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Coach’s Desk

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

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

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

The latest from Mal Meninga

2017-07-19T10:48:23+00:00 September 13th, 2011|Coach's Desk|

Queensland coach Mal Meninga says the quality of the football seen in the NRL finals has once again highlighted the gulf in class between the Australian and English rugby league competitions. Meninga, currently in Europe for an extended holiday after a taxing year leading the Maroons to a historic sixth consecutive series

Mal warns Blues to expect ‘cold, calculating’ Maroons

2017-07-19T10:48:25+00:00 June 21st, 2011|Coach's Desk, Origin|

Emotion may be one of the traditional fuels for Queensland’s State of Origin fire, but coach Mal Meninga says we should expect a “cold and calculated” approach from the Maroon in the series decider on July 6. Far from panicking after Queensland’s upset 18-8 loss to New South Wales in Origin II,

Record-breaking Maroons coach

2015-11-09T06:51:12+00:00 June 7th, 2011|Coach's Desk, Origin|

Record-breaking Maroons coach Mal Meninga admits his team was “conservative” in its approach to the first game of this year’s State of Origin series, forewarning of an all-out attacking assault for Game II in Sydney. RECORD-breaking Maroons coach Mal Meninga admits his team was “conservative” in its approach to the first game

Meninga comment on Joel Monaghan incident

2017-07-19T10:48:26+00:00 November 22nd, 2010|Coach's Desk|

RUGBY league legend Mal Meninga says the sad tale of Canberra’s disgraced Test centre Joel Monaghan should be a wake-up call to all players in the NRL about their responsibility to uphold the reputation of the game. Monaghan tearfully quit the Raiders earlier this month when a mobile phone picture of him


2017-07-19T10:48:27+00:00 August 29th, 2010|Coach's Desk|

A champion team rises to meet its greatest challenge. AFTER such a highly-emotional State of Origin series, I must say that – having won our sixth series in a row – my over-riding emotion right now is relief. When you first win a series, I think it is all about celebration. But

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