QUEENSLAND coach Kevin Walters says the way he analyses games has not changed since he became the Maroons’ boss. He’s still watching out for “the family”. With anticipation building towards this year’s State of Origin series, which begins in June, Walters has been doing his homework – watching the form of all Queensland contenders who
A NEW year has brought new challenges for the Queensland team. For the first time since 2006, we go into a State of Origin series without a crown to defend. The hunted have once again become the hunters. While last year’s series was lost, I am comfortable with the effort and commitment that we had from the players, and very comfortable with the way they played.
QUEENSLAND coach Mal Meninga has revealed why he is backing the new rugby league Nines concept – believing it is an idea that could help take the game to worldwide audience. The Nines has been a somewhat controversial addition to the NRL calendar, with the inaugural event scheduled for Auckland in February.
YOU can learn a lot from what has happened in the past – both the successes and the mistakes. Having knowledge about the past helps you understand what you are about, and why we do the things that we do. Origin is such a special and unique time. You need to understand what has happened in the past to give you that little extra edge. The past is a big part of what makes us Queenslanders.
THE drug investigation swirling around Australian sport and the situation with Ben Barba attracted most of the attention in the lead-up to this season’s launch, but both issues have highlighted the duty of care rugby league owes to its players. Both situations were poles apart, but equally concerning. We all know the old saying about where there’s smoke there is fire, and that is what is the real concern out of the investigation being run by the Australian government and Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA).
Queensland coach Mal Meninga says he will consult with the Maroons’ senior players about how best to prepare the team for a record-shattering eighth consecutive State of Origin crown. While most NRL clubs are now back into the swing of things with pre-season training, Meninga too is beginning the preparation work to begin constructing another Maroons campaign.
Queensland coach Mal Meninga says this weekend’s NRL grand final is the decider that rugby league deserves. After some nail-biting and breath-taking matches over the course of the semi-finals, ultimately it was the teams ranked first and second after the NRL’s minor rounds – the Bulldogs and Melbourne – left standing to fight it out for the title.
Their incredible run of success in recent times has brought them many deserved accolades and plaudits from most parts. But in the year of the London Olympics, it is worth momentarily setting their successes to one side to acknowledge the achievement in merely competing. What these players have to deliver just to compete in an Origin game – let alone to win one or a series – is truly superhuman.
Maroons mastercoach Mal Meninga says he will leave the decision on Petero Civoniceva’s State of Origin swansong up to the man himself. Big Petero is back with the Broncos after four seasons with Penrith, and has indicated he will put up his hand for one final tour of Origin duty as the Maroons shoot for a magnificent seven series wins in a row in 2012.
Darren Lockyer’s retirement after the Four Nations final in England has heralded the start of a year of change for the Queensland State of Origin team. Obviously being without our champion captain and five-eighth for the first since Darren’s debut in 1998 means a major shake-up in our preparations, but next season marks a major transition point for the way we will handle Origin in the years to come.