another week.

Hodges, who desperately wants to play to assure Queensland State of Origin selectors he is fit, will almost certainly require a needle to get through the match. The fear is that course of action may aggravate the injury.

Kemp, who is back at the Broncos for the third time after stints with the Dragons and Warriors, has been named on a six-man bench as cover for Hodges.

Josh Hoffman is likely to move in to the centres and Kemp on the wing if Hodges is ruled out. In 2008 Kemp scored 19 tries for the Broncos.

With the Broncos expected to have as many as five players on State of Origin duty for Queensland, this will be the last match before round 20 that the team will not be affected in some way by that commitment.

Ben Hunt has been retained at five-eighth and last week's impressive debutant Jake Glanville retains his place on the bench.

The Bulldogs, who have slipped to 13th on the ladder, have surprisingly named injured backrower Tony Williams (ankle), despite the club physio saying on their website he would miss at least a week.

Tim Lafai will replace the suspended Krisnan Inu and Martin Taupau and Tim Browne have been added to the bench.

For the other Friday night match Tigers coach Michael Potter has recalled Benji Marshall, Braith Anasta is back from injury and rookie winger David Nofoaluma will make his debut against the Cowboys, who have added Ricky Thorby and Jason Taumalolo to their bench.


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