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Proud Robinson not fussed on NRL top four

Roosters coach Trent Robinson can be content in the club's depth after seven first-choice players missed the side's defeat of the Gold Coast.

Origin no excuse for Dragons' dip: Mary

St George Illawarra are on their first losing streak of the NRL season after getting upset by the Wests Tigers on Sunday.

Farah ready to plot demise of Rabbitohs

Robbie Farah will look to help take down NRL leaders South Sydney a month after leaving the club to return home to the Wests Tigers.

Brimson gives Taylor some welcome relief

Alexander 'AJ' Brimson upped his running game in a controversial loss to the Roosters to provide some welcome relief for a frustrated Ashley Taylor.

Day of upsets opens NRL's top-eight race

Canberra or Wests Tigers could still sneak into the NRL's top eight after Brisbane were handed their second-biggest defeat of the season to the Warriors.

Snapshot of round 18 of the NRL

The run into the NRL's finals has begun with State of Origin over and seven rounds to play before the end of the regular season.

Tigers hold out Dragons in NRL thriller

ROBBIE FARAH of the Blues looks on during the State Of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Wests Tigers veteran Robbie Farah set up all three of his team's tries in their 20-16 upset over St George Illawarra.

NRL rookies star for makeshift Roosters

COOPER CRONK of the Australian Kangaroos at a training session in Melbourne, Australia

A controversial try to debutant Sean O'Sullivan stole the show as the undermanned Sydney Roosters scored a crucial 20-12 win on the Gold Coast.

Warriors upset Broncos 26-6 in Brisbane

ANDREW MCCULLOUGH of the Broncos kicks the ball during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Sydney Roosters at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

The New Zealand Warriors have upset Brisbane 26-6 in their NRL clash at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.

Lockyer sees changes for Wally Lewis Medal

Former NRL player DARREN LOCKYER is seen before the State Of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Selector Darren Lockyer says changes should come from an NRL review into the process of choosing State of Origin's Wally Lewis Medal winner.

Cook, Maloney and Tedesco eye Aussie spots

DAMIEN COOK of the Rabbitohs makes a break during the NRL trial match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Wigan at ANZ Stadium Sydney in Sydney, Australia.

NSW could have three members of the Kangaroos' spine this year with fullback James Tedesco and hooker Damien Cook poised to join half James Maloney.

Manly see light at end of 2018 NRL tunnel

Manly coach TRENT BARRETT looks on at the post match media conference at the end of the NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Manly Sea Eagles at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville, Australia.

Manly's NRL season has been one bad hit after another but coach Trent Barrett says he can see some silver linings in the development of young players.

Storm profits in NRL from Smith's decision

CAMERON SMITH of Australia kicks during a 2017 Rugby League World Cup match at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Queensland's loss has been Melbourne's gain with the Storm proving the beneficiary of having Cameron Smith during and after the State of Origin period.

Cowboys need to look to NRL future: Green

Cowboys coach PAUL GREEN looks on before the start of the NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Brisbane Broncos at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville, Australia.

North Queensland coach Paul Green has implored his team to not give up following the Cowboys' 13th loss of the NRL season.

Raiders' Croker could miss NRL season

JARROD CROKER of the Raiders is tackled during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the New Zealand Warriors at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Canberra captain Jarrod Croker could miss the rest of the NRL season in a major blow to the Raiders' tilt at making the finals.

Ironman Cook proves his class against Dogs

DAMIEN COOK of the Rabbitohs in action during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canberra Raiders at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia.

South Sydney hooker Damien Cook has starred in the Rabbitohs' 24-6 NRL win over Canterbury just days days after playing State of Origin III.

Raiders smash Cowboys in freezing Canberra

JARROD CROKER of the Raiders makes a run during the NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Canberra Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Canberra have smashed North Queensland 38-12 at a frosty GIO Stadium but the NRL victory's been marred by Raiders captain Jarrod Croker suffering a knee injury.

Smith shines as Storm beat Manly, Origin

CAMERON SMITH of the Storm charges forward during the NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Melbourne Storm at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Cameron Smith's boot has helped Melbourne to a controversial 14-13 NRL victory over Manly after they trailed 12-0 early.

Souths reveal Jennings's battle with bulge

South Sydney coach Anthony Seibold says try-scoring freak Robert Jennings turned up to the club's NRL pre-season training eight kilograms overweight.

Souths beat Dogs for 9th straight NRL win

South Sydney have recorded their ninth straight NRL win with a 24-6 victory over Canterbury at ANZ Stadium.

Roosters stars out of Titans NRL clash

COOPER CRONK of the Maroons passes the ball during the State Of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

The Sydney Roosters have rested Latrell Mitchell and James Tedesco for Sunday's NRL clash with the Gold Coast.

Dragons expect Origin III stars to back up

BEN HUNT passes the ball during a Brisbane Broncos NRL training session in Brisbane, Australia.

Tyson Frizell, Tariq Sims, Paul Vaughan, Ben Hunt and Jack de Belin are expected to back up from State of Origin for St George Illawarra against Wests Tigers.

NRL rules quirk affects Broncos' NRL side

Coach WAYNE BENNETT talks to his players during the Brisbane Broncos NRL training session in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett has been forced into a late reshuffle thanks to two key omissions and an NRL rules quirk he isn't thrilled with.

Sharks hit straps as stars plan returns

MATT MOYLAN of the Sharks kicks the ball during the NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Penrith Panthers at Southern Cross Group Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Matt Moylan is finding form and Josh Dugan and Luke Lewis are due back from injury soon as Cronulla prepare for their NRL finals charge.

Panthers finally see the NRL injury light

JOSH MANSOUR of the Panthers takes on the defence during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Penrith Panthers at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Penrith could have as many as six players return from injury and being rested over the next three weeks as the club prepares for their NRL finals charge.

Hayne finally playing pain free for Eels

JARRYD HAYNE of the Titans takes on the defence during the NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the New Zealand Warriors at Cbus Super Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Parramatta star Jarryd Hayne has revealed he is playing pain free for the first time this NRL season after overcoming a niggling hip issue.

Knights' cautious on Ponga's return

KALYN PONGA of the Knights runs the ball during the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Newcastle Knights at WIN Stadium in Wollongong, Australia.

Newcastle say superstar fullback Kalyn Ponga is unlikely to return from a hamstring injury next weekend against the Gold Coast.

Meninga wants Kangaroos-Tonga Test match

Australia coach MAL MENINGA conducts an interview at Darwin Stadium in Darwin, Australia

Australian coach Mal Meninga says the Kangaroos could play Tonga in New Zealand following their Test against the Kiwis in October.

Pearce steers Knights to thrilling NRL win

MITCHELL PEARCE of the Knights warms up during the NRL Trial Match between the Newcastle Knights and the Parramatta Eels at Maitland No 1 Showground in Newcastle, Australia.

Mitchell Pearce has starred in his first game back from a pectoral injury, leading Newcastle to an 18-16 NRL win over Parramatta.

Matt Moylan has last laugh over Panthers

MATT MOYLAN of the Sharks kicks the ball during the NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Penrith Panthers at Southern Cross Group Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Matt Moylan was booed from the moment he took the field but the one-time Penrith hero has starred in Cronulla's 24-12 NRL win over the Panthers.

