State of Origin 2023 Game 1: Queensland beat NSW 26-18 – as it happened

“I heard the game wasn’t a sellout,” emails El Rey. “That would be because the good folk of Adelaide are all in bed by 7:30pm, wouldn’t it?”

That’s the one and only cheap shot I’m allowing at South Australia’s expense.

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Dragons coaching target and major sponsor walk away from NRL club

  • Jason Ryles rejects Dragons to be Storm assistant
  • St George Bank to withdraw as sponsor at end of 2024

Jason Ryles has rejected St George Illawarra in favour of rejoining Melbourne as an assistant, with no guarantee he will succeed Craig Bellamy as the Storm’s head coach.

Ryles had been the Dragons’ preferred candidate to take over from the recently ousted Anthony Griffin in 2024 but withdrew from contention on Wednesday morning, leaving fellow NRL assistants Ben Hornby and Dean Young as the frontrunners.

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Latrell Mitchell injury rules NSW Blues star out of 2023 State of Origin opener

  • Calf injury forces star centre to pull out of Game One in Adelaide
  • Stephen Crichton will move into Mitchell’s vacant centre spot

NSW’s preparations for State of Origin I have been dealt a huge blow with Latrell Mitchell ruled out of the series opener against Queensland.

The Blues confirmed on Monday morning prior to their flight to Adelaide that a calf injury would prevent the South Sydney superstar from featuring for Brad Fittler’s side.

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‘Pretty scary’: NRL players praised after Raiders star’s collapse

  • Raider Corey Harawira-Naera began convulsing on-field after tackle
  • Both sides encircled the 28-year-old as he received medical aid

Canberra forward Corey Harawira-Naera has been discharged from hospital after collapsing and experiencing a seizure during his team’s NRL match against South Sydney.

The 28-year-old Raiders lock says he is “on the mend” but “not in the clear yet” and will undergo further testing to get to the bottom of the frightening incident at Sydney’s Accor Stadium.

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Jack De Belin named as captain for St George Illawarra Dragons

  • Player has not skippered since allegations of sexual assault
  • He was cleared of one charge and a verdict was not reached on five others

Jack de Belin will assume the role of St George Illawarra captain for the first time when the NRL club faces the Dolphins without regular skipper Ben Hunt.

With Hunt in State of Origin camp with Queensland, Dragons interim coach Ryan Carr has handed De Belin the captaincy for Thursday’s game at Redcliffe.

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State of Origin 2023 teams: NSW and Queensland both forced into late squad selection bombshells

  • Maroons leave out Kalyn Ponga and drop Dane Gagai for Game One
  • Jake Trbojevic misses out for Blues with hamstring problem

Queensland will give Brisbane fullback Reece Walsh his Maroons debut in the State of Origin series opener, while Tevita Pangai will debut for NSW after Jake Trbojevic’s problematic calf prompted the Manly star to rule himself out.

The Maroons left out incumbent Newcastle fullback Kalyn Ponga, who was set to be selected before leaving the field in the Knights’ 26-6 loss to Cronulla on Saturday with an HIA. Ponga passed the concussion test, but due to his series of recent concussions the Maroons have put his welfare first and rewarded Walsh for his stellar form for the Broncos.

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Brisbane Tigers announce bid for 18th NRL team licence

  • Langlands Park-based club has opened new $10m stadium
  • Tigers would join four existing Queensland teams in league

The Brisbane Tigers, one of the oldest clubs in Australian rugby league, have launched a bid to become the NRL’s 18th team after opening a new $10m stadium on Wednesday.

Having failed to become the league’s 17th team under the name of the Brisbane Firehawks in 2020, the Langlands Park-based club has renewed its interest in joining the four existing Queensland NRL franchises.

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