Posts Tagged "State Of Origin"

The Origin arena is synonymous with big bodies charging full pelt into one another. Two big packs locking horns to wrestle momentum in their side’s favour.

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As we get closer to the naming of the Origin team lists for 2018, it becomes clear that Brad Fittler has a number of monumental selection headaches in his first year as NSW coach.

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Since Cameron Smith announced his retirement from representative rugby league, there has been much debate about where the champion hooker stands in the annals of State of Origin history.

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The State of Origin series is here and for the first time in what feels like forever, there appears to be just as much speculation about who will play for the Queensland Maroons as there is for their interstate rivals.

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These days, I prefer to list those who aren’t in contention for Blues selection, just because I’d like to see my baby son again before he’s 35.

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As I write this, Brad Fittler is no doubt agonising over potential halves combinations to take the field for New South Wales Blues on June 6 at the MCG for Origin 1.

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The representative retirement of Cameron Smith is obviously a dream result for fans of NSW and new coach Brad Fitler, but what would a dream scenario look like for Queensland?

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State of Origin is just around the corner and here at The Roar, we are all about your opinion, so why not have your say on who is going to play for the New South Wales Blues in Game 1 with our interactive team picker?

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This Saturday night, the NRL’s top two teams, the St George Illawarra Dragons and Penrith Panthers, will go head-to-head.

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Andrew Fifita hasn’t given up on his dream of winning a State of Origin series despite choosing Tonga over NSW.

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Cameron Smith’s retirement from representative football continues the slow dismantling of the dominant force that is the Queensland team, who have won 11 of the past 12 State of Origin series, dating back to 2006.

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After 12 years of mostly losing to Queensland, the news that now Cam Smith will join Cooper Cronk and Johnathan Thurston in retirement, effective immediately, has the confidence of NSW Blues fans skyrocketing.

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So the great Cameron Smith is gone, and millions of people in bright blue afro wigs breathe a huge sigh of relief.

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In a comforting sign of public stability, a study of expectations shows Nathan Cleary and Kalyn Ponga are tracking strongly to have their careers destroyed by evil forces such as us.

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The burning question following league legend Cameron Smith’s retirement from rep football is who will referee Origin 1?

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Many New South Welshmen, Kiwis and Poms are rejoicing at the thought of never having to watch their teams play against Cameron Smith again.

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Melbourne Storm, Queensland and Australian captain Cameron Smith has dropped a bombshell on Tuesday afternoon by announcing his retirement from representative football, effective immediately.

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Mystery surrounds Jack de Belin’s fitness just two weeks out from the NSW State of Origin team announcement.

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Well here we are, nine rounds in and already the football is starting to distract from the true purpose of the early season – providing context to present fans their preferred NSW Blues line-up for Game 1 of State of Origin.

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With just three rounds to go until the teams for State of Origin 1 are named, the front-runners for the NSW 17 are standing out.

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