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

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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NEW SOUTH WALES BLUES BACK TO BRING IT HOME TONIGHT will see the great state of New South Wales unite behind their team, the Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues, as they head to our home ground at ANZ Stadium determined to make Game Two of the 2018 Holden State of Origin Series the decider. Following a stunning 22-12 win at the Melbourne Cricket Ground by new coach Brad Fittler’s exciting young team, which included a record 11 debutants, the stage is set for an enthralling battle against a Queensland Maroons team that always commands respect. The excitement around our team under our new coach, new major partner in Brydens Lawyers and a host of new faces, bolstered by captain Boyd Cordner and some experienced campaigners, makes it a truly wonderful time for Blues fans. Of course…

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HISTORY MADE ON SPECIAL ORIGIN SUNDAY ON behalf of the people of New South Wales, welcome to ANZ Stadium for the 2018 Holden State of Origin series. Tonight’s match between the NSW Blues and Queensland Maroons marks an historic occasion – the regular NRL season has been suspended to give us our first stand-alone State of Origin clash. For the first time in 17 years, tonight also marks the return of Sunday Night Origin, giving visitors and families an even better chance to spend some extra time in Sydney and NSW. The NSW Government understands the value of major events to our state. That’s why our government has secured the NRL Grand Final for the next 25 years – ensuring Australia’s best sporting match stays where it belongs. Enjoy tonight’s game and go the Blues! The…

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latrell mitchell

HE turned 21 last week and a win tonight would be the perfect belated birthday present for the Sydney Roosters centre. In Game One of the series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Mitchell was one of the standout players on debut for New South Wales. Questions were raised about his defence leading into the series opener, but Mitchell didn’t miss a tackle all night and made 11 tackle-breaks of his own, becoming a weapon for the Blues down the left edge of the field. He also scored a try and ran for 114 metres, using his strength to palm off defenders on his way down the field. It was only last season that Mitchell was dropped to reserve grade by Roosters coach Trent Robinson, and since his return to the…

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kalyn ponga

WHEN he signed with Newcastle as a teenager on a big money deal, it looked as though the club had paid overs for a promising kid. Hindsight is a marvellous thing. It now appears they signed a superstar for a cut price – and he’s worth every penny. Now 20, the Knights fullback has been one of the best players in the competition this season despite having played only 24 NRL games. He has scored six tries and has 11 try assists, averages 149 metres per game and leads the competition for tackle-breaks (116) with daylight to second place. Despite such limited experience, he can change a game with an array of tricks. His passing game is crisp, as is his speed and footwork – he continually manages to get…

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perfect combination

JAMES Maloney and Nathan Cleary are at the opposite ends of the rugby league spectrum. One is a 32-year-old veteran who has been around for 10 seasons. The other is just 20 with his whole career ahead of him. It’s been five years since Maloney made his New South Wales debut, while Cleary’s Origin career started just 18 days ago. Even though they’re at different points in their respective careers, tonight they’ll be striving for the same thing – a maiden Origin series win. This is Maloney’s fourth attempt at winning an Origin series, and since debuting in 2013, he’s yet to hold up the famous Origin shield. Meanwhile, Cleary has the chance to avoid the long wait and claim a series triumph within the first three weeks of his Origin career. “That would be unreal,”…

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THE dust has barely settled on his retirement from the representative arena, but Maroons great Darius Boyd says he never considered back-flipping as Queensland struggled through another injury crisis in the lead-up to tonight’s crucial Game Two at ANZ Stadium. With the Maroons needing to win to keep the series alive, fans were hopeful the Broncos custodian would make himself available in the absence of Michael Morgan [biceps], or as cover for Billy Slater [hamstring] should he not recover. However, Boyd ruled out a return, telling Big League it’s time for the next wave of Maroons to do their state proud. “It’s unfortunate what’s happened, and hopefully they aren’t out for too long, but I won’t be reversing my decision,” he says. “The two main reasons why I retired were the young kids coming…

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