Dogs debutants are ‘made for Origin’
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 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
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
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
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
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.
Too much at stake for Smith to fight charge
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
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
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
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
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.
Jackson to start for Blues as Fifita edges out Lewis on bench
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 Write off the NSW coach at your peril.
Papalii overlooked for Origin by Maroons
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?
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 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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
Daniel Lane A handful of NSW Origin legends play selector ahead of game I.
Looking ahead: Future State of Origin greats
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Brad Walter The availability of NSW captain Paul Gallen means there is unlikely to be room for both Boyd Cordner and Josh Jackson