Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Rugby League News

State of Origin

Kangaroos and Maroons winger Brent Tate retires aged 32

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Australia and Queensland stalwart Brent Tate has called time on his 13-year career in the NRL after picking up a fourth serious knee injury in this year’s State of Origin series. The 32-year-old winger, who has made 229 appearances in the NRL for three clubs, has 26 Australia caps and 23 Origin appearances. He suffered a near career-ending neck injury ... Read More »

Gallen ruled ineligible for State of Origin medal

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After his well-documented suspension for his involvement in the Cronulla Sharks’ controversial supplements program of 2011, the New South Wales Rugby League board (NSWRL) have ruled Blues captain Paul Gallen ineligible for the prestigious Brad Fittler Medal. Gallen – who is suspended until late November – was ruled out of the running for the Dally M representative player of the ... Read More »

Greg Bird invites Mal Meninga to ‘run at him’ after Origin III

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Fans of State of Origin will have no doubt been glued to their TV screens this past Wednesday, as Queensland restored some pride by beating New South Wales in the third and final Origin encounter of 2014. Even though the game was effectively a dead rubber (if there can be such a thing in Origin), it didn’t stop tensions spilling ... Read More »

Six of the Best: State of Origin moments

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This article originally appeared in issue 399 of Rugby League World magazine. Issue 400 is currently in production and will be on sale from July 11. Click here to find out more about the magazine and to browse back issues click this link… 2001 Origin III It’s all about Alfie Queensland coach Wayne Bennett pulled a proverbial rabbit out of ... Read More »

Cronk gets green light to avoid Origin whitewash

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Queensland half-back Cooper Cronk believes he will be fit enough to face New South Wales in the final game of the 2014 State of Origin series on July 9. The 30-year-old broke his arm 10 minutes into the first test and was missing for the second, in which the Blues sealed their first series win since 2005. No-one expected the ... Read More »

Origin and Nines break records

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This week’s State of Origin match at ANZ Stadium has registered the highest TV ratings for any Origin match in the history of Rugby League. And it is the highest rating television show so far this year – eclipsing Origin I, which was the previous top rating show of 2014. A total of 4.193 million viewers watched the NSW Blues ... Read More »

Origin: Cherry-Evans favourite to start for Maroons

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Injured Queensland half-back Daly Cherry-Evans looks set to return for the Maroons in tomorrow’s State of Origin test after he was pictured running without pain in a training session earlier today. The Manly Sea Eagles star, 25, was a serious doubt with a knee problem and it looked as though Mal Meninga would have to field third-choice Ben Hunt, with ... Read More »

Thurston: Origin scheduling “borderline ridiculous”

Johnathan-Thurston

Reigning Golden Boot winner Johnathan Thurston is calling for the NRL to factor State of Origin into their scheduling, which he labelled as “borderline ridiculous”. Origin stars pride themselves on ‘backing up’ – playing for their club team the week after an interstate test, but Thurston doesn’t think they should have to, especially when the intensity of the first match ... Read More »

Bennett wants three Origin games in four weeks

Wayne-Bennett

Former Australia coach Wayne Bennett wants next year’s State of Origin series to be played over four weeks and hopes it will prevent the inevitable injuries that come from players ‘backing up’ for their clubs just days after intense interstate action. Johnathan Thurston spoke today of the “borderline ridiculous” scheduling that is pushing players to their limits. Bennett claims he ... Read More »

Origin: Thurston unconfident in rookie half-back partner

Ben-Hunt

Queensland stand-off Johnathan Thurston has described the prospect of rookie Ben Hunt filling in at scrum-half for the injured Cooper Cronk and Daly Cherry-Evans as “not ideal”. First-choice number seven Cronk (broken arm) is unlikely to play another part in this Origin series while understudy Cherry-Evans (knee) has a chance of making the second test but admitted he wasn’t confident ... Read More »