Tag: State of Origin

Tributes flow for Darrell Eastlake as we enter the iconic figure straight into our Hall of Fame

The iconic Darrell Eastlake passed away on Thursday morning after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 75. Rugby league and the wider community paid tribute to a once-in-a-lifetime larger than life character. We at The81stMinute would also like to pay our respects by inducting Eastlake straight into our Hall of Fame. You can […]

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‘Nathan Cleary? He’s been ready for State of Origin his whole life’

Eighth Immortal Andrew Johns has heaped more praise on young Penrith pivot Nathan Cleary after the rising star led the Panthers to another comeback victory on the weekend against South Sydney. Speaking to the Wide World of Sports, Johns also said he believes Cleary is already one of the best goalkickers he’s ever seen. “I […]

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Qantas, Hugh Jackman and Vegemite: What Origin can learn from Australia’s greatest exports

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis The Flying Kangaroo – we all know it. You could be anywhere in the world and get just a little homesick if you spotted that famous red tail. It’s Australian and we’re damn proud of it. From a shack in Winton, Queensland, something special was born way back in 1920 – […]

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New South Wales should have never picked a Ron Massey Cup prop and David Fifita in the front-row

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis The bleeding for New South Wales began long before Game III kicked off at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night. Game I six weeks ago was meant to be the night NSW finally turned the tide and stopped one of rugby league’s greatest ever dynasties. The Blues came out all guns blazing, […]

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Coach Walters sings the praises of Smith in dominant display against listless Blues

Queensland Coach Kevin Walters has sung the praises of Maroons skipper Cameron Smith after the veteran hooker turned the clock back in a commanding performance helping QLD to yet another series victory. Smith was dangerous throughout the game but Walters said his first half was amazing to watch. “What can I say about the bloke […]

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Could the legendary Andrew Johns be the next coach of New South Wales?

New South Wales Blues legend and rugby league Immortal Andrew Johns has blasted the Blues after their Game III loss saying this current squad doesn’t understand State of Origin. The Blues looked lethargic and couldn’t compete with a Queensland team hellbent on sending their champions out with a victory. “I feel sick at the moment,” […]

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