NRL bans Canberra's Wighton for 10 weeks

JACK WIGHTON of the Raiders runs the ball during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the St George Illawarra Dragons at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Canberra fullback Jack Wighton has been ruled out for the rest of the season after the NRL overruled a six-week ban imposed by the Raiders.

Nine straight in NRL beckons for Souths

Coach ANTHONY SEIBOLD looks on during a South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL training session at Redfern Oval in Sydney, Australia.

South Sydney have a chance to claim their ninth NRL victory in a row when they face Canterbury at ANZ Stadium.

Cherry-Evans in Kangaroos frame: Meninga

DALY CHERRY-EVANS of the Sea Eagles passes during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Manly Sea Eagles at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Daly Cherry-Evans' outstanding comeback to Queensland's State of Origin team has put him in serious contention for a return to the Kangaroos.

Hodgson backs Raiders' winning behaviour

Josh Hodgson of the Raiders in action during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Sydney Roostrers at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Canberra star Josh Hodgson says criticism surrounding Joseph Leilua's celebration after the matchwinning try against Cantebury hasn't affected the group.

Warrior's Johnson searching for space

SHAUN JOHNSON of the Kiwis in action during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup match between the New Zealand Kiwis and Tonga at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Warriors playmaker Shaun Johnson will refuse to be nullified by Brisbane's rush defence in their NRL meeting this weekend.

Storm rest Origin stars for Manly clash

BILLY SLATER looks on during the Australian Kangaroos Rugby League World Cup training session at Langlands Park in Brisbane, Australia.

State of Origin stars Billy Slater, Cameron Munster, Will Chambers and Josh Addo-Carr will miss Melboune's NRL clash with Manly.

Prop Satae signs new Warriors NRL deal

CHRIS SATAE of the Warriors charges forward during the NRL trial match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Melbourne Storm at Rotorua International Stadium in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Chris Satae has become the second front-rower this week to commit his long-term NRL future to the Warriors.

NRL non-Origin stars highlight global game

Australia coach MAL MENINGA conducts an interview at Darwin Stadium in Darwin, Australia

The growth of rugby league's global game is highlighted by the list of NRL stars not eligible for State of Origin this year.

Manly's Tanginoa in miraculous NRL return

KELEPI TANGINOA of the Sea Eagles is tackled during the NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Parramatta Eels at Lottoland in Sydney, Australia.

Kelepi Tanginoa was ruled out for the NRL season in round four, but the Manly player has defied the odds to recover from his ACL injury and return to the field.

Penrith's Campbell-Gillard on KFC for NRL

REAGAN CAMPBELL-GILLARD poses before a New South Wales State of Origin training session at Coogee Oval in Sydney, Australia.

Reagan Campbell Gillard was NSW's first-pick big man a month ago, but a broken jaw has him eating fast food to make up the 8kg he lost while injured.

Holmes intercept the difference: Slater

BILLY SLATER of Australia breaks away to score a try during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Semi Final match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia

Billy Slater says Valentine Holmes' superb intercept proved the difference in Queensland's State of Origin III win but he is not talking about the winger's try.

NRL round 18 preview panel

A look ahead to round 18 of the NRL.

Fittler defends live Origin interview

BRAD FITTLER poses during a press conference at the Star announcing his new role as coach of the New South Wales State of Origin team in Sydney, Australia.

NSW coach Brad Fittler has dismissed suggestions his live interview during State of Origin III proved a distraction.

Tedesco, Cook zero in on Roos call ups

JAMES TEDESCO of the Roosters runs the ball during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Gold Coast Titans at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia.

James Tedesco, James Maloney and Damien Cook are amongst a handful of NSW players who are in the running for Australian call ups.

NSW Blues Origin stars ready for NRL push

ANGUS CRICHTON of the Rabbitohs during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canberra Raiders at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Nine members of NSW's State of Origin-winning squad are part of three Sydney teams making the running in the NRL premiership.

Parramatta after revenge against Knights

MITCHELL MOSES of the Eels in action during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Parramatta halfback Mitchell Moses admits the Eels want revenge against Newcastle after they were flogged by the Knights in round 13 of the NRL.

Raiders' Wighton ban not harsh enough: NRL

JACK WIGHTON of the Raiders runs the ball during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the St George Illawarra Dragons at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg has warned Canberra the Raiders' proposed suspension for fullback Jack Wighton could be overruled by the league.

Pacific Cups, British tour in NRL's eyes

Chairman PETER BEATTIE speaks during a visit in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Village in Gold Coast, Australia.

The NRL will propose a shake up of the international game to include more Pacific Tests and a Kangaroos tour of Great Britain at the end of 2019.

Maroons' Arrow spurred by Origin doubters

JAI ARROW runs through a training drill during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session in Brisbane, Australia.

Jai Arrow became Queensland's youngest starting prop in their State of Origin III victory and at just 101kg he may also have been the Maroons' lightest.

NRL unfussed by Origin TV numbers dip

TODD GREENBERG, Chief Executive Officer of the National Rugby League looks on after the NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Canberra Raiders at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

State of Origin Game III has recorded the series' lowest television ratings since 2006, pulling in just 1.77 million viewers.

Eight weeks to decide the NRL's top four

JAYDEN BRAILEY of the Sharks is tackled during the NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Cronulla Sharks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

State of Origin is over and the top eight is largely decided but the race for the NRL's top four is alive before the final two months of the season.

How your NRL team's finals hopes shape up

Ten teams retain a faint hope of playing finals football in 2018, but inside the NRL's top eight there are far tighter battles going on.

I need to dominate end-game more: Cleary

NATHAN CLEARY of the Panthers looks on during the NRL trial match between the Penrith Panthers and the Sydney Roosters at Penrith Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

NSW halfback Nathan Cleary admits he needed to be more dominant late in the Blues' State of Origin III loss to Queensland on Wednesday.

Qld benefit from Munster memory loss

CAMERON MUNSTER of the Storm is tackled during the NRL Qualifying Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the Parramatta Eels at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Cameron Munster's Queensland halves partnership with Daly Cherry-Evans began promisingly thanks to the Maroons No.6's ability to quickly forget his mistakes.

Maloney gets scans as Panthers rest stars

JAMES MALONEY of the Sharks runs the ball during the 2016 NRL Grand Final match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

James Maloney will get scans on his injured foot but he won't play for Penrith against Cronulla anyway, with coach Anthony Griffin resting his Origin players.

Tariq Sims regrets Origin brain snap

TARIQ SIMS of the Dragons is tackled by DYLAN WALKER of the Eagles during the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Manly Sea Eagles at WIN Stadium in Wollongong, Australia.

NSW led by six points midway through the second half of State of Origin III when debutant Tariq Sims gave away a crucial penalty in possession of the ball.

Morgan may be Qld's odd man out

Coach KEVIN WALTERS calls out instructions to his players during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session at Sanctuary Cove in Brisbane, Australia.

Test half Michael Morgan may battle to break back into Queensland's State of Origin side when he returns from injury next year.

Qld win could play on NSW's mind: Lockyer

BILLY SLATER looks on during the Australian Kangaroos Rugby League World Cup training session at Langlands Park in Brisbane, Australia.

Queensland's Billy Slater-inspired State of Origin III win provided self confidence to the new-look Maroons and self doubt for NSW, Darren Lockyer says.

NRL to review Lewis medal voting system

Former NRL player DARREN LOCKYER is seen before the State Of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

The NRL will look at a different voting structure for the Wally Lewis medal after Billy Slater controversially won the State of Origin honour.

