2017 State of Origin III: Queensland V New South Wales

 
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Who will win?

Maroons 13+
2
22%
Maroons 1-12
2
22%
Draw
1
11%
Blues 1-12
3
33%
Blues 13+
1
11%
 
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PostPosted: July 16, 2017, 3:51 pm
^ still too many Blues IMO
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PostPosted: July 16, 2017, 4:11 pm
Josh Jackson made the official team, lol


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PostPosted: July 16, 2017, 5:07 pm
2017 Kangaroos Origin Merit Team named

Australian selectors have confirmed a special Kangaroos Origin Merit Team based on performances through the State of Origin series.

The selectors have named the inaugural Kangaroos Merit Team, which includes nine players from the series victors Queensland and eight from NSW.

The team is based on performances by all 43 players who took part in the 2017 Holden State of Origin series.

"This is a special squad – the inaugural Kangaroos Origin Merit Team – and clearly it is a very talented squad as well," said Kangaroos Coach Mal Meninga.

Meninga said he hoped the naming of a Kangaroos Origin Merit Team following the interstate series would become a tradition.

"This has never been done before but I think it is an important step for the national team to make, based on the pathway from state through to international level.

"Overall it will be an acknowledgement of both personal and team performances as well as individual behaviours."

Meninga said that ultimately form in the State of Origin series would be one of a number of criteria the selectors will take into account before settling on a 24-man World Cup squad – albeit an important one.

"The selectors will be looking at past recent performances for the Kangaroos, overall form, Club success, form specifically in the Finals Series, form in the State of Origin series as well as the values and bevaviour that we expect of Kangaroos players," Meninga said.

"If a squad was selected for the World Cup today it might contain other players based on our overall selection policy. But this is an important recognition of the Origin players and their form through the series.

"Ultimately, Origin is only one of the stepping stones for players to make ahead of Kangaroos selection, although it is clearly an important one."

The selectors decided on criteria whereby, to be eligible for selection in the squad, a player must have played two out of the three matches in the series. Players could be selected out of the positions they played in during the series.

"Put simply, the charter was to select the best team based on the State of Origin series and we believe we have done that," Meninga said.

This coming Wednesday marks 100 days until the 2017 Rugby League World Cup opener between the Kangaroos and England at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.

Fullback: Billy Slater (Queensland, Melbourne Storm)
Wing: Dane Gagai (Queensland, Newcastle Knights)
Centre: Will Chambers (Queensland, Melbourne Storm)
Centre: Josh Dugan (NSW, St George Illawarra Dragons)
Wing: James Tedesco (NSW, Wests Tigers)
Five-eighth: James Maloney (NSW, Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)
Halfback: Cooper Cronk (Queensland, Melbourne Storm)
Prop: David Klemmer (NSW, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
Hooker: Cameron Smith (Queensland, Melbourne Storm)
Prop: Dylan Napa (Queensland, Sydney Roosters)
Second row: Matt Gillett (Queensland, Brisbane Broncos)
Second row: Boyd Cordner (NSW, Sydney Roosters)
Lock: Josh McGuire (Queensland, Brisbane Broncos)

Interchange: Michael Morgan (Queensland, North Queensland Cowboys)
Interchange: Tyson Frizell (NSW, St George Illawarra Dragons)
Interchange: Jake Trbojevic (NSW, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles)
Interchange: Josh Jackson (NSW, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)

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PostPosted: July 16, 2017, 5:12 pm
That team is an absolute joke. How on earth does Dugan make it? Why is Tedesco selected on the wing? How on earth do so many NSW players make it when they lose the series?

What's the point of the whole thing? Isn't the Origin "merit" team the one that won the series?

And we have a Kangaroos team... we don't have to have made up teams like AFL or NFL... because they don't have a national team as they don't have anyone to play! Just select the bloody Australian team!
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PostPosted: July 16, 2017, 6:01 pm
Lol that's hilarious
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PostPosted: July 16, 2017, 6:39 pm
Stupid idea, executed terribly
That should be the beginning and end of this merit list concept
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PostPosted: July 16, 2017, 6:42 pm
Yeah you can't name a fullback on the wing in a merit team....because he never played there.
well, I guess you could say that I'm buy curious.
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PostPosted: July 16, 2017, 6:43 pm
Stupid idea, executed terribly
That should be the beginning and end of this merit list concept
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PostPosted: July 16, 2017, 9:29 pm
Pigman wrote:Stupid idea, executed terribly
That should be the beginning and end of this merit list concept

:lol: you've summed it up well. Good idea big mal!
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PostPosted: July 17, 2017, 2:35 pm
coincidentally 9 qlders and 8 nsw'ers

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PostPosted: July 17, 2017, 2:39 pm
greeneyed wrote:That team is an absolute joke. How on earth does Dugan make it? Why is Tedesco selected on the wing? How on earth do so many NSW players make it when they lose the series?

