Posts Tagged "State Of Origin"

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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Nothing makes a rugby league fan shake their head and wonder why they bother quite like a player’s brain failing at the worst possible moment.

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With the 2016 NRL season drawing to a close, it’s the perfect time to take a look back at some of the key points to take from the year that’s been.

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Coach Laurie Daley says the next NSW State of Origin captain will be told a month or two before the 2017 series so he can be fully prepared.

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Rugby league players consistently perform unbelievably athletic feats on the field. Whether that be fearlessly launching themselves at defensive lines or soaring through the air to score a try in the corner; stretching out an arm from what appears to be the first row of seats.

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Laurie Daley is undecided as to whether he wants to coach NSW beyond 2017, but accepts the choice will be made for him if he can’t lead the Blues to State of Origin success next year.

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State of Origin is dead, buried and cremated in the AFL, and for good reason. But that doesn’t mean representative football as a concept should be.

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