Posts Tagged "State Of Origin"
When I first started following rugby league in the 80s, there were many colourful nicknames for both current and former players.
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The Rugby League World Cup is over and the Kangaroos have been crowned the deserved winners.
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The ARL Commission has ignored calls to reduce the length of the representative season to combat player fatigue with State of Origin to again be played over eight weeks next season.
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One of the major controversies with this most recent RLWC has been the eligibility of players to play for multiple nations, being able to switch national allegiances fairly easily.
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We all know Queensland have dominated NSW for eight years running, it’s no surprise as the team is basically the Melbourne Storm and Brisbane Broncos.
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The ARL Commission is set to condense the State of Origin period into a shorter, more intense format in 2014 amid concerns from NRL clubs the lengthy nature of this year’s series created too great a flat spot for teams and fans.
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With the release of the draw for the 2014 season looming, here are some thoughts and ideas that the NRL should consider as the game only starts to grow much bigger and better after what could only be described as a dominant 2013 season by the Sydney Roosters.
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It is getting harder and harder in this modern world to link the present and the past. It might even be harder to link the 2013 rugby league player with any remnants of the men that came before them.
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Skipper Cameron Smith has rejected any suggestion that NSW-Queensland hostility could jeopardise Australia’s bid to reclaim the Rugby League World Cup.
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The NSW Rugby League on Wednesday extended the contract of Blues State of Origin coach Laurie Daley for a further year.
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Greg Bird has won the Brad Fittler Medal awarded to the NSW State of Origin player of the series.
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NSW State of Origin coach Laurie Daley will get one more crack at taking down former teammate Mal Meninga after being put in charge of the Prime Minister’s XIII.
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It’s time we stopped this obsession of trying to artificially strengthen international rugby league teams by manipulating the concept of nationality.
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Usually rugby league greats are honoured with statues when their work is done. Not Queensland State of Origin coach Mal Meninga.
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If the NRL wants to have average crowds of well over 20,000, one of things they must do is improve NRL scheduling around State of Origin.
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As I watched Mitchell Pearce in tears following a performance where he was found to be largely incapable of dealing with the challenges presented by State of Origin, I began dwell on the question: what is the root cause of this continued problem?
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I think every fan-scripted article should begin with the relevant variation of this disclaimer: I am a Roosters fan, and I am incapable of delivering commentary on anything involving the Chooks without a fair chunk of bias.
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Another Origin series, another loss for the Blues. The NSW nightmare continues.
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I can’t wait for this weekend’s rugby league. That’s because, for the first time in three months, the focus will actually be on the week-in, week-out NRL competition (you know, the one with the grand final at the end?).
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I won tickets to the third Origin. The decider. The most important State of Origin match since, well, since Game 3 last year I think.
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