Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

Opportunity lost as Blues fail to turn pressure into points

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.

Annual clash loses influence on Blues

Jarryd Hayne.

Michael Chammas NSW are likely to use the lowest number of City-Country players in this year's State of Origin series since Queensland's dominance began in 2006.


Daley opts against giving his Blues side an early selection heads-up

Blues captain Paul Gallen

Michael Chammas NSW are set to put their faith in the state's front-row stocks, with skipper Paul Gallen expected to wear the No.13 for the Blues in game one.

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Gallen holds key to make-up of Blues as Daley finalises team

Paul Gallen?

Michael Chammas NSW coach Laurie Daley has two different teams and game plans pencilled in for game one of the State of Origin series that revolve around which position skipper Paul Gallen plays for the Blues.

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I could add the mongrel to the Blues: Reynolds

Josh Reynolds

Michael Chammas, Brad Walter Josh Reynolds is adamant he won't be intimidated by the Maroons and can get under the skin of the Queensland pack if he's picked on the bench for NSW in game one.

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State of Origin

How the Blues line up and what's required


Michael Chammas Michael Chammas looks at what each NSW player must do tonight if the Blues are to beat Queensland in game one of the State of Origin series.

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State of Origin

Grant desperate to step into breach for Blues

Tim Grant

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.

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Blues board upbeat as Ricky states Origin case

Ricky Stuart

MICHAEL CHAMMAS Ricky Stuart pledged yesterday to help NSW end a seven-year Origin drought, putting his hand up to remain on the Blues' coaching staff despite signing with Parramatta.

Bin there, done that - but this time Blues get extra man

Cooper Cronk

Michael Chammas FOR the second time in as many games this series, a sin-binning turned the game on its head. In game one, NSW paid the price for Michael Jennings's ill-discipline, but, last night, they benefited...


Path to Blues' jersey strewn with obstacles for Reynolds

Josh Reynolds

Michael Chammas Bulldogs five-eighth Josh Reynolds will need to produce two months of brilliance if he is to push Todd Carney out of the NSW No. 6 jersey.


Blues seek pre-Origin drugs guarantee

NSW Blues

Michael Chammas NSW officials are planning to provide ASADA with a squad of Blues players they want exempted from questioning over the NRL doping scandal during the State of Origin series.

Stewart fighting fit to help Blues turn back the tide, says Toovey

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 06:  Brett Stewart of the Sea Eagles runs the ball during the round nine NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Canberra Raiders at Brookvale Oval on May 6, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas MANLY mentor Geoff Toovey has allayed the fears of NSW coach Ricky Stuart, declaring fullback Brett Stewart fully fit to take part in all the Blues' training sessions if selected.

Blues backs the centre of attention

Michael Chammas Ricky Stuart has put his faith in the a centre pairing that has been banished to park football during the past 12 months.


Williams X-factor for Blues

Tony Williams speaks to the media.

Michael Chammas When Brian Smith was at the helm of Parramatta, whispers of a rising star named Tony Williams were as loud as the noise he has created ahead of tonight's series decider.

Poor form to blame for Blues snub, says Soward

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20:  Jamie Soward of the Dragons looks dejected after losing the match in golden point extra time during the round 11 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at WIN Jubilee Stadium on May 20, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas JAMIE SOWARD believes his early-season form - or lack of it - justified Ricky Stuart's decision to overlook the incumbent five-eighth for this year's State of Origin opener.

Warrior Mateo shapes as likely Williams replacement for Blues


Michael Chammas THE likely Origin-ending back injury to Tony Williams may open the door for Feleti Mateo to make his NSW debut at ANZ Stadium in game two.

Brilliant Thurston leaves brave Blues reeling

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23:  Darius Boyd and Johnathan Thurston of the Maroons celebrate a try during game one of the ARL State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Etihad Stadium on May 23, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas JOHNATHAN THURSTON, who finished the corresponding game last year in a wheelchair, officially took over Darren Lockyer's mantle as Queensland's maestro last night.

Ailments are nothing to worry about, says Blues doctor

Brett Stewart.

Michael Chammas NSW medical staff insist there is no cause for concern after Brett Stewart was forced to sit out yesterday's training session in Kogarah with a cold.

Injury scare in Blues camp as Grant goes down

nsw origin squad media call in sydney today.New recruit tim grant called up for his first origin game at the media call today.Photography Brendan Espositosmh,4th june,2012

Michael Chammas NSW debutant Tim Grant sent a scare through Blues camp this morning, leaving the field mid-way through the team 's training session with a hamstring injury.

Farah says Blues will still fire if Grant fails to shake off knock

Michael Chammas ROBBIE FARAH believes the Blues can overcome a late reshuffle in the front row if Tim Grant is forced out of game two with the hamstring injury that sidelined him midway through yesterday's session.