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Guerra backs Pearce, plots Origin I fall

Aidan Guerra during the Queensland State of Origin team training session in Brisbane, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) He may support Mitchell Pearce's NSW return but Aidan Guerra will have no problem helping Queensland add to his friend's State of Origin pain on Wednesday night. Maroons backrower Guerra has thrown...

NRL teams cheating to beat Raiders: Stuart

Raiders coach Ricky Stuart. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) Canberra coach Ricky Stuart has accused opposition NRL teams of "cheating" at the ruck in a deliberate tactic to beat the Raiders. Stuart made the comments despite his side's 24-16 victory over the Sydney Roosters, after what he considered to be further evidence rival teams...

Cowboys re-sign Cooper for two seasons

From left, Tigers James Tedesco, Cowboys Co-Captain Johnathan Thurston and Gavin Cooper (and Tigers Mitchell Moses, obscured) during the Round 6 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Wests Tigers at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville, Saturday, April 8, 2017. (AAP Image/Michael Chambers) Ex-State of Origin backrower Gavin Cooper has...

Qld move to ease pressure off Milford

Anthony Milford looks on during the Queensland State of Origin team training session in Brisbane, Tuesday, May 23, 2017.  (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) Queensland have urged Anthony Milford to take a back seat in the star-studded Maroons team in a bid to ease pressure on the rookie five-eighth ahead of Wednesday's Stator...

Chambers looking to Hodges for inspiration

(AAP Image/David Crosling) He may be stepping into the big shoes left by Greg Inglis but Will Chambers hopes to emulate another Queensland great in Wednesday's State of Origin series opener. After missing last year's Origin series with a broken foot, Chambers has been asked to step up in game one for...

Johnathan Thurston ruled out of Origin I

L to R: Will Chambers, Johnathan Thurston and Anthony Milford look on during the Queensland State of Origin team training session in Brisbane, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. First match of the State of Origin takes place on Wednesday, 31 May. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) Johnathan Thurston's shoulder injury has ruled him out...

Barba signs with English club St Helens

Ben Barba in Sydney, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015.(AAP Image/Dean Lewins) St Helens have beaten rivals to the signature of former NRL star Ben Barba. The 27-year-old Barba's release from his lucrative contract with French rugby club Toulon sparked a flurry of interest from Super League clubs and Saints on Wednesday announced his...

NRL's Origin draw can't be helped: Friend

Jake Friend, (AAP Image/Paul Miller) Sydney Roosters captain Jake Friend says the NRL can't be blamed for his team's difficult run through the State of Origin period. Friend also admits he looks forward to next season when the series is compressed to impact on less NRL rounds. The fourth-placed Roosters are the second...