Rugby league is perceived to be hurtling towards a humiliating train wreck, with an engine piloted by a conflicted ARLC chairman, supported by five compliant commissioners and driven by 16 NRL clubs with competing agendas.
Andrew Webster The Titans hooker reckoned he was never good enough to play for NSW. When Peter Wallace was ruled out, he was rushed into the side for game one.
Tom Decent Israel Folau says he is enjoying his football again and believes the Waratahs have the skills to become the first Australian team this year to beat a New Zealand side when they head across the ditch later this week.
Michael Chammas Peter Wallace has officially been ruled out of the State of Origin series opener, making way for fiery Titans hooker Nathan Peats to make his NSW debut in game one.
Phil Lutton Kevin Walters held back tears while Gene Miles still rates Slater as the greatest fullback he's seen. But when it came to deciding on Billy Slater and Darius Boyd for Queensland fullback, the vote was unanimous.
Phil Lutton Brisbane's Anthony Milford stands to make his State of Origin debut with Maroons superstar Jonathan Thurston next to no chance of playing in the series opener next Wednesday night at Suncorp Stadium.
Andrew Webster The inaugural members were named at a gala function at The Star on Monday night.
Tom Decent Coach says Waratah's 50-23 victory is excellent preparation for looming New Zealand trip.
Michael Chammas Gold Coast hooker Nathan Peats has been called into NSW camp and is in line to make his Origin debut after Peter Wallace's dreams of a representative rendezvous were shattered in Newcastle on Sunday.
Paul Cully It was hard to escape the conclusion that we were only watching a limited team beat a poor team.