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Cronk says Munster is Maroons game changer

Queensland legend Cooper Cronk says Cameron Munster will be the Maroons' most important player in the State of Origin opener. Most of the Queensland talk has focused on wonder-kid Kalyn Ponga and resurrected skipper Daly Cherry-Evans, but Cronk said Wednesday night's match could be decided by the five-eighth. Cronk believes Munster -...

Qld coach talks up Fifita Origin debut

Until now David Fifita has kept a low profile ahead of his State of Origin debut. But Queensland coach Kevin Walters has ensured all eyes will be on the rookie forward after claiming the teenager will "explode" off the bench on Wednesday night. Brisbane hitman Fifita - just 19 - was in...

Alfie latest league statue at Suncorp

It's not often Allan Langer is lost for words. But the larrikin playmaker had to stop and collect himself in an emotional address after being immortalised in bronze outside Suncorp Stadium on Tuesday. The pint-sized playmaker will forever stand tall amongst Queensland rugby league's greats after his statue was unveiled alongside Wally...

Vaughan says big men key to Origin I

Forget superstars like Kalyn Ponga and Latrell Mitchell. NSW prop Paul Vaughan says State of Origin I is going to be won in the middle by the big men in the opening 25 minutes at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night. The Blues' front-row contingent of Vaughan, David Klemmer and Payne Haas have...

Mateship will be key to success: Qld's DCE

Back in 2015, many believed Daly Cherry-Evans' Queensland passport had been stamped "never to play State of Origin again". Nasty rumours had circulated about Cherry-Evans falling out with Maroons teammates in camp. There was speculation the halfback had rubbed senior players the wrong way. Critics said he didn't "get" Origin. What a difference four...

Canberra's Young cops eye gouge NRL ban

Canberra forward Hudson Young has copped a five week ban after entering an early plea for eye gouging Canterbury's Aiden Tolman. The Raiders rookie faced up to seven weeks on the sidelines had he unsuccessfully fought a grade-three dangerous contact - head/neck charge following their 12-10 NRL win over the Bulldogs. Meanwhile,...

Qld doc salutes DCE ankle comeback

It has been done before but Daly Cherry-Evans' remarkable return from ankle surgery still has Queensland doctor Matt Hislop shaking his head in disbelief. Newly-crowned Maroons skipper Cherry-Evans appeared to clear any doubt over his availability for this week's State of Origin opener when he ran freely at Sunday night's opposed...

Ponga ready to roam in Origin for Maroons

Inspired by mentor Billy Slater, Kalyn Ponga is itching to unleash his freakish talent from fullback in this year's State of Origin series. The 21-year-old's form coming into the Origin camp has NSW and Queensland players talking about his game-breaking ability. While NSW are talking up their specific plans to nullify Ponga,...
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