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Hero dog Chuck to deliver Origin ball by helicopter

Published: 12:41PM Wednesday June 13, 2012 Source: AAP

With his tail wagging and a glint in his eye, the dog that helped catch NSW's most wanted fugitive will be soaring over Sydney with a very special cargo.

Chuck the hero police pooch will be choppered into ANZ Stadium tonight to deliver the match ball for the State of Origin rugby league clash.

Chuck brought NSW's most-wanted man Malcolm Naden to heel in March, biting the accused murderer on the arm as he emerged from his Hunter Valley hideaway in the dead of night.

The pure-bred German Shepherd's actions handed police vital seconds to slap the handcuffs on Naden and close the book on their seven-year manhunt.

A sell-out 84,000 crowd will get the chance to cheer Chuck as he flies into the stadium and gives the match ball to referee Tony Archer.

He'll make a VIP entrance in the Polair police chopper, accompanied by handler Special Constable Luke Warburton and the dog squad's Sergeant Tony Irons.

"They have been training for the task ahead of the match to ensure the game ball is delivered in top condition," NSW Police said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Origin fans have been urged not to hit the grog too hard, with senior police expected to take a dim view of anti-social behaviour.

"We'll do everything in our power to ensure fans have a great night out at the footy and those who choose to misbehave and spoil the experience for those around them will be dealt with appropriately," Assistant Commissioner Frank Mennilli said.

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