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Fifita knocks back offer to miss Origin I

Michael Chammas 9:22 PM  NSW prop Andrew Fifita has knocked back Laurie Daley’s offer to stand down from next Wednesday’s State of Origin series opener as he awaits the birth of his second child on the same day.

Dogs debutants are ‘made for Origin’

Next generation: Bulldogs teammates Josh Jackson and David Klemmer will debut for the Blues this year. Adrian Proszenko and Michael Carayannis 9:00 PM   They might not be the original Bash Brothers, but NSW won’t be left wanting for aggression after Bulldogs David Klemmer and Josh Jackson were called up for their State or Origin debuts.

Daley has right mix for present and future

Phil Gould Phil Gould 10:00 PM   Well, after months of anticipation, the NSW squad has finally been announced. It looks good to me.

Hodkinson to call the shots for NSW Blues

Seven and six: Trent Hodkinson and Mitchell Pearce at Tuesday's announcement. Brad Walter 7:01 PM   Mitchell Pearce to play the role of a ball runner in Blues side with six changes from the final game of last year’s Origin series triumph

Cherry-Evans ruled out of Maroons side

No Origin:  Daly Cherry-Evans receives attention for his shoulder injury during the match against Penrith on Monday. Phil Lutton 6:24 PM   Mal Meninga will consider unleashing Dylan Napa from the Queensland bench to counter the beefed-up Blues as part of a last-minute reshuffle.

Pearce ‘a better player’ on Blues return

Redemption: Mitchell Pearce is back in the NSW team. Brad Walter 6:03 PM   Recalled NSW playmaker Mitchell Pearce says he no longer feels burdened by the pressure to lead the team to a series win.

Origin to be well and truly doctored

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 11: Ryan Hoffman of the Warriors thanks the crowd after winning the round six NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Wests Tigers at Mt Smart Stadium on April 11, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images) Adrian Proszenko 10:00 PM   The NRL will engage two independent doctors to monitor concussion in next week’s State of Origin opener in Sydney.

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Too much at stake for Smith to fight charge

Something's amusing: Storm and Queensland captain Cameron Smith with Isaac Luke behind him. Beth Newman 5:08 PM   Any other week Queensland captain Cameron Smith would have already been headed to Sydney for a tribunal hearing.

Meninga extends reign as Maroons coach

Contract extension: Mal Meninga. 1:27 PM   Mal Meninga will coach Queensland for at least three more years after penning a contract extension with the Maroons.

State of Origin: Who makes the grade in our team report cards

Star centres: Greg Inglis and Justin Hodges may prove the difference for the Maroons. Phil Lutton 1:15 PM   Find out who makes the grade in our State of Origin team report cards

McGuire the only newcomer as Meninga deploys trusted soldiers for Origin opener

New blood: Broncos prop Josh McGuire. Phil Lutton 12:49 PM   Josh McGuire the only new face as Mal Meninga deploys trusted warriors for Origin opener

NSW Blues pick two debutants and recalled Mitchell Pearce for Origin defence

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Photograph by Dallas Kilponen Michael Carayannis 12:21 PM   NSW coach Laurie Daley has picked two debutants and handed Mitchell Pearce an Origin reprieve as the Blues look to retain the Origin shield.

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Jackson to start for Blues as Fifita edges out Lewis on bench

Starting in his Origin debut: Canterbury forward Josh Jackson. Brad Walter   NSW coach Laurie Daley signals a changing of the guard with new-look Blues squad.

Daley ruling Gallen out of Origin shows he’s no soft touch

Andrew Webster headshot dinkus Andrew Webster   Write off the NSW coach at your peril.


Cameron Smith cleared to play as Gillett holds Maroons Origin spot

Phil Lutton 4:19 PM   Queensland captain Cameron Smith will play the Origin opener as Matt Gillett holds off challengers for his spot in the Maroons squad.

Papalii overlooked for Origin by Maroons

Josh Papalii has been in top form for the Raiders over recent weeks. Phil Lutton 3:11 PM   Canberra Raider Josh Papalii’s recent form surge has not been enough to win back his Queensland jumper with the forward set to be overlooked for Origin I in Sydney on May 27.

Who will win Origin series opener?

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13:  NSW blues coach Laurie Daley and Queensland maroons coach Mal Meninga inspect the ground as they pose for photos during a State of Origin media opportunity at Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 13, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images) Caption:MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13: NSW blues coach Laurie Daley and Queensland maroons coach Mal Meninga inspect the ground as they pose for photos during a State of Origin media opportunity at Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 13, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images) 10:02 AM   Who will win State of Origin series opener? NSW Blues or Queensland Maroons?

