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True test awaits NSW: captain Farah

NSW captain Robbie Farah says it remains to be seen whether the new batch of Blues are willing to do what it takes to again to taste Origin triumph.

Milestones sign of greatness: Maroons

Queensland coach Mal Meninga says the milestones looming for his players in Wednesday night's State of Origin opener are a sign of greatness.

Leave Pearce alone: NSW skipper

NSW captain Robbie Farah has told Mitchell Pearce's critics to back off, saying the Blues half will finally shine in Wednesday night's State of Origin opener.

Penrith boosted by return of key duo

Penrith's Peter Wallace and Josh Mansour have been named to return from injury, while Eels playmaker Chris Sandow gets a recall at halfback.

State of Origin's biggest biffs

State of Origin has been the scene of some of rugby league's most brutal bust-ups. Check out our gallery of Origin's biggest biffs!

NRL Golden Points - round 11

Does State of Origin need a standalone weekend? Where will the opener be won and lost? And has New Zealand's Test dominance diminished Origin's appeal?

Thurston backs NSW's halves pairing

Queensland's Johnathan Thurston has surprisingly backed NSW coach Laurie Daley's shock call to name unproven No.7 Mitchell Pearce as Blues pivot.

Fa'aoso escapes NRL ban for Burgess hit

Parramatta prop Richie Fa'aoso has pleaded guilty to his grade-one dangerous contact on George Burgess, meaning he's free to play against Penrith.

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