Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

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Queensland Maroons on cloud nine as Mal Meninga's men push for all-time greatness

Michael Chammas Eight series in a row has Queensland on par with Australia's greatest Ashes domination over the old enemy, but just how far will the Maroons' dominance over NSW extend?

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State of Origin: NSW Blues beat Queensland Maroons to end eight-year drought

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18:  Trent Hodkinson of the Blues celebrates winning the series after game two of the State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on June 18, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas NSW halfback Trent Hodkinson etched his name into State of Origin folklore by scoring the winning try to beat Queensland at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night for the Blues to win their first series...

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State of Origin success helps give James Tamou that dinky-di feeling

New outlook: NSW front-rower James Tamou believes the Blues now have the formula for bringing down Queensland.

Michael Chammas When it comes to controversial eligibility selections, James Tamou is right up there with Greg Inglis and Israel Folau.

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Stingy Blues close in on State of Origin defensive record

No try: Jarryd Hayne stops Sam Thaiday from scoring.

Michael Chammas They have broken Queensland's eight-year dominance, now NSW are on the verge of becoming the greatest defensive team in State of Origin history.

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Referees Shayne Hayne and Ben Cummins will stay in charge for State of Origin game two

Offside with the Blues: Referee Shayne Hayne.

Michael Chammas Under-fire referees Shayne Hayne and Ben Cummins have retained their spots and will control game two despite NSW officials being left furious with their game one performance.

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The family that turned James Segeyaro's life around

James Segeyaro.

Michael Chammas After Ifiso Segeyaro was held up at gunpoint during a bank robbery in Papua New Guinea in the 1990s, he realised his country could not provide his family with the life he wanted for them.

Reg Gasnier: Immortal was in a league of his own

Gasnier represented Australia a record 36 times.

Michael Chammas He was described as the prince of centres and earned the nickname "Puff the Magic Dragon" for his blinding speed and electric footwork.

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NSW captain Paul Gallen fires early salvo in Origin war of words

Fanning the flames: NSW captain Paul Gallen.

Michael Chammas Within a few hours of the NSW team coming together on Tuesday, skipper Paul Gallen fired a shot that is sure to rile a few north of the border, referring to Queenslanders as "two heads".

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The alternative top eight

Paul Gallen of the Blues punches Nate Myles

Michael Chammas With the NRL bearing down on the business end of the season, Michael Chammas celebrates a different side of rugby league.

Tamou refuses to buy into Maroons' perceived weaknesses

James Tamou

Michael Chammas Not since 2000 have Queensland played an Origin game without one of Darren Lockyer or Petero Civoniceva, but Blues prop James Tamou dismissed the notion the Maroons would field their weakest team...

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Round 12 line-ups

Talkin' Teams, Tuesday, May 28

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Michael Chammas The latest news from the NRL as clubs name their sides for round 12.

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Loyalty will lead way for unchanged Maroons side

Daley (L) and  Meninga (R)

Michael Chammas NSW coach Laurie Daley expects Queensland to maintain their loyalty policy and stick with the same side for game two.

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Round 14 line-up

Talkin' Teams, Tuesday, June 11

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Michael Chammas The latest news from the NRL as clubs name their sides for round 14.

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Bird in flap as Maroons axe mate Harrison

Greg Bird

Michael Chammas NSW back-rower Greg Bird was reluctant to label Queensland's two team changes as a sign of panic but criticised the Maroons' decision to dump Titans teammate Ashley Harrison.

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Lay off Pearce: Maloney backs his under-fire clubmate

Mitchell Pearce.

Chris Barrett, Michael Chammas SHATTERED NSW five-eighth James Maloney jumped to the defence of his club and state halves partner Mitchell Pearce, saying individuals players could not be blamed for the Blues' heartbreaking defeat...

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Opportunity lost as Blues fail to turn pressure into points

Josh Dugan.

Michael Chammas When Laurie Daley looks back at the tape and wonders where it all went wrong, he can fast forward to the 20-minute period before half-time to find the major reason his Blues fell short.

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Star quartet will fuel Green Machine's title charge, says Meninga

Michael Chammas CANBERRA legend Mal Meninga believes the Raiders can win the premiership this season - if they keep their star quartet on the paddock.

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Mal pins Raiders' hopes on quartet

Mal Meninga.

Michael Chammas Canberra legend Mal Meninga believes the Raiders can win the premiership this season if they can keep their star quartet on the paddock.

Manly sweat on Cherry-Evans as Maroons leave Toovey on a promise

Daly CHerry-Evans

Michael Chammas QUEENSLAND Origin coach Mal Meninga has assured Manly they will have star halfback Daly Cherry-Evans back in time for Sunday afternoon's match against Sydney Roosters.

Ailments are nothing to worry about, says Blues doctor

Brett Stewart.

Michael Chammas NSW medical staff insist there is no cause for concern after Brett Stewart was forced to sit out yesterday's training session in Kogarah with a cold.