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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

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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NRL and clubs vow to improve communications after meeting avoids 'World War III'

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15:  David Smith, the chief executive of the Australian Rugby League Commission looks on during a press conference before game two of the State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Brad Walter While some clubs are believed to be at odds with the NRL over funding, governance issues and the governing body's financial interest in Newcastle, Gold Coast and Wests Tigers, the meeting was...

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State of Origin: Laurie Daley describes Paul Gallen as 'one of the toughest' NSW Blues of all time

Ripping in: Blues lock Paul Gallen hits the ball up against the Maroons at the MCG.

Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley has praised the courage of captain Paul Gallen after the Blues forward ignored the pain of a rib cartilage injury to lead the Blues to a 26-18 win at the MCG in Origin II.

State of Origin: NSW Blues' determination gets the job done in game two against Queensland

Job well done: The Blues celebrate Josh Dugan's second half try at the MCG.

Brad Walter 'Let's get back and start again. We have done nothing yet.'

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Compulsory mental health checks urged to prevent NRL suicides

Tragic: Mosese Fotuaika, who was just 20, committed suicide after suffering an injury playing for Wests Tigers in 2013.

Brad Walter and Beth Newman After six suicides in the past two years, the daughter of a former Origin player has launched a petition calling for the NRL to do more.

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Trent Hodkinson backed to overcome the curse of wearing No.7 for the NSW Blues

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 16:  Trent Hodkinson catches the ball during a New South Wales Blues State of Origin training session at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 16, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Since Ricky Stuart played his last Origin game for NSW in 1994, whoever wears the No.7 jersey for the Blues is under immense pressure to lead the team to victory.

Grant Mayer linked with Manly as Barry O'Farrell emerges as Wests Tigers candidate

Leaving: Tigers CEO Grant Mayer.

Brad Walter The NRL CEO merry-go-round is yet to stop, with a third club chief executive poised to leave their post in coming days or weeks

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Cover-ups, fighting and Tommy: Why State of Origin should be played in more cities

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Brad Walter Rugby league has come a long way in Melbourne since Tom Raudonikis coached NSW to victory in the last State of Origin at the MCG

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Parramatta Eels CEO Scott Seward resigns

Departing: Eels chief executive Scott Seward has resigned after 22 months in the top job.

Michael Chammas and Brad Walter Parramatta's CEO Scott Seward has walked out on the club, their star playmaker is on the outer and now the Eels are set for a coaching shakeup.

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10 out of 10 for tryscoring: Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei set to create history

Prolific: Manu Vatuvei scores one of his season's nine tries against Newcastle.

Brad Walter Manu Vatuvei needs just one more try to become the first player in premiership history to score 10 tries or more in a season for 10 consecutive seasons.

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Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor targets performance over results

Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor.

Brad Walter Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor insists his young team is not sacrificing attack to improve their defence.

Up to 12 NRL clubs express interest in playing in expanded World Club Series

Keen for more: As many as 12 NRL clubs have expressed interest in next year's World Club Series.

Brad Walter The success of St George Illawarra and Brisbane has allayed fears that playing in Britain could have a negative impact on preparations for the season.

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Mind games help NSW Blues star Mitchell Pearce get match fit

Focused: Mitchell Pearce during a training warm-up in Coffs Harbour on Wednesday as the NSW Blues squad  prepares for Origin II in Melbourne next week.

Brad Walter Traditional bonding sessions used to be what Mitchell Pearce used to look forward to most about Origin camps but now he is embracing yoga and visualisation.

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NRL set to trial a shot clock for scrums and goal line drop outs

NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg.

Brad Walter A shot clock may be introduced to the NRL next season if a trial in Under 20s competition is successful

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Blues prop Paul Gallen says age shouldn't matter when picking the NSW State of Origin team

Brad Walter Paul Gallen has hit back at suggestions that NSW coach Laurie Daley should have overlooked him and other senior players to focus on building a team for the future