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...
Steve Mascord The saving grace for NSW used to be that Cooper Cronk and Johnathan Thurston competed for the same position in the Queensland State of Origin side.
Phil Lutton FOOTBALL appears to be the furthest thing from the mind of Ben Barba as he begins the long process of dealing with the off-field issues that have clouded his rugby league future.
Steve Jancetic Melbourne finally secured some tangible evidence of their NRL dominance in 2012, but unlike the Storm, nothing will ever wipe Queensland's unprecedented run of success from the history books.
Lee Gaskin Canberra Raiders enforcer Josh Papalii is firmly on Queensland's State of Origin radar, three months after the New Zealand-born second-rower switched international allegiances.
Brad Walter CANTERBURY star Sam Kasiano will be unable to play for Queensland under a new State of Origin eligibility rule even if the New Zealand-born prop pledges his international allegiance to Australia...
Steve Mascord AUSTRALIA centre Greg Inglis plans to future-proof his children against changes to rugby league eligibility rules by insisting they be born in Queensland.
Glenn Jackson IF YOU had told Greg Bird in 2008, after he had won man-of-the-match honours in a game-one win against Queensland, that the Blues would lose that series, as well as the next three, he would not have...
Benji Marshall There haven't been many positives for NSW over six series of Queensland dominance. But there might be one chink in the northerners' armour: I just wonder if the Maroons will be as desperate as the...
Ben Horne Ben Barba says he's in no rush to make his State of Origin debut and is content with continuing to build an irresistible case for Queensland selection at NRL club level for Canterbury.
David Polkinghorne They're sick, tired and contagious, but David Shillington insists a virus sweeping through the Queensland camp will not derail the Maroons' bid to win a seventh successive State of Origin series.
Wayne Heming QUEENSLAND stand on the verge of their 50th State of Origin victory but record-breaking coach Mal Meninga knows there is a lot more payback pain to come before the interstate ledger is even close to...
Brad Walter QUEENSLAND coach Mal Meninga and his players remain unsure of the make-up of the NSW team for tonight's opening Origin match at Etihad Stadium, with the Blues yet to officially announce a line-up.
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.
Roy Masters NEVER trust a Queenslander at Origin time, even the ballboys.
Brad Walter AN INDEPENDENT analyst engaged by NSW officials to review Origin I has found that Queensland were able to get away with 10 incidents that warranted penalties, while match officials missed just one...
John Huxley GAME ON! The NSW Blues will go to Brisbane next month with high hopes of ending six years of hurt after levelling the 2012 State of Origin series in a typically hard-fought win 16-12 over Queensland.
Glenn Jackson, Steve Mascord THEY have won seven consecutive State of Origin series and predictably dominated the national squad - and on Saturday night the Queenslanders managed to hijack the Australian victory celebrations,...
Steve Jancetic Queensland Rugby League officials admitted surprise but are refusing to kick up a stink after NSW prop James Tamou was spared a dangerous contact charge that could have put his State of Origin II...
Laine Clark, Wayne Heming Fears of a Todd Carney-led NSW backlash have placed Queensland on high alert ahead of next week's Origin II clash in Sydney.