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2023 Rabbitohs State of Origin

Black Panther

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7 teams have the bye. Why didn’t he pick someone from those teams in the first place. He’s a f**king asshole.
If you are next man up as in Grahams case, it is beneficial to be in the team sessions throughout the campaign for experience. Looks a bit like sour grapes though on Souths behalf if they have withdrawn him. Would only benefit hi in the long run.
 

Steenson123

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All to be expected.
Freddie is guided by Johns, brandy and Gus. All with a prejudice against Souths.

Pangai and Foxx in. Bulldogs. Gus
Api in. Ex Penrith. Brandy.
Frizell in. Newcastle. Johns.
Turbo plays 1 good game and gets in. f**king disgrace.
Luai the same. 1 good game gets in.

I am shattered for Campbell. I am a little worried he will be 18th man. Last year 18th man didn’t play club football the week before. Could be another kick in the dick for him and us.
As a Qlder I’m happy with Freddie’s selections.
Pangai Whatever..... He is one of the biggest football leeches ever seen!1 A Grade 1 Sponger. Why is he even considered?? Addo-Carr... how does his lack of form even approach that of Sir Alex J? Frizell is slower than me a dead weight. Tabasco Sauce well he has too much tread off his tyres, he is worn down and is part of the reason Easts are going nowhere. Edwards desrves his spot.
Many of Fiddler's picks come from LOSING IRRELEVANT sides. Selections are from piping too much opium. Slater has selected TWO rakes, but Fiddler-On-The-Roof only one. Slater will defeat them. Slater is a PROPER football brain and coach. Not so Fiddler.
 

Steenson123

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Gwenda Gould hates The Crisps. Absolutely hates us!! I recall Gwenda stating two seasons back...."Oh its only Penrith & Melbourne... forget the rest". Well how did that work out? Neither should have won anything and we were right there to grab another Title save for Crichton's pick 6 and Reynolds's missed conversion.
 

Black Panther

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Gwenda Gould hates The Crisps. Absolutely hates us!! I recall Gwenda stating two seasons back...."Oh its only Penrith & Melbourne... forget the rest". Well how did that work out? Neither should have won anything and we were right there to grab another Title save for Crichton's pick 6 and Reynolds's missed conversion.
Look at the scoreboard mate. Still haven’t got over the lose I see.
 

Steenson123

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Glad API was picked over Cook, much better player.
What happened when they met? 20-0 correct? Cook has actually played above Grant too in recent games. His overall form has been stellar this season, probably his best. The entire side stunk against Parramatta, a banana skin was due after that Brutal Schedule and the emotional drain of Indigenous Rd.
 

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Look at the scoreboard mate. Still haven’t got over the lose I see.
"Over the lose". You cannot even spell. From St Marys are we or surrounds? And I'm certainly not your "mate". Surely you were extremely nervous in that GF ending yet we took Cleary to the wire... with Jaxson Paulo and Taaffe at the back I might ad. Cleary targeted the hopeless Paulo all game and it got them over the line.
 

Rabbits20

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If you are next man up as in Grahams case, it is beneficial to be in the team sessions throughout the campaign for experience. Looks a bit like sour grapes though on Souths behalf if they have withdrawn him. Would only benefit hi in the long run.
Doesn’t need to be near the wankathon mate he’s already played for the Kangaroos. He’s already gone to another level and he will keep carving up especially under JD, Slammin Sam, Hornby and J. Morris what a geat coaching team. No point him sitting there as 18th man.

They will be managing Turbo loads all week anyways he’s the golden child and will get preferential treatment.

Overall origin is origin my main passion and heart lies with Souths and I rather Campbell playing for us. Us making top 4 or top 2 is the priority.

Fittler does too much galaxy shit I think he will be sacked anyway if we lose the series and I think we will. Go QLD.

Freddy lost me the other night when he said Campbell still has defensive areas to work on, when he’s one of the best defensive centres in the game. Also the fact Suaali early in the season was in the frame for origin was a joke when he hadn’t even been playing well. That tells you all the bias you need to know.
 

