PENRITH fullback Rhys Wesser is delighted by his late call-up to the Queensland team and says he has no concerns about playing out of position in next week's State Of Origin decider in Melbourne.
STEVE Clark has been retained as referee for the State of Origin decider in Melbourne tomorrow week. Clark was the whistle-blower in Origin II in Brisbane earlier this month when Queensland thumped New South Wales 30-6 to keep the series alive.
TEST prop Petero Civoniceva won't travel with his Queensland State of Origin rugby league teammates to Melbourne today due to illness. Civoniceva will remain in Brisbane but is expected to join the rest of the Maroons squad tomorrow.
MARK Gasnier has thrown a scare into the NSW camp after the Blues five-eighth was rushed to hospital this afternoon for x-rays on a hand injury.
NSW selection chairman Bob McCarthy denies the Blues are taking a gamble by naming Mark Gasnier at five-eighth for Wednesday week's deciding third State-of-Origin rugby league match against Queensland.
QUEENSLAND'S State Of Origin preparations have hit a snag with damaging centre Justin Hodges unavailable for Wednesday week's series decider in Melbourne.
NEW South Wales and Queensland rugby league selectors name their line-ups today for the State of Origin decider in Melbourne on Wednesday week.
CHAMPION halfback Andrew Johns has ruled out making a return to representative football for the third and deciding State of Origin clash in Melbourne. Johns had hinted at a possible comeback for NSW after the Blues were thumped 30-6 by Queensland at Suncorp Stadium to level the series 1-1 on Wednesday night.
NEW South Wales prop Willie Mason has implored Blues selectors to keep faith with the side humbled in game two of the State Of Origin series last night.
QUEENSLAND'S crushing victory has quickly turned the State of Origin series decider at Melbourne's Telstra Dome into a sellout. Ticket offices were rushed in the wake of the Maroons' 30-6 upset win at Suncorp Stadium last night and remaining tickets for the July 5 match were snapped up for the 53,355-capacity venue.