Fittler warns Blues rookies to improve

Nathan Peats speaks to City coach BRAD FITTLER during a City NSW Origin training session at Leichhardt Oval in Sydney, Australia.

NSW's game three loss to Queensland is a reminder of the need to improve from game to game in an Origin series, says Blues coach Brad Fittler.

Cherry-Evans puts myths to bed: Walters

BILLY SLATER of Australia breaks away to score a try during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Semi Final match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia

Queensland coach Kevin Walters says all the rumours about Daly Cherry-Evans can finally be put to bed after inspiring their State of Origin III win.

What you need to know from Origin III

Queensland salvaged some pride with an 18-12 win over NSW in game three of State of Origin at Suncorp Stadium, but NSW still walked away with the Shield.

Arthur lights fire under struggling Eels

Eels head coach BRAD ARTHUR talks to players during a Parramatta Eels NRL training session in Sydney, Australia.

Parramatta's interest in several players has lit a fire under the Eels' NRL playing squad.

Klemmer charged for tripping in Origin III

DAVID KLEMMER of the Bulldogs is tackled during the NRL match between the Bulldogs and the Panthers at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

NSW prop David Klemmer is facing a maximum $1800 fine for tripping in the second half of State of Origin III.

Qld player ratings for State of Origin III

Player ratings for Queensland in the third game of the 2018 State of Origin series, won 18-12 by the Maroons over NSW.

NSW player ratings for State of Origin III

Player ratings for NSW in the third game of the 2018 State of Origin series, won 18-12 by Queensland.

Billy Slater claims Wally Lewis medal

Billy Slater has farewelled the State of Origin arena with the Wally Lewis medal as the player of the series.

Maroons find Origin fight to avoid sweep

An analysis of State of Origin III between New South Wales and Queensland at Suncorp Stadium.

DCE makes sensational Origin comeback

Daly Cherry-Evans has capped off a terrific State of Origin comeback for Queensland with the try that ultimately clinched victory in game three.

Langer statue confirmed for Suncorp

Allan Langer will be immortalised in bronze after the Queensland government confirmed a statue of the ex-halfback would be constructed outside Suncorp Stadium.

Qld win Origin III, avoid series whitewash

JAKE TRBOJEVIC of Australia is tackled during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup match between the Australian Kangaroos and England at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Queensland have avoided a State of Origin clean sweep by beating NSW 18-12 in the final match of the series.

Eels tip Jennings to bounce back in NRL

Michael Jennings' Parramatta teammates say he's looking refreshed after being sent back to reserve grade by coach Brad Arthur.

Beattie defends Origin III ticket prices

Chairman PETER BEATTIE speaks during a visit in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Village in Gold Coast, Australia.

More than 47,000 tickets have been sold for Wednesday's State of Origin III, with Peter Beattie defending the cost of entry saying it's like 'airline tickets'.

Origin speculation got to me: Ash Taylor

ASHLEY TAYLOR of the Titans looks to pass the ball during the NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Melbourne Storm in Gold Coast, Australia.

Gold Coast halfback Ash Taylor says the hype and subsequent disappointment of missing out on a State of Origin call-up took its toll on him.

Eels to finish NRL review by season's end

Parramatta say they hope to finalise their review of the misfiring NRL club by the end of the season.

Signs good for DCE statement: Qld

DALY CHERRY-EVANS of the Eagles in action during the 20 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Manly Sea Eagles at WIN Stadium in Wollongong, Australia.

Queensland assistant Josh Hannay expects recalled halfback Daly Cherry-Evans to make a statement in Wednesday's State of Origin III in Brisbane.

Queensland have lost their aura

MITCHELL PEARCE of the Knights in the warm up during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Manly Sea Eagles at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

Former NSW halfback Mitchell Pearce says Queensland have lost their aura following the Blues' State of Origin series win.

Broncos' Kahu reveals extent of broken jaw

JORDAN KAHU of the Broncos runs the ball during the 2015 NRL Grand Final match at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Jordan Kahu is back impressing for the Brisbane Broncos but his comeback from a broken jaw was far from straight forward.

Freddie's Blues create Origin team song

The NSW side have come up with their own State of Origin team song which they hope to belt out after a win in State of Origin III.

Blues out to spoil Maroons' ambitions

BILLY SLATER of Australia breaks away to score a try during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Semi Final match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia

NSW are ready to spoil the State of Origin ambitions of Billy Slater and Daly Cherry-Evans in game three, according to Blues players.

Klemmer is NSW key for Origin III: Fittler

DAVID KLEMMER of the Bulldogs is tackled during the NRL match between the Bulldogs and the Panthers at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

NSW coach Brad Fittler believes prop David Klemmer will be key to a State of Origin clean sweep against Queensland on Wednesday.

Extra NRL season got Morris to Sharks

JOSH MORRIS of the Bulldogs runs the ball during the NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadiumin Sydney, Australia.

Josh Morris' decision to knock back an offer to stay at Canterbury and head to Cronulla came down partly to the lengths of the NRL contracts he was offered.

Oates, Gagai face "big ask" in Qld defence

COREY OATES of the Broncos looks on during the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Queensland coach Kevin Walters admits Corey Oates and Dane Gagai face a "big ask" in defence in Wednesday's State of Origin III in Brisbane.

Tallis calls for new Qld Maroons leader

BILLY SLATER of Australia breaks away to score a try during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Semi Final match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia

Ex-Queensland captain Gorden Tallis has demanded a new leader emerge as the Maroons look to send out Billy Slater a winner in Wednesday's State of Origin III.

Walters backs Papalii to channel Webb

Coach KEVIN WALTERS calls out instructions to his players during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session at Sanctuary Cove in Brisbane, Australia.

Queensland coach Kevin Walters says Josh Papalii will do his best impression of ex-Maroons enforcer Carl Webb on State of Origin front-row debut on Wednesday.

Tigers target leaky defence in NRL

ESAN MARSTERS of the Tigers is tackled during the NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Manly Sea Eagles at Leichhardt Oval in Sydney, Australia.

The Wests Tigers have conceded on average twice as many points in the last 10 rounds as they did in the first six matches of the NRL this season.

Raiders' Tapine gets two-week NRL ban

JOSEPH TAPINE of the Kiwis fends against Sika Manu of Tonga during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup match between the New Zealand Kiwis and Tonga at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Canberra second rower Joseph Tapine has received a two-week suspension from the NRL judiciary after being found guilty of a dangerous contact charge.

Blues' Cordner ready to finish Origin job

BOYD CORDNER of the Roosters looks dejected after defeat in the NRL match between the St George Illawara Dragons and Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

A year after carrying the same injury into a game-three defeat, NSW captain Boyd Cordner will play and lift the shield after State of Origin III.

Hunt was angry after Origin demotion

BEN HUNT of the Dragons is tackled during the NRL match between the St George Illawara Dragons and Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Queensland coach Kevin Walters says Ben Hunt needed cheering up after being replaced by Daly Cherry-Evans as halfback for Wednesday's State of Origin III.

Pearce to return for Knights in NRL

MITCHELL PEARCE of the Knights warms up during the NRL Trial Match between the Newcastle Knights and the Parramatta Eels at Maitland No 1 Showground in Newcastle, Australia.

Newcastle captain Mitchell Pearce will make his return from a pectoral injury in Friday's NRL clash with Parramatta.

