Phil Lutton Johnathan Thurston may have climbed out of a hospital bed to decimate the Blues but he had enough energy after the game to take aim at Trent Merrin’s ‘king hit’ on Maroons winger Brent Tate.
Phil Lutton Trevor Gillmeister, one of the best defenders rugby league has seen, has made a post-football career by teaching the dark art of how to scythe a man in twain.
Phil Lutton Queensland Origin star Ben Te'o won't be charged in relation to an assault allegation stemming from an incident in April.
Phil Lutton The setting was different, the names were the same. Queensland has unveiled an unchanged 17-man squad as the Maroons try to stretch their interstate domination to eight years.
Phil Lutton It was 22 minutes, hopelessly out of position but never out of his depth. Daly Cherry-Evans is only 24 but after patiently waiting for his first Origin chance, he looked as if he'd played a dozen.
Phil Lutton Queensland's worst fears came true in Origin one when Greg Inglis failed to get anywhere near enough ball to terrorise NSW. The Maroons have vowed to make sure history doesn't repeat in game two.
Phil Lutton Queensland selectors are set to unleash Canberra backrower Josh Papalii in State of Origin II as part of a revamp that is also likely to feature Manly's classy number seven Daly Cherry-Evans.
Phil Lutton Matt Scott and David Shillington both took phone calls from Queensland selectors before the second State of Origin. Only one of them had cause for celebration when they got off the line.
Phil Lutton Queensland coach Mal Meninga has initiated a generational change within the Maroons with veterans David Shillington and Ashley Harrison dropped for game two in Brisbane
Phil Lutton Queensland State of Origin coach Mal Meninga has described being asked to leave a Brisbane bar as a "storm in a teacup" and criticised media coverage of it.
Phil Lutton Mal Meninga went on the front foot on Thursday saying it was an embarrassment to lump his incident in a Brisbane bar next to the Blake Ferguson scandal.
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Phil Lutton It has been suggested Mal Meninga is to rugby league coaching what John Buchanan was to Australian cricket, although with much more substantial thighs.
Phil Lutton After seven years of success, Mal Meninga remains a puppet master capable of pulling all the right strings within his Queensland side, writes Phil Lutton.
Phil Lutton One round to play, one spot to fill. Queensland selectors will keep an eagle eye on this weekend's NRL games before deciding on a key final addition to their State of Origin stocks.
Phil Lutton Queensland selectors will be breathing a sigh of relief as the countdown to the first team announcement continues, with halfback Cooper Cronk and prop David Shillington both cleared of any wrongdoing...
Phil Lutton Queensland will have at least one new face and one controversial inclusion on the bench after naming its extended squad for the State of Origin opener on June 5 in Sydney.