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Coach’s Desk

FAMILY STILL COMES FIRST FOR KEV

2016-04-13T15:28:57+00:00 April 13th, 2016|Coach's Desk, Origin|

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

FROM THE COACH’S DESK with Mal Meninga

2017-07-19T10:48:20+00:00 March 17th, 2015|Coach's Desk|

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

BIG MAL: WHY I’M BACKING THE NINES

2015-11-09T04:42:17+00:00 August 15th, 2013|Coach's Desk|

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.

FROM THE COACH’S DESK WITH MAL MENINGA

2017-07-19T10:48:21+00:00 March 11th, 2013|Coach's Desk|

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

Mal to change things up for Maroons in 2013

2015-11-09T05:10:14+00:00 November 27th, 2012|Coach's Desk|

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

Grand Final is simply the best

2017-07-19T10:48:21+00:00 October 17th, 2012|Coach's Desk|

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

There are many reasons to sit back and marvel at this current Queensland State of Origin team

2017-07-19T10:48:22+00:00 February 22nd, 2012|Coach's Desk|

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

Civoniceva’s State of Origin swansong up to the man himself

2017-07-19T10:48:22+00:00 February 21st, 2012|Coach's Desk|

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

Brand new era, same old passion

2017-07-19T10:48:23+00:00 December 11th, 2011|Coach's Desk|

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

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