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What to Expect: Queensland

In recent years, predicting Queensland’s game-plan has been the simplest of tasks. Year after year, victory after victory, the same faces – why change a winning formula? The Maroons would go into each series with the  same strategy that propelled them to victory the previous year, and leave it up to the Blues to stop

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What to Expect: New South Wales

They may be the defending champs, and they may be on their home turf, but after copping a hiding in Game Three last year and then losing Paul Gallen and Jarryd Hayne, their two best players, as well as senior figures Greg Bird and Brett Morris, the Blues go into tonight’s game as rank outsiders.

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Game One Team Guide: Queensland

The Maroons have gone with largely the same squad that relinquished the shield last year, with just the two new faces appearing on the interchange bench. While questions may abound regarding the age and competitive desire of Mal Meninga’s squad, there can be no doubt about its credentials; this will be one of the most

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Origin Legacies: Parramatta Eels

After 35 years of some of the most incredible theatre in world sports, it’s surreal to look back and remember that when the concept was first announced back in 1980 few gave it any chance of succeeding. Among the many misgivings held by critics at the time that players would be reluctant to line up

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The ANZAC Test: Origin Implications

New Zealand’s stunning triumph in Sunday’s trans-Tasman test has applied the blowtorch to a number of underperforming Aussies, who now find themselves fighting not only for their test futures but potentially their Origin spots as well. Fielding a side featuring an abundance of experience and success, the Aussies were played off the park by a

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‘REYNOLDS WILL DO GREAT’

CITY captain Wade Graham says his five-eighth, Josh Reynolds, isn’t getting weighed down by the pressure of performing well against Country to try to retain his NSW spot for State of Origin I. Reynolds and City’s James Maloney will go head-to-head for the Blues number six jumper at Wagga Wagga on Sunday. “I’ve been rooming with… View Article

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Queensland Origin contenders 2015: The Forwards

Last week we ran the rule over Queensland’s backline contenders, and now it’s time to give the big fellas the same treatment. With Game One now just a month away, here are the men in the frame for a coveted maroon jumper in the engine room.   Front Row Matt Scott is a certainty, and

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CITY’S FIJIAN BORN WESTERN AUSTRALIAN

MEET Waqa Blake, the Fijian born, Western Australian product who will line up for City Origin this weekend. Don’t worry though, folks, City coach Brad Fittler hasn’t exploited a dodgy loophole in the eligibility criteria, under the rules Blake is a certified New South Welshman. When he first arrived in Australia at age nine, Blake joined… View Article

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