Michael Chammas It's the devil's number in cricket but it could be lucky 87 for NSW in their bid to end Queensland's eight-year Origin supremacy on Wednesday night.
Michael Chammas Spare a thought for Laurie Daley, who has to endure the players he'd earmarked as potential Origin players miss more than 30 games between them this season - and counting.
Michael Chammas First it was a panther, now there are reports of a bigfoot sighting at the foot of the mountains.
Michael Chammas It's the statistic that will have opposition teams on red alert when George Burgess carries the ball in the finals series.
Michael Chammas, Glenn Jackson Having squandered their chance to wrap up the minor premiership, Bulldogs five-eighth Josh Reynolds insists his side has placed no importance on finishing the regular season in first spot.
Michael Chammas The Finals Countdown: Taking a look at the key facts and figures in the lead-up to this weekend's grand final showdown.
Michael Chammas They aren't among the NRL's top 20, but these 10 players are poised for breakthrough seasons this year, writes Michael Chammas.
Michael Chammas Last year it was Adam Reynolds, Konrad Hurrell and Josh Jackson who headlined a long list of rookies to take the NRL by storm.
Daniel Lane and Michael Chammas With the season kicking off on Thursday, we look at each team's key player.
Michael Chammas It's ironic that Isaac John appears to have resurrected his NRL career at the same ground that almost ended it.
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...
State of Origin
Michael Chammas Penrith prop Tim Grant has declared he'll be fit for Origin II after Blues coach Laurie Daley listed the injured forward as one of four candidates to replace the suspended James Tamou.
Michael Chammas Penrith hooker Kevin Kingston is resigned to losing his captaincy and the No.9 jersey at the Panthers next season.
Michael Chammas THE Melbourne Storm will tonight be out to overcome their State of Origin hangover and end the worst losing streak in Craig Bellamy's coaching career.
Michael Chammas Parramatta won't risk losing Jarryd Hayne for the majority of the season by rushing him in for tonight's clash against the Broncos, despite coach Stephen Kearney yesterday refusing to rule him out.
Michael Chammas NO HAYNE, no hope - that is how it has been for Parramatta in recent seasons, winning just one game without their superstar fullback during the past three years.
Michael Chammas WITH Petero Civoniceva already out of tonight's match through suspension, Brisbane were yesterday dealt another blow losing bench front rower Scott Anderson with a back injury.
Michael Chammas PARRAMATTA won't risk losing Jarryd Hayne for the majority of the season by rushing him in for tonight's clash against Brisbane, despite coach Stephen Kearney yesterday refusing to rule him out.
Michael Chammas Luke Lewis is Penrith.
Michael Chammas STEVE PRICE will tonight rack up a rare milestone when he coaches against a player not only older than him but one he also once took the field against.