Gallen ruled ineligible for State of Origin medal

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…

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

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…

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Thurston: Origin scheduling “borderline ridiculous”

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…

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Bennett wants three Origin games in four weeks

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…

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Origin: Thurston unconfident in rookie half-back partner

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…

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