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Brad Walter is Chief Rugby League Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

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NRL heavyweight Jim Doyle sees silver lining in Australian sport's 'blackest day'

Brad Walter NRL chief operating officer Jim Doyle hopes the 15-month investigation into doping allegations in the game will be complete before he leaves at the end of the season to take charge of the Warriors.

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Sandor Earl to face hearing on multiple trafficking charges

Multiple charges: Sandor Earl will soon face an NRL hearing for alleged doping offences.

Brad Walter Sandor Earl faces a four-year ban when he appears before the NRL's anti-doping tribunal later this month after allegations he had trafficked in four prohibited substances over a two year period, as...

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Josh Mansour set to stay with Penrith Panthers

Brad Walter NSW Origin hopeful Josh Mansour is set to stay with Penrith after rejecting an offer to join Canberra next season.

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State of Origin: Melbourne one day, Perth and London the next?

Exhausted: man of the match Jarryd Hayne.

Brad Walter NRL officials plan to use State of Origin to grow the game in new markets around Australia and overseas, with Perth and even London possible venues after the new deal to play matches at the MCG in...

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State of Origin: players want NRL stopped for three weeks

Punishing: Origin players are hard pressed to back up for their club sides in the same week.

Brad Walter, Roy Ward and Daniel Lane A delegation of players from every club will next week tell NRL chiefs of their concerns about the scheduling of Origin matches, and some NSW and Queensland stars want the premiership to be put on...

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AFL greats laud State of Origin, but more must be done for player welfare

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Brad Walter As an exhausted Beau Scott lay on a bench in the victorious NSW dressing rooms last Wednesday night, television sets around an emptied Suncorp Stadium were tuned to AFL greats Garry Lyon and Billy...

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Paul McGregor gets his first test in Steve Price's shoes

Settling in: New Dragons coach Paul McGregor talks with Gareth Widdop and Benji Marshall during training this week.

Brad Walter McGregor, an inaugural co-captain of the Dragons with Mark Coyne in 1999, will begin his audition for the club's vacant coaching job when he oversees the team for the first time in Monday's night's...

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Out of favour Andrew Fifita unlikely to be recalled for State of Origin II

Andrew Fifita

Brad Walter Test prop Andrew Fifita is at long odds to win his place back in the NSW Origin squad for Origin II unless there is an injury, due to concerns over whether he will fit into the new Blues culture.

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State of Origin: How the science of sleep helped the Blues raise the bar after years of humiliation

Tight: Robbie Farah, Laurie Daley and Aaron Woods.

Brad Walter Sleep diaries, wellness reports and a cast of expert support staff. How the professionalism in the Blues’ pre-Origin camp – and before – gave them the winning edge against the...

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State of Origin: The words that inspired NSW's success

Phil Gould speaks to his troops after the game one victory in 2004.

Brad Walter, Michael Carayannis and Michael Chammas A newspaper column by NSW’s most successful State of Origin coach Phil Gould and some stirring half-time words from star fullback Jarryd Hayne and rookie prop Aaron Woods helped inspire the Blues to...

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State of Origin II set to break crowd, TV and revenue records as fans rush for tickets

A sellout crowd at Suncorp Stadium provided a bumper return for the NRL.

Brad Walter NSW will have a chance to clinch the State of Origin trophy in front of a record home crowd at ANZ Stadium after a massive surge in ticket sales for the June 18 clash following the Blues' epic 12-8...

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Gallen praises his team's awesome defensive effort

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Brad Walter NSW captain Paul Gallen lauded his team’s courage and five-eighth Josh Reynolds declared Wednesday night’s historic 12-8 win as the toughest game of his life as the Blues recorded their first win in...

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NSW Blues greats enjoy festive spirit in hostile territory for State of Origin opener

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Brad Walter Caxton Street was once so hostile for anyone from NSW that police banned the Blues team bus from driving down the road on the way to Suncorp Stadium, but with the Maroons domination it is more like a...

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NRL investigates Brisbane Broncos for alleged salary cap breach

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Brad Walter and Phil Lutton Third-party deals with Brisbane players worth up to $500,000 are being investigated by the NRL after the Broncos reported concerns of a possible salary cap breach.

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Robbie Farah says he doesn't believe Cameron Smith is a better player

Second fiddle: NSW vice-captain Robbie Farah.

Brad Walter Robbie Farah refuses to admit his Queensland counterpart Cameron Smith is a better player, but the NSW vice-captain believes he will be unable to stake a genuine claim to be the first-choice...

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New St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor tells players to get on with job

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Brad Walter After receiving the blessing of sacked St George Illawarra coach Steve Price to take on his job, Paul McGregor delivered some home truths to the Dragons players at a meeting ahead of their first...

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The punch: Paul Gallen, Nate Myles and the death of Origin fights

Paul Gallen and Nate Myles trade blows in 2013.

Phil Lutton, Brad Walter The gentrification of Origin football started before the 39th minute of game one, 2013, but this would be the one-two combination that swiftly disinfected the greatest game of all.

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