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Meninga backs Ponga for bigger things

Australian coach and proud Queenslander Mal Meninga believes State of Origin isn’t too far away for Newcastle recruit Kalyn Ponga after a stunning club debut last weekend against Manly. Ponga was outstanding and received three Arthur Beetson Medal votes. “I thought he was exceptional in his first game,” Meninga said on Fox Sports’ Queenslanders only. “We […]

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Cronk hammers Fifita for disrespecting Kangaroos just before announcement

Incumbent Australian half Cooper Cronk has ripped into Tongan World Cup defector Andrew Fifita after the big prop turned his back on the Kangaroos to represent the Tongans at the upcoming tournament. Cronk questioned Fifita’s methods saying he has disrespected the Kangaroos by leaving his switch so late. “I’ve got one thought on it and […]

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Queensland legends want Slater, Holmes, Wallace and Hess in their team for Game II

Three Queensland legends have called for Billy Slater’s return for Game II and a switch to the wing for Darius Boyd. Speaking on Fox Sports’ Queenslanders Only show overnight, Australian Coach Mal Meninga, Justin Hodges and Billy Moore selected their team as a group with winger Corey Oates dropped back to the bench. “The premise […]

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Meninga would leave Slater out of Maroons team if he was picking the side

Australian Coach and former Queensland Maroons mentor Mal Meninga says he would leave Billy Slater out of the Queensland team for Origin I. Despite his blistering return to form at Melbourne, Meninga says combinations are more important to the makeup of the Maroons backline. “I’m not quite sure if it’s a surprise, but I’ve just […]

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JT won’t rush himself back for Australia: Coote

North Queensland Cowboys teammate Lachlan Coote says Australian playmaker Johnathan Thurston won’t rush himself back to play for the Kangaroos against New Zealand on May 5th despite Australian Coach Mal Meninga admitting Thurston wouldn’t necessarily have to prove he’s over a calf injury for the Cowboys before the Test in Canberra meaning the legendary half […]

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