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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

George Peponis leads NSWRL coup to take control of NSW Leagues Club

Brad Walter The new board will meet on Wednesday to discuss a proposal to amalgamate with another club after the lease on NSW Leagues Club's Phillip St premises expires next year.

Paul Gallen set to finish career at Cronulla Sharks after agreeing to new deal

Showing their teeth: Sharks Paul Gallen and Andrew Fifita.

Brad Walter Paul Gallen gives the Cronulla Sharks a double boost with a new contract and a return from injury.

State of Origin: Andrew Johns says Jamie Soward is the man NSW Blues want when game on the line

Highly rated: Jamie Soward could force his way into a Blues jersey for Origin II.

Brad Walter Andrew Johns believes Jamie Soward is second only to Cooper Cronk in game management

State of Origin: Laurie Daley unconcerned about Trent Hodkinson's lack of involvement

Needs to be more involved: Blues halfback Trent Hodkinson.

Brad Walter The NSW hierarchy believe Trent Hodkinson's steadying influence contributed to Mitchell Pearce's best Origin

Man of the match: Cameron Smith says big match experience got Queensland home

Maroons captain Cameron Smith thanks fans after winning Origin I.

Brad Walter The cool head of Cooper Cronk won the match for Queensland, whereas the decision making of the NSW playmakers in the dying moments proved costly.

State of Origin I: Disciplined Maroons have edge in control and composure

Maroon mob: Queenslanders celebrate after the victory.

Brad Walter NSW did enough on Wednesday night to demonstrate that last season's historic series win was no one-off but the odds are now firmly stacked against them repeating the feat after losing a game they...

Manly Sea Eagles earmark Greg Bird as next target on their recruitment hit list

Michael Chammas and Brad Walter The Manly Sea Eagles have stepped up their bid to entice Daly Cherry-Evans to renege on his deal with the Titans, earmarking Greg Bird as their next recruitment target.

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State of Origin: Stats identify Andrew Fifita as the X-factor for NSW Blues

Playing it tight:  Andrew Fifita and James Tamou at training.

Brad Walter With four forwards on the bench, NSW will try to win the game in the middle.

State of Origin: Queensland coach Mal Meninga says Maroons want State of Origin revenge

Mal Meninga watches on during Queensland Maroons training.

Brad Walter Queensland have been waiting since last year's 6-4 defeat at ANZ Stadium for the chance to avenge their first series loss in nine years

State of Origin: Why Beau Scott won't be able to target Johnathan Thurston

 Johnathan Thurston of the Cowboys.

Brad Walter Beau Scott provided the blueprint for how to unsettle Johnathan Thurston, but the star playmaker has changed his game.

State of Origin: Lowest NRL crowds suggest it's time for stand-alone matches

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Brad Walter Promoting NRL games without Origin stars is like trying to sell tickets to a Rolling Stones concert without Mick Jagger.

Jason Taylor says Wests Tigers can't rely on playing like it's 2005

Feeling it: Tim Simona receives some attention.

Brad Walter Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor called on fans to stick by his team as they set around changing the style of play the joint venture club is renowned for.

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North Queensland Cowboys outlast Wests Tigers with points at a premium

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23:  Tim Simona of the Tigers is tackled during the round 11 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the North Queensland Cowboys at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on May 23, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Brad Walter A 77th minute try by North Queensland winger Antonio Winterstein saved the Wests Tigers v Cowboys match at Campbelltown Stadium the embarrassment of being the lowest scoring match in 33 years.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs young guns earn praise after win over Parramatta Eels

Dumped: Aaron Gray is sent to the turf.

Brad Walter Rookie hooker Cameron McInnes scored the match winner, while winger Aaron Gray took his tally of tries to five in four NRL matches with a double.

Goalkicking cost Parramatta Eels another win, says coach Brad Arthur

Breaking the line: Cameron McInnes' try proved the difference on Friday night.

Brad Walter Parramatta coach Brad Arthur was left bemoaning his team's inability to kick a goal in the last two weeks after the Eels crashed to another narrow loss to South Sydney at ANZ Stadium.

South Sydney Rabbitohs' win over Parramatta Eels their first without Adam Reynolds

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22:  Cameron McInnes of the Rabbitohs scores a try during the round 11 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium on May 22, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Until Cameron McInnes's 75th-minute try, it appeared Parramatta were set to end a bad week on a high note, following the salary cap dramas that cost them a $525,000 fine.

Issac Luke's exit 'bittersweet' for South Sydney Rabbitohs rake Cameron McInnes

Looking for permanent role: Rabbitohs hooker Cameron McInnes.

Brad Walter Why South Sydney coach Michael Maguire decided to start with rookie Cameron McInnes at hooker over Issac Luke.

NRL seize chance to force governance reform at Parramatta Eels

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Brad Walter Until now the NRL has had no real influence over a club whose licenced operation made a $6.5 million profit from a turnover of $85 million last yea

State of Origin: NSW Blues coach Laurie Daley says Trent Hodkinson will call the shots in game one

Seven and six: Trent Hodkinson and Mitchell Pearce at Tuesday's announcement.

Brad Walter Mitchell Pearce to play the role of a ball runner in Blues side with six changes from the final game of last year's Origin series triumph

South Sydney Rabbitohs prop Thomas Burgess insists NFL interest is not the reason he only signed a one year deal

Brad Walter Tom Burgess is watching Hayne's transition with keen interest and believes that if he succeeds it could pave the way for other NRL players.