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"Over the lose". You cannot even spell. From St Marys are we or surrounds? And I'm certainly not your "mate". Surely you were extremely nervous in that GF ending yet we took Cleary to the wire... with Jaxson Paulo and Taaffe at the back I might ad. Cleary targeted the hopeless Paulo all game and it got them over the line.
Ignore him mate we have 21 premierships look how many they have lol……..
 

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Murray focused on building relationships: https://www.nrl.com/news/2023/05/23/murray-focused-on-building-relationships/

'Queensland jersey means more' - The numbers that reveal truth behind the sledge: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...s/news-story/90e6b30e3f07bfb0737d17530ee063b1

'Rang the Penrith connection?' - Latrell's support after Cook snub sparks Blues No. 9 debate: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/st...s/news-story/92b092c55151249fcf5cb7b634bbf8e7

Onya Trell!!! Love hearing that. They might be your NSW teammates, but nothing means more than your South Sydney teammates. Get that up ya Freddy!! This is why I love Trell, always so honest.
 

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Look at the scoreboard mate. Still haven’t got over the lose I see.
Had a good chuckle reading Luai had told Cobbo to do something about it. With him being called a grub.
Luai is the biggest cat in the league.
last years origin fight only 1 person didn’t run over to help their teammates and see burton get his head punched in. Luai. He couldn’t box fruit.
 

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'Confident I can do the job' - Murray puts hand up to play hooker in shock Blues strategy: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/st...r/news-story/12494a2e7cc88987d41d8c9a77655d1e

Wow, that is quite the development! Sounds like our man is set to play some dummy half for the Blues. While Cam is a freak and can pretty much do anything, this is a hugely risky strategy at this level, and I mean hugely!! I know Cam could do it but counting on someone who has basically never played there, and to do it at Origin level is just a huge risk. But seriously, if there was any doubt about Koroisau playing 80, then why not pick Cooky? Hope Cam goes well.

Freddy lifts lid on snubbed star's mystery Blues exit: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/state-...xclusive/1ec84ca8-6d40-4cee-be3e-4cd9256083d8

Bit more info on Stretch here.

QLD 'disloyalty' claims rubbished as numbers prove Blues the real culprits: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/st...s/news-story/24cc782ed2f7abd48ffb1ebe81cc0721

'Can't play 80 minutes' - Freddy accused of 'overthinking' selections in big Origin gamble: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/st...r/news-story/735a80f6324855ffe346e47ba535df42

8,500 empty seats... NRL's glaring Origin problem sparks debate: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/st...n/news-story/26a42998a9cddb5a2f15614b58d60d0f
 

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Origin 1 Training Gallery: https://www.rabbitohs.com.au/news/origin-i-gallery

From The Sporting News,

Versatility the key for NSW Blues as Cameron Murray trains in shock new role

Versatility is the word of the day for New South Wales ahead of their series opener against Queensland on May 31.

With a few interesting selections from Brad Fittler and company, the Blues will be relying on players to fill in at roles they might not usually feature in for their NRL clubs each week.

The perfect example came at Thursday morning's training session at Coogee Oval, with superstar Rabbitohs lock-forward Cameron Murray spending time at hooker leading into the State of Origin clash.

Despite never playing there coming through the grades, Murray could potentially be thrust into the role at some stage after NSW opted to go with Api Koroisau in the starting role over Damien Cook.

This year, Koroisau hasn't played 80 minutes in any game for the Tigers, while axed star Cook has played every minute of every match for the Bunnies in 2023.

Speaking to the media, Murray admitted his inexperience in the dummy-half position, but is willing to do whatever job is required by Fittler.

“Who knows – anything can happen in Origin," the 25-year-old said.

"I’ve always said that I will play wherever Freddy wants me to play, I will just do my best for the team. If it happens, it happens – I think it is [possible] but in saying that, there are a few other options.

"We’ve got Nicho [Hynes] there in the 14 jumper, he would probably be a good fit there as well. I guess it will just come down to what happens on the night and whatever Freddy thinks is the right way to go.

