THE thought of tackling 193cm, 110kg Queensland giant Petero Civoniceva doesn't scare NSW rugby league hard man Ben Kennedy.
PETERO Civoniceva says NSW will be wasting its time trying to bait Queensland Origin debutant Danny Nutley on Wednesday night.
PENRITH manager Mick Leary says Luke Priddis should be a "walk-up start" for the hooker role if Blues skipper Danny Buderus is ruled out of next month's Origin decider in Brisbane.
QUEENSLAND captain Darren Lockyer swears his side can bounce back in game three of the State of Origin series after losing to New South Wales 32-22 last night in Sydney.
TONIGHT'S second Origin may be a promoter's dream, but Queensland captain Darren Lockyer says his latest battle with champion Blues half Andrew Johns is not a "world title".
FORMER NSW coach Phil Gould is worried the Blues will peak too early for their Origin clash with Queensland on Wednesday night.
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.