Origin announcements no longer a surprise, except to corporate lackies

Steve Mascord dinkus Dinkus Steve Mascord 7:46 AM   The naming of State of Origin teams has now been completely corporatised, with the element of surprise replaced by a concept called “leveraging”.

How grand final ban will help Smith play Origin

Cameron Smith  laughs as Issac Luke looks on shortly after Smith kicked Luke in a tackle. Michael Carayannis 2:26 AM   Cameron Smith was shattered when he missed the 2008 grand final. However, it may come back to benefit him this time around.

Johnston says he is a winner regardless of potential Blues call up

Staying with the Bunnies: Alex Johnston. Michael Carayannis 11:48 PM   Alex Johnston hopeful of Blues call up but even if he doesn’t get a start, he’ll be happy.

From booze culture to Blues culture: No bonding sessions in NSW camp

Brad Walter dinkus Dinkus Brad Walter 11:44 PM   Last year Laurie Daley changed the culture within the NSW team and newcomers this season will be expected to conform.

Slater ‘fresher, freer’ and eager for State of Origin to begin

Greg Inglis of the Rabbitohs and Billy Slater of the Storm have a chat after the game on Saturday. Roy Ward 6:42 PM   Billy Slater is in top form and can’t wait for State of Origin to begin.

Johns slams Hodkinson’s NSW Origin audition

Feeling Blue: Trent Hodkinson had a bad night at the office against the Roosters. Andrew Johns has given a damning assessment of Bulldogs playmaker Trent Hodkinson’s NSW audition as Blues coach Laurie Daley prepares to name his halves for the State of Origin opener.

Daley set to ignore injury concerns over Hopoate

Will Hopoate of the Eels looks on during the round 10 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the New Zealand Warriors at Pirtek Stadium. Brad Walter   The Blues have been advised by Parramatta officials that Hopoate may struggle with the demands of Origin

Cameron Smith defends incident which saw him kick Isaac Luke in the head

The incident: Cameron Smith shortly after his boot made contact with the head of South Sydney hooker Issac Luke (bottom right) Roy Ward   Melbourne and Queensland captain Cameron Smith says he didn’t know he had accidentally kicked South Sydney’s Issac Luke in the second half of their match on Saturday night.

Five brave Blues make five brave picks

Good times: The Blues after the breakthrough win in 1985. Daniel Lane   A handful of NSW Origin legends play selector ahead of game I.

Looking ahead: Future State of Origin greats

Phil Gould Phil Gould   A major changing of the guard is fast approaching for both NSW and Queensland. It’s time to make a break from the past.

It’s time to let Klemmer off the leash in Origin

Man for the job: Prop David Klemmer. Daniel Lane   Former NSW State of Origin prop Mark Carroll urged the Blues selectors to unleash the beast in this year’s interstate opener and pick Canterbury’s young blood David Klemmer because of his Mark Geyer-like characteristics.

Daley gets insight during All Stars

Mate against mate: NSW coach Laurie Daley and Queensland coach Mal Meninga promote this year's Origin series at the MCG. Adrian Proszenko   The inside knowledge Laurie Daley gained from spending time with the Maroons’ biggest names during the Indigenous All Stars camp could prove the difference in this year’s State of Origin series.

Woods is State of Origin’s chilled out hardman

On the charge: Aaron Woods surges into the Queensland defence in Sydney last year. Daniel Lane    Aaron Woods has needed only five State of Origin appearances for NSW to prove he’s a hard man in the sports toughest arena but should it really come as a surprise to learn the prop who appears as if he belongs to the Flower Power movement prefers the word ‘chill’ to ‘kill’ in the buildup to league’s annual civil war?

Gallen injury could see five new faces in Blues team

Blues brothers: Trent Merrin and Josh Dugan after game two in 2014. Brad Walter   NSW coach Laurie Daley set to ring the changes, with Anthony Watmough and Luke Lewis believed to facing the sack for Origin I.

NSW captain Gallen ruled out of Origin I

Leadership blow: Paul Gallen is out of Origin I. Michael Carayannis   NSW captain Paul Gallen ruled out of Origin after failing to recover from a hip injury.

How Gallen and Fittler buried the hatchet

Paul Gallen smiles after leading the Blues to victory in Origin I last year. Adrian Proszenko   Paul Gallen says there is no bad blood with Brad Fittler over his stance that the NSW captain shouldn’t be given the State of Origin medal struck in his honour.

Cordner v Jackson in battle for Blues spot

Hitting top form: Boyd Cordner. Brad Walter   The availability of NSW captain Paul Gallen means there is unlikely to be room for both Boyd Cordner and Josh Jackson