THE first State of Origin match in 2003 at a packed Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane was another classic match with NSW coming out the victors by 25 - 12 over a very committed QLD team.
WITH Queensland suffering three injuries in tonight?s opening Origin match, Wayne Bennett and his selectors must now look at who is available for the second match at Telstra Stadium in a fortnight.
THE rugby league State of Origin series will start under grey skies in Brisbane tonight before a sell-out crowd of more than 50,000 at Suncorp Stadium.
ST George Illawarra cult figure Mark Riddell has denied off-field behaviour had been responsible for his sacking from the starting side. Dragon's coach Nathan Brown has dumped hooker Riddell to the bench and handed his spot to rookie Dean Young for Friday night's clash at Newcastle.
PLAYER by Player analysis for the Queensland and New South Wales sides to play in tonight's opening Rugby League State of Origin game at the rejuvenated Lang Park, aka Suncorp Stadium.
QUEENSLAND coach Wayne Bennett has instructed his players to risk losing rather than go into extra time in tonight's first State of Origin match against NSW in Brisbane.
QUEENSLAND coach Wayne Bennett believes Gorden Tallis's fragile temperament will be seriously tested in tomorrow night's emotion-charged State of Origin rugby league opener in Brisbane.
RUGBY league fans can prepare for Sunday?s clash between the Bulldogs and Manly-Warringah at Sydney Showground by attending the Telstra Football Expo at Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush Bay, prior to kick-off.
NSW prop Jason Ryles has been ruled out of St George Illawarra's Telstra Premiership match against the Knights in Newcastle tomorrow with a shoulder injury from last night's State of Origin clash.
MANLY halfback Jason Ferris has copped a two-week suspension after being found guilty of a grade one dangerous throw charge at the National Rugby League's judiciary hearing.
PARRAMATTA looks to have solved its halfback dilemma, for the next four National Rugby League seasons at least, with the signing of youngster Michael Witt to a new long-term deal.
TALENTED utility back Mark McLinden has re-signed with Canberra for another three National Rugby League seasons. McLinden has been considering a move to England but has decided to stay in the national capital to pursue a premiership with the Raiders.
CONTROVERSIAL Manly rugby league winger John Hopoate will face disciplinary action from the club after admitting he played in a fifth grade rugby union match on Monday.
RAIDERS five eighth Mark McLinden is poised to sign a multi year deal and remain with the table topping Canberra Raiders. The news will no doubt warm the hearts of Canberra fans as McLinden is one of Canberra's favourite sons and his loss would have devestated many Canberra fans, including this one.
FORMER Kiwi league international Tasesa Lavea may be targeting an Auckland NPC rugby berth, but recovering from knee surgery is his immediate concern.