The Maroons skipper says the Blues might have finally found their man in the Rabbitohs halfback, who will prepare for his debut in the Blues hot seat next Wednesday night.
Laurie Daley has taken some encouraging steps with his NSW side but they if they are waiting for Queensland to blink, it could be another long year of State of Origin football.
Mid-season recruit Chris Grevsmuhl has officially begun his NRL career at Penrith after training with the club on Friday.
Cody Walker will switch to fullback against St George Illawarra in the latest shock change to the South Sydney spine.
The Bunnies and the Bullldogs are back and the title race is wide open.
After a slow start to the year for South Sydney's Burgess clan, coach Michael Maguire says Redfern's English trio are close to finding their best form again in the NRL.
Queensland coach Kevin Walters is breathing easier after star Greg Inglis was cleared of an incident in which he appeared to strike Kenny Edwards' head with a forearm.
Luke Keary and Corey Norman, two of the biggest name playmakers on the open market, are just weeks away from settling their futures.
The fortnight from hell ended in agony for Parramatta, but Eels' coach Brad Arthur is relieved it's finally over.
Thankfully, they're accustomed to heartbreak at Parramatta. This time, though, Todd Greenberg didn't deliver the bad news.
South Sydney's nightmare has finally ended at the likely expense of Parramatta's semi-final dreams after an Adam Reynolds sideline conversion sealed their come-from-behind victory on Friday night.
Parramatta players are primed for a big game against South Sydney on Friday night, but Brad Arthur's biggest test will be keeping them composed.
The Rabbitohs might be in crisis but players will go before the coach as the club rebuilds
Nathan Peats is no chance of moving to South Sydney to help ease Parramatta's salary cap woes, after Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire on Wednesday ruled out a return of the durable rake to Redfern.
Greg Inglis will make a shock switch to five-eighth against Parramatta in a move that further clouds the futures of off-contract pivots Luke Keary and Cody Walker.
South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds hasn't given up on hopes of earning his first State of Origin jersey for NSW this season.
South Sydney star Sam Burgess admits he made a mistake by filming a video on his mobile phone while driving, and will cop the fine and demerit points.
Souths star Sam Burgess has deleted a video from social media that he filmed seemingly while driving.
Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco is in doubt for next week's City-Country clash after dislocating his shoulder in Thursday night's win over South Sydney.
South Sydney were jeered by their own fans after giving up a 20-point start to the Tigers in a loss that that equalled the longest losing streak at the club under Michael Maguire.