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With the team Laurie’s picked, the Blues can win State of Origin

At 6:40pm last night at a Legends of Origin dinner, Laurie Daley announced his New South Wales Blues squad to take on the Queensland Maroons for State of Origin, Game 1.

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The team so good it doesn’t need Billy Slater

Queensland is so good they don’t need Billy Slater. Queensland is so good Greg Inglis can do his knee and they still don’t need Billy Slater.

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Mal shows impartiality headlining propaganda show ‘Queenslanders Only’

Origin time legally requires us to fulfil two obligations: magnifying the trivial and over-glorifying Queenslanders.

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Kevin Walters reduced to tears over Billy Slater’s Origin dismissal

It was too much for Queensland Origin coach Kevin Walters trying to explain to the media why legend Billy Slater was left out of Origin One tomorrow week.

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NSW Blues team for State of Origin Game 1, 2017: Expert reaction

The New South Wales Blues have announced their team for Game 1 of the 2017 State of Origin series, and as usual there is a mix of surprises along with the totally anticipated selections.

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Queensland Maroons team for State of Origin Game 1, 2017: Expert reaction

The Maroons side for State of Origin 1 has been announced, with Anthony Milford and Dylan Napa to represent Queensland for the first time, and Johnathan Thurston named as the 18th man.

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Joey: Empty canvas for returning Pearce

NSW legend Andrew Johns has predicted a different Mitchell Pearce to carve out his rugby league legacy over the next five years, beginning with his return to State of Origin next week.

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UK Super League club Hull will release former Melbourne Storm winger Mahe Fonua from the last season of his three-year contract for family reasons.

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Pearce and Maloney to be most experienced Blues halves pairing since 2005

NSW will unleash their most experienced State of Origin halves combination since Andrew Johns’ retirement in next week’s series opener, with Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney reunited.

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NSW Blues team announced for Origin 1: Cordner to captain as selectors go back to the future with Pearce

Laurie Daley has announced his NSW Blues team for Game 1 of the 2017 State of Origin series, naming Sydney Roosters second-rower Boyd Cordner to take over the captaincy of the side.

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Nathan Peats set to beat out Farah for Blues’ hooker jersey

Nathan Peats appears set to make his NSW Origin debut at hooker if Peter Wallace’s injured groin prevents him from joining the Blues’ camp.

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Johnathan Thurston set to miss Origin 1

Queensland coach Kevin Walters says Johnathan Thurston is “very unlikely” to prove his fitness for next week’s State of Origin series opener in Brisbane.

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Eel or no Eel: Is Mitchell Moses the right fit for Parramatta?

After four tumultuous years in black and gold, which included three head coaches, two contract sagas, one decent season and zero finals appearances, Mitchell Moses was released by the Wests Tigers.

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Queensland Maroons team announced: No Billy Slater, but plenty of injury clouds in squad for Game 1

The Queensland Maroons team for Game 1 of this year’s State of Origin series has been named, although we’re still a long way from finding out who will run out onto Suncorp Stadium next Wednesday due to a number of injury concerns in the squad.

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Panthers come from behind to beat Knights

It was a case of déjà vu for the Penrith Panthers after a superb second half effort powered them to a 30-20 victory over the Knights at McDonald Jones Stadium.

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Peter Wallace’s Origin dreams all but over after injury blow

A possible fairytale return to State of Origin could be over before it began for Peter Wallace after the Penrith veteran picked up a groin injury in his team’s win over Newcastle on Sunday.

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Suliasi Vunivalu Melbourne Storm NRL Rugby League 2016

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Roosters player Latrell Mitchell is congratulated by Mitchell Pearce

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Akulia Uate of the Knights

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Jarryd Hayne Gold Coast Titans NRL Finals Rugby League 2016

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Mitchell Moses Parramatta Eels NRL Rugby League 2017

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Cooper Cronk sent off

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NSW Blues fullback Jarryd Haynes celebrates as his side win Game 1 of the 2014 State of Origin series 12-8 (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

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Johnathon Thurston North Queensland Cowboys Rugby League NRL Finals 2016

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The Roar of the crowd

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Enough with the Mitchell Pearce redemption stories

It is official, Mitchell Pearce is back in a Blues jumper after his one-year sabbatical. He has learnt a lot in his year off from state of Origin and now he is ready to finally silence his critics.

