Posts Tagged "Queensland Maroons"

Ignoring Billy Slater became more critical for Queensland when Johnathan Thurston was ruled out of next Wednesday’s Origin opener at Suncorp.

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Star Queensland playmaker Johnathan Thurston has been ruled out of next week’s State of Origin opener.

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

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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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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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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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The Maroons side for State of Origin 1 has been announced, with Anthony Milford and Dylan Napa to represent Queensland for the first time, and Johnathan Thurston named as the 18th man.

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Queensland coach Kevin Walters says Johnathan Thurston is “very unlikely” to prove his fitness for next week’s State of Origin series opener in Brisbane.

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The Queensland Maroons team for Game 1 of this year’s State of Origin series has been named, although we’re still a long way from finding out who will run out onto Suncorp Stadium next Wednesday due to a number of injury concerns in the squad.

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For the first time in what must seem like forever, the announcement of the Queensland Maroons State of Origin team for Game 1 isn’t clear-cut. Kevin Walter’s squad will be announced on Monday, May 22 at 1pm (AEST) at the Queensland Rugby League office.

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

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Earlier this week, we asked you to pick your Queensland Maroons side for Origin 1, and now, with the results decided, it’s time to reveal the team chosen by The Roar’s readers before Kevin Walters reveals his side on Monday.

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Queensland State of Origin great Justin Hodges says there’s no room in the Maroons line-up yet for polarising playmaker Daly Cherry-Evans.

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This weekend’s round of matches represent the last chance for hopefuls from both states to impress before Kevin Walters and Laurie Daley name their sides ahead of the State of Origin series opener at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on May 31.

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Origin is almost back, and here at The Roar we just can’t wait. But before the games get underway, we need to decide who’s going to suit up for each team come Game 1.

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The Blues will win Game 1 of the 2017 State of Origin series. That’s a fact. And here are 17 reasons why.

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It’s been a tough decade for the NSW Blues. State of Origin is always something to get excited about mid-season, but Blues fans have been confined to more a sense of optimism than real confidence that they can win the series.

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A midweek chat between Paul Green and Michael Morgan could help catapult the North Queensland star into contention for injured teammate Johnathan Thurston’s State of Origin jersey.

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Wally Lewis, Mal Meninga and Chris Close will be hitting the stage in Brisbane this winter.

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