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.
STATE of Origin casualty Justin Hodges will NOT seek legal action against Suncorp Stadium despite a season-ending injury on the uneven playing surface last Wednesday.
QUEENSLAND centre Justin Hodges has been given legal advice he could sue after injuring his knee at Suncorp Stadium during Wednesday's State of Origin match.
TONY Rea has again named the same team for this Sunday's game at Castleford Tigers.
IN Bulls Eye this week, coach Brian Noble, second row forward, Jamie Peacock and hooker James Lowes look ahead to Sunday's Round 14 Tetley's Super League clash at Wilderspool when the Bulls travel across Pennines to take on the Wolves.
WIGAN Warriors Coach Stuart Raper has announced the following team for Friday's Tetley's Super League home clash with Hull at the JJB Stadium, 8pm Kick Off.
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.