Almanac Rugby League: 40 Years of State of Origin

It’s 40 years ago today that rugby league’s first State of Origin match was played in Brisbane. Almanacker and Origin historian Liam Hauser takes us back to how it all came about.

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin: The ‘hand grenade’ episode

State of Origin I of 2020 was supposed to have been played this last week. It got Liam Hauser thinking about a significant moment that has its 20th anniversary today

Almanac Rugby League – Book Review: ‘Heartland: How Rugby League Explains Queensland’ by Joe Gorman.

In his new book release, Joe Gorman gives an interesting take on understanding the Queensland psyche through a study of rugby league. Our reviewer, Ian Hauser, thinks he may well have a point.

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin III and the NRL Round 16

Come tomorrow night, it’s ‘Decider Time’ in this year’s State of Origin series. Ian Hauser previews the big game and reflects on the weekend’s NRL clashes.

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin Game 3: the aftermath

Everyone’s a winner after Game 3 of the 2018 State of Origin series. And there really is no such thing as a dead rubber in this pinnacle clash of the code – here’s why.

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin: Game 3 Teams

The 2018 State of Origin series, the showpiece of the NRL, concludes next week with Game 3 in Brisbane. Although the series has been won and lost, there’s still a lot to play for. Check out the team selections and our rugby league editor’s thoughts here.

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin: where now for Queensland?

In which direction will the Maroons selectors go when they choose their squad for Game 3 of this year’s State of Origin series? Father and Son sorted it out over lunch the other day.

Almanac Rugby League – 2018 State of Origin Game 2: comparative modesty abounds

Game 2 of this year’s rugby league State of Origin series will be played in Sydney on Sunday night but there seems to be an unusual modesty about the way each side sees its prospects. What’s it all about?

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin: Game 2 selections

This weekend, selectors choose their squads for State of Origin Game 2 in Sydney on 24 June. Ian Hauser thinks the two selection committees face contrasting challenges.

Almanac Rugby League: State of Origin – Game 1: the aftermath

State of Origin Game 1 is done and dusted. Did we see the beginning of a new stage in the evolution of the great interstate rivalry?

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin: Game 1 selections

Game 1 of 2018’s Rugby League State of Origin series looms next Wednesday night at the MCG. Both sides have made significant changes from last season heralding a possible new era in this most competitive of contests. Ian Hauser checks out his earlier selections against the final line-ups. Have the selectors chosen well? Have your say.

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin selection time (give us your thoughts)

The pinnacle of this year’s rugby league calendar, State of Origin 2018, looms on the horizon. Almanac rugby league editor Ian Hauser tries to second guess the selectors in the lead-up to the first clash early in June. Will he be even close to the mark?

Almanac Rugby League – Cameron Smith calls it quits

Rugby league’s 2018 State of Origin series has been blown wide open by Cameron Smith’s retirement from rep footy. What does it mean for this year’s series? Where does Smith fit into the pantheon of rugby league greats? Have a say.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: Origin II, 2017

Queensland produced a spectacular comeback against New South Wales to level the Origin series at one game apiece. Hamish Neal has his take on the captivating game.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 15, 2017

As we approach Game 2 of the State of Origin Series, Hamish Neal gives us the lowdown on Round 15 of the NRL.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: Origin I, 2017

New South Wales blitzed through Queensland to win 28-4. Hamish Neal gives his analysis of game one of the State of Origin.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 11, 2017

Hamish Neal with the latest from NRL; Melbourne Storm out in front.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 20 and Women’s Origin 2016

Hamish Neal with his summary of Round 20, NRL. “Cronulla remain two points clear of second-placed Melbourne with both top two sides winning this weekend…”

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin: Game 3, 2016

Hamish Neal gives a neat account of last night’s third State of Origin 2016 match. It was a tense game with plenty of feeling despite being a so-called dead rubber.

Almanac League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 17, 2016

It is too late for James Tedesco to make a difference to the Origin series but at least Laurie Daley has finally heeded Hamish Neal’s call