Loz Spills The Beans
Speculation over NSW VB Blues selections is no surprise at this time of the year, with a combination of injuries, suspensions, and fluctuating form throwing up a number of possible candidates. This week, VB Blues coach Laurie Daley sat down with Steve ‘Blocker’ Roach to dissect the much anticipated selection process, while giving some insightful and detailed answers. Everything is covered in this week’s segment of the Daley News; from Mitchell Pearce, to the Canberra halves duo, to Bryce Cartwright and the ever on-going fullback debate.
The Eighth Wants A Turbo
NSW True Blue and Rugby League immortal Andrew Johns urged VB Blues selectors to consider Manly Sea Eagles rising star Tom Trbojevic for State of Origin this year. The former halfback did not stop there, adding would-be debutantes James Roberts, Aidan Sezer, Blake Austin, Wade Graham, Tyson Frizell and Bryce Cartwright into his proposed side.
Battle Of The Fullbacks
James Tedesco is in red-hot form, and many believe he should snare the VB Blues number 1 jersey. The incumbent fullback and 2015 VB Blues player of the series, Josh Dugan, has also proven his worth since shifting back to fullback in Round 3, and some would argue that he certainly does not deserve to give up the jersey he played so well in last year. Last night against the Brisbane Broncos, Dugan ran for 312 metres at fullback despite his side not scoring a point, and incredible effort at the best of times.
Other Origin News
Final Round Of Junior Reps
The regular season of the Harold Matthews and SG Ball is slowly coming to a close, with the upcoming week being the final round before the finals. The Parramatta Eels are red-hot favourites in the u-16s competition, having won eight from eight, while the Illawarra Steelers u-18s side only dropped their first game last weekend. NSWRL Performance Programs Manager, Jamie Feeney, reviewed the round that was and previewed the upcoming week in the eighth instalment of Jamie’s Jury.
Intrust Super Premiership NSW Previews
Five rounds down in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW and it is already showing signs of a very tight competition. Wentworthville Magpies are sitting on top of the ladder with Mounties, in what has been a tremendous bounce back after a poor 2015. Newtown and Illawarra round off the top four, while the Canterbury Bulldogs are yet to win a game.