Sharks talk up Panthers rivalry

JAMES SEGEYARO catches the ball during a PNG Kumuls Rugby League World Cup captain's run in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Cronulla hooker James Segeyaro says there is a serious rivalry brewing between the Sharks and his former club Penrith ahead of Friday's NRL clash.

Warriors simply didn't front up: Kearney

Warriors coach STEPHEN KEARNEY arrives to speak to media during a New Zealand Warriors NRL media session at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Stephen Kearney says a host of Warriors players didn't want to get their hands dirty in the shocking loss to Penrith, including under-fire centre Peta Hiku.

Careers go on line in State of Origin III

Bryan Fletcher scores - NRL Grand Final, Sydney Roosters v NZ Warriors at The Olympic Stadium, Homebush, Sunday October 6th 2002.

The last time NSW dusted off the broom for a clean sweep, Queensland were blown away by a Bryan Fletcher hand grenade.

We didn't handle hype: Wests Tigers

The Wests Tigers have admitted they didn't handle the hype that surrounded the side following their stellar start to the NRL season.

Fittler rules out pre-game Caxton St walk

Queensland Maroons coach KEVIN WALTERS (L) and with New South Wales Blues coach BRAD FITTLER speak to media during a State of Origin media opportunity at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

NSW players have raved about Brad Fittler's decision to walk to the ground in State of Origin I and II, but they won't be doing it in Brisbane.

Greatness beckons for Blues: Fittler

BRAD FITTLER poses during a press conference at the Star announcing his new role as coach of the New South Wales State of Origin team in Sydney, Australia.

NSW have a chance to become just the eighth team in State of Origin history to claim a series clean sweep on Wednesday night.

Hurrell's NRL chance after Copley injury

DALE COPLEY of the Titans is tackled during the NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Brisbane Broncos at Cbus Super Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Gold Coast centre Dale Copley will be out for the rest of the NRL season after suffering a hamstring injury in the club's loss to Brisbane.

Qld proved too loyal for own good: Walters

Coach KEVIN WALTERS gives directions during the Brisbane Broncos NRL training session in Brisbane, Australia.

Queensland coach Kevin Walters says the Maroons' loyalty proved their undoing this State of Origin series after picking unfit players as a show of faith.

Josh Morris confirms NRL move to Cronulla

LAURIE DALEY speaks with JOSH MORRIS during a New South Wales Blues State of Origin training session in Coffs Harbour, Australia.

Canterbury centre Josh Morris has told his Bulldogs teammates he'll turn out for Cronulla next season as he became the latest to leave the embattled NRL club.

State of Origin's 30 game club

CAMERON SMITH of the Storm passes the ball during a Melbourne Storm NRL training session at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

State of Origin's 30 appearance club

Qld's Langer inspired Slater to stand tall

BILLY SLATER of Australia breaks away to score a try during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Semi Final match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia

Billy Slater has paid tribute to Allan Langer before his State of Origin swansong, saying the pint sized halfback inspired him to play for Queensland.

Taupau backs Denver Test despite delays

MARTIN TAUPAU of the Sea Eagles is tackled by the Tigers defence during the NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Wests Tigers at Lottoland in Sydney, Australia.

Martin Taupau felt the wrath of the mid-year Denver Test more than most but the Manly prop says he'd have no hesitation in returning to play next year.

Qld's Oates like Sailor, Tuqiri: Slater

COREY OATES of the Broncos looks on during the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Billy Slater says frustrated back-rower Corey Oates reminds him of Queensland's giant wingers of the past, Wendell Sailor and Lote Tuqiri.

I'll get dropped before retiring: Maloney

JAMES MALONEY of the Sharks runs the ball during the 2016 NRL Grand Final match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

NSW veteran James Maloney is hoping his performances in helping the Blues claim the State of Origin shield will help his chances at further Kangaroos honours.

Ah Mau to move to Warriors in 2019

LEESON AH MAU of the Dragons makes a break during the NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Lottoland in Sydney, Australia.

St George Illawarra forward Leeson Ah Mau will return home to the Warriors on a three-year NRL deal, starting in 2019.

Bulldogs lose Montoya for NRL season

MARCELO MONTOYA of the Bulldogs looks on during the NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Canterbury winger Marcelo Montoya will miss the rest of the NRL season with a hamstring injury.

Taupau frustrated by NRL contract rumours

MARTIN TAUPAU of the Sea Eagles is tackled during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Manly Sea Eagles at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

Martin Taupau is contracted to Manly until the end of 2020 but he admits it's hard to ignore rumours which suggest he could leave far earlier.

Don't boo Moylan, pleads young Panther

MATT MOYLAN of the Sharks kicks the ball during the NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Penrith Panthers at Southern Cross Group Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Former Penrith captain Matt Moylan will on Friday make his first visit to Panthers Stadium since exiting the club in controversial circumstances.

DCE can become Maroons leader: Slater

BILLY SLATER looks on during the Australian Kangaroos Rugby League World Cup training session at Langlands Park in Brisbane, Australia.

Stand-in Queensland skipper Billy Slater has tipped recalled Daly Cherry-Evans to not only become the Maroons' long-term halfback but also their leader.

Raiders hand down Wighton ban, wait on NRL

SHANNON BOYD of the Raiders makes a line break during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Gold Coast Titans at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Jack Wighton will miss another four games after being suspended by Canberra but the NRL could still come down with a harsher penalty.

I have no problem with Smith: Slater

BILLY SLATER of Australia breaks away to score a try during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Semi Final match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia

Billy Slater has tried to clear the air over his relationship with Cameron Smith, saying he has "no problems" with his former Queensland skipper.

Fittler Blues era five years in the making

Nathan Peats speaks to City coach BRAD FITTLER during a City NSW Origin training session at Leichhardt Oval in Sydney, Australia.

NSW coach Brad Fittler had coached almost two-thirds of the State of Origin team before the series began this year.

Manly insist their culture is improving

JOEL THOMPSON of the Dragons looks dejected after a Bulldogs try during the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Manly forward Joel Thompson admits the Sea Eagles have endured a "nightmare" 2018 but insists the culture is on the rise despite Manase Fainu's latest drama.

Memories of 2014 Origin spur on Slater

BILLY SLATER of Australia breaks away to score a try during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Semi Final match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia

Stand-in Queensland skipper Billy Slater is determined to lead the Maroons to victory in Wednesday's State of Origin III and avoid a NSW series whitewash.

Blues' Roberts at home in Queensland

JAMES ROBERTS in action during a New South Wales State of Origin training session at Coogee Oval in Sydney, Australia.

NSW centre James Roberts scores a try every two games at Suncorp Stadium, where State of Origin III will be played on Wednesday.

Campbell's there if Titans come calling

PRESTON CAMPBELL of the Titans looks to pass during the NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Gold Coast Titans at Brookvale Oval on in Sydney, Australia.

Titans favourite Preston Campbell isn't giving up on his former club and says he's there to help if they ever come asking.

Bennett's praise as Bronco keeps it simple

Coach WAYNE BENNETT of the Broncos answers questions at a press conference after the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

David Fifita isn't overplaying his hand despite emerging as the modest poster boy of a Brisbane side packed with exciting prospects.

Broncos leave Warriors hanging in NRL

Coach WAYNE BENNETT watches on during the Brisbane Broncos NRL training session in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane's win over Gold Coast on Sunday means the Broncos leapfrog the Warriors into seventh spot on the NRL table.

