Friday 31 May 2013

#Origin 2013: NOT The Footy Show set to record Game 1 Preview Podcast tonight

ORIGIN: NOT The Footy Show set to reunite for a Game 1 Special
Origin News and Views and @NRLTweet Player of the Year Votes 

2013 NRL Premiership

By W D Nicolson - May 31, 2013

NOT The Footy Show was a staple of the Rugby League landscape from 2010-2012 and although regular production has ended, is proud to present a reunion special that coincides with State of Origin Game 1 on June 5.

ORIGIN 1: The confirmed NSW and QLD Game 1 Teams are here |

Origin Special out June 1st
Get excited... the team is back for a little bit of Origin fun.

In about 3 hours (7pm Friday May 31) your old friends from NOT The Footy Show will be reuniting for a special Origin Podcast recording.

Host Warrick Nicolson will be joined by in-studio co-hosts Dave 'DC' Chapman and Nic McInerney for an hour long show talking all things Origin.

Phoning in from all corners of Australia will be Channel 9 Darwin's Sports Presenter Jake Hauritz to talk about the NSW lineup, and 101.5 FM Queensland's Matthew Duncan to talk QLD's squad.

Over the course of our conversations - NOT The Footy Show will unveil their picks and predictions for Game 1 (and the Series), and the entire panel will be answering the most crucial question in all of Origin:

What does it mean for you if NSW win the Series this year?

Conversely the token QLDer on the panel - Matthew Duncan - will be explaining why keeping NSW on the canvas is so important to the Banana Benders.

Plus the Queen of Rugby League has already left a message for all her fans... yes, Big League's Maria Tsialis is back in business with a heartfelt plea to the Blues to bring home the bacon this year.

This Origin Podcast will be recorded tonight/Friday at 7pm in Sydney, and the show will be uploaded on iTunes and our YouTube Channel sometime Saturday afternoon June 1.

Wednesday 29 May 2013

#NRL 2013: Round 12 Tips Late Mail Predictions Preview #NRLLateMail #NRLDT #Supercoach

Plus The Postman's NRL Dream Team/NRL Super Coach Picks

2013 NRL Premiership

By W D Nicolson - May 29, 2013


The NSW and QLD Game 1 Teams are here
In case you haven't heard - NOT The Footy Show is reuniting for a one-off State of Origin Preview Special this Friday night May 31st.
The hour long Podcast will be available on iTunes and on our YouTube channel (but will be audio) sometime Saturday afternoon June 1st.
If you'd like to take part see this post on our Facebook Page.

Continue reading below for the Round 12 Tipping Preview.

Time for Origin baby!

A great time of year for all... yes even NSW fans. We might not have tasted Origin Series success since 2005 (for Queenslanders I'll do the math for you: 7 series wins in a row) but every year when late May rolls around Cockroaches get optimistic... and the better news is that Laurie Daley actually picked a good side this year - with points in them!

Admittedly Mal Meninga did the same with QLD but the NSW 1-6-7-9 is the best it has been in years... if not since that 2005 Series when Joey Johns did the business with Anthony Minichiello in the #1, Trent Barrett in the #6 and Danny Buderus in the #9... you know - Hayne-Maloney-Pearce-Farah stacks up rather nicely... bar the whole Joey Johns factor. But for pure ability to create points - Hayne and Farah have Minichiello and Buderus covered deluxe...

Anyhoo - NOT The Footy Show's panel of 'experts' will have all those Origin 1 prognostications for you Saturday arvo via a Podcast but right now - let's look at the 8 teams in action for Round 12.

To the tips!

Monday 27 May 2013

NRL 2013: Gould's memories of Daley should be first of many #Origin | Round 11 #NRLTweetPOTY Votes

COMPLETE SET: Gould's insight into Daley's Raiders needs to be first of many...
Round 11 News and Views and @NRLTweet Player of the Year Votes

2013 NRL Premiership

By W D Nicolson - May 27, 2013

This is a regular feature on - every week we will post a Set of 6 Tackles that form a Complete Set by the end of the Round. It also features Votes from Round 11 of The @NRLTweet Player of the Year Awards. Let us know what you think of each topic via @NRLTweet

ROUND 11 VOTES BELOW: The confirmed NSW and QLD Game 1 Teams are here |

How good was the Daley-Stuart combination?

It's Origin time and so Phil Gould penned this beauty in the Sun Herald yesterday... it is the third or fourth piece on NSW coach Laurie Daley focusing on him as a player rather than Daley the coach and nearly all of them have been compelling reading.

But Gould's is the best... like that's a surprise.

Take this line near the opening paragraph for instance.

"When Stuart threw the ball to Daley, people knew something great was about to happen."

Gould knows greatness... after all he coached enough of it
Gould just gets it. After all he is quite often 'it' when it comes to Rugby League analysis.

