St George Illawarra Dragons star Mark Gasnier made the shock announcement that he will retire from Rugby League at the end of the 2011 NRL season at a packed press conference today at Kogarah Oval.
The Brisbane Broncos are back to full force following the sensational 2011 State of Origin series, the club naming all six of their Origin stars for their Round 19 NRL Queensland derby clash with the struggling Gold Coast Titans at Suncrop Stadium on Friday night.
Despite falling to a sixth consecutive origin series defeat, New South Wales players want Ricky Stuart to continue coaching the team next year and beyond.
A NRL Finals bid for the North Queensland Cowboys is still on the table after the sickening knee injury suffered by the great Johnathan Thurston in the Maroons’ historic State of Origin series win on Wednesday night thought to be less damaging than first feared.
Queensland have given record breaking skipper Darren Lockyer the perfect origin send off by taking the deciding game of the series 34-24 at Suncorp Stadium. 1
The intrigue and build up surrounding what many are calling ‘the biggest origin of all time’ continues as speculation mounts over who exactly will be in the New South Wales squad.
There may not be a bronze statue being made in his honour and there won’t be the same hype or fanfare surrounding his exit from the game, but Fijian-born Rugby League great Petero Civoniceva is a man of modesty and has said he will be happy to leave the State of Origin on a quieter note than the legendary Darren Lockyer, but not this year.
New South Wales’ final 17 for the origin decider is taking shape after Dragons prop Trent Merrin was dropped from the extended 20 man squad. 1
Maroons centre Justin Hodges sent a wave of panic through the Queensland origin camp yesterday when he limped off the training track while clutching at a hamstring. 1
With much of the 2011 State of Origin talk surrounding the Blues and their injury woes ahead of the highly-spruiked game three decider next Wednesday, Maroons coach Mal Meninga is harbouring his own fears with flying winger Jharal Yow Yeh struggling to overcome a grave case of tonsillitis.
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