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.

Origin Gains High TV Rating

THE opening match of the 2003 Harvey Norman State of Origin Series has attracted a massive Australia wide viewing audience of 3,534,883 people.

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.

Stapling Head Wounds Offputting To Aussie Viewers

THE Australian Rugby League (ARL) today said it would ban the use of medical staple guns on the field of play after fans saw gruesome images of a player being treated during the State of Origin match yesterday.

Walker waiting for call

SYDNEY Roosters flyer Chris Walker says he is hoping to receive a phone call from Queensland State Of Origin selectors following the Maroons' costly loss to NSW last night.

Ground surface leads to political point-scoring

THE Queensland Opposition today called on the State Government to take the blame for the poor quality of the playing surface at the new $280 million 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.

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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