Posts Tagged "State Of Origin"
With less then 20 days until Origin, the race for the NSW halves is heating up. But who deserves the ultimate honour of representing their state?
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With the ink still fresh on a brand-spanking new three-year deal with the New Zealand Warriors, silky second-rower Feleti Mateo will play his 150th National Rugby League game on Saturday night at Centrebet Stadium.
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It’s shaping up to be a grueling couple of months for couch-based athletes, with an extravaganza of tours and series across two continents set to test the endurance of our best insomniac remote control kings.
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It’s one thing dealing with the pressure and nerves of a possible State of Origin call up but to be hailed NSW’s answer to Queensland juggernaut Greg Inglis is something else.
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Today, the Queensland Rugby League has gone into damage control, with the shock leaking of the recent selectors panel minutes. Confidential sources have made these minutes available exclusively to the Roar.
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Ever since I began contributing to this website, I have been staggered at the number of detractors aiming their poison arrows at the Sydney Roosters and NSW halfback, Mitchell Pearce.
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Many critics say the NSW State of Origin selectors should show stability with their choices and only pick debutant players after they have been knocking on the door for two or more seasons. I do not share that view.
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Brisbane captain Sam Thaiday believes Queensland have enough front-row options to cover for teammate Ben Hannant, who has been ruled out of next month’s Sydney State of Origin clash with a torn calf.
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There was once a time when Queensland could call on an endless line of representative front rowers to bash the helpless New South Wales Blues into submission.
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Listen to all of those whining rugby league people from NSW. Like myself.
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Queensland prop Ben Hannant is in doubt for the State of Origin opener after leaving Parramatta Stadium on crutches on Saturday night.
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After NSW Blues’ first choice fullback Brett Stewart picked up an injury on Monday night, Origin coach Laurie Daley will need to choose a replacement for the number one jersey. Here are a number of possibilities:
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I’m worried about the prospect of Jarryd Hayne being chosen to play fullback for NSW in the State of Origin series.
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With the year’s first State of Origin teams announced in just over two weeks, I thought I’d have a crack at playing selector.
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He is widely regarded as one of the best players in the National Rugby League, but Wests Tigers captain Robbie Farah will look back on the past five seasons as the lost Origin years.
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Laurie Daley was given some good advice by an ex-international after he was appointed coach of the NSW Blues for 2013.
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With their 54th halves combination now looking set in quicksand, a lot of the Origin debate has now switched to who will line-up on the NSW wings.
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Just a week after claiming he essentially knew what the make-up of his NSW side would be, coach Laurie Daley has been forced into a rethink.
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Brett Stewart’s back injury has opened the door for a return to NSW fullback for Parramatta’s Jarryd Hayne, but Laurie Daley isn’t short of options.
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Winger Jorge Taufua’s match-winning try for the Sea Eagles against St George-Illawarra on Monday night came as little surprise to fervent Manly watchers.
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