Posts Tagged "State Of Origin"

A State of Origin audition looms for Anthony Milford in Thursday night’s NRL clash in Melbourne after Storm skipper Cameron Smith urged the Brisbane half to show more consistency to be considered for Queensland.

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Even when the NRL finally does the right thing they totally stuff up the implementation.

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Laurie Daley rates this year’s NSW rugby league selection room dilemma as the greatest he’s encountered and has established a hot field of 23 candidates to wear the sky blue.

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

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Being named as the 18th man in a State of Origin team must be a great thrill, even though it probably feels like being the 12th man in a cricket team.

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Parramatta Eels Last year, people got a sense of how great a coach Brad Arthur is, being able to get a team that has nothing to play for to rise for games and beat top teams.

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With both Queensland and New South Wales having released their emerging Origin squads last week, we have a glimpse into what both sides might look like in 2020.

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A State of Origin ban on Valentine Holmes has finally been lifted by Queensland coach Kevin Walters.

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The next NSW State of Origin captain won’t necessarily be captain of his own NRL club.

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NSW coach Laurie Daley is considering a backline full of No.1s for next year’s State of Origin series and won’t shy away from picking stars out of position.

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Former NSW captain Paul Gallen would love to see his next boxing opponent Junior Paulo in a Blues State of Origin jersey next year.

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He may have only one NRL season under the belt, but Nathan Cleary is on Laurie Daley’s radar as a NSW representative.

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Looking back on the first official State of Origin match, at Lang Park on July 8, 1980, it’s amazing how momentous and resonant it still feels.

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In the end, City-Country died because too few gave a stuff. Players, fans, coaches, clubs, broadcasters. Plenty of lip service, not enough giving an actual stuff.

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New South Wales have turned to former Blues legend Peter Sterling to reverse their flailing State of Origin fortunes.

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Punching in rugby league was consigned to the history books after an unanswered flurry from Paul Gallen on Nate Myles’ chin in an Origin match in 2013. The NRL then decided punching wasn’t a good look for the game.

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The battle for the NSW State of Origin captaincy is far from a one-horse race, with Blues coach Laurie Daley declaring Boyd Cordner a serious option to replace the retired Paul Gallen.

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Okay, we all know how great the All Blacks are so let’s just give up and marvel at their skills.

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Players will be excluded from State of Origin selection by the NRL because of off-field transgressions, as game’s governing body takes a hard-line stance on player misbehaviour.

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The jewel in rugby league’s crown is under threat of mediocrity.

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