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JACK BACKS STEWART FOR NSW NO.1

FORMER Kangaroos and Blues fullback Garry Jack has backed Manly custodian Brett Stewart for his old NSW number one jersey. Parramatta’s Jarryd Hayne and St George Illawarra Josh Dugan are currently considered the front runners for the spot, but Jack – a veteran of 17 Origins – favours 29-year-old Stewart on the basis of his… Read More

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LES BOYD: ‘I FAKED INJURY TO MISS ORIGIN 1′

ORIGIN has changed a lot of people’s lives down the years – but probably few more than mine. I don’t have a lot of great memories of State of Origin – especially 1983. That was the series in which I broke Darryl Brohman’s jaw in Game One and the incident – and massive suspension –… Read More

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ALFIE’S FEAR: “I WORRIED I WAS TOO SMALL”

AlfieORIGIN ’88 was my second series with the Maroons and definitely the happier of the two. Even though we won in my first year, that was a tough series for me, coming into the squad and not really being wanted. There had been a lot of talk in ’87 about whether I deserved my place,… Read More

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BLOOD & THUNDER! ELIAS ON ORIGIN ’92

IT WAS a devastating blow and a wake-up call for me when I was told by NSW Rugby League boss John Quayle that I wasn’t going to be the Blues captain in 1992. I was captain of NSW in 1991 and I’d had all that turmoil with Tim Sheens, who had been the NSW coach…. Read More

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ORIGIN IN THEIR WORDS: CHRIS CLOSE, 1980

p032_CloseSTATE of Origin football in 1980 was a breath into a lifeless body that resuscitated the game. Representative football was dead in the water. It was going nowhere. We knew things weren’t good because when we played interstate football in Sydney we were relegated to a Tuesday night at a suburban ground.Just before Origin started… Read More

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BIRD WON’T PLAY NO.6: DALEY

NSW coach Laurie Daley has ruled out moving Titans back-rower Greg Bird into the five-eighth position for the Blues. In recent weeks, some experts have suggested that Daley should go with a more physically imposing five-eighth. “I think Greg (Bird) is established now in the back row and I don’t want to weaken one position… Read More

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QLD U20s ORIGIN TEAM ANNOUNCED

QLD U20s team webThe Queensland Rugby League has today selected the following players for the Queensland Under 20s Origin side set to play New South Wales at Sportingbet Stadium, Penrith, on Saturday, 3rd May 2014 at 5.30pm. The Queensland Under 20s Origin squad is: 1. Valentine HOLMES (Cronulla Sharks)  2. Nene MACDONALD (Sydney Roosters)  3. Brenko LEE (Canberra… Read More

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