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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

State of Origin: Wests Tigers confirm NSW Blues hooker Robbie Farah has broken hand

Brad Walter NSW hooker Robbie Farah will join team-mates in camp after the team is announced on Tuesday, despite having been diagnosed with a broken hand.

TV eyeballs v bums on seats: the dilemma facing the NRL in next broadcast deal

Brad Walter NRL clubs believe the game should control the scheduling of matches - not the broadcasters.

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NSW Blues hooker Robbie Farah in doubt for State of Origin decider

Up in the air: Robbie Farah leaves the field.

Brad Walter Robbie Farah left Leichhardt Oval without a shower after Wests Tigers loss to Penrith to undergo x-rays for a suspected broken hand that may rule him out of Origin.

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Wests Tigers half Luke Brooks in headbutt probe during loss to Penrith Panthers

Hard to handle: Martin Taupau attempts to break free.

Brad Walter Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooks is set to come under scrutiny from the NRL match review committee for an alleged headbutt in his side's 35-12 defeat by Penrith on Sunday at Leichhardt Oval.

Karmichael Hunt's drug claims to be investigated by NRL integrity commission

Brad Walter Allegations that a Test and State of Origin star was the connection between Karmichael Hunt and a drug dealer he used to source cocaine for himself and Gold Coast Suns team-mates will be investigated...

State of Origin: Paul Gallen "disappointed and upset" by retirement claims

Same again, please: Paul Gallen and teammates celebrate their win at Suncorp Stadium in game one last year.

Brad Walter NSW captain Paul Gallen has moved to clear up his Origin future after Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan claimed he would retire from representative football

Kieran Foran fuels speculation he may turn his back on Parramatta Eels

Eels deal in doubt: Kieran Foran of the Sea Eagles.

Brad Walter Kieran Foran's indecision suggests he is seriously considering walking away from the $4.8 million, four-year deal he signed with Parramatta

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State of Origin: Retirement revelation is news to NSW Blues captain Paul Gallen

Paul Gallen of the Blues celebrates winning Origin II in Melbourne.

Brad Walter Is Origin III set to be Paul Gallen's representative swansong? His Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan says it is but that was news to the NSW Blues skipper.

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Nothing by halves: Why clubs are still chasing Kieran Foran and Daly Cherry-Evans

Direct, and simple:  Kieran Foran.

Brad Walter Of the four playmakers in Friday night's clash between Manly and Souths, Foran is the least likely to prove the matchwinner.

Trent Hodkinson in talks to join Newcastle Knights

Talks:  Canterbury’s Trent Hodkinson is speaking to Newcastle.

Brad Walter Newcastle have emerged as favourites to sign NSW halfback Trent Hodkinson in a move that could pave the way for Kieran Foran to join Canterbury next season if his deal with Parramatta collapses.

NSW Blues forward Josh Jackson to use role of teammate as judiciary defence

Brad Walter With Greg Eastwood having pleaded guilty to a grade one dangerous throw, Josh Jackson is expected to argue that the Kiwis forward contributed to the ugly tackle on Jamie Soward

George and Tom Burgess set to face brother Luke for first time in the NRL

Back-yard stoush: Souths' Tom Burgess is set to come up against brother Luke, who now plays for Manly.

Brad Walter They've played each other in the back yard but the Burgess brothers had always been on the same side in the NRL

Parramatta Eels prepared to let Kieran Foran walk to loosen grip of Brad Arthur

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Brad Walter and Michael Chammas Parramatta's bid to re-negotiate key terms of Kieran Foran's contract signals the beginning of the end for Eels coach Brad Arthur.

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Kieran Foran to spark player merry-go-round if Parramatta Eels deal collapses

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 06:  Kieran Foran of the Sea Eagles passes during the round one NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Manly Sea Eagles at Pirtek Stadium on March 6, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Kieran Foran's contract was the main topic of discussion at an Eels board meeting on Monday night at which coach Brad Arthur was given assurances about his immediate future following the sudden...

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State of Origin: NSW Blues coach Laurie Daley faces test over arrest of Michael Jennings

Brad Walter Daley has to decide whether allowing Jennings to play would undermine all the work he has done to change the culture in the NSW team.

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State of Origin: Blake Ferguson set for redemption with NSW Blues

Another chance: An alcohol-fuelled incident cost Blake Ferguson his Origin spot in 2013.

Brad Walter After being penciled in as 18th man for Origin III, Blake Ferguson may replace Roosters teammate Michael Jennings in the centres for NSW if the game II man of the match is stood down.

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Parramatta Eels may wait until the end of season to appoint a CEO

Parramatta chairman Steve Sharp.

Brad Walter After five CEOs in as many years, the Parramatta Eels are in no hurry to find a new one.

James Maloney joins Cronulla Sharks

Pointscoring machine: James Maloney of the Roosters.

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters five-eighth James Maloney has signed with the Cronulla Sharks on a three-year deal.

State of Origin stars back calls for compulsory mental health checks in the NRL

Taking a stand: Darius Boyd, Cameron Smith, Nate Myles and Johnathan Thurston.

Brad Walter Australian and Queensland stars Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston, Nate Myles and Darius Boyd sent photos of themselves posing with a sign carrying the slogan "it's time to speak" to support an...

State of Origin: The verbal exchange that highlighted the NSW Blues' winning attitude in game 2

COFFS HARBOUR, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20:  David Klemmer poses after a team photograph for the New South Wales Blues State of Origin team at Novotel Coffs Harbour on May 20, 2015 in Coffs Harbour, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Brad Walter After losing the series opener, NSW coach Laurie Daley and his players vowed never to take a backward step and to push the boundaries as much as the Maroons did in Origin I

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