Tag: Queensland

The people of North Queensland want their own state but what does that mean for Origin?

BY A.J NASH Some interesting news has been brought to The81stMinute.com’s attention which could change State of Origin rugby league as we know it. Since forever, old foes, New South Wales and Queensland have done battle on the footy fields of Australia. It’s sport’s greatest rivalry with millions of viewers each year. But what would […]

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With five words, Kalyn Ponga peeled back the mask and burnt Kiwi rugby league fans and the entire state of Queensland

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis With five words and seven syllables, rugby league’s newest sensation pissed off the entire state of Queensland and disrespected all rugby league fans across the ditch in New Zealand. The prodigious Kalyn Ponga, a favourite for the 2018 Dally M, revealed his desire to one day represent the All Blacks and […]

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Maroons legend Matt Scott dumped despite being guaranteed a spot by Queensland selector

Veterans Matt Scott and Darius Boyd have missed Queensland State of Origin selection while coach Kevin Walters also left Corey Oates and Daly Cherry-Evans out of his team. Andrew McCullough has won the race to replace Cameron Smith at hooker while injury clouds hang over both Ben Hunt and Josh McGuire. Jai Arrow, Felise Kaufusi […]

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The guy that sacked Wally Lewis isn’t sweating a 2-3 start to the season.. yet

BY CURTIS WOODWARD    @woodward_curtis What is happening up in sunny Brisbane? Beautiful one day, battling NRL team the next. The Broncos are struggling and their coach Wayne Bennett has never been under so much pressure (so they say). Yes the Broncos haven’t started the season well. Is Bennett feeling the heat? Probably not. Despite […]

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Milford selection could be a smokescreen to shut down Bennett: Moore

Queensland legend Billy Slater says he can’t be sure the selection of Anthony Milford at five-eighth isn’t a ploy from Coach Kevin Walters. Brisbane Broncos Coach Wayne Bennett recently said he wouldn’t release Milford to Maroons camp if he wasn’t selected in the top 17. Kevin Walters believes Johnathan Thurston is still an outside chance […]

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Darius says he and Slater both need to be in Maroons team for Origin I

Incumbent Queensland State of Origin and Australian fullback Darius Boyd has supported a return to the Origin arena for legendary custodian Billy Slater. But Slater’s comeback will almost certainly mean a shift to the wing for Boyd who has made the number 1 jersey his own since Slater’s last Origin at the Melbourne Cricket Ground […]

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Munster a Maroons bolter as stars get their say on possible JT replacement

BY KANE AUSTIN Queensland Maroons Coach Kevin Walters says he will consult the leadership ground of the team before making a decision on Johnathan Thurston’s replacement if the legend isn’t ready for State of Origin I at Suncorp Stadium. Thurston returned from a calf injury to play for Australia last Friday night without playing a […]

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Langer says DCE and Milford are top candidates to fill void left by Thurston

One of Queensland’s greatest ever halfbacks Allan Langer says the Maroons can fill the void left by Johnathan Thurston if the future Immortal doesn’t return in time from a shoulder injury sustained in Australia’s win over New Zealand. Thurston has played 36 straight State of Origins but is in serious danger of missing Origin I […]

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10 players that would have played Origin if they were Queenslanders

BY CURTIS WOODWARD We have all heard it somewhere before: “If he was a Queenslander, he would have played State of Origin for sure!” New South Wales selectors rarely agree with what the punters think. Sometimes players are just too “Origin” for Origin, sometimes they’re too small or too safe. Here we’ve compiled the 10 […]

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