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Civoniceva backs Napa to play for Qld

He famously played on with a broken arm - not once, but twice. Now Queensland great Petero Civoniceva has backed Dylan Napa to repeat his heroics and inspire the Maroons while nursing a broken wrist in Sunday's State of Origin II in Perth. Prop Napa will be eased through the week in...

Gasnier backs Fittler's Origin gamble

Former NSW star Mark Gasnier is so confident in Brad Fittler's centre gamble for State of Origin II that he fears being flown out of Perth after one day. Gasnier had his first session with the NSW on Wednesday after being invited into camp by Fittler and advisor Greg Alexander. Fittler has...

Guide to the NSW Origin team

HOW NSW SHAPE UP FOR ORIGIN II Fullback - James Tedesco (age 26) Origins: 8 Origin tries: 3 Arguably the Blues' most dangerous threat in game one, producing a team-high 256 metres from 25 carries with five tackle breaks, two offloads and a try assist. He'll be relied upon again to provide the attacking...

Guide to the Qld Origin team

HOW QUEENSLAND SHAPE UP FOR ORIGIN II Fullback - Kalyn Ponga (age 21) Origins: 2 Origin tries: 0 Scarily, Ponga thinks there's plenty of room for improvement after he slotted seamlessly into the No.1 jersey in the series opener following Billy Slater's retirement. Was terrific in defence and ensured his fingerprints were all over...

State of Origin II key match-ups

KEY MATCH-UPS FOR STATE OF ORIGIN II IN PERTH ON SUNDAY Kalyn Ponga (Queensland) v James Tedesco (NSW) Before just his second start in the No.1 jersey for Queensland, Ponga has declared he wants to be the next Johnathan Thurston. And the Maroons fullback will need to produce something special to earn...

Gutted Fifita banned at NRL Judiciary

Just as Cronulla looked to put their injury crisis behind them, they'll have to contend with missing forward enforcer Andrew Fifita through suspension for two crucial NRL games. Fifita admitted to being "absolutely gutted" after being rubbed out for three weeks after failing to have a dangerous contact charge downgraded at...

Qld's Chambers happy to avoid Origin axe

A revitalised Will Chambers says he "couldn't care less" about rival Latrell Mitchell's State of Origin axing but is grateful for being spared the same fate by Queensland selectors. Chambers would have been forgiven for breathing easier after the man who terrorised him in the 2018 Origin series - Mitchell -...

Qld prop Napa suffers fractured wrist

Queensland are sweating on the fitness of Dylan Napa after it was revealed the prop arrived in camp for Sunday's State of Origin II clash in Perth with a fractured wrist. The Maroons said Napa underwent scans on Monday after complaining of a sore hand suffered in the Bulldogs' NRL loss...
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