“I don’t think I’ve ever played a full game there. I think I’ve played bits and pieces there… obviously I practice a little bit here and there after training with Cookie and helping out with his passes.

"I haven’t played too much there, but I’m confident I can do the job."

After coming up short in last year's Origin series, Fittler has opted to go with a new-look forward pack and bench rotation that includes one less front-rower and one extra second-rower than usual.

Murray will join Tyson Frizell, Liam Martin and Hudson Young as the back-rowers in the NSW side, with the only recognised prop on the bench being Junior Paulo.

Fittler turned a few heads with his selection of Tevita Pangai Junior in the starting lineup, but given the size and power of the Maroons pack, it's perhaps a little clearer to see why he went with the Canterbury firebrand.

Tom Flegler, Lindsay Collins and Tino Fa'asamaleaui as their big boppers in the middle, while the inclusion of in-form edge forward David Fifita will cause plenty of headaches for the Blues.

Murray has been named to come off the bench in Adelaide in a surprise move, but believes the crop of back-rowers Fittler has selected could prove beneficial.

“I have to be a little bit smarter in terms of my preparation and what I need to work on," he told The Sporting News.

"The blueprint of how I play doesn’t change – I’m still gonna try my best to play to my strengths regardless of the position I find myself in.

"If I am coming off the bench, I’m playing that second middle kind of role instead of that ball-playing role. If anything, it probably just simplifies my role a little bit and it’s more about bringing some energy and focusing on my effort areas.

“Versatility helps in a big game like this where there’s a lot of margin for error and things can go wrong.

"You need people that can play multiple positions and all our back-rowers can play middle, and a few middles can probably find themselves out on the edge as well.

"It’s always handy to have some versatility and some depth there and it’s good to have some experience too – there’s a lot of people in our side that have been in the Origin arena before and they know what it’s like.

"I’m not 100 per cent if that’s what it’s going to look like... I’ll jump into the scrimmage in different positions and make sure I’m across all the different positions I might find myself in."

Frizell will be back for his first NSW appearance since the unsuccessful 2020 series, ending his representative hiatus in another shock call from the selectors.

The 31-year-old echoed the sentiments of the South Sydney skipper in an interview with The Sporting News and is prepared to fill whatever role is required.

“It’s definitely a versatile back-row and bench," Frizell said.

"There’s a lot of guys that have played middle in their time and guys like Liam who is playing middle at the moment at Penrith.

"I’ve played a bit of middle in Origin too earlier in my career and a little bit in club footy too. It’s no different and my role doesn’t change – defend well and run hard, that’s about it.

"If I get called upon in that middle role, I’ll be more than happy to do my best and do my job."
 

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Comfortable surroundings - Latrell ready to reignite lethal left edge: https://www.nrl.com/news/2023/05/26...s-latrell-ready-to-reignite-lethal-left-edge/

'I'm not done in that jersey' - Cook vows to bounce back from Blues snub: https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/i-...nce-back-from-blues-snub-20230526-p5dbmd.html

Origin Daily: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...s/news-story/28d0d25659cf92edf72e7a66dc7f9653

That's very interesting about Cody. They should have picked him. You can't tell me Luai is playing better Footy than Cody right now. Luai was picked because of the Penrith boys club.
 

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Media Conference - Jai Arrow: https://www.nrl.com/news/2023/05/27/media-conference-lindsay-collins-and-jai-arrow/

DCE reflects on Maroons experiences ahead of hitting 20 games: https://www.nrl.com/news/2023/05/28/dce-reflects-on-maroons-experiences-ahead-of-hitting-20-games/

'Time to protest' - NRL powerbrokers approach NSWRL to scrap controversial navy strip: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...s/news-story/2636533f6dde9bddbc830af8742f71a9

Hahahaha, this is hilarious. Amateur hour, like seriously. I hate the navy strip, it doesn't feel right to me when the Blues play in it. State of Origin is traditional, the jerseys should remain traditional. So I'm glad the NRL has come out and said this but it's poor form because why was the jersey approved in the first place?
 

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