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Big League: NRL State of Origin

Big League: NRL State of Origin 2018 - State of Origin I

The battle between New South Wales and Queensland continues this year with the Maroons vying for an unprecedented seventh-straight series win. To feel a part of the action make sure you have the official match program with team-lists, player profiles, exclusive Q&As and flashbacks with past Origin greats.

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great state united behind their new team

Welcome to the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the opening match of the 2018 Holden State of Origin series. The MCG is an iconic sporting venue that will provide a wonderful setting for two exceptionally talented and committed teams. This highly-anticipated game marks the start of a new era for our Maroons following Cameron Smith’s retirement from representative rugby league. Cameron has created a legacy that will inspire Queenslanders and athletes around the country for many years to come. He was near faultless on the field in his record 42 appearances for the Maroons, and off the field, his leadership has been invaluable, with his calmness and poise a key component of the team’s success. On behalf of the QRL Board of Directors and the entire rugby league community, I would like to acknowledge Cameron’s…

1 min.
the next chapter kicks off tonight

THE Holden State of Origin series of 2018 is ready for kick-off at the majestic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), with the grand stage preparing to launch a new horizon for the Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues. With a new coach, a new major partner in Brydens Lawyers and a host of new faces, bolstered by captain Boyd Cordner and some experienced campaigners, it is truly an exciting time for Blues fans. Coach Brad Fittler and his side will, as always, have a huge task ahead of them tonight and throughout this series against a Queensland side, coached by Kevin Walters, that commands respect for their era of dominance. Tonight’s fixture, the opening match of the series in Melbourne, is certain to be played with all the raw intensity and passion that has made Origin…

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welcome to melbourne – the home of sport in australia

IT’S my pleasure to welcome players and fans for Game One of the 2018 Holden State of Origin Series. There’s no better venue to host one of our nation’s most intense rivalries than the MCG. The last State of Origin clash held here drew a record crowd of 91,500 – including 30,000 who travelled from interstate – and further cemented our city’s reputation as Australia’s sporting capital. Fans visiting from across the border this year will experience a state where rugby league is growing by the day. In February, Melbourne hosted the World Club Challenge for the first time, with the Storm running out comfortable winners over the Leeds Rhinos. Meanwhile, our government is investing $12 million to grow the grassroots game by building a rugby league centre of excellence. The centre will be the…

2 min.
ben hunt

IT’S hard to judge St George Illawarra halfback Ben Hunt on his one-game performance for the Maroons last year – because there was only eight minutes of it. This year, with the retirement of Cooper Cronk, the 28-year-old finally gets his crack on the biggest stage in Australian sport. In the third game of last year’s series, Hunt made his debut from the bench and managed just four tackles, two hit-ups and 19 running metres in only eight minutes. A better way to assess his ability to break open a game is through his outstanding performances for the Dragons this season. Since moving from Brisbane at the end of 2017, Hunt has settled in perfectly to play with consistency – an asset that has been missing from his game for…

2 min.
tyson frizell

HE’S only played five State of Origin games, but Frizell already looks like a veteran on rugby league’s biggest stage. Scoring on his Origin debut in 2016, the Dragons back-rower has looked comfortable in the Blues jersey from the beginning. Known for his reliability, he’s the type of player who will give it his all until the full-time siren. He does things on the field big men aren’t expected to do – like the time he ran 70 metres at full pace to chase down speedster Dane Gagai in Origin II, 2016. The Maroons winger just scored the try on that occasion, but the effort from Frizell was second to none. He also has the ability to break open a game with both his attack and defence. When put on…

5 min.
ready, steady, freddy

IF rugby league staged its own version of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’, Brad Fittler would be the last man picked to play the role of cold-hearted miser, Ebenezer Scrooge. You only have to go to a game to see the Channel Nine sideline eye spend every available minute kicking the Steeden around with the ball kids while chatting with fans. Scrooge started the tale as a greedy, selfish man who felt no compassion for others, but by the end he was generous and compassionate thanks to the influence of ghosts past, present and yet to come. Unlike Scrooge, Fittler doesn’t need to be shown the way. He’s his own man, and his methods – odd as they may seem – tend to work. The former Panthers and Roosters star has spent the past…