Snapshot of round 17 of the NRL

From Penrith's Jarome Luai, Canterbury's Rhyse Martin, and Brisbane's Kotoni Stagg, there was plenty of young talent on show in an Origin-affected NRL round 17.

Broncos boosted by Titans NRL thrashing

Coach WAYNE BENNETT talks to his players during the Brisbane Broncos NRL training session in Brisbane, Australia.

The Broncos have boosted their NRL finals hopes with a 34-point win over the Titans on the Gold Coast.

Maloney questions Maroons' Origin passion

JAMES MALONEY of the Sharks runs the ball during the 2016 NRL Grand Final match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

State of Origin is on track for its lowest crowd at Suncorp Stadium since 2003, leading Blues star James Maloney to question the Maroons' passion.

Glasby ready to make presence felt

TIM GLASBY of the Storm is tackled during the NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Melbourne Storm in Gold Coast, Australia.

Unheralded Queensland bench forward Tim Glasby hopes to make a name for himself in Wednesday's State of Origin III with the Maroons looking to the future.

Raiders' Tapine faces two-week NRL ban

JOSEPH TAPINE of the Kiwis fends against Sika Manu of Tonga during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup match between the New Zealand Kiwis and Tonga at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Canberra forward Joseph Tapine has been hit with a grade one dangerous contact charge from Saturday's NRL win over Canterbury.

Blues' Cordner set to play in Origin III

BOYD CORDNER of the Roosters looks dejected after defeat in the NRL match between the St George Illawara Dragons and Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

NSW captain Boyd Cordner has trained for the first time this State of Origin camp and appears set to play in Origin III.

Panthers' DWZ out for three NRL weeks

DALLIN WATENE-ZELEZNIAK of the Panthers in action during the NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Manly Sea Eagles at PS in Penrith, Australia.

Penrith fullback Dallin Watene-Zelezniak will miss at least three NRL games due to a hamstring injury.

Gagai ready to step up in GI's absence

Dane Gagai of the Rabbitohs makes a break during the NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

Queensland's Dane Gagai believes he has what it take to get the job done when he replaces injured skipper Greg Inglis in the centres for State of Origin III.

Blues brace for late Maroons changes

BRAD FITTLER poses during a press conference at the Star announcing his new role as coach of the New South Wales State of Origin team in Sydney, Australia.

Tim Glasby or Jarrod Wallace will be moved into the starting line-up for State of Origin III, predicts NSW coach Brad Fittler.

Pay sees light at Dogs as tension eases

Bulldogs coach DEAN PAY looks on at the post match media conference at the end of during the NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Canterbury Bulldogs at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville, Australia.

Canterbury endured a horror start to the NRL season but coach Dean Pay says things are finally starting to turn around with the June 30 deadline behind them.

Qld's Kaufusi playing for Origin future

FELISE KAUFUSI of the Storm runs the ball during the NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Melbourne Storm at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Queensland back-rower Felise Kaufusi says the return of Daly Cherry-Evans will only help his cause when he plays for his State of Origin future on Wednesday.

Canberra's Austin to reveal NRL future

BLAKE AUSTIN of the Raiders runs the ball during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canberra Raiders at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Blake Austin steered Canberra to a crucial win against Canterbury but will confirm his NRL future by the time he next runs out for the club.

Austin miracle keeps Raiders alive in NRL

BLAKE AUSTIN of the Raiders charges forward during the NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Canberra Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Blake Austin began the week dumped to the bench but ended it a hero after he kept Canberra's finals hopes alive with a 32-28 comeback win over Canterbury.

Give up Qld jumper or dream, Oates told

COREY OATES of the Broncos is tackled during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Wayne Bennett has warned Corey Oates that he can pursue his childhood dream of becoming an NRL back-rower but it will cost him a Queensland jumper.

Retirement not in Bennett's thinking

Coach WAYNE BENNETT talks to his players during the Brisbane Broncos NRL training session in Brisbane, Australia.

Wayne Bennett does not appear interested in handing over the Brisbane coaching reins after his time at a retirement village on Friday.

Ofahengaue, Su'A not Origin ready: Bennett

JOE OFAHENGAUE of Tonga charges forward during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Quarter Final match between Tonga and Lebanon at AMI Stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Wayne Bennett has rated his crop of forwards as the best to come through Brisbane but says Joe Ofahengaue and Jaydn Su'A aren't ready for State of Origin.

Maloney's boot proves crucial for Blues

JAMES MALONEY of the Panthers lines up for a conversion during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Penrith Panthers at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

James Maloney's kicking has proven the difference in NSW's drought-breaking State of Origin series win.

Qld's Hess ready for Origin breakout game

COEN HESS of the Cowboys looks to get past Josh Morris of the Bulldogs during the NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Canterbury Bulldogs at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville, Australia.

Queensland back-rower Coen Hess is ready to produce his breakout State of Origin game after a heart to heart with Maroons great Petero Civoniceva.

Warriors in first NRL losing streak of '18

Warriors coach STEPHEN KEARNEY arrives to speak to media during a New Zealand Warriors NRL media session at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Warriors have suffered back-to-back NRL defeats for the first time this year after losing 36-4 to Penrith Panthers.

Panthers rookie outdoes NRL idol on debut

SHAUN JOHNSON of the Kiwis in action during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup match between the New Zealand Kiwis and Tonga at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Penrith rookie Jarome Luai told Warriors star Shaun Johnson that he was his childhood idol last year, and then he helped beat his team 36-4 on Friday.

Teammate lines up Cherry-Evans in Origin

DALY CHERRY-EVANS of the Sea Eagles passes during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Manly Sea Eagles at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Queensland No.7 Daly Cherry-Evans fears another teammate has him in his sights in Wednesday's State of Origin III - fellow Manly Sea Eagle Jake Trbojevic.

Addo-Carr's mission to help troubled youth

JOSH ADDO-CARR of the Melbourne Storm runs with the ball during the NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the New Zealand Warriors at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

NSW winger Josh Addo-Carr says he wants to pursue a career helping troubled youth following his retirement from the NRL.

Rookie electrifies Panthers over Warriors

Penrith rookie Jarome Luai has scored two tries and played a hand in three others in the Panthers 36-4 rout of the Warriors.

NSW Blues wary of Origin III complacency

JAKE TRBOJEVIC of Australia is tackled during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup match between the Australian Kangaroos and England at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

NSW back-rower Jake Trbojevic says it will be a hollow feeling lifting the State of Origin trophy if the Blues don't win game three.

Gillmeister sharpens Queensland right edge

LATRELL MITCHELL of the Roosters scores a try during the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Sydney Roosters and the North Queensland Cowboys at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Extra sessions with Trevor Gillmeister have braced Queensland's right edge defence for another onslaught from NSW's Latrell Mitchell and Josh Addo-Carr.

Bulldogs searching for a silver lining

Canterbury will feature five players with less than 20 NRL games experience during Saturday's clash with Canberra at Belmore.

Qld greats fire up Maroons for Origin III

GAVIN COOPER of the Cowboys is tackled during the NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Three Queensland forward greats have fired up the Maroons pack with a State of Origin camp visit ahead of Wednesday's game three in Brisbane.

Broncos forward Thaiday calls time on NRL

SAM THAIDAY of the Broncos watches on during the 2017 NRL Finals Series Launch at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Brisbane forward Sam Thaiday has announced he will retire at the end of the 2018 NRL season - as only he can.

