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State of Origin belongs to Queensland

That’s right. You heard me: State of Origin belongs to Queensland.

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Peats’ tweet gives Blues 1-0 lead in passion

The last decade as a New South Welshman has left me feeling nothing for Origin except violent dysentery.

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Bob Katter to launch official complaint over Billy Slater’s Origin axing

Firebrand federal MP Bob Katter says Billy Slater has been shafted by Queensland State of Origin selectors and incumbent fullback Darius Boyd wouldn’t know a line break if he tripped over one.

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FINISH THIS SENTENCE: “By the end of the Origin series Mitchell Pearce will be…”

Roar LIVE will be joined by Tim Gore for our second straight State of Origin special.

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Sunday looms as Origin D-day for Johnathan Thurston

Sunday looms as D-day for recovering Queensland playmaker Johnathan Thurston.

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Can Queensland’s veterans survive the NSW retirement scheme?

This State of Origin series is already fascinating and we’re still a week out from the first game being played.

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Leaving Billy Slater out of the Maroons Origin squad was plain bloody stupid

There is little wonder so much anger and amazement came from Queensland Origin fans after selectors left out Billy Slater for Game 1 of the series next Wednesday.

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“I am stoked to see Mitch back in the Blues jumper”: Queenslanders back Pearce

Unlikely allies have emerged for maligned NSW halfback Mitchell Pearce ahead of next week’s State of Origin series opener – Queenslanders.

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I steered clear of Slater debate: Smith

Queensland captain Cameron Smith says he was consulted about the new-look Maroons team named for next week’s State of Origin opener but had no hand in Billy Slater’s surprise snub.

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With the team Laurie’s picked, the Blues can win State of Origin

At 6:40pm last night at a Legends of Origin dinner, Laurie Daley announced his New South Wales Blues squad to take on the Queensland Maroons for State of Origin, Game 1.

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The team so good it doesn’t need Billy Slater

Queensland is so good they don’t need Billy Slater. Queensland is so good Greg Inglis can do his knee and they still don’t need Billy Slater.

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Mal shows impartiality headlining propaganda show ‘Queenslanders Only’

Origin time legally requires us to fulfil two obligations: magnifying the trivial and over-glorifying Queenslanders.

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Kevin Walters reduced to tears over Billy Slater’s Origin dismissal

It was too much for Queensland Origin coach Kevin Walters trying to explain to the media why legend Billy Slater was left out of Origin One tomorrow week.

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Joey: Empty canvas for returning Pearce

NSW legend Andrew Johns has predicted a different Mitchell Pearce to carve out his rugby league legacy over the next five years, beginning with his return to State of Origin next week.

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UK Super League club Hull will release former Melbourne Storm winger Mahe Fonua from the last season of his three-year contract for family reasons.

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Pearce and Maloney to be most experienced Blues halves pairing since 2005

NSW will unleash their most experienced State of Origin halves combination since Andrew Johns’ retirement in next week’s series opener, with Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney reunited.

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Tyson Frizell of the Blues scores a try

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Boyd Cordner of the Blues scores a try

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Cameron Smith of the Maroons

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Gold Coast Titans player Nathan Peats

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Thurston-Origin

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Mitchell Moses Parramatta Eels NRL Rugby League 2017

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Dane Gagai of the Maroons celebrates with Darius Boyd

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Bryce Cartwright of the Panthers, (centre), celebrates with team mates

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Penrith Panthers half Peter Wallace

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The Roar of the crowd

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Hello Laurie Daley, it’s me, Paul Vaughan

Paul Vaughan must be wondering to himself what more he could have done to impress Blues coach Laurie Daley.

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The New Zealand Warriors are rugby league’s great imposters

The only positive for following the NRL’s so-called ‘professional’ side would be planning overseas trips in late August, knowing the New Zealand Warriors’ season would be done.

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The top ten Indigenous players in rugby league history

There have been some superb Indigenous players over the years. From Australian captains and Dally M winners to grand final winners and Churchill medalists, this top ten list of the best Australian Indigenous players to step foot on a rugby league field has it all.

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Enough with the Mitchell Pearce redemption stories

It is official, Mitchell Pearce is back in a Blues jumper after his one-year sabbatical. He has learnt a lot in his year off from state of Origin and now he is ready to finally silence his critics.

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A scrum that won’t bind, block runners and the footless play-the-ball

Articulating frustrations with officialdom in the NRL is as pointless as trying to identify facts in a Donald Trump speech.

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Time for the Warriors to put on their big-boy pants

I tried selling my Warriors jersey on-line, without luck. So I re-listed it with the ‘caution, flammable material’ label on the outside. It sold within minutes.

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Poor discipline could cost Blues another series

By Michael Keeffe, 23 May 2017
Poor discipline could cost Blues another series

State of Origin is often a close affair and despite Queensland’s dominance over ten of the past 11 years, there have only been a handful of games with blowout scorelines.

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The Warriors now face the greatest demon of all: Supporter apathy

As a Warriors supporter, there is a mood in the air that I have never experienced in 20 years. Or should I say, lack of mood – apathy is the only word to describe it.

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Pick winners to be winners: A table-based NSW State of Origin side

Origin team speculation is almost a sport in its own right.

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Ten talking points from NRL Round 11

By Scott Pryde, 21 May 2017
Ten talking points from NRL Round 11

The last full round before Origin has come and gone with another successful trip to Perth, the Sharks making a comeback yet again, the Dragons putting on an attacking masterclass and a few teams potentially putting their hands up as wooden spoon favourites. This is The Roar‘s NRL talking points from Round 11.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Melbourne Storm Highlights: NRL scores, blog

Match result: The Melbourne Storm have gritted out a 14-6 win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs in a dour wet-weather affair at Perth’s nib Stadium on Sunday night.

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Canterbury Bulldogs vs Sydney Roosters: NRL live scores, blog

Match result: The Roosters have moved into the top four after surviving a scare from an undermanned Bulldogs side.

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Newcastle Knights vs Penrith Panthers: NRL live scores, blog

Match result: Another week, another comeback win for the Penrith Panthers, as they defeated the Newcastle Knights by 10 on Sunday.

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NSW Blues fans should be wary of 2016’s last-gasp victory

With State of Origin looming large on the horizon, and NSW supporters full of hope, what better place to start the countdown to Game 1 than revisiting Game 3 of last year. A match the NSW Blues won 18-14.

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What happens if the Sharks get it right?

By David Holden, 21 May 2017
What happens if the Sharks get it right?

Midway through Round 11 of the NRL competition, one team has missed more tackles, conceded more penalties and made more errors in possession than any other side in the competition. A recipe for disaster, right? So why are the Cronulla Sharks sitting comfortably in the top four with eight wins out of 11? And what […]

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Tradesman-like players are key to winning Origin

By Michael Keeffe, 21 May 2017
Tradesman-like players are key to winning Origin

So with all the speculation surrounding State of Origin selections, which players, past and present, have the highest success rates?

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Johnathon Thurston Australia Kangaroos Rugby League Anzac Test 2017

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Jarrod Croker running

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Tyrone Roberts Gold Coast Titans NRL Rugby League 2016

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Queensland player dale Cherry-Evans passes the ball during Game I of the 2014 State of Origin rugby league series at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

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Korbin Sims Brisbane Broncos NRL Rugby League 2017

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Kieran Foran New Zealand Warriors NRL Rugby League 2017

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Anthony Griffin

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Cameron Smith

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