What a lot of anti-Gould people seem to forget is the reason Gus has so many forthright opinions on the game is because he played first grade for years, coached at the first grade level from 1988 through 1999 and then continued his association as the NSW coach after his club retirement.

He is - quite rightly - considered NSW's best ever mentor at Origin level and perhaps (more than even Queenslanders like to admit) - gets Origin better than ANYONE on either side of the border.

But this isn't actually about Origin - though Daley will coach NSW for the first time Wednesday week.

This is about how incredibly well Gould captures the essence of the brilliance that emanated from the nation's capital during the club's golden period from the late 1980s through the mid-1990s... and the regard in which the great Laurie Daley was held by his opposition.

Sunday 26 May 2013

#Origin 2013: NSW and QLD teams set for Game 1 #StateofOrigin

Origin 1 Squads for June 5

2013 NRL Premiership

By W D Nicolson - May 26, 2013

The days of Origin Selections being 'secret' are long gone...

Now that's good news for the 34 players who are going to be picked (plus probably two 18th men) because they will have entered Round 11 knowing their fate... but now their biggest challenge is trying to play a game of NRL without getting injured.

Admittedly it helps a news organisation to break a State of Origin team early when they have the coach writing for them every week... and these are now the confirmed lineups are below.

2013 State of Origin Schedule
Game 1: ANZ Stadium, Sydney – June 5
Game 2: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane – June 26
Game 3: ANZ Stadium, Sydney – July 17

1. Jarryd HAYNE
2. Brett MORRIS
3. Michael JENNINGS
4. Josh MORRIS
6. James MALONEY
7. Mitchell PEARCE
8. Paul GALLEN (c)
9. Robbie FARAH
10. James TAMOU
11. Ryan HOFFMAN
12. Luke LEWIS
13. Greg BIRD
14. Andrew FIFITA

16. Trent MERRIN
17. Anthony WATMOUGH
18. John SUTTON

1. Billy SLATER
2. Darius BOYD (Justin O'Neill on standby)
3. Greg INGLIS
4. Justin HODGES
5. Brent TATE
6. Johnathan THURSTON
7. Cooper CRONK
8. Matthew SCOTT
9. Cameron SMITH (c)
11. Nate MYLES
13. Ashley HARRISON
14. Corey PARKER

15. Matt GILLETT
16. Ben TE'O
17. Chris McQUEEN
19. Josh PAPALII

What do you think of the Game 1 Squads? 
Is the NSW team good enough to end QLD's dominance?
Comment on this feature below or by replying on Twitter.
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Thursday 23 May 2013

#NRL 2013: Round 11 Tips Late Mail Predictions Preview #NRLLateMail #NRLDT #Supercoach

Plus The Postman's NRL Dream Team/NRL Super Coach Picks

2013 NRL Premiership

By W D Nicolson - May 22, 2013


The almost certain NSW and QLD Game 1 Teams are here
Read about why NSW can't keep overloading with backrowers in Game 1 here.
With Game 1 State of Origin Teams named at the end of Round 11 - we've got Scouting Reports on various contenders right here.
Here is the Predicted NSW Game 1 Team we believe coach Laurie Daley is set to announce for the June 5 clash with Queensland at ANZ Stadium.
Plus Mal Meninga's Queensland Team has also been predicted... though injuries are playing havoc with both lineups.

Continue reading below for the Round 11 Tipping Preview.

#Origin 2013: Why NSW can't keep overloading on backrowers for Game 1 #StateofOrigin

ORIGIN COMMENT: Daley needs to fight fire with fire...
Origin 1 News and Views

2013 NRL Premiership

By W D Nicolson - May 23, 2013

Comments are a regular feature on Let us know what you think of this Origin Comment via @NRLTweet or please email us.

The confirmed NSW and QLD Game 1 Teams are here

NSW cannot afford to overload on backrowers... again.

The good news entering Origin 1 is that the actual NSW coach - Laurie Daley - is the one selecting his squad this year... with the help of Chief Advisor Bob Fulton (who we all hope still knows a thing or two about picking quality sides).

But Daley's close relationship with the Daily Telegraph and Fox Sports basically means that if you have followed either media trail in the last two months - his views on a variety of players' chances have pretty much been played out in the press the next day.

If the Telegraph started talking up Blake Ferguson - odds are they got a good line from Daley about how he viewed the Canberra outside back a few hourse earlier... same goes for the current campaign to put Paul Gallen at prop and maybe bring Willie Mason back into the squad for his experience.

Admittedly - under Ricky Stuart - the same leaks to the press occurred given the former NSW coach's relationship with the Telegraph (but not the same with Fox Sports however), but unless my memory serves me poorly - Craig Bellamy wasn't quite as up front with the press.

But the focus of this comment is the number of backrowers NSW have kept picking every series as they try to overcome the class of the Queensland team... especially in the past two years.

And you know who is to blame for this trend?