Cordner Origin III fitness doubt growing

Blues Captain BOYD CORDNER takes the stage during the 2018 State of Origin launch at Arbory Afloat in Melbourne, Australia.

NSW skipper Boyd Cordner has failed to train with the side on Friday due to his injured calf muscle.

Origin's most significant 'dead rubbers'

Dead rubbers have been responsible for some of the most memorable State of Origins in history, and often set the tone for the following year.

Raiders board to meet on Wighton

JACK WIGHTON of the Raiders runs with the ball during the NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Canberra Raiders at Cbus Super Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Canberra's board will meet after suspended NRL star Jack Wighton's sentencing on assault charges was set for November 14.

Jack Wighton to be sentenced in November

JACK WIGHTON of the Raiders is tackled during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the St George Illawarra Dragons at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Canberra Raiders NRL player Jack Wighton will be back in ACT Magistrates Court in November for sentencing after pleading guilty to assault charges.

I want to team up with dad: Nathan Cleary

NATHAN CLEARY of the Panthers looks on during the NRL trial match between the Penrith Panthers and the Sydney Roosters at Penrith Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Nathan Cleary says he wants to be coached by dad Ivan at some point during his NRL career.

Origin motivation aplenty for Maroons

BILLY SLATER of Australia breaks away to score a try during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Semi Final match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia

Queensland will try to show there is still life in the once-mighty Maroons when they attempt to send Billy Slater out a winner in State of Origin game three.

Holmes has eyes on Slater's Qld No.1

VALENTINE HOLMES of the Kangaroos is tackled during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Final between the Australian Kangaroos and England at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Cronulla's Valentine Holmes has not given up on taking over the Queensland No.1 jersey from Billy Slater next year despite Kalyn Ponga's stunning debut.

Bellamy faces tough choice on Storm halves

Storm head coach CRAIG BELLAMY looks dejected after defeat during the NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Wests Tigers at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

The Melbourne Storm have three promising halves gunning for the starting role and coach Craig Bellamy knows that he can't pick them all

Qld's Arrow to "stick it" to NSW pack

JAI ARROW runs through a training drill during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session in Brisbane, Australia.

Jai Arrow has vowed to "stick it" to the NSW pack on Queensland front-row debut in Wednesday's State of Origin game three in Brisbane.

Sims dreams of Origin sibling rivalry

Korbin Sims' NRL future may be up in the air but the off contract Brisbane prop is backing his chances of playing for Queensland against his brother Tariq.

James waiting in wings for Blues' Cordner

Gold Coast prop Ryan James is waiting in the wings should NSW skipper Boyd Cordner fail to prove his fitness for State of Origin III.

Storm blow away Dragons in NRL

The Melbourne Storm closed the gap on St George Illawarra after a nine-try blitz at AAMI Park.

DCE charm offensive continues at Qld camp

DALY CHERRY-EVANS of the Sea Eagles passes during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Manly Sea Eagles at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Daly Cherry-Evans' charm offensive shows no sign of abating after being embraced by the Queensland team upon his State of Origin return.

Blues hail Freddy's mobile phone ban

TYRONE PEACHEY of the Panthers offloads the ball during the NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Gold Coast Titans in Penrith, Australia.

NSW players Tyrone Peachey and Tyson Frizell say they have sometimes felt "naked" without their phones in State of Origin camp.

Holmes surprised by Sharks coach's backing

Sutherland Sharks coach SHANE FLANAGAN looks on during the Dacia World Club Challenge match between Wigan Warriors and Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at DW Stadium in Wigan, England.

Valentine Holmes says he is surprised to hear Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan won't release him and admits a move to North Queensland is tempting.

Trbojevic out to spoil Slater's farewell

TOM TRBOJEVIC of Australia celebrates scoring a try during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup match between Australia and Lebanon at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

NSW winger Tom Trbojevic describes Billy Slater as the greatest fullback ever but is out to spoil his State of Origin send off.

Queensland game plan won't change: Holmes

VALENTINE HOLMES of the Sharks is tackled by JARED WAEREA-HARGREAVES of the Roosters during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Cronulla Sharks at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia.

Valentine Holmes says Queensland won't be changing their game plan in State of Origin III despite losing their second series in 13 years.

Cordner admits he could miss Origin III

BOYD CORDNER of the Roosters looks dejected after defeat in the NRL match between the St George Illawara Dragons and Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

NSW skipper Boyd Cordner is racing the clock to be fit for next week's State of Origin III with a calf injury.

Warriors prepare for key NRL road stretch

ADAM BLAIR of the Warriors reacts during the NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Wests Tigers at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Warriors can head into a heavy run of NRL games in Australia with some confidence given their competition-leading form on the road.

Griffin baffled by NRL coaching conjecture

ANTHONY GRIFFIN, Coach of the Panthers, speaks during a press conference after the NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Penrith Panthers at Southern Cross Group Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Anthony Griffin insists a review at Penrith ahead of the representative round was common practice and can't work out why reports are questioning his future.

Warriors back Gelling returning to England

ANTHONY GELLING of the Warriors during a New Zealand Warriors NRL training session at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Warriors centre Anthony Gelling will return to Super League after signing a two-year deal to play with Widnes from 2019.

Oates hurt by father-in-law's Origin snub

COREY OATES of the Broncos looks on during the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Corey Oates says he had a cheeky dig at father-in-law Gene Miles at the family dinner table after the Queensland selectors boss' State of Origin snub this year.

Bittersweet Qld Origin debut for Arrow

JAI ARROW runs through a training drill during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session in Brisbane, Australia.

Jai Arrow admits it will feel "weird" donning the Queensland No.8 jersey so early in his career in State of Origin game three in Brisbane.

Raiders looking at NRL halves combination

SAM WILLIAMS of the Raiders passes the ball during the NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Canberra Raiders at Cbus Super Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Canberra's Sam Williams has a chance to cement his spot in the halves for next year when he makes his return to the NRL starting side on Saturday night.

Dog of a season motivates Blues' Klemmer

DAVID KLEMMER of the Bulldogs is tackled during the NRL match between the Bulldogs and the Panthers at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

NSW star David Klemmer insists he's learnt a lot about his football during Canterbury's struggles over the past two seasons.

Oates may leave Brisbane for back-row spot

COREY OATES of the Broncos looks on during the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Queensland winger Corey Oates has not given up on his dream of playing as a back-rower and hasn't ruled out leaving NRL club Brisbane to pursue it.

Hunt devastated at being denied redemption

BEN HUNT of the Dragons is tackled during the NRL match between the St George Illawara Dragons and Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Ben Hunt admits he is devastated at being denied a shot at State of Origin redemption as Queensland's halfback in next week's game three.

Ferguson to join Eels until 2021

BLAKE FERGUSON of the Roosters in action during the round seven NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Sydney Roosters at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

Blake Ferguson has spurned interest from Newcastle to join Parramatta on a three-year NRL deal from next year.

What to expect from NSW in Origin III

A guide to the NSW team for State of Origin III against Queensland in Brisbane on July 11.

What to expect from Qld in Origin III

A guide to the Queensland team for State of Origin against NSW in Sydney on July 11.

Joey works to get more from Blues' Cleary

NATHAN CLEARY of the Panthers kicks during the NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Pepper Stadium Sydney, Australia.

