MUCH conjecture has been raised about Queensland following the two thrashings handed to them by New South Wales in games one and two of the series. Some have even gone overboard and said the Origin concept is 'dead', and Queensland won't be winning another Origin series anytime soon.
FEBRUARY 2 was a day that will live in the hearts for all Australians and Coogee Dolphin fans alike. For those as lucky as I was, to witness such a passionate and heart-warming tribute for the Coogee Dolphins, I think you would agree that it was a moment that will always stay with you.
MELBOURNE hooker Cameron Smith will become just the second Storm player to represent Queensland after he was today selected for the third and final State of Origin match to be played at Suncorp Stadium next week.
THE Blues Origin squad will travel to the New South Wales coastal town of Forster today for a three-day training camp. Players and staff will fly to Taree before driving to Forster, a town known for its fishing spots and excellent surf.
THE Australian Rugby League has ignored a plea from the Queensland camp to o overlook Bill Harrigan for next week's third State of Origin game, appointing him for a 21st appearance.
SPURNED by Queensland's Origin selectors, Rhys Wesser has been comforted by a man who knows how he feels, St George Illawarra winger Nathan Blacklock.
TONGA is chasing the services of two Kiwi rugby league stars for the Rugby World Cup.
AUSTRALIAN rugby league coach Chris Anderson has declared the Test five-eighth position wide open following the selection of Bulldogs playmaker Braith Anasta in the New South Wales Origin side.
THE captain of a Gold Coast rugby league team has been banned from playing or coaching for two years after pleading guilty to handling a referee in an aggressive manner.
THE Sydney Airport Jets Jim Beam squad, many of whom would qualify to play in an Under 21 competition, won their first match of the season last Saturday. The Jets defeated Central Coast outfit Ourimbah 27-26 in a drama-packed encounter, with players on report from both teams. The Newtown boys battled courageously to hang onto their narrow lead with only eleven players on the field at one stage, and proved they will be of real nuisance value in the remaining competition rounds.
LONDON Broncos can confirm that former Kangaroo hooker, Jason Hetherington
will not be returning to the club after failing to recover sufficiently from post-season shoulder surgery.
MATT Jobson made his first-grade debut for Newcastle in 2001 and but only managed four more appearances for the Knights leading into this year's National Rugby League (NRL) season.
THE Manly Sea Eagles will bring a depleted league line-up to play the Warriors at Ericsson Stadium on Saturday night ? but come with a heavyweight management team making no secret of its intentions to hunt for players.
RAIDERS winger Jamaal Lolesi has signed with the Bulldogs for two years after rejecting an offer from the Raiders.
CANBERRA halfback Michael Monaghan says he'd like to see Luke O'donnell playing alongside him at Manly next year, despite the Wests Tigers forward putting him out of the game for nine weeks by breaking his jaw early this season.