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Green hopeful of rep players return

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys head coach Paul Green is hopeful of having a full contingent of representative players on hand for Sunday's clash against the South Sydney Rabbitohs in Cairns.

With four Cowboys taking part over the representative weekend, including Gavin Cooper with the Maroons and Te Maire Martin with the Kiwis in Denver, Green said he will wait until later in the week to rule on availability.

"Coops got a bit of a bump on his collarbone, but I think he will be okay," Green said.

"[With Te Maire] the travel is an issue, but we will reassess once he gets back here.

"We're probably more confident he will be right.

"None of [our rep players] will train until Friday."

With a 16-day break between games, Green hopes his side will return rejuvenated.

"We have had a break, so hopefully everyone comes back refreshed, clear in the head, and ready to give the end of the season a good crack," he said.

"[Cairns] is in our backyard, so we enjoy plenty of support."

With the Cowboys last four losses coming by a combined total of 15 points, Green believes his side is not far away from turning losses into wins.

"We have been near enough, but not good enough," Green said.

"We're not far off for the last five games against some good opposition, so we should take plenty out of that.

"We just need to find that little bit extra to win each week and the end will look after itself.

"We need to get better, and that's the bottom line."

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