7th Tackle: Why DCE isn't in Meninga's PM's XIII

An unshakeable desire to be at the birth of his third child has seen Daly Cherry-Evans knock back the chance to wear green and gold again.

7th Tackle: Why DCE knocked back green and gold offer

7th Tackle: Why DCE knocked back green and gold offer

Mal Meninga had originally selected DCE at halfback for Sunday week’s Prime Minister's XIII clash against the Kumuls in Port Moresby.

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It would have been Cherry-Evans’ first appearance in the National colours since 2014 and a huge boost to his representative aspirations after being overlooked by Queensland for the past two series.

Cherry-Evans. Pic: Getty

But with his partner due to give birth in the next two weeks, Cherry-Evans wanted to stay close to home as opposed to being abroad for five days.

He was also struggling with a hip pointer injury, prompting Mal Meninga to draft Jack Bird into the halves alongside James Maloney.

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