NSW has rushed Newcastle centre Matthew Gidley into the starting lineup for tonights first State of Origin clash after St George Illawarra centre Shaun Timmins failed a medical this morning after coming down with the flu.
LEADING referee Bill Harrigan has been handed the whistle for Wednesday nights opening match of this years State of Origin series in front of an expected crowd of 60,000 people at Stadium Australia.
I, for one was not expecting a victory today as Canberra had been impressive in their last two starts and being a true believer in Canberra's reputation for blowing tight games, I tipped the Rabbits and they did me proud. Canberra played some of the dumbest, mind numbing football for years and with so many falcons, Canberra are sure to finish up with at least one trophy in the cabinet at the end of the year.
ROUND ten is upon us and it sees the majority of sides take to the field very much understrentgh due to representative duties.
ROBBIE Kearns has pulled up lame after a training session at Stadium Australia today and looks to be in grave doubt for the opening State of Origin match to be played at Stadium Australia next Wednesday.
ROUND 10 Telstra Premiership Teams.
QUEENSLAND have named their side for the first State of Origin game to be played at Stadium Australia on May 22. The only surprise inclusion was veteran Andrew Gee, who was named on the bench. Bulldogs lock Travis Norton was unlucky to miss out.
BRISBANE have mainitained their unbeaten record in this years NRL Telstra Premiership as the Sharks and Storm continue their slide down the table.
NSW have named a side that will defintely start as rank outsiders in the first State of Origin match on May 22 at Stadium Australia. There were surprise selections, most notably Parramatta duo Jason Moodie and Michael Vella, with the latter only making his return from injury this weekend against the Sharks. The selectors overlooked incumbent test centre Matthew Gidley as his form has been well below par and many questions have been raised about his defensive capabilities in big matches. His performance in Friday nights City/Country match sealed his fate with Gidley showing far too many defensive lapses in his game.
CANBERRA have been given a raw deal by an oaf by the name of Paul Simpkins at WIN Stadium this afternoon.