Thursday, July 10, 2014
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State of Origin

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”

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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

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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 »

Blues bring in Dugan and Hopoate for Origin II

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New South Wales have called-up Josh Dugan and Will Hopoate to replace the injured Morris twins for the second State of Origin match on June 18. Winger Brett fractured and dislocated his shoulder in the act of scoring a crucial try, while centre Josh ruptured his posterior cruciate ligament. Brett finished the match despite the pain and Josh carried on, ... Read More »

Opinion: Origin must change to let internationals thrive

Anthony-Milford

This article originally appeared in issue 398 of Rugby League World magazine. Issue 399 is currently in production and will be on sale from June 6. Click here to find out more about the magazine and to browse back issues click this link… Undoubtedly the most frustrating Rugby League story over the last month was the news that Samoan fullback ... Read More »

NRL basks in Origin success

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The NRL has revealed that the biggest opening game audience in State of Origin Series history – a combined metropolitan and regional audience of 4.058 million viewers – watched New South Wales secure a 12-8 victory over Queensland at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday in the 100th State of Origin game between the two sides. The match, which was broadcast ... Read More »