NSW centre Mark Gasnier is quietly confident he will be right for Wednesday's State of Origin clash against Queensland despite a groin injury.
RETIRED NSW enforcer Mark Geyer has challenged Blues prop Luke Bailey to get square with Queensland opposite Carl Webb in Origin II on Wednesday week.
MELBOURNE Storm centre Matt King is one player whose position in the NSW Origin line-up is not under threat.
THE huge shadow cast by star halfback Andrew Johns again threatens to engulf incumbent NSW No.7 Brett Kimmorley after his nightmare State of Origin rugby league return.
INJURED Maroons lock Tonie Carroll is certain his rookie replacement Casey McGuire won't let Queensland down in his State of Origin debut at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night.
FORMER NSW rugby league skipper Ben Elias says Origin-appointed referee Paul Simpkins will be a liability for the Blues at next Wednesday's series opener at Brisbane.
PENRITH was reeling from what it believed to be a State of Origin snub from both NSW and Queensland rugby league selectors.
PAUL Simpkins has been appointed to referee the first State of Origin match at Suncorp Stadium on May 25.
FORMER Maroon halfback Allan Langer says Brad Thorn is ripe for a Queensland State of Origin jersey just nine games into his rugby league comeback.
BLUES coach Ricky Stuart lit the fuse for another representative selection bunfight by declaring he could not guarantee Australian players a spot in the Blues side.