What’s that feeling in the air?
Is it winter ? – No, not yet.
Is it duck shooting season? Yes – but only in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.
I’ll tell you varmints what it is. It’s time for hunting cockroaches and canetoads. Yes, that crazy State of Origin fever has arrived for another year in New South Wales and Queensland and all over the rugby league world.
Warren Boland and Andrew Courtice move to the edge of their seats to look at an action-packed weekend and the first shots of Origin 2016.
Correction: In the chat with Andrew, I said former Maroon coach Mal Meninga had called for some fresh blood in the Queensland Origin side. My mistake – I overstated that impression. In the Courier Mail last weekend, Big Mal picked his team and stuck with almost all of the Maroon stars who won in 2015 including Nate Myles and Aidan Guerra though he conceded incumbent Dane Gagai could miss out for Kyle Feldt on the wing and he chose Josh Maguire (injured for Origin 3 last year) on the bench instead of Queensland stalwart Jacob Lillyman.
Running list of topics for quick access:
- 0.00 State of Origin
- 11.39 NRL
- 19.04 AFL
- 25.55 Super Rugby
- 30.08 Jarryd Hayne
- 35.05 Soccer – FA Cup
- 37.33 Tennis
- 39.33 Netball