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Billy Slater bids farewell to State of Origin as Queensland win

Queensland Maroons 18-12 New South Wales BluesDaly Cherry-Evans scores on return to Origin arenaGoodbye Billy. And welcome back Daly. Queensland have provided one final highlight for Billy Slater, downing NSW 18-12 in State of Origin III in Brisbane to…

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State of Origin 2018 Game 3: Queensland Maroons v NSW Blues – live!

Updates from the series finale at Suncorp StadiumFeel free to get in touch on email or tweet @mike_hytner 10.52am BST And here comes Smith onto the Suncorp pitch. He stands on the stage, flanked by his wife, Barb, and kids and thanks… everyone. From …

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NSW on brink of State of Origin greatness, says Brad Fittler

Blues looking to complete clean sweep in Game 3Only seven teams have claimed a 3-0 series winNSW coach Brad Fittler will consider his inexperienced Blues among the greatest teams in State of Origin history if they complete a clean sweep on Wednesday. O…

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Kalyn Ponga in doubt for State of Origin after injury in Knights’ defeat

Newcastle 16-36 CanterburyPenrith 10-18 ManlyNewcastle sensation Kalyn Ponga has suffered a worrying hamstring injury and is racing the clock to be fit for State of Origin II following the Knights’ 36-16 NRL loss to Canterbury on Saturday. Related: Aar…

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NSW display class, style and flamboyance in State of Origin win | Nick Tedeschi

The Blues’ faith in attacking rugby league paid dividends while a lack of poise proved costly for QueenslandQueensland threw everything and the kitchen sink at New South Wales but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Blues winning just their second series i…

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State of Origin 2018: New South Wales clinch just second series in 13 years

Blues beat Maroons 18-14 in Game 2 at ANZ StadiumNSW hold onto victory with a man down in nervy finale A year on from heartache, New South Wales seem to have learnt a thing or two about how to win a State of Origin series. The difference now, having se…

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State of Origin 2018 Game 2: NSW Blues v Queensland Maroons – live!

Updates from the game at ANZ StadiumGet in touch with Paul on email or Twitter 10.23am BST I’ve come back home to Australia to an unreal weekend of footy and the men’s #origin hasn’t even begun yet! @WRugbyLeague #PacificTest @NRL @fijirugbyleague @PNG…

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‘Welcome to 2018’: NRL praised for response to State of Origin kiss

Vanessa Foliaki and Karina Brown played in Friday’s OriginNRL shut down criticism of the photo on social mediaThe NRL has been widely praised for its response to comments posted below a photo it shared of opponents – and partners – Vanessa Foliaki and …

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Baby Blues show freedom and fearlessness in State of Origin opener | Nick Tedeschi

Brad Fittler’s bold style of coaching is the perfect fit for a new generation of NSW playersBrad Fittler is a man who walks to the beat of his own drum. He is a unique character, one not bound by the constraints of convention or hampered by the heavy b…

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Inexperienced New South Wales make mark in State of Origin series opener

NSW Blues 22-12 Queensland MaroonsBlues run in four tries at MCGEleven of the past 12 State of Origin series have been won by Queensland, but with the Maroons entering this year’s opener without their big-four, pre-match talk had centred on the possibi…

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State of Origin 2018 Game I: New South Wales Blues v Queensland Maroons – live!

Updates from the opening match of the series at the MCGFeel free to get in touch on email or tweet @PFConnolly 3.19am BST Apart from 2014, which turned out to be the eye of the storm, Queensland has, since 2006, torn through State of Origin like a cycl…

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Queensland revel in unfamiliar underdog status in State of Origin Game I | Matt Cleary

Preparations have not gone smoothly but this fixture has Maroons ambush scrawled all over it Some years ago, the former England rugby union player Stuart Barnes was asked to dissect a State of Origin fixture at ANZ Stadium. While declaring that the com…

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Queensland dealt blow as Billy Slater ruled out of State of Origin

Maroons star fails to overcome hamstring complaintMichael Morgan set to replace Slater for Game 1Just hours after coach Kevin Walters declared him set to play, Billy Slater has been ruled out of Wednesday’s State of Origin series opener in a massive bl…

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Billy Slater to retire from State of Origin after 2018 series

Queensland star will follow other members of ‘Big Four’‘It’s been a great ride,’ says 34-year-old fullbackBilly Slater has announced he will join the rest of Queensland’s “Big Four” in retirement at the end of this year’s State of Origin series.Slater,…

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Greg Inglis named captain as Queensland enter new State of Origin era

Team confirmed for 2018 Game I in MelbourneDarius Boyd and Matt Scott left out by Kevin WaltersGreg Inglis has been confirmed as Queensland’s new captain while veterans Darius Boyd and Matt Scott have been overlooked for this year’s State of Origin ope…

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Women eye three-game State of Origin series

NSW captain Ruan Sims targets replicating men’s seriesInaugural women’s Origin game to take place next monthA three-match series may yet be a few years off but the significance of next month’s inaugural women’s State of Origin clash cannot be overstate…

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In pursuit of perfection: Cameron Smith a champion in every sense | Nick Tedeschi

The former Queensland and Australia captain’s representative career was all about a sustained level of excellenceCameron Smith’s time representing Queensland and Australia is over. The captain of the Maroons and Kangaroos shocked the rugby league world…

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Cameron Smith retires from representative rugby league

Queensland and Australia captain quits with immediate effect2018 State of Origin series starts on 6 JuneCameron Smith has announced an end to his representative career for Queensland and Australia, effective immediately. Related: Cameron Smith banned f…

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Adelaide to host South Australia’s first State of Origin match in 2020

Game to be staged outside NSW and Queensland again‘Another massive coup’ for the Adelaide OvalAdelaide will host a State of Origin match when rugby league’s fiercest series hits the road again in 2020.The deal on Wednesday between the NRL and the South…

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Brad Fittler confirmed as NSW State of Origin coach

Former NSW assistant beats Michael Maguire to the positionFittler takes on a team that has won just one of the last five OriginsBrad Fittler has been appointed NSW coach, with the former captain taking the reins after a three-month search for Laurie Da…