NSW coach Laurie Daley may be forced to name an extended squad on Sunday.
Michael Carayannis Nathan Merritt's dreams of a long-awaited State of Origin call-up may become a reality as NSW deal with a fullback crisis heading into game two in Brisbane on June 26.
Robert Dillon Back-line game-breakers Darius Boyd and Akuila Uate suffered possible long-term injuries on Sunday as Newcastle endured a demoralising loss to the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium.
Adrian Proszenko, Michael Chammas Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan believes Michael Gordon is ready for an Origin recall after Brett Stewart and Brett Morris were all but ruled out of the opener to the interstate series.
Michael Chammas The Wests Tigers' season has been thrown into disarray after three of their key players suffered serious injuries in their side's 20-10 loss to Brisbane at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday night.
Brad Walter Melbourne Storm officials say they hope Billy Slater will be fit for the World Club Challenge against Leeds on February 22 after he withdrew from the NRL All Stars match due to a couple of injuries.
Glenn Jackson MANLY'S hopes of defending their premiership may come down to two separate pieces of correspondence that they will receive today.
Glenn Jackson IN THE rugby league hardness stakes, Roy Asotasi won't be beaten by many; he's a combination of granite and gangsta rap lyrics.
Michael Chammas Manly's victory was comfortable on the scoreboard, but the aftermath could leave coach Geoff Toovey with an almighty headache leading into the finals.
David Polkinghorne Canberra Raiders legend Gary Belcher said the club's injury woes highlighted the importance of its junior development program after four more players went down to injury and illness on the weekend.
Brad Walter and Glenn Jackson WAYNE BENNETT and Tim Sheens, the two most experienced and successful coaches in the NRL, are angered over the failure of on-field officials to stop play for seriously injured players in weekend...
Michael Chammas THE weather conditions did little to diminish the excitement surrounding the opening round of the NRL, but they certainly took their toll on the players.
Lee Gaskin Representative front-rower Brett White will miss the rest of the season as the Canberra Raiders' injury toll continues to mount.
Jon Tuxworth THE CANBERRA Raiders have doused concerns over the fitness of playmaker Terry Campese, insisting he will play the New Zealand Warriors today despite suffering swelling in both knees this week.
Newcastle NRL centre Timana Tahu described the mood in the Knights dressing room on Monday night as that of a side that had been flogged.
Michael Carayannis Aaron Woods just wanted to play football again. Anywhere, any time, with the bright lights of State of Origin the furthest thing from his mind.
Brad Walter 'From booze brothers to Blues brothers,'' said one member of the NSW coaching staff, reading the back page of Monday's Herald at the team hotel.
NSW coach Laurie Daley has been forced to make two changes for Origin II with Josh Dugan and Aaron Woods called up in place of the injured Jarryd Hayne and suspended James Tamou.
Jon Tuxworth Raiders coach insists the return to form of Terry Campese is not the sole reason behind side's resurgence.
Steve Mascord Ben Hannant and Aaron Woods walked off Suncorp Stadium with Origin on their minds last night - and each was greeted with bad news.