NSW halfback Nathan Cleary has turned to Andrew Johns in a bid to make more of an attacking impact in State of Origin III.

Lewis out to extend Bulldogs NRL contract

Canterbury playmaker Lachlan Lewis says he's determined to earn an NRL contract extension before the end of the year.

Maroons didn't pick and stick: McGregor

Coach of the Dragons PAUL MCGREGOR looks on during the NRL trial match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and Hull at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor says he's disappointed for Ben Hunt following his axing as Queensland halfback for State of Origin III.

Bellamy warns Dragons of rep period danger

Coach of the Storm CRAIG BELLAMY looks on during a Melbourne Storm Training Session at Gosch's Paddock in Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy says St George Illawarra aren't used to having such a big State of Origin representation when the two sides meet at AAMI Park.

Canberra's season of missed opportunities

Raiders coach RICKY STUART watches on during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Canterbury Bulldogs at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Canberra could sit as high as third if they'd closed out games they led with 10 minutes to play this season, but are instead six points out of NRL's top eight.

Hodgson NRL comeback exceeds expectations

Josh Hodgson of the Raiders in action during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Sydney Roostrers at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Josh Hodgson's comeback from ACL surgery has been a spectacular success after the the Canberra hooker's starring role in two games for the Raiders.

Slater would trade Qld reins for Inglis

BILLY SLATER looks on during the Australian Kangaroos Rugby League World Cup training session at Langlands Park in Brisbane, Australia.

Billy Slater says he would trade the Maroons captaincy for another chance to run out with Greg Inglis in next week's State of Origin game three.

Dragons reserves fight for final spot

Coach of the Dragons PAUL MCGREGOR looks on during the NRL trial match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and Hull at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

St George Illawarra's reserve graders have a chance to press for the final sport on the Dragons' first-choice NRL bench when they step up to face Melbourne.

DCE ready to make Qld No.7 his own

DALY CHERRY-EVANS of the Eagles in action during the 20 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Manly Sea Eagles at WIN Stadium in Wollongong, Australia.

Daly Cherry-Evans says he is ready to make the Queensland No.7 jersey his own after admitting he felt he was only filling in for Cooper Cronk in his last stint.

The Queenslander who saved Sims' career

TARIQ SIMS of the Dragons looks dejected after a Bulldogs try during the NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Tariq Sims has paid tribute to his former North Queensland trainer Glen Murphy for keeping him in rugby league during a horror injury run.

Blues brace for Maroons' new bench weapon

BEN HUNT of the Broncos runs with the ball during a NRL match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia

After picking Ben Hunt as halfback for the opening two Origin games, Queensland aren't sticking with the St George Illawarra star for game three.

NSW consider women's anthem for team song

The NSW State of Origin side is considering using the song used by the Blues women's team.

Hesitant DWZ ready to take Panthers' kicks

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak hasn't kicked a goal in his NRL career, but is set to fill Penrith's void against the Warriors with Nathan Cleary and James Maloney out.

NSW have 'out-Origined' Qld: Slater

BILLY SLATER looks on during the Australian Kangaroos Rugby League World Cup training session at Langlands Park in Brisbane, Australia.

New Queensland captain Billy Slater admits NSW have "out-Origined" his side this year but believes his side can spark a revival by claiming game three.

Walters not feeling pressure to keep job

Coach KEVIN WALTERS gives directions during the Brisbane Broncos NRL training session in Brisbane, Australia.

Kevin Walters says Queensland are loyal to winning but the Maroons mentor is not feeling any extra pressure to keep his job despite a winless 2018.

Roosters' Radley cops one-game NRL ban

VICTOR RADLEY of the Roosters in action during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Gold Coast Titans at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia.

Sydney Roosters youngster Victor Radley will miss the club's next clash with Gold Coast after pleading guilty to dangerous contact.

Earl edges closer to NRL return

Sandor Earl has been named on Melbourne's extended bench for the first time, as he pushes closer to an NRL return five years after an ASADA ban.

Nicholls decade-long NRL wait finally over

St George Illawarra's Darren Nicholls will become the oldest debutant halfback of the NRL era after first playing under-20s for the Wests Tigers in 2008.

Refs Sutton, Klein retained for Origin III

This year's State of Origin series finale will be officiated by Gerard Sutton and Ashley Klein.

Soliola re-signs with Raiders

SIA SOLIOLA of the Raiders in action during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Newcastle Knights at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Canberra forward Sia Soliola has signed a two-year NRL contract extension until the end of the 2020 season.

Warriors forwards suffer serious injuries

TOHU HARRIS of the Warriors runs into Luke Keary of the Roosters during the NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Sydney Roosters at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Warriors will be without regular starting forwards Bunty Afoa and Tohu Harris for at least a month in a blow to their NRL prospects.

Blues wary of Inglis' Origin replacement

DAMIEN COOK of the Rabbitohs in action during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canberra Raiders at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia.

NSW pair Damien Cook and Angus Crichton are well aware of the danger South Sydney teammate Dane Gagai poses replacing Greg Inglis in Origin III.

Blues play waiting game on Cordner's calf

Blues Captain BOYD CORDNER takes the stage during the 2018 State of Origin launch at Arbory Afloat in Melbourne, Australia.

NSW skipper Boyd Cordner failed to finish Tuesday's training session as preparations for next week's State of Origin III continue.

Blues' Vaughan ready to fire from kickoff

PAUL VAUGHAN of the Dragons looks to pass during the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Manly Sea Eagles at WIN Stadium in Wollongong, Australia.

Paul Vaughan could take the first carry in State of Origin III after being named in the starting side for NSW following the axing of Matt Prior.

Panthers defiant amid Griffin speculation

Head Coach ANTHONY GRIFFIN of the Panthers looks on prior to the NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the New Zealand Warriors at AMI Stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Penrith veteran Trent Merrin says the latest reports surrounding Anthony Griffin won't prove a distraction for the Panthers.

Bellamy says retiring Hoffman best clubman

RYAN HOFFMAN of the warriors runs with the ball during the NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the New Zealand Warriors at Cbus Super Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Retiring Melbourne veteran Ryan Hoffman has been hailed as the best clubman of Craig Bellamy's time at the Storm by the veteran NRL coach.

Freddie can be Blues' long-term coach: CEO

Queensland Maroons coach KEVIN WALTERS (L) and with New South Wales Blues coach BRAD FITTLER speak to media during a State of Origin media opportunity at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.

Brad Fittler's successful first season as NSW State of Origin coach has automatically triggered a third year in his contract with the NSWRL.

DCE says enduring Qld rumours worth it

DALY CHERRY-EVANS of the Sea Eagles passes during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Manly Sea Eagles at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

After three years of nasty rumours, Daly Cherry-Evans says he has no regrets after being given another chance to secure the Queensland No.7 jersey.

Blues not interested in QLD backs moves

DANE GAGAI of the Kangaroos scores a try during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Semi Final match between the Australian Kangaroos and Fiji at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Queensland will have their third backline combination of the State of Origin series in game three, with NSW shutting down both combinations so far.

Cordner takes lessons '14 from dead rubber

Blues Captain BOYD CORDNER takes the stage during the 2018 State of Origin launch at Arbory Afloat in Melbourne, Australia.

NSW captain Boyd Cordner insists it will be "dour" if the Blues lift the State of Origin shield following a defeat in game three.

Injured Inglis almost in tears: Walters

GREG INGLIS of the Rabbitohs watches the ball before scoring a try during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium in Australia.

