Posts Tagged "State Of Origin"

Following up my analysis of the halfback and five-eighth combo, I’ve moved onto another hotly-contested position for State of Origin, fullback.

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In the lead up to this year’s State of Origin series there will be plenty of passionate discussion about who should be picked for the 2016 NSW and Queensland Origin teams.

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The last ten years of Origin have been somewhat one sided. Queensland have absolutely dominated, winning a total of nine of the ten series played.

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Laurie Daley’s early, upsetting State of Origin experiences will have the NSW coach again leaning on the side of conservatism at the selection table ahead of this year’s interstate series.

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Joke or not, Justin Hodges says he took an approach by Queensland coach Kevin Walters about playing in this year’s State of Origin campaign seriously.

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For the past few Origins, Johnathan Thurston (an Immortal in waiting who will soon usurp Andrew Johns as the greatest halfback of all time) and Cooper Cronk (part of the Storm spine that has delivered premiership success) have wreaked havoc on NSW teams.

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With Round 7 coming to a close, the all anticipated State of Origin series, is quickly coming into picture.

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During the week someone challenged me to write my own Roar article, so I thought I’d tackle the subject of NSW Origin selection.

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Every Origin season, debates rage around who should get a representative spot.

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So hell-bent was Greg Bird on causing destruction on Sunday that NSW captain Paul Gallen felt compelled to warn him about harming his State of Origin chances.

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If New South Wales coach Laurie Daley had his way Tommy Raudonikis would still be captain of the Blues, Immortal Andrew Johns would have never played for his beloved state and rising superstar James Tedesco would be edged for the fullback role by ‘The Wombat’ Graham Eadie.

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Laurie Daley has the luxury of so many New South Wales players hitting their stride this season.

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With the 2016 Origin series fast approaching, I think it’s time Laurie and Co. depart with the core playing group that has over seen a run of nine series loses in the last 10.

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With it nearing the 50-day mark until the rivalry between NSW and Queensland ignites once again, team line ups are becoming a household discussion in both states.

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It hasn’t taken long for the calls to resume for Josh McGuire to get a State of Origin nod following the Brisbane prop’s return from a serious injury.

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I was pleased when Kevin Walters was appointed Queensland coach, albeit belatedly after the problems with Paul Green’s attempted appointment.

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Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds admits he imploded under the pressure of trying to retain his NSW State of Origin jumper last season.

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A big round of NRL football generated a number of talking points over the Easter weekend. So much, in fact, that my patented ‘five talking points’ simply wasn’t going to get the job done.

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State of Origin is fast approaching as Queensland look to make it ten from 11. With the competition starting to hit its stride, let’s have a look at the bolters who could force their way into an Origin jersey this year.

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New Queensland coach Kevin Walters believes the eight-interchange era could result in a barrage of points in this year’s State of Origin series.

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