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De Belin puts body on the line for Dragons

By AAP Newswire

St George Illawarra star Jack de Belin insists he's ready to put his body on the line for the Dragons despite still suffering from a hip injury that could hamper his State of Origin hopes.

De Belin has needed the aid of painkilling injections - including during Origin I last week - since picking up a hip pointer issue against Melbourne early last month.

But the NSW Origin forward has already told Dragons coach Paul McGregor that he won't be resting at any point and is resigned to playing through the pain through the entire series.

De Belin was one of the Dragons' best in last week's win over Canterbury, clocking 110 metres and making 35 tackles in over an hour of game time.

"If I pulled up sweet, I was always playing. Even if 'Mary' advised me not to play. I definitely would've been saying, 'No, you're playing me'," de Belin said on Wednesday.

"I love playing club footy and love donning the Red V so it was never an issue."

The 27-year-old said his hip remains an issue and while he is confident he can tolerate the pain, is unlikely to fully recover until he gets some rest.

"It's obviously still giving me a little bit of grief but to the point now where I don't really notice it as much. It's coming along really nice," de Belin said.

"It's just one of those niggly injuries that hangs around and when you're playing Origin and backing up, it's just hard to get it right. It's really good, full training and everything.

"I said to myself, 'It doesn't matter how you're feeling, you've just got to go out there and perform'."

Ahead of Saturday's NRL clash against Manly, he also said he'd be surprised if his name wasn't read out when Origin teams for game two are announced on Sunday.

With only a seven-day preparation, Blues coach Brad Fittler is likely to go with the same 17 players.

"(Fittler) said we're all going to be there, but you never know what they're thinking or doing. We got the job done and that's all you can ask for," de Belin said.

"We've obviously got a lot of improvement but we got the job done so it'd be pretty interesting if we he went and changed the side now."