NSW backrower Paul Gallen has declared his on-field clash with Blues team-mate Brett White in an NRL club match a non-event.
QUEENSLAND rugby league captain Cameron Smith believes fullback Billy Slater now possesses the all-round skills to terrorise NSW in the State of Origin opener.
NSW'S Greg Bird says Queensland's Karmichael Hunt should brace himself for the biggest defensive workload of his career in the opening State of Origin clash.
BRISBANE fullback Karmichael Hunt has been named Queensland five-eighth for the State of Origin series opener against NSW in Sydney.
THE QRL today announced the Maroons team to play NSW in the opening match of the State of Origin.
CAPTAIN Danny Buderus wants to end his NSW career in a blaze of State of Origin glory by leading the Blues to a series victory.
BRISBANE'S Peter Wallace has been named halfback for NSW for game one of rugby league's State of Origin series after injury ruled out Newcastle's Kurt Gidley.
GOLDEN point extra time will break any deadlocked matches in this year's State of Origin - and play will continue until someone scores.
KARMICHAEL Hunt is set to be thrown the toughest challenge of his brief rugby league career as champion Darren Lockyer's Origin replacement.
FORMER Melbourne premiership star Ben Cross can move a large step closer towards a NSW Origin debut in front of Blues coach Craig Bellamy on Monday night.