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Qld still have great centre defenders in Chambers and Inglis – won’t be easy to get through them.

Be interesting to see if Damien Cook can make the same kind of impact that he does every week.

Surely McInnes deserved a bench spot at least.

The top five players unlucky to miss Origin

So you’re saying Jackson shouldn’t be buying a lotto ticket any time soon?

The top five players unlucky to miss Origin

Yep, grasshopper wins.

What would be Queensland's dream Blues team?

Thanks John H.

I didn’t even consider the coaching staff.

That’s almost an entirely new article.

Freddy, Ricky Stuart, Brian Smith etc

What would be Queensland's dream Blues team?

Good call.

Fergo would fit nicely into the team culture.

What would be Queensland's dream Blues team?

Thanks Sam

What makes an NRL club legend?

If that’s the case, Lazarus must be the only Triple Club Legend.

Maloney would come close, but not close enough.

What makes an NRL club legend?

What about Michael McGuire? He helped Souths win their 1st Premiership in 43 years, but was then sacked a few years later.

Ricky Stuart won Grand Final at Roosters in his first year, then sacked 4 years after.

Are they Club Legends?

What makes an NRL club legend?

Great contribution to the discussion. Great names in there.

Coaches also open up an interesting area – can they be club legends?

What makes an NRL club legend?

Thanks for commenting THE BARRY.

He was a legend.

What are your criteria?

Grand Finals? Fighting spirit? Longevity? All of these?

Is every Grand Final winner automatically a club legend?

What makes an NRL club legend?

Very funny John H.

Feel free to point the finger.

Hopoate could be seen as a club legend for winning Grand Finals, but his classless action demotes him in my books.

When looking at ‘rocks and diamond’ players like SKD, I think you need to analyse their balance sheet.

If you take everything into consideration SKD was too sloppy and inconsistent to be a club legend for the Roosters, in my eyes. I also recall him actually losing them a semi-final against the Broncos by offering an intercept in the first play of the game, from the kick-off. That’s an example of the kind of player he is.

But yes, definitely legendary and memorable players. Just not club legends.

What makes an NRL club legend?

Always good to have a comedian on board.

Who are the NRL's toughest of the tough in 2018?'

Fair call Paul.

The article was meant to focus on the tough ‘crazy’ guys – the loose canons of the league.

So the headline should not have referenced ‘toughest’ but rather ‘craziest’.

I agree that the smaller players are incredibly tough, especially the hookers who often take on players who are 20-30kg heavier.

Who are the NRL's toughest of the tough in 2018?'

Fair call Peeko.

The article was meant to focus on the tough ‘crazy’ guys – the loose canons of the league.

So the headline should not have referenced ‘toughest’ but rather ‘craziest’.

I agree that the smaller players are incredibly tough, especially the hookers who often take on players who are 20-30kg heavier.

Who are the NRL's toughest of the tough in 2018?'

I just read that they’ve won 6 out of the last 8 games which is impressive.

The five happiest people after Rabbitohs-Dragons game

Fair call Nat.

It’s probably not as strong as previous Qld sides, but there are enough young players in there to validate your point, and that of Paul’s.

The young guns ready for Origin

When analysing the up-and-coming players, it does feel like Qld have thinner prospects.

There could be a NSW Blues period of dominance around the corner.

But NSW fans have all said that before!!

The young guns ready for Origin

Good call, he should be there – but does he rank ahead of Ferguson and Tom Trbojevic?

The young guns ready for Origin

Hi Paul, thanks for commenting.

NSW needs to do something radical to start winning.

I recognise that it’s a long shot they’ll pick all 8 newcomers, but I believe those on the list I presented deserve to be in the mix.

As for Ponga, he is so young but just keeps delivering. He’s running the side in Pearce’s absence and is a one man spark machine for the Knights. Greg Inglis made his Origin debut at 19 years-old, Ponga is 20 (admittedly he had more games in first grade).

The young guns ready for Origin

Good call Peeko.

He wasn’t really on my radar last year, so his consistency and impact in 2018 has been a surprise to me.

The young guns ready for Origin

I think Peachey is close to a call-up, but I wouldn’t call him a new talent or a bolter – he was dynamic last year.

I was trying to focus on players who were hardly on the radar at the beginning of the year.

The young guns ready for Origin

Thanks for commenting Ivan – although I think this Dragons’ side is different to other years.

They’re still dangerous, it just didn’t click on the weekend.

I’m confident it’s not the start of a significant decline like previous years.

Hunt played injured as did De Belin, who is trying to hide an injury from Freddy.

The five happiest people after Rabbitohs-Dragons game

You may be right Paul.

Every week, any team can win – it’s all about attitude and sometimes revenge.

Maybe this was a one-off, but it does look like the rabbits have a team with few weaknesses, now that Sam Burgess is back.

I suppose I’m just surprised that they’re well into the 8 – I thought they would bomb this year.

Cook is a game-breaker and their backs are dangerous.

The five happiest people after Rabbitohs-Dragons game

What a terrible buy Farah has turned out to be.

Surely he could get a start with a team like Newcastle or the Raiders.

He’s got no chance of playing while Damien Cook is there.

Ironically the ex-State Of Origin hooker may get his opportunity when Cook is called up into the NSW’s Origin team this year.

Nine talking points from NRL Round 10

And Australia.

Naming my Indigenous all-stars team of the century