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A scrum that won’t bind, block runners and the footless play-the-ball

Articulating frustrations with officialdom in the NRL is as pointless as trying to identify facts in a Donald Trump speech.

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Time for the Warriors to put on their big-boy pants

I tried selling my Warriors jersey on-line, without luck. So I re-listed it with the ‘caution, flammable material’ label on the outside. It sold within minutes.

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Poor discipline could cost Blues another series

State of Origin is often a close affair and despite Queensland’s dominance over ten of the past 11 years, there have only been a handful of games with blowout scorelines.

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The Warriors now face the greatest demon of all: Supporter apathy

As a Warriors supporter, there is a mood in the air that I have never experienced in 20 years. Or should I say, lack of mood – apathy is the only word to describe it.

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Pick winners to be winners: A table-based NSW State of Origin side

Origin team speculation is almost a sport in its own right.

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Ten talking points from NRL Round 11

By Scott Pryde, 21 May 2017
Ten talking points from NRL Round 11

The last full round before Origin has come and gone with another successful trip to Perth, the Sharks making a comeback yet again, the Dragons putting on an attacking masterclass and a few teams potentially putting their hands up as wooden spoon favourites. This is The Roar‘s NRL talking points from Round 11.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Melbourne Storm Highlights: NRL scores, blog

Match result: The Melbourne Storm have gritted out a 14-6 win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs in a dour wet-weather affair at Perth’s nib Stadium on Sunday night.

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Canterbury Bulldogs vs Sydney Roosters: NRL live scores, blog

Match result: The Roosters have moved into the top four after surviving a scare from an undermanned Bulldogs side.

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Newcastle Knights vs Penrith Panthers: NRL live scores, blog

Match result: Another week, another comeback win for the Penrith Panthers, as they defeated the Newcastle Knights by 10 on Sunday.

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NSW Blues fans should be wary of 2016’s last-gasp victory

With State of Origin looming large on the horizon, and NSW supporters full of hope, what better place to start the countdown to Game 1 than revisiting Game 3 of last year. A match the NSW Blues won 18-14.

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What happens if the Sharks get it right?

By David Holden, 21 May 2017
What happens if the Sharks get it right?

Midway through Round 11 of the NRL competition, one team has missed more tackles, conceded more penalties and made more errors in possession than any other side in the competition. A recipe for disaster, right? So why are the Cronulla Sharks sitting comfortably in the top four with eight wins out of 11? And what […]

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Tradesman-like players are key to winning Origin

By Michael Keeffe, 21 May 2017
Tradesman-like players are key to winning Origin

So with all the speculation surrounding State of Origin selections, which players, past and present, have the highest success rates?

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Smith vs Thurston: Who is gen Y’s best player?

It seems some Roarers seemed a little angry that I left Johnathan Thurston out of my Queensland team of the century list.

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Canberra Raiders top ten players

By BigJ, 21 May 2017
Canberra Raiders top ten players

Joining the competition in 1982, the Raiders were the second team since the Newcastle Rebels in 1909 to be a team outside of Sydney to join the NSWRL.

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Parramatta Eels vs Canberra Raiders highlights: NRL live scores, blog

Match result: The Canberra Raiders won a thriller in Parramatta against the Eels to end their losing streak.

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Tyrone Roberts Gold Coast Titans NRL Rugby League 2016

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Queensland player dale Cherry-Evans passes the ball during Game I of the 2014 State of Origin rugby league series at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

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Korbin Sims Brisbane Broncos NRL Rugby League 2017

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Kieran Foran New Zealand Warriors NRL Rugby League 2017

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Anthony Griffin

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Cameron Smith

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Raiders centre Joseph Leilua

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Paul Gallen Cronulla Sharks NRL Finals Rugby League 2016

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