THE aftermath of Origin is the inevitable let down we get from seeing the mere mortals trundle around the field in their team colours pretending to think they are solely focussed on club duties.
FORMER Kiwis skipper and prop Nathan Cayless is confident his arm injury will have recovered sufficiently to give him a chance to regain his spot for the rugby league test against the Kangaroos on July 25.
WITH all the hype surrounding the first State of Origin match, Round 10 of the NSWRL Premier League has snuck up on us.
ROUND 8 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup has some interesting match ups as always.
STATE of Origin casualty Justin Hodges' manager has called on the NRL to allow clubs salary cap exemptions as compensation for players injured in representative games.
A short, sharp pain followed by a burst of warmth and a sensation of fluid running down the forehead through the eyes, across parts of the face and into the mouth giving a tasteful metallic flavour. White blood cells rush frantically to the scene of the damage, desperately trying to clot the open wound. By this stage a clearly visible cut has spilt blood all over the right hand side of Michael De Vere's head, which is promptly actioned by referee Bill Harrigan who insists De Vere seek medical attention in compliance with the game's bleeding regulations.
QUEENSLANDER Justin Hodges is considering legal action against Suncorp Stadium after suffering a serious knee injury in last night's State of Origin match against NSW, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph.
QUEENSLAND began scouring its playing ranks for State of Origin answers on Thursday as questions continued to be posed about the state of the Suncorp Stadium playing surface.
FORMER international winger Adam MacDougall made a triumphant return to the National Rugby League to help Newcastle to a last-minute 32-30 win over St George Illawarra Friday night at EnergyAustralia Stadium.
THE Eels stunned not only the Warriors but themselves in a thrilling 28-26 win at Parramatta Stadium.
A week after being humiliated by South Sydney, the Melbourne Storm has comprehensively beaten the Penrith Panthers by 32 points to 12. After a big clash in Townsville last week it appears that Penrith just didn?t turn up to play and lacked any sort of intensity. But take nothing away from Melbourne as they hit back with a crushing victory to return to the winners circle.
SHARKS halfback Brett Kimmorley has suffered a broken jaw in tonight?s two-point win over the Wests Tigers at Toyota Park.
IN front of a highly vocal home crowd, the Cronulla Sharks have snuck home to beat a determined Wests Tigers outfit by 28 points to 26. Cronulla were never behind on the scoreboard but had the tenacious Tigers yapping at their heels whenever they slackened off. The game was a scrappy encounter with plenty of handling errors and silly penalties contributing to the frustration of the crowd, who at half time and full time were so abusive that the referee was escorted to the dressing rooms by the Police.
PARRAMATTA Eels coach Brian Smith is eyeing a shutdown of the Warriors' matchwinners out wide ahead of their National Rugby League clash in Sydney on Saturday.
AS crazy as it sounds, Parramatta are still an outside chance at making the top eight. I know this theory will more than likely be blown out of the water by the Cowboys next weekend but just hear me out before you think about having me committed.