NSW hooker Robbie Farah has revealed his State of Origin inspiration, describing Laurie Daley's public pledge to pick him from reserve grade as a show of loyalty that has him desperate to repay the faith.
There is no doubting that the 17 players announced this week to represent New South Wales in game one of the State of Origin series are all wonderful footballers in their own right. It now remains to be seen whether they can come together as a team to challenge the might of the Queensland Maroons.
Kieran Foran's lawyers are set to take the first step towards a damages claim against the TAB over leaked details of alleged gambling transactions from his account by sending a concern notice to the betting agency on Wednesday.
He started for Australia this month, but Scott Sattler believes Josh Papalii should have to wait before he does likewise for his state.
James Tamou was in a Townsville hospital bed when Laurie Daley announced his NSW team for game one on Monday, suffering from more pain with an infected butt cheek than he did when a bulging disc in his neck threatened his career.
Canberra prop Paul Vaughan is bracing for an ambush from the Bulldogs forward pack after they were "embarrassed" at Belmore by the Raiders.
The outcome of the Corey Norman pills probe could prompt Parramatta to decrease – or even pull from the table – their offer for the off-contract playmaker.
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Many pundits expected him to be spending the week at Coffs Harbour rather than Cronulla, but Jack Bird believes Dylan Walker - the man who controversially beat him to the NSW utility role - "deserves to be there."
It's the 'c' word the Canberra Raiders are trying desperately to avoid during the Origin period – complacency.
Alan Tongue expects Blake Austin and Josh Reynolds to play with a point to prove when they clash on Sunday.
Melbourne Storm are confident fullback Cameron Munster won't miss any games after playing through an elbow injury in his club's 18-6 win over Parramatta Eels on Monday night.
"Mate," Laurie Daley told Mitchell Pearce, "I don't think you are ready. I think you need to keep playing for the Chooks and see what happens from there."
NSW forward David Klemmer has reignited his war of words with Queensland veteran Corey Parker, declaring he wasn't afforded the same respect his counterpart demanded during a heated exchange in last year's Origin series.
The new faces in the NSW Origin side say they would never have reached the game's pinnacle without the support and sacrifices of their parents.
NSW coach Laurie Daley has responded to public criticism of Dylan Walker's selection, declaring "he's my pick" not Bob Fulton's.
Parramatta Eels faint hopes of playing finals football suffered a blow after stumbling to a disappointing 12-point loss at home to Melbourne Storm.
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After three years of trying to limit the damage Queensland can do, NSW have opted for a team capable of scoring points
An error-riddled outing from the Cowboys winger will force a late change from Maroons selectors, who had little choice but to postpone Feldt's debut after a wobbly night out against the Broncos.