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Blues swoop with 32 seconds left to settle thrilling State of Origin finale

New South Wales beat Queensland 26-20 in SydneyJames Tedesco’s last-gasp try secures 2019 seriesIn 80 minutes of high emotion, high action and huge momentum shifts, a final-minute try by James Tedesco saw New South Wales beat Queensland 26-20 and take …

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State of Origin 2019 Game 3: NSW v Queensland – live!

Updates as NSW meet QLD at ANZ Stadium in SydneyAny thoughts? Email or tweet @sjjperry 11.21am BST Maloney makes no mistake. A settler for the Blues. 11.19am BST 4 min: Another penalty to the Blues, again lying on the ruck. It’s 20m out, just adjacent …

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Queensland cling to spirit of ‘95 in face of NSW’s influential spine | Matt Cleary

The Maroons can again pull on the familiar if moth-balled maroon cardigan of underdog status for the State of Origin decider in SydneyIn 1995 during the vexed cluster of the Super League war, Paul Vautin led a team of tyros and try-hards into a State o…

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Queensland dealt injury blow with Matt Gillett ruled out of State of Origin decider

Maroons back-rower fails to overcome groin injuryDavid Fifita is set to be promoted to starting line-up Queensland back-rower Matt Gillett has been ruled out of Wednesday’s State of Origin series decider in a significant blow to the embattled Maroons. …

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Souths defend George Burgess’s reputation after nine-game NRL ban for eye gouge

Rabbitohs player ruled out for rest of season‘It’s a tragedy for George,’ says club’s general manager The fate of George Burgess’ career at South Sydney now sits in the hands of his teammates after being handed a nine-game NRL ban for an eye gouge. The…

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Corey Norman named in new look Queensland team for State of Origin III

Corey Norman and Christian Welch to make their State of Origin debutsNew look forward pack with return of Joe OfahengaueInjury-hit Queensland have named Corey Norman and Christian Welch to make their State of Origin debut in July 10’s series decider in…

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George Burgess referred straight to NRL judiciary over alleged eye gouge

Souths player charged with dangerous contact to the eyeIncident involved Tigers veteran Robbie FarahGeorge Burgess has been referred straight to the NRL judiciary for an alleged eye gouge in South Sydney’s defeat to Wests Tigers.The match review commit…

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Super League should take NRL’s lead and promote international matches

International rugby league will only grow when it is given respect, resources and room. Super League should help outBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredThere were five senior men’s internationals played at the weekend, but British readers may have …

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Concussion in sport: brain disease found in two former NRL players

Study conducted on brains donated by ex-professionalsDisease can often lead to depression and other issuesA disease linked to repeated concussions in American sport has been found in the brains of two former Australian rugby league players. The discove…

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Brad Fittler’s State of Origin gamble pays big dividends | Nick Tedeschi

The coach is being hailed as a genius with the Blues now heavily favoured to pull off an unlikely series comebackThe 2019 State of Origin series will head to Sydney for a decider in 17 days time after Brad Fittler’s monstrous Origin gamble paid off. Th…

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Blues smash Maroons in Perth to level State of Origin series

Queensland 6-38 New South WalesTom Trobjevic scores hat-trick in rain-soaked clashNSW have kept the State of Origin series alive with a dominant 38-6 win over Queensland in a rain-soaked Game 2 at Optus Stadium in Perth. Each of coach Brad Fittler’s co…

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State of Origin 2019 Game 2: Queensland 6-12 NSW – live!

Live updates from the game between QLD and NSW at Optus Stadium in PerthAny thoughts on the game? Email Richard 11.30am BST 35 mins: Someone’s backside (possibly DCE’s) was revealed for a second there (the result of a reverse wedgie) and it seemed to d…

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Injury derails Mitchell Pearce’s State of Origin return for NSW

Knights halfback rules himself out of Game 2Cody Walker, Nathan Cleary and James Maloney in mixThe NSW comeback of Mitchell Pearce is over before it even began with the halfback ruled out of contention for State of Origin Game 2 due to injury. The Newc…

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Injury derails Mitchell Pearce’s State of Origin return for NSW

Knights halfback rules himself out of Game 2Cody Walker, Nathan Cleary and James Maloney in mixThe NSW comeback of Mitchell Pearce is over before it even began with the halfback ruled out of contention for State of Origin Game 2 due to injury. The Newc…

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Leeds lose Kallum Watkins to NRL and suffer defeat at hands of Wigan

• Leeds 14-23 Wigan• Rhinos captain to leave for Gold Coast at end of monthThe winds of change sweeping through the eight-time Super League champions were more apparent than ever before here on Friday night. They have now lost 12 of their 18 league gam…

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Queensland belief shines through in classic State of Origin victory | Matt Cleary

The Maroons held on, returned serve, never panicked and never gave up as they roared back in the second half at Suncorp StadiumState of Origin rugby league is intense. It is physical, high-pressure and largely risk-free, but actually not that “entertai…

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Queensland belief shines through in classic State of Origin victory | Matt Cleary

The Maroons held on, returned serve, never panicked and never gave up as they roared back in the second half at Suncorp StadiumState of Origin rugby league is intense. It is physical, high-pressure and largely risk-free, but actually not that “entertai…

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Queensland draw first blood against NSW in 2019 State of Origin series

Maroons beat Blues 18-14 at Suncorp StadiumDane Gagai inspires second-half comebackQueensland opened the 2019 State of Origin series with victory at Suncorp Stadium in a win that will be remembered as much for a multitude of missed opportunities as for…

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State of Origin 2019 Game 1: Queensland Maroons v New South Wales Blues – live!

Updates from the series opener at Suncorp StadiumAny thoughts? Email or tweet @mike_hytner 11.19am BST 6 min: Ponga picks up a grubber played through towards the try line and is immediately hit high. He rides it though and is up on his feet before too …

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State of Origin 2019: same intense rivalry, different protagonists | Larissa O’Connor

The excitement of the unknown is swirling around Suncorp Stadium ahead of this year’s series openerState of Origin is about to embark on its 38th edition. This new-look rivalry continues to capture the imagination of a legion of fans who this year are …