What's the point of the whole thing? Isn't the Origin "merit" team the one that won the series?

And we have a Kangaroos team... we don't have to have made up teams like AFL or NFL... because they don't have a national team as they don't have anyone to play! Just select the bloody Australian team!

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PostPosted: July 17, 2017, 4:15 pm
greeneyed wrote: How on earth do so many NSW players make it when they lose the series?



Probably because they were utterly dominant in game 1, were the better team for 70 minutes or so in game 2 and made no changes.
well, I guess you could say that I'm buy curious.
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PostPosted: July 17, 2017, 4:26 pm
Still a few too many NSW players in that team, IMHO
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PostPosted: July 17, 2017, 5:16 pm
The Nickman wrote:Still a few too many NSW players in that team, IMHO


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PostPosted: July 17, 2017, 5:18 pm
Hahahahah touche
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PostPosted: July 17, 2017, 5:29 pm
The Nickman wrote:Still a few too many NSW players in that team, IMHO


Jackson's probably the only one that shouldn't be there IMO.

Dugan was balls but Qld used 3 different left centres. Holmes should be picked on the wing ahead of Tedesco I guess but Tedesco was a better player series wide than him.
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PostPosted: July 17, 2017, 6:15 pm
I will never, ever understand Mals and Daleys love of Dugan.


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PostPosted: July 17, 2017, 7:02 pm
Well hopefully Dugan will get EDIT for good now it's come out that he and Ferguson were out drinking the night before Origin III.

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PostPosted: July 17, 2017, 7:07 pm
The only time Dugan looked half decent was his short cameo at fullback while Tedesco was off. The rest of it he was ordinary at best. Then again his completion at centre is pretty thin. O'Neal had a stinker for the ages in game 1. Hayne did likewise in game 2 and wasn't much of a factor in game 3. Dugan may have Bradbury'd into the the spot. Although Morgan's performance in game 3 was probably the best of any centre in the series.
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PostPosted: July 17, 2017, 7:08 pm
Weren't groping any women so should be fine.
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PostPosted: July 17, 2017, 8:08 pm
Could I please remind everyone to include a URL link to a reputable news site with stories like this? This one is easy to find... but it's a requirement of the site to do so.
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PostPosted: July 17, 2017, 8:38 pm
Review into NSW Origin pub visit by Dugan and Ferguson

New South Wales Rugby League boss Dave Trodden will investigate the circumstances around a pub visit by key players Blake Ferguson and Josh Dugan on the Friday before the State of Origin decider.

The former Canberra Raiders teammates reportedly spent their day off drinking at Lennox Point Hotel in northern NSW, five days before the Blues suffered a heavy defeat in Brisbane.

Read more: http://wwos.nine.com.au/2017/07/17/20/2 ... ZMLLVRE.99
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PostPosted: July 17, 2017, 8:44 pm
Buzz Rothfield on NRL 360 says that the Telegraph is running a story tomorrow about Dugan and Ferguson getting on the drink the Friday before origin 3.
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PostPosted: July 17, 2017, 8:44 pm
I didn't have a link, I saw it on Twitter. If it's that easy to find then I'm sure everyone else already knew. I'm not giving the daily telegraph a click let alone link others to their toe rag of a website.

And lol @ editing my post by changing "game 3" to "Game III". Talk about pedantic.

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Sorry, I often fix grammar and punctuation.

And we'd appreciate a link to twitter, even!
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I love that GE fixes grammar.

So much.
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PostPosted: July 17, 2017, 9:30 pm
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/ ... 90130d66a4


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gangrenous wrote:I love that GE fixes grammar.

So much.


I don't.

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PostPosted: July 17, 2017, 10:13 pm
Out drinking the Friday before the game and this is Dugan's response:

“We were with two of our good mates having lunch and a few beers,” Dugan said. “We were home at a respectable hour and there’s nothing more to it — it was six day out from the game.”

Blues must have been preparing for a Thursday game.
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The question is was he with RaidingZ

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PostPosted: July 17, 2017, 10:27 pm
greeneyed wrote:Sorry, I often fix grammar and punctuation.

And we'd appreciate a link to twitter, even!

Wait, wait, you're editing posts to fix people's grammar and punctuation now?

Surely you jest... surely?!
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Do you have a problem with correct grammar and punctuation Nick?
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I have a problem with you correcting people's grammar and punctuation, yes
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Without correct spelling and grammar, things descend to the sorry, sorry state of Nickman's FB page very quickly.

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Editing out swearing and inappropriate language that breaches forum guidelines but editing people's spelling and grammar??

I'm sorry, but that's a bridge too far in my book
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