After a year on the sidelines and another injury scare at the start of the 2011 NRL season, Brisbane Broncos veteran centre Justin Hodges looks to be back to full fitness and ready to play on through the finals alongside his long-time friend and mentor, retiring skipper Darren Lockyer.
The Australian Rugby League may close the loop hole that allowed New South Wales born Greg Inglis to represent Queensland in state of origin.
The fallout from Mal Meninga’s post origin rant where he accused ‘the rats and filth of New South Wales’ of trying to undermine Queensland’s origin campaign continues with news that NRL match review commissioner Greg McCallum is exploring legal action.
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.
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
Queensland and South’s Sydney forward Dave Taylor will miss the next weeks of football after being found guilty of a grade two dangerous throw charge. 3
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