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.

Tallis pleads guilty

QUEENSLAND captain Gorden Tallis has pleaded guilty to a high tackle on Brisbane team-mate Michael Devere during the opening State of Origin game.

NSW wins classic match

ANDREW Johns got a kiss from his coach Phil Gould after a dominant performance as New South Wales won the opening State of Origin rugby league match against Queensland in Brisbane.

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.

Kearns To Heed Coach's Words

MELBOURNE Storm prop Robbie Kearns is determined to follow the advice of NSW coach Phil Gould and play a key role for his club this weekend just days after helping the Blues to a memorable State of Origin victory.

Multi-use Jubilee : The Battle For Botany Bay

AS part of the plan for a wider community use of OKI Jubilee Stadium, the Soccer Dragons will be playing a State-level Superleague game on Sunday, the 15th of June, against the Sutherland Sharks(3.00pm kick-off).

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.

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.

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