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Josh Dugan ruled out of Origin 1, Josh Morris to replace him

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.

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The Roosters and Knights are awful and we’re cool with it

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.

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Cherry-Evans leaves Queensland camp, Lillyman the potential Cronk replacement

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.

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Will Cooper Cronk be fit for State of Origin Game 1? No one knows

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.

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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.

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Highlights: Dragons return to top eight with win over weakened Cowboys

The St George Illawarra Dragons have run out winners at WIN Stadium tonight against a depleted, but gutsy North Queensland Cowboys team.

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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.

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Wests Tigers have claimed a nail-biting 19-18 NRL victory over an undermanned Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium.

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Cooper Cronk injured at Maroons training session

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.

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Wests Ashfield step up to save Wests Tigers, take 75 per cent stake in club

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.

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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.

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Laurie Daley confirms NSW Blues State of Origin Game 1 team

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.

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This Origin fan has still got the Blues

“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”

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Do we care enough about NRL players and prescription drugs?

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.

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Gordon Tallis-Wayne Bennett feud gets nastier and nastier

The origin of Gorden Tallis’ feud with NRL master coach Wayne Bennett has been pinpointed.

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Preview of NRL round-12 matches (all times AEST):

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Konrad Hurrell

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Thurston-Origin

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Raiders centre Joseph Leilua (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

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Corey Norman Parramatta Eels NRL 2016

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The infamous photo (source: Instagram)

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The Roar of the crowd

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Origin’s rich history set to continue entertaining

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.

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St George Illawarra Dragons vs North Queensland Cowboys highlights: Dragons by 4

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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Is the Blues’ State of Origin Game 1 team the definition of insanity?

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.

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Tigers field goal upsets Broncos at Suncorp

By Billy Stevenson, 28 May 2016 Video
Tigers field goal upsets Broncos at Suncorp

Clashes between Wests Tigers and Brisbane are a bit of a fixture around Origin.

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Brisbane Broncos vs Wests Tigers Highlights: NRL live score, blog

Match result: The Wests Tigers have held off the Broncos in a miraculous effort with a one-point victory.

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NRL Friday Night Forecast: Broncos vs Tigers

By Lachlan Bickley, 27 May 2016
NRL Friday Night Forecast: Broncos vs Tigers

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.

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Cameron Smith’s mob are no match for these Maroons trailblazers

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.

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Solving the Origin round tipping puzzle

By Raj Padarath, 27 May 2016
Solving the Origin round tipping puzzle

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.

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If Robbie Farah’s injured why’s he been picked for Origin?

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?

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A measured, dispassionate review of the NSW team

By Ghost Crayfish, 26 May 2016
A measured, dispassionate review of the NSW team

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.

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How do the Blues vs Maroons head-to-head battles stack up?

Mercifully, the speculation is over and we now have the State of Origin sides for Game 1.

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Preston’s previews: NRL Round 12

By James Preston, 26 May 2016
Preston’s previews: NRL Round 12

Round 11 produced another quality round of football with the New Zealand Warriors proving once again that they are a tipping nightmare.

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Time’s up for touch judges

By Matthew Waite, 26 May 2016
Time’s up for touch judges

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.

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Origin’s greatest of all time: Part 2 – Queensland

By Taking it one week at a time, 25 May 2016 Video
Origin’s greatest of all time: Part 2 – Queensland

The Queensland side for Origin 1 was selected yesterday, and much like the plot of any Tom Cruise blockbuster, there were very few surprises.

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2016 NRL season: Round 12 preview

By mastermind5991, 25 May 2016
2016 NRL season: Round 12 preview

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.

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Clear your porches, Cronulla is on track to end their 50-year wait

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.

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Queensland Maroons player Sam Thaiday (left) pushes NSW Blues player Greg Bird with his fist during Game III of the 2014 State of Origin rugby league series at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

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Newcastle Knights player Daniel Saifiti

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Chad Townsend playing for City Origin

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Kieran Foran passes the ball.

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Former NSW Blues captain Steve Mortimer was made for Origin. (AAP Image/Action Photographics)

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Adam Reynolds in action. AAP Image/Action Photographics,Renee McKay

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Cowboys' Kyle Feldt dives for a try against Warriors' Shaun Johnson. Day Two of the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday 16th February 2014. Photo: www.photosport.co.nz

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St George Illawarra Dragons player Gareth Widdop

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Andrew Johns while playing for the Newcastle Knights in 2006.

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