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 Nate Myles didn't get much of a chance to defend himself in origin I.
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 Justin Hodges speaks to Phil Lutton about his Origin future, why the fights mean nothing and how he's always been happy to play the villain in NSW.
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 North Queensland management want to move on from the refereeing bungle but Cowboy country remains in meltdown, writes Phil Lutton.
Phil Lutton While the state of New South Wales inhales after good news about Paul Gallen's knee, the anxiety north of the border among those responsible for picking Queensland's Origin squad chiefly surrounds...
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...
State of Origin
Phil Lutton The Maroons think critics have missed a trick if they believe their side is chronically underpowered going into the Origin opener in Sydney
Phil Lutton and Chris Barrett A bruised and battered Nate Myles emerged from the Queensland dressing rooms to defend his tackling technique after it was called into question by NSW fullback Jarryd Hayne, who has accused him of...
Phil Lutton Breaking up is hard to do. But sometimes people, footballers even, just grow apart. Sigh.
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 Queensland Origin selectors have a handful of key decisions to make for their game one squad but dropping Petero Civoniceva isn't one of them, writes Phil Lutton.
Steve Mascord, Phil Lutton KANGAROOS five-eighth Johnathan Thurston has labelled touch judges glorified fans, resulting in an invitation to referees headquarters so their roles can be explained.
Phil Lutton If Queensland fans are looking for a staunch defence of the referees' decision to award Greg Inglis that controversial try last night, Inglis himself is about the last guy to ask.