Perth to Host State of Origin in 2019

Friday July 15, 2016 by  

Australian sport’s greatest rivalry, State of Origin, will head to Perth for the first time in 2019.

The NRL can today announce that Game Two of the 2019 State of Origin series will be played at the new Perth Stadium.

It will be the first time, barring the 1987 exhibition match in Los Angeles, an Origin match has been played outside of the eastern states of Australia. Read more

Meninga appointed Kangaroos Coach

Thursday December 3, 2015 by  

The ARL Commission has appointed Mal Meninga as dedicated Kangaroos coach through to the end of 2019.

One of the most decorated players and coaches of his generation, Meninga officially begins his term with the Kangaroos today after a successful stint with the Queensland Maroons.

NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg said Meninga would also be based in Sydney and would provide an ambassadorial role for the game, in addition to his coaching role. Read more

Slater to miss remainder of 2015 season

Thursday June 18, 2015 by  

Melbourne Storm fullback Billy Slater has been ruled out of the remainder of the 2015 NRL season with a shoulder injury.

The difficult decision to call an early end to his season was made by Slater late on Thursday afternoon after being assessed by Storm medical staff.

Slater will undergo surgery in the coming week to repair a labral tear of his Glenohumeral joint to his left shoulder, an injury he sustained in Storm’s Round Five match against the Warriors. Read more

Daley signs on until 2017

Monday August 18, 2014 by  

The NSWRL is pleased to announce that NSW Blues coach Laurie Daley has agreed to extend his contract until the end of 2017.

Fresh from coaching the Blues to victory in the 2014 Holden State of Origin series, Daley has agreed to a two-year extension of his deal.

Daley said he was determined to ensure that the plans that he had already introduced to the Blues’ preparations were carried through. Read more

2014 NRL Premiership draw announced

Wednesday December 4, 2013 by  

A renewed focus on Sunday afternoon blockbusters at major venues, a spectacular year-long array of major event matches and an action packed opening four rounds including a Grand Final replay are among the key features of the 2014 NRL Premiership draw.

Members and fans are once again able to plan their season in advance as the NRL today announced dates, times and venues in a season schedule that kicks off on Thursday March 6 with the Roosters opening their Premiership defence against their oldest rivals the Rabbitohs.

“Ensuring that members can plan around when their team is playing has remained a key priority,” NRL Head of Football, Mr Todd Greenberg, said today. Read more

2013 State of Origin schedule released

Tuesday November 20, 2012 by  

The Australian Rugby League Commission has announced a five-year schedule that will see ANZ Stadium host two games in the 2013 State of Origin Series with Suncorp Stadium hosting the remaining match.

The five-year cycle will see Queensland and NSW each host two series in which they have two home games.

NSW will host two games in 2013 and 2016, Queensland in 2014 and 2017, with each state hosting one game in 2015. Read more

The greatest player I have ever seen

Thursday September 1, 2011 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – On Sunday I will be one of more than 50,000 Brisbane fans to officially pay tribute to retiring superstar Darren Lockyer. All the rugby league I have ever watched has been in the Lockyer era and it will be quite surreal knowing he won’t be there anymore. Put simply – Darren Lockyer is the best in this business I have had the pleasure to watch with my own eyes.

Debut Season

When I was about 10 years old we used to go to the old Brisbane ANZ Stadium to watch the Broncos play – the year this began was 1995. That also happened to be the year a skinny blonde kid from Roma debuted at the great club as well.

My first Lockyer memory is of him kicking an easy goal late in a match and telling my grandparents, “Hey Darren Lockyer is on, this new kid is pretty good”. Of course I was the kid and how would I know talent, but I must have heard it somewhere and that judge was fairly good! Read more

My thoughts on standalone Origin

Thursday August 4, 2011 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – Last week we finally saw the formation of our independent commissioners to put us right on the verge of making this much talked about transformation. One of the big issues in recent months has been State of Origin with standalone games on a weekend favoured by players and clubs.

That will leave us with no club football at all for three (or four with the Test Match) weekends of the season. But I have a solution.

The Clubs

Most players and NRL clubs seem to agree Origin will be best suited to a Sunday night, with no other club games for that entire weekend. That means no one will be without their best players for potentially three matches of the season and no one has to back-up any less than five days after the match. This is a perfectly valid argument. Read more

Reflections on Darren Lockyer Day

Thursday July 7, 2011 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – In case you missed it, Wednesday July 6, 2011 was officially Darren Lockyer Day here in Queensland! It was a day to celebrate a marvellous Origin career by a man of not only great skill, but wonderful personality and humility too. Last night’s result, for Queensland, was fitting for a Maroon Immortal in his final show.

Origin III

Heading into Suncorp Stadium last night I honestly had no idea who was going to win the match. This was the Blues best chance in six years to win a series because they’d finally picked a half decent team and the Maroons dynasty was appearing to be on shakier ground.

But once the Maroons crossed for that first try it was never in doubt … actually once they crossed for that first try then forced a line drop out in the next set, it was never in doubt. Read more

Teams arrive for grandest Origin

Tuesday July 5, 2011 by  

Queensland and New South Wales have spent the day making their final preparations for what has been built as the biggest Origin match ever.

The Maroons arrived in Brisbane this morning after spending the build-up at their traditional Sunshine Coast base while the Blues flew into town yesterday.

Hype surrounding Darren Lockyer’s final Origin and New South Wales best chance in five years to win the series has ensured this match has been talked up by all within the rugby league community. Read more