ORIGIN II: The feelgood story of the NSW State of Origin team has also made Queensland strike weapon Greg Inglis happy – for reasons that would wipe the smile off Blues fans’ faces.
NRL: Cronulla youngster Tyrone Peachey will join a new-look Penrith side next season after signing a two-year deal with the NRL club.
RUGBY LEAGUE: Police are investigating an alleged incident involving NSW State of Origin winger Blake Ferguson at a Cronulla nightclub on Sunday night.
NEW SOUTH WALES: Candid Queensland veteran Justin Hodges concedes changes might need to be made to the Maroons team for State of Origin II.
ORIGIN: Queensland look set to play the loyalty card once again for State of Origin II, placing doubt on Josh Papalii’s call-up and anticipated clash with NSW captain Paul Gallen.
AFL: Collingwood small forward Andrew Krakouer has returned to training with the AFL club after taking time out last week to deal with family issues.
RUGBY LEAGUE: Canberra burst out of the blocks with four first half tries and survived a late Brisbane fightback to win 30-18 in their NRL clash at Canberra Stadium.
AFL: Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert has backed Nathan Buckley’s controversial AFL selection policies, saying senior players have been just as vocal as the coach in demanding everyone meets strict standards.
RUGBY LEAGUE: Another North Queensland player has re-signed with the NRL club but veteran fullback Matt Bowen’s future with the Cowboys is still unclear.
STATE OF ORIGIN: Only a late call from pregnant partner Samantha can stop Johnathan Thurston breaking State of Origin’s consecutive games record at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night.
ORIGIN II: Try scoring machine Nathan Merritt.
AMAZING PEOPLE, PLACES: Chris Graham travelled to Central Australia to research the affects of the Northern Territory intervention.
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