The feelgood story of the NSW State of Origin team has also made Queensland strike weapon Greg Inglis happy – for reasons that would wipe the smile off Blues fans’ faces.
Queensland will bunker down in their Sunshine Coast camp this afternoon as they prepare for next week’s must-win State of Origin game two clash with NSW in Brisbane.
Steve Menzies has revealed the secret of longevity as he contemplates playing on beyond his 40th birthday.
No stranger to a pre-game State of Origin controversy, Queensland coach Mal Meninga admitted he would love it if NSW were in disarray over Blake Ferguson’s axing.
It’s been a fantastic first full season in the NRL for George Burgess but the South Sydney prop will now spend the next two matches on the sidelines and $10,000 lighter in the hip pocket.
Teams named for round 15 of the NRL (all times local):
Punters with sportsbet.com.au are unsure how game two of the 2013 State of Origin series will play out, with bets now coming in at the same rate for both sides.
NSW back-rower Greg Bird fears referees will be placed under greater pressure in State of Origin matches following the NRL’s crackdown on fighting.
Brisbane have kept their slim finals hopes alive by thumping Wests Tigers 32-12 in their Monday night NRL clash at Suncorp Stadium.
Jamie Soward has played his last NRL game for St George Illawarra after being granted an immediate release to join English Super League strugglers the London Broncos.
James Maloney says he doesn’t expect his second State of Origin appearance for NSW to be made any easier by having played in the series opener earlier this month.