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Maroons refuse to confirm starting side

Mystery still surrounds Queensland's line-up after assistant Justin Hodges refused to confirm their starting side for Wednesday night's State of Origin series decider in Sydney. But Hodges did reveal the Maroons were confident of avenging their 38-6 game two loss, pointing to their superior record in deciders. Hodges claimed just hours before...

Benji Marshall stumbled into rugby league

Wests Tigers icon Benji Marshall is one of the most famous rugby league players this century, but the Kiwi star only stumbled into the game on a school excursion as a teenager. Marshall, who plays his 300th NRL game on Sunday, revealed he hadn't played rugby league until travelling from New...

Gillett hands Lowe first Qld jersey

Queensland's Maroons' Ethan Lowe runs out onto ANZ Stadium for their captains run in Sydney, Tuesday, July 9. The New South Wales Blues take on Queensland's Maroons in game 3 of the State of Origin series at ANZ Stadium tonight (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)  In a bittersweet moment, Queensland veteran Matt Gillett...

Smith's brain key to NRL record: Slater

Cameron Smith of the Melbourne Storm will play his 400th game this weekend (AAP Image/James Ross)  Cameron Smith's brain is the real secret to his record NRL longevity and durability, according to his long-time former Melbourne teammate Billy Slater. Born on the same day 36 years ago, Slater said Smith's achievement in...

Qld's Gillett out, Napa now in Origin mix

Queensland's Matt Gillett has been ruled out of State of Origin game three, with prop Dylan Napa (pictured) being called into the squad (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)  It didn't take long for Queensland coach Kevin Walters to dramatically change his tune about Matt Gillett's fitness ahead of Wednesday's State of Origin decider. A confident...

Momentous milestone week for NRL

Sam Burgess attributes the astonishing recent spike in players tallying 300 NRL games to the science in the code. The NRL will enjoy surely it's greatest ever round of milestones this weekend, with Cameron Smith becoming the first to 400 games and Benji Marshall and Gavin Cooper joining the 300 club. Marshall...

Qld will regain Origin mojo: Cherry-Evans

The reason behind a horror State of Origin game two loss has quickly been identified by Queensland. But it was still hard for Maroons captain Daly Cherry-Evans to admit ahead of Wednesday's series decider in Sydney. A brutally honest Cherry-Evans conceded a Queensland side that had prided itself on its fighting spirit...

Sharks' Townsend defends NRL star Johnson

Cronulla halfback Chad Townsend has defended his embattled NRL halves partner Shaun Johnson following their shock loss to Brisbane on Sunday. Highly-paid Warriors recruit Johnson bore the brunt of criticism as the Sharks third straight loss slid them to eighth on the ladder. The $800,000-per-season playmaker relinquished goal kicking duties to Townsend...
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