A great start to the SOO series at Suncorp

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.

Injuries give some players hope at the expense of the dejected

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.

Breaking News: Origin series to start under grey skies

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.

Riddell denies off-field dramas led to sacking

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.

State of Origin I - Player by Player

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.

Queenslanders to risk loss rather than draw

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.

Bennett doesn't know how Tallis will handle Origin I

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.

Telstra Football Expo At Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush Bay,

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.

Dragons lose Ryles with Origin injury

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.

Ferris gets two weeks for dangerous throw

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.

Eels sign four players

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.

McLinden re-signs for three more years with Raiders

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.

Hopoate in hot water again

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.

McLinden set to remain a Raider

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.

Tasesa Lavea To Switch Codes

FORMER Kiwi league international Tasesa Lavea may be targeting an Auckland NPC rugby berth, but recovering from knee surgery is his immediate concern.

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