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BILLY’S RETURN LIFTS MAROONS INJURY GLOOM

March 21st, 2017|

QUEENSLAND skipper Cameron Smith has urged his great mate Billy Slater not to push himself to breaking point in his quest for an Origin recall. Champion fullback Slater made a triumphant return for the Melbourne Storm in their round-three defeat of the Broncos, playing his first game in more than a year following dual shoulder

THURSTON APPOINTS HIS MAROONS ORIGIN HEIRS

February 27th, 2017|

MICHAEL Morgan and Ashley Taylor are the future Maroons tipped to take the Origin playmaking baton from champion Queensland halves Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk. That's the view of Thurston himself and Queensland coach Kevin Walters, who admits the time has come for the Maroons to seriously assess their scrumbase options. Since forging their alliance

COOPER READY TO TAKE HIS CHANCE

February 17th, 2017|

GAVIN Cooper has waited too long, and been too patient, to lose it all now. It took 10 years for the Cowboys' no-nonsense back-rower to finally clinch the Queensland Origin jumper that always cruelly seemed just out of reach. But after finally cracking the most dominant team in State of Origin history last season, Cooper

MAROONS HOLD THEIR HEADS HIGH IN DEFEAT

July 14th, 2016|

THE battle for a clean-sweep may have been lost, but Queensland still won the State of Origin series war and a clear moral victory with a lesson in sportsmanship after being handed an 18-14 loss by NSW in Game 3 at ANZ Stadium. Queensland, the series and Origin shield already in their keeping, had been

COWBOY COOPER FINALLY EARNS HIS ORIGIN SPURS

July 4th, 2016|

GAVIN Cooper has earned the ultimate reward for perseverance, winning his first Queensland jersey as part of the Maroons team for State of Origin III on July 13. Cooper, a premiership-winning second-rower with the North Queensland Cowboys, was one of two injury-enforced changes announced by Queensland coach Kevin Walters for Game 3, after the Maroons

MARVELLOUS MAROONS GET THE JOB DONE AGAIN

June 23rd, 2016|

A SERIES whitewash and another slice of State of Origin history beckon for the Maroons after Queensland wrapped up the 2016 series with a 26-16 win over NSW in Game 2 at Suncorp Stadium. Kevin Walters now stands on the cusp of joining Paul Vautin in the rarefied air of finishing their first series as

LILLYMAN EARNS RECALL FOR RETURN TO SUNCORP

June 14th, 2016|

JACOB Lillyman will return to the scene of his finest hour after being recalled to the Queensland State of Origin team for Game 2 at Suncorp Stadium. Lillyman, enjoying a great year for the resurgent Warriors in the NRL, is the only change to Kevin Walters’ Maroons from the squad that got the job done

KEVVIE’S BRAVE MAROONS DELIVER GOODS IN SYDNEY

June 2nd, 2016|

QUEENSLAND’S latest State of Origin era has begun, with Kevin Walters’ new-look Maroons scoring a gripping 6-4 win over NSW in Sydney to take a 1-0 lead in this year’s series. All the questions about how Queensland would fare in the post-Mal Meninga era have been answered, with the gutsy Maroons repelling wave after wave

MAROONS’ NEW BREED READY FOR ORIGIN 1

May 25th, 2016|

QUEENSLAND’S new State of Origin era has begun, with rookie coach Kevin Walters naming two debutants among a new-look Maroons squad for Game 1 at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on June 1. While the core of the Queensland team that humiliated NSW 52-6 in Game 3 of last year’s series remains intact, there is no denying

JUSTIN WAITING TO HIT THE ORIGIN JACKPOT

May 16th, 2016|

JUSTIN O’Neill is entitled to feel like the potential Powerball winner who finished one number shy of a million-dollar windfall. In a footballing context, O’Neill believed he was about to hit the jackpot when he received a phone call to join Queensland’s State of Origin camp before the series opener in 2013. Maroons winger Darius

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