How Jordan McLean explains the biggest difference between New South Wales and Queensland

If you went back in time six weeks and told people the most discussed selection for the Origin decider would be Jordan McLean, nobody would believe you were from the future. McLean is having his best season in a good few years, and remains an honest, uncompromising and consistent front-rower, but most fans would have had … Read more

How Tom Gilbert left ‘madman’ past behind to earn a Queensland Origin debut

Queenslanders expecting Tom Gilbert to channel his inner “madman” will be sorely disappointed. Key points: Tom Gilbert believes learning to control himself on the field is what has led to his selection for State of Origin The 21-year-old will come off the bench for Queensland in next week’s decider Gilbert has been one of North … Read more

Maroons star to miss State of Origin III

Queensland coach Billy Slater expects to have Cameron Munster and Kalyn Ponga on deck for the State of Origin series decider, but the Maroons will be without the services of Felise Kaufusi. Key points: Kaufusi is in the United States to be with his ill father The Maroons confirmed Reuben Cotter will miss Origin III … Read more

Panthers still supreme after fierce Roosters challenge

Penrith’s representative round contingent have shrugged off fitness concerns, returning to club level in the NRL to defeat a spirited Sydney Roosters 26-18. The minor premiership now appears a formality for the Panthers, who are the most successful team after 16 rounds this century, and could be four wins clear at the top of the … Read more

How playing the Penrith way saved the Origin series for New South Wales

The collective noun for a group of panthers is a claw but there’s never been a sighting of a claw of panthers in the wild. That’s because panthers are solitary creatures. They do not travel in packs — unless, of course, they’re the kind of panthers that come from Penrith. Betting on Penrith has been … Read more

Pacific Tests live: Kiwis dominate Tonga as rugby league makes explosive return to New Zealand

It’s International Saturday for rugby league, with three big Pacific Tests. New Zealand have gotten things rolling with a 26-6 win over Tonga in Auckland, marking rugby league’s return to Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium. The action is moving to Campbelltown in Sydney, with an international double-header — first up is Samoa taking on Cook Islands, then Papua New Guinea … Read more

Legend of the lost legend: Anthony Milford is the Queensland great who never was

The old adage says that leaders are born, not made. But in rugby league, if somebody sticks around the same team for long enough they, by default, become something of an elder statesman, even if they don’t really seem suited to it.  That’s how Cameron Munster and Anthony Milford, who are just 27, have ended … Read more

Will Brad Fittler’s shock positional switch pay off in State of Origin II?

As the newly minted New South Wales starting hooker, Api Koroisau admits he has big shoes to fill, replacing incumbent number nine Damien Cook. Key points: Api Koroisau will line up at hooker for New South Wales head of Damien Cook in State of Origin II The shock switch will make Koroisau’s first Origin start … Read more

Three tries in four minutes: Late North Queensland hurricane blows Manly away

It was another big Friday of NRL action with North Queensland scoring three tries in four minutes late in the match to blow Manly away before Melbourne handed Brisbane their first defeat in almost three months.  Check out all the news, scores and stats below. North Queensland Cowboys 28 def Manly Sea Eagles 26 A second-half collapse … Read more