Posts Tagged "State Of Origin"

Having discussed player transfers, the salary cap, a five-minute sin bin and introducing a 20/40 kick in Part 1, today we’ll analyse a few more areas where the NRL can improve their performance as administrators of the greatest game of all.

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Josh Dugan is NSW captain Paul Gallen’s first choice to fill the massive boots left by Jarryd Hayne at fullback.

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Until last year, rugby league and the hype of State of Origin existed on the periphery of my sporting radar.

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NSW coach Laurie Daley has reminded his players he won’t hesitate to overlook those involved in poor off-field behaviour – regardless of reputations.

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With two matches done and dusted, the Super League is now pinning its hopes on 2014 champions St Helens to overcome NRL premiers South Sydney.

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The omens are good for Queensland to regain their grip on the State of Origin trophy this year judging by NSW star Josh Morris’ handling of the prized title.

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Paul Gallen has revealed he has pencilled in 2016 as his NRL swansong.

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Perhaps it is apt that Brent Tate can see a silver lining to the end of Queensland’s State of Origin reign as they look to infiltrate the land of the Long White Cloud.

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Much has been made of the pay packets received by State of Origin representatives.

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Well, that was unexpected. One of the game’s best, most watched, commercially-driven talents has up and left, following his heart after heightened Madden play-time.

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2014 has been a year of record-breaking games. Some of the longest and most painful droughts in Australian sporting history were broken.

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In the wake of his brilliant 2014, and starring performance in South Sydney’s grand final win, Luke Keary looks set to become the subject of an interstate tug of war for his services.

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When the gruelling State of Origin period took hold of Canterbury midway through the year, coach Des Hasler held onto hope that his team would eventually reap the benefits of NSW’s breakthrough victory.

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Jarryd Hayne and Ryan Hoffman have been named joint winners of the Brad Fittler Medal.

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With the finals a week away, I thought it would be appropriate to have one last State of Origin debate – ’cause why the hell not?

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What to expect of a Newcastle side bereft of their State of Origin stars, out of NRL finals contention and their coach with one foot out the door?

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The scheduling of club footy and State of Origin may have its flaws, but is it really that bad?

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Queen Victoria sat on the throne for 63 years, making her the longest serving British Monarch ever. Given her longevity of office, it is safe to assume she was quite astute. 

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When New South Wales finally ended eight years of misery by officially wresting the State of Origin shield from Queensland last week, one of Australian rugby league’s greatest recurring storylines came to a close.

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The 2014 State of Origin series provided some of the toughest rugby league we have witnessed in recent years. With the series wrapped up, The Roar has taken a look back at some of the most memorable moments, and asks which ones will never be forgotten?

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