Joe Barton, Phil Lutton Melbourne Storm and NSW back-rower Ryan Hoffman says he is in no need of babysitting on a night out, but admits employing minders could help players who can't help themselves.
Phil Lutton THE first thing you notice when you meet Josh Papalii in the flesh is he is built like a Samoan He-Man figure. That, and his still-strong New Zealand accent. Arise, NSW conspiracy theorists.
Phil Lutton He may be New Zealand born, but Josh Papalii is proudly Logan-bred and a force of nature most Blues will be trying to avoid come Origin II.
Phil Lutton They are a group of stars at the core of what has been called the greatest origin team of them all.
Phil Lutton They are a group of stars at the core of what has been called the greatest Origin team of them all. And they may have been damned with praise, with Cameron Smith conceding a glut of admiration at...
Phil Lutton Nate Myles didn't get much of a chance to defend himself in origin I.
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 Momentum belongs to Queensland heading into the Origin decider but the reawakened Maroons must contend with an unflattering record at ANZ Stadium if they want to seal an eighth-consecutive series.
State of Origin
Phil Lutton Queensland captain Cameron Smith says Trent Merrin's attack to the head of Brent Tate in game two typified the lack of respect NSW took to Suncorp Stadium a fortnight ago.
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 It began with a flurry of punches and jokes about the size of Nate Myles' head and ended with a greased-up streaker deploying the most questionable tackle in Origin history.
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 Maroons coach Mal Meninga has swiftly poured cold water on a Gold Coast push to host an Origin at Metricon Stadium ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Phil Lutton With just over a week until the Origin teams are named, Phil Lutton runs the rule over Queensland and NSW candidates from the Broncos-Titans derby.
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 If death and taxes are life's certainties, then Origin must be at the other end of the spectrum. Even with a stranglehold on the interstate series and a settled core of champions, chaos theory has...
Phil Lutton Queensland rugby league selectors will be given the green light to pick Ben Te'o in the State of Origin squad as the South Sydney forward continues to weather assault allegations.