The 11 debutants set to light up State of Origin

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The wait is over.

This week the Queensland Maroons and New South Wales Blues have both named their teams for the second Women’s State of Origin to be held at North Sydney Oval, next Friday 21st June.

It’s fair to say that for both teams there have been some changes and that the fixture should be a genuinely exciting one, given the number of debutants which will feature in both squads.

Mannah situation an unfortunate sign of the times

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On Tuesday I woke up to the news that Tim Mannah had asked the club for a release from the remainder of his Eels contract to join the Wests Tigers.

While no official announcement has been made by either club, I get the sense a deal is coming.

As a Parramatta fan, when I read this news I had feelings varying from disappointment to anger given that if the move is immediate Eels fans won’t have the opportunity to properly farewell a former skipper.

How the NSW Blues can win Origin 2

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The New South Wales Blues may have gone into State of Origin Game 1 as favourites, but when the siren went, the scoreline was 18-14 in favour of the Queensland Maroons.

The day after, rugby league Twitter went into meltdown. It’s true that the takes about footy are never hotter than the day after an Origin match.

Sustainable growth key to success of the women’s game

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hen you experience something good, your natural reaction to that experience is to want more of it.

That’s certainly what has happened in women’s rugby league. After seeing the quality of the women’s State of Origin at North Sydney Oval last year and the Women’s Rugby League Premiership which started in September, people have been left wanting more.

Twin goals: Sisters powering along pathway to top

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I want to introduce you all to two incredible women. Sophie and Emily Curtain are twins from Sydney’s west who represent the next generation of women playing rugby league.

Sophie first started playing rugby league 11 years ago at age seven. When she picked up a footy competitively for the first time, it wasn’t something she had thought deeply about.

The players unlucky to miss Blues selection

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Last night the New South Wales Blues announced their squad for Game 1 of the 2019 State of Origin series.

There are five debutants in the squad: Nick Cotric and Jack Wighton from the Canberra Raiders, Cameron Murray and Cody Walker from the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Payne Haas from the Brisbane Broncos.