Queensland coach Kevin Walters says Greg Inglis almost broke down in tears when told he would not skipper the Maroons at Suncorp Stadium for the first time.

McInnes to step up for depleted Dragons

CAMERON MCINNES of the Dragons passes during the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Parramatta Eels at WIN Stadium in Wollongong, Australia.

Ten State of Origin stars will miss Friday's NRL clash between St George Illawarra and Melbourne but Cameron McInnes is ready to stand up and be counted.

No one cops it more than Daly: Trbojevic

DALY CHERRY-EVANS of the Sea Eagles passes during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Manly Sea Eagles at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Queensland's decision to recall maligned Manly star Daly Cherry-Evans at halfback for State of Origin III has been heralded by club teammate Jake Trbojevic.

Qld aim to give Slater a fitting farewell

BILLY SLATER of Australia breaks away to score a try during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Semi Final match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia

Queensland coach Kevin Walters has urged the Maroons to give new skipper Billy Slater a fitting farewell in his final State of Origin next week.

Walters takes aim at social media "idiots"

Queensland coach Kevin Walters admits his players may need to cope with social media abuse better but has slammed "idiots" for trolling his battling team.

Hunt's teammates question Origin demotion

BEN HUNT of the Broncos runs with the ball during a NRL match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia

St George Illawarra teammates have come out in support of Ben Hunt after the halfback was dropped to Queensland's bench for the State of Origin dead rubber.

Rabbitohs' Clark facing one-game NRL ban

JASON CLARK of the Rabbitohs is tackled during the NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

South Sydney forward Jason Clark is looking at a one-game NRL suspension after being hit with a grade one dangerous contact charge on Jason Taumalolo.

Blues use Sims card for State of Origin

TARIQ SIMS of the Dragons looks dejected after a Bulldogs try during the NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

NSW State of Origin debutant Tariq Sims finally gets to make his Blues debut after being part of an extended squad in 2011 and overcoming two broken legs.

Sims to make Blues debut after Prior axing

TARIQ SIMS of the Dragons looks dejected after a Bulldogs try during the NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Tariq Sims has been called into the NSW side for the State of Origin dead rubber at Suncorp Stadium at the expense of Matt Prior.

Maroons end DCE exile, name Slater skipper

BILLY SLATER looks on during the Australian Kangaroos Rugby League World Cup training session at Langlands Park in Brisbane, Australia.

Billy Slater will captain Queensland in his 31st and final State of Origin game and his halfback will be Daly Cherry-Evans, who ends a three-year absence.

Maroons enforcer keen for more minutes

Jarrod Wallace could be in line for a bigger role for Queensland in State of Origin III should star prop Dylan Napa be ruled out with a shoulder injury.

Farah won't give up on fairytale finish

ROBBIE FARAH of the Blues looks on during the State Of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

The 10th-placed Wests Tigers have just eight games to close the six-point gap between them and Brisbane to make the NRL finals.

Cowboys threw Rabbitohs game away: Green

Cowboys coach PAUL GREEN looks on before the start of the NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Brisbane Broncos at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville, Australia.

North Queensland coach Paul Green has accused his side of throwing the game away following their 21-20 NRL loss to South Sydney.

Long Origin wait may be over for DCE

DALY CHERRY-EVANS of the Sea Eagles passes during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Manly Sea Eagles at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Daly Cherry-Evans' State of Origin exile may be over, with the Manly skipper reportedly set to replace Queensland No.7 Ben Hunt in July 11's dead rubber.

Tigers' Reynolds frustrated with shoulder

JOSH REYNOLDS of the Bulldogs runs the ball during the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Wests Tigers five-eighth Josh Reynolds battled through another shoulder injury in Sunday's NRL loss to Gold Coast.

Cowboys coach takes swipe at Reynolds try

ADAM REYNOLDS of the Rabbitohs runs the ball during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the New Zealand Warriors at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia.

North Queensland coach Paul Green has disagreed with the decision to award an Adam Reynolds try during his side's 21-20 NRL loss to South Sydney in Cairns.

Race for NRL's top eight all but over

The NRL's top eight appears unlikely to change with one-third of the season still to play as six points now separate eighth from ninth place.

Snapshot of round 16 of the NRL

Anthony Milford's Jekyll-and-Hyde night at Suncorp Stadium and Cameron Smith's 80th-minute field goal are among the talking points of round 16 of the NRL.

Belief building for Titans: Brennan

Titans coach GARTH BRENNAN looks on before the NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Canberra Raiders at Cbus Super Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Gold Coast's win over the Wests Tigers means they join both the Tigers and Canberra on 14 points - six adrift of the top eight with eight games remaining.

Titans ruin Farah's Leichhardt comeback

ROBBIE FARAH of the Blues looks on during the State Of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Gold Coast outscored the Wests Tigers 18-0 in the second half to claim an 18-point win over the Wests Tigers, ruining the return of Robbie Farah.

Tamou avoids NRL suspension for knee

James Tamou has been charged for dropping his knee into Manly's Dylan Walker, but will only be fined over the incident.

Rookie Blues aim for rare Origin whitewash

NSW's rookies began the State of Origin series with question marks over their credentials but are now striving to create Blues history.

Souths beat Cowboys in NRL thriller

South Sydney have scored a thrilling 21-20 NRL win over North Queensland thanks to an Adam Reynolds field goal in Cairns.

Inglis out of Origin III with broken thumb

KALYN PONGA of the Knights runs the ball during the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Newcastle Knights at WIN Stadium in Wollongong, Australia.

Queensland skipper Greg Inglis is out of State of Origin game three after breaking his thumb during Souths Sydney's NRL win over North Queensland.

Manly confident on Walker injury suspense

DYLAN WALKER of Manly is tackled during the NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Manly Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Dylan Walker will likely head for scans on his injured knee once the swelling subsides but Manly are confident the star centre suffered no structural damage.

Qld hopeful Milford inspires Brisbane win

ANTHONY MILFORD of the Broncos passes the ball during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Sydney Roosters at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Anthony Milford is still hopeful of a Queensland recall after a Jekyll and Hyde display in Brisbane's come from behind 26-22 NRL win over Canberra.

Canberra vow to stand by Wighton

JACK WIGHTON of the Raiders is tackled during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the St George Illawarra Dragons at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Canberra have vowed to stand by Jack Wighton, refusing to tear up the Raiders fullback's NRL contract after he pleaded guilty to assault charges.

Rep period silencing Panthers' NRL hopes

JAMES MALONEY of the Panthers lines up for a conversion during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Penrith Panthers at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

Penrith have more players in State of Origin than at any other point in the past decade, but the challenge is now to keep cohesion while they're in camp.

NRL salary cap affected us: Bulldogs coach

Bulldogs coach DEAN PAY looks on at the post match media conference at the end of during the NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Canterbury Bulldogs at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville, Australia.

Canterbury have broken a four-game NRL losing streak with a 36-16 win over Newcastle on Saturday.

Pearce nears, Knights lose Ponga, Griffin

MITCHELL PEARCE of the Knights in the warm up during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Manly Sea Eagles at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

Newcastle half Mitchell Pearce is close to returning from injury for the Knights but Kalyn Ponga will miss a month and Slade Griffin the NRL season.

State of Origin clock

The key moments of State of Origin game three between Queensland and NSW at Suncorp Stadium.