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NSW centre Josh Dugan has been ruled out of State of Origin Game 1 due to an elbow injury he suffered in his last game for St George Illawarra.
Just because State of Origin is here to shaft club footy to the doghouse, it doesn’t mean we have to refrain from exercising our divine birthright to death ride the beleaguered coaches of the NRL.
Daly Cherry-Evans has left the Queensland Maroons training camp with assistant coach Trevor Gillmeister saying Queensland will opt to include Warriors backrower Jacob Lillyman instead should Cooper Cronk be unavailable.
The clock is ticking on Cooper Cronk and we are no nearer to finding out whether or not he will be available for the first match of the 2016 State of Origin series this coming Wednesday night.
St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor has lauded his NRL team’s defensive grit after they fought off a depleted North Queensland’s comeback to win 14-10 in Wollongong.
The St George Illawarra Dragons have run out winners at WIN Stadium tonight against a depleted, but gutsy North Queensland Cowboys team.
Super League chiefs have been warned they could face a tough time hanging on to their best players as Australian clubs begin circling for talent.
Wests Tigers have claimed a nail-biting 19-18 NRL victory over an undermanned Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium.
Queensland halfback Cooper Cronk has suffered an injury scare at Maroons camp today, leaving the training paddock in a medical cart after going down with an ankle injury.
After years of financial uncertainty due to ongoing issues at Balmain, the future of the Wests Tigers joint venture has been assured, with the Wests Ashfield and Balmain clubs reaching an $8.5 million deal.
The man who exposed Corey Oates’ game under the biggest pressure possible – Michael Morgan – has backed his new Queensland teammate not to be a State of Origin defensive liability.
The NSW Blues team for Game 1 of the 2016 State of Origin series has been officially confirmed by coach Laurie Daley, with the notable feature being a bench of giants featuring James Tamou, David Klemmer and Andrew Fifita.
“Born down in a dead man’s town/The first kick I took was when I hit the ground/End up like a dog that’s been beat too much/Till you spend half your life just coverin’ up”
State of Origin notwithstanding, surely if ever there was to be a public demonstration of concern for our NRL stars and prescription drugs, it’s now.
The origin of Gorden Tallis’ feud with NRL master coach Wayne Bennett has been pinpointed.
Preview of NRL round-12 matches (all times AEST):
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Over the last ten years, Queensland have been dominant in State of Origin while New South Wales have only managed one win. This Wednesday will see a New South Wales team with five new debutants.
Match result: The Dragons have made their return to the NRL’s top eight on Saturday night, claiming a 4-point wind over a North Queensland Cowboys missing some Origin stars.
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A long held belief has been that doing something over and over in the same way and expecting a different outcome is the definition of insanity. This might just be apt for one of Australia’s greatest sporting contests.
Clashes between Wests Tigers and Brisbane are a bit of a fixture around Origin.
Match result: The Wests Tigers have held off the Broncos in a miraculous effort with a one-point victory.
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Origin season is well and truly upon us now but the club football does continue if in slightly anaemic fashion as teams field understrength and in experienced line-ups.
Earlier this week I recalled the deeds of several New South Wales State of Origin stars from yesteryear. So as Kevin Walters cracks another gas canister to keep the Cockroaches on their backs, he’s a list of charismatic trailblazing Maroons whose feats will never be matched.
If you’re anything like myself and the 20-odd guys in the office tipping comp, Origin time turns your rational footy brain into a confused foggy mess that struggles to analyse the sheer number of player ins, outs and new combinations that spring up everywhere.
Robbie Farah is still coming out of a concussion rehabilitation period and only just starting to participate in running sessions. By comparison, Michael Ennis is in the form of his life and has no injury worries at all. So what is the logic behind picking Farah for Origin Game 1?
Origin is a time when mild-mannered rugby league fans turn into parochial, wild-eyed fiends, but I make it a point of pride to maintain a balanced, impartial outlook on things.
Mercifully, the speculation is over and we now have the State of Origin sides for Game 1.
Round 11 produced another quality round of football with the New Zealand Warriors proving once again that they are a tipping nightmare.
In recent years, my contempt for NRL touch judges has grown with each game. There is no more inept or irrelevant role anywhere in modern rugby league.
The Queensland side for Origin 1 was selected yesterday, and much like the plot of any Tom Cruise blockbuster, there were very few surprises.
With State of Origin just around the corner, just four matches will be played this weekend, and while the teams playing this weekend will be devoid of their Origin representatives, there will still be some interesting matches to watch.
A remarkable resilience and turn-around in the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Football Club’s fortunes has them on-track to end their half-century wait for a maiden rugby league premiership.