EXPERIENCED Penrith forward Scott Sattler and North Queensland fullback Matt Bowen are surprise selections for Queensland in next week's second State of Origin match against NSW in Sydney.
QUEENSLAND have made a few changes to the squad that was outplayed by NSW last Wednesday night at Suncorp Stadium.
THE NSW selectors have today named an unchanged line-up for the second State of Origin match at Telstra Stadium on June 25.
NEW Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition is hotting up with some high scores posted, an exciting draw, and the Raiders now well in front at the top of the ladder.
QUEENSLAND selectors will receive a medical report from the New Zealand Warriors today before deciding whether to include hooker PJ Marsh in the Maroons squad for the second State of Origin game.
FOUR new players are expected to be named in Queensland's side today for the second state of Origin match in Sydney on Wednesday week.
NSW second rower Craig Fitzgibbon will undergo x-rays on a suspected fractured eye socket this morning, with his place in the second State of Origin game hinging on the outcome.
FRIDAY night's game between Newcastle and the Dragons was the perfect follow-up to Origin I. Both sides played end-to-end footy and with the Knights getting home thanks to a rip snorter of a goal right on fulltime. The man of the moment was Andrew Johns and for those who doubt that Joey is the best player in the world, you only have to listen to the Gus Gould and the TV commentary team. Pedantic critics point to a word count of 'Joey' 63 times, 'Johns' 136 times and 'champion halfback' 1,354 times. But as far as this expert is concerned, Gus was merely reassuring us that all is well between he and Joey. It was one the most well-balanced and down to earth match calls since the great Rex Mossop aired his dulcet tones during Channel 7's 'Manly match of the day' in the 1970s.
NEW South Wales prop Josh Perry is in danger of missing the second State of Origin game after being charged with two offences by the National Rugby League judiciary today.
THE National Rugby League has slugged Cronulla with a $15,000 fine after coach Chris Anderson abused the referee in the players' tunnel following Saturday night's game at Toyota Park.
NEW Zealand Warriors hooker PJ Marsh has been cleared of any bone damage to his neck and has returned to Auckland.
MELBOURNE Storm will take the unique step of offering a special discount ticket offer to all AFL and AFL club members this week in a bid to stimulate support for this Sunday?s clash with the Bulldogs at Olympic Park.
CRONULLA coach Chris Anderson could find himself in hot water with the National Rugby League tomorrow following allegations he abused referee Rod Lawrence at Toyota Park last night.