James Tamou had fears he may have contracted a serious disease, but is ripping in at Coffs Harbour since being released from stint in hospital.
Origin Side Finalised
Laurie Daley named an extended VB Blues squad on Monday, but it is now clear that Tyson Frizell and Josh Morris will act as the shadow players throughout the camp. See the full squad here.
No matter what team was picked, there was always going to be a discussion among the passionate Rugby League community. We gave Laurie the first chance to explain immediately after the side was named, before sitting down with Steve “Blocker” Roach to further talk about his selections in this week’s episode of The Daley News.
Every day, Blocker will take you into a behind-the-scenes look into what the VB Blues are getting up to. Click below for each day:
Fronting The Media
A number of VB Blues players have faced the media over the past days, and you can watch all of them here:
One On One
Blocker has been a busy man in the VB Blues camp, as he sat down with Robbie Farah and Andrew Fifita one on one for an in-depth discussion about them, and what State of Origin means to them.
Best In Blue Crowned
Joey and Bedsy’s 2003-05 Heroes were named the best NSW era of all time on Wednesday night, voted by the fans and hosted by The Star, the official home of the NSW Blues. Have a look at the photos from that night.
Our inspirational leader spoke to NSWRL.com.au after the side was named to give his input on selections and what Origin means to him.
Jaws Of Steel
Adam Reynolds broke his jaw in the opening match of the season, but will debut for the VB Blues next week after relentless recovery and rehabilitation.
It’s no secret Blake Ferguson has a chequered past, but thanks to the support of his immediate family, he is back on track off the field, and his on-field efforts have been rewarded with two representative jerseys in a month.
He’s played for Australia and Lebanon, represented the KARI City Origin team earlier this month, but picking up a VB Blues jersey for the first time isn’t just a matter of ticking boxes for Josh Mansour, who wants to make it his for the long-run.
Josh Dugan feared the worst when he collided with South Sydney Rabbitohs’ forward Paul Carter last week and came out with an incredibly painful elbow, but he is ready to come out and defend Greg Inglis.
I Didn’t Get A Call
Andrew Fifita and Matt Moylan gave hilarious answers when they were asked where they were for their Origin call-up, highlighting the bond the pair already have.
Matt Moylan and Adam Reynolds are debuting, while James Maloney has not played Origin since 2013, and in a bid to escalate their combinations, they are all sharing a room together throughout the camp.