Ultimate League

Ultimate League participants set for tricky State of Origin period

Matt Bungard It’s almost that time of year again.

Brumbies v Blues

David Polkinghorne The Brumbies take on the Blues from 7.40pm at Canberra Stadium.


NSW coach Laurie Daley tips Mitchell Pearce to keep Blues No.7 jersey

Improved: NSW coach Laurie Daley said Mitchell Pearce  is the right man for the Blues No.7 jersey.

Adrian Proszenko NSW coach Laurie Daley has hailed Mitchell Pearce as a vastly improved footballer than the one who participated in last year's State of Origin series.

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Laurie Daley: Blues free from off-field distractions at new Origin base in Coffs Harbour

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28:  Laurie Daley, coach of the Blues, James Tamou, Josh Morris and Blake Ferguson of the Blues look on during the official New South Wales State of Origin team photo session at Crowne Plaza, Coogee on May 28, 2013 in Syd ney, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley insists the decision to base the team in Coffs Harbour this season is unrelated to the off-field incidents that derailed the Blues 2013 campaign – but it should keep the...


City-Country clash to decide Mitchell Pearce's NSW scrum-base partner

Selection battle: Incumbent James Maloney is no certainty to start as the Blues No.6.

Brad Walter Up to six NSW five-eighth contenders are set to battle it out for the No.6 jersey in the City-Country clash, with Blues coach Laurie Daley planning to rest players considered certain selections to...

Origin junior Sironen No.3 to find out what it takes to join dad among Blues greats

Bayley Sironen

Adrian Proszenko Wests Tigers youngster Bayley Sironen has a chance to follow in famous family footsteps after being selected to attend the Blues' ''Origin pathways'' camp in January.

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Blues coach Laurie Daley in push for Origin youth to break Maroons stranglehold

NSW coach Laurie Daley says he will look to continue to blood young State of Origin talent this year as the Blues seek to break Queensland's eight-year series dominance.

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State of Origin

Myles threw down gauntlet to set off this series of blues

Andrew Webster

Andrew Webster “Is that the best you’ve got? C’mon, then. Let’s go.” That is what Nate Myles said to Paul Gallen after pushing him in Origin I.

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Rugby League

All to conquer for Blues

The big dance: Maroon Johnathan Thurston warming up in Sydney for the origin decider on Tuesday.

Steve Jancetic NSW faces its biggest state-of-origin moment in 28 years on Wednesday night.

State of Origin

Home is where the chance is for Blues

NSW Blues

Michael Carayannis, Adrian Proszenko NSW have their best opportunity to end Queensland's dominance on Wednesday night or face the very real prospect of a decade-long series drought with Sydney not having two home games again until 2016.

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State of Origin

Daley intake: Blues coach has learnt to build on Stuart's foundation

Laurie Daley

Andrew Webster Laurie Daley has almost got away with being everything that Ricky Stuart is not.

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Rugby League

Axe sharpens up Papalii's technique to cut down Blues


Phil Lutton Trevor Gillmeister, one of the best defenders rugby league has seen, has made a post-football career by teaching the dark art of how to scythe a man in twain.

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Masterful Maroons leave Blues behind the eightball

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17:  The Maroons team celebrate with the shield after victory in game three of the ARL State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on July 17, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Nsw 10 Queensland 12 ''It's gr8 m8, 8 St8 of Origins in a row.''

After Junior, new Blues could be the Kelly gang

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 05: Albert Kelly of the Titans celebrates a try during the round five NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Brisbane Broncos at Skilled Park on April 5, 2013 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

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If not Mitchell Pearce, then who? That is the question NSW powerbrokers will be asking themselves for the next 10 months after falling short again.

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Pearce still Blues material - and not to blame for defeat: Politis

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17:  Trent Merrin and Mitchell Pearce of the Blues dejected after game three of the ARL State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on July 17, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Adrian Proszenko, Glenn Jackson Roosters supremo Nick Politis has hit back at critics of Mitchell Pearce and urged NSW powerbrokers not to put a line through his name for future Origin matches.

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Blues' Inglis obsession suits Maroons: Smith

Greg Inglis

Phil Lutton Greg Inglis has made systematically crushing the dreams of NSW Origin opponents somewhat of an art form.

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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State of Origin

Awful truth: Blues rue another that got away


Glenn Jackson Another missed opportunity, on a night of many. Queensland's streak withstood a streaker - but also enormous pressure from NSW, who once again put themselves in a position to end the Maroons'...

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Tamou pledges to repay Blues

SPORT: Canberra Raiders V North Queensland Cowboys at Canberra Stadium. Cowboys player James Tamou tackles raiders player Glen Buttriss. . 7th JULY 2013.Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times..

Lee Gaskin Recalled NSW prop James Tamou has vowed to make amends for missing Origin II.

State of Origin

Decision time: Maroons send Blues back to square one

Mitchell Pearce

Glenn Jackson Before Australia decides, a decider. Backs to the wall has never been a particularly fun place for anyone playing Queensland to be, and so this year's Blues became the latest to be ambushed by a...

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