State Of Origin

Smith lauds 'unbelievable' Maroons match-winner Thurston

Thurston, who will retire from Maroons duty after this year's matches with New South Wales Blues, missed his first Origin match since 2004 last month - the veteran sidelined through injury as Laurie Daley's side recorded a comprehensive victory in Brisbane.

However, the Australia playmaker was back for game two in Sydney on Wednesday and held his nerve to land a decisive kick in the 78th minute, after Dane Gagai's second try had enabled Queensland to cancel out a 10-point half-time deficit.

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Plucked from obscurity after just 14 first grade games for North Sydney, Johnston was one of six debutants rushed into the New South Wales team for Game Two in 1983 but was at Lang Park three years earlier as a member of the NSW under-18s team, a night forever remembered as the one and only time Beetson ever played for Queensland.

Blues stun Maroons in record Origin rout

They scored five tries to one in a 28-4 romp in front of 50,390 fans on Wednesday night.

Not since Game Three of the 2005 series, the nadir of Queensland's Origin history, has a Maroons team been so humiliated on home soil, NSW scoring inside the final minute of the first half to lead 12-4 at the break and then posting three further tries in the second term to take a 1-0 series lead to Sydney for Game Two on June 21.

Tedesco's desire to be world's best

Tedesco may be looking for a confidence boost coming from the struggling Wests Tigers into a star-studded NSW Origin team but confidence doesn't look to be a massive issue as it is for the 25-year-old Camden product as he heads into his second Origin game.

"That was my aspiration at the start of the year [to be the world's best fullback]," Tedesco said from Blues camp in Kingscliff this week.

"With all the dramas [at Wests Tigers] and how we've been going, this year probably hasn't gone the way I hoped but I'll still have those aspirations in the future."

'Hayne Plane' in Queensland's sights

Hayne's return to the Blues has been trumpeted south of the border as the return of a prodigal son who after a season in San Francisco is now ready to reclaim his place as the Blues' most influential player on the game's greatest stage.

Blues hit the ground running

The camp is the team's first away from Coffs Harbour since 2013, with the initial switch to Coffs coinciding with a drought-breaking series win.

The first session saw Dugan running around during attacking and defensive drills a little under three weeks after suffering a fractured cheekbone in a head-clash with Dragons teammate Russell Packer in the May 5 Anzac Test.

Thurston devastated by Origin withdrawal

For the first time since Game Three, 2004 a State of Origin match will be played without Thurston after the champion five-eighth was officially withdrawn from the team, freeing the way for Anthony Milford to prepare for his Origin debut without any doubt.

On Wednesday morning Thurston told the media that he remained hopeful of playing his 37th consecutive Origin match but some testing late on Wednesday afternoon and a subsequent scan early Thursday morning confirmed that his shoulder was in no fit state to take the field and the decision was made.

Hayne looks to reclaim the pinnacle

Three years on he's hoping to lead New South Wales to glory again.

Since that series, Hayne spent the better part of two years out of the game, heading stateside to earn an unlikely NFL debut with the San Francisco 49ers before a stint trying to make it to the Olympics with the Fiji Rugby Sevens team.

Maroons set to find new home in 2017

As they seek a third-straight Origin series win and an 11th in the past 12 years, the Maroons will be based in the heart of the Gold Coast at RACV Royal Pines Resort in 2017, just 50 kilometres from the Blues' new base at Kingscliff which was announced last month.

NSW steal dramatic Origin win


Gallen produced two try assists in the Blues' 18-14 win over Queensland.

Down 2-0 in the Origin series, NSW were able to avoid a clean sweep for the first time ever in Sydney when Jennings's 79th minute try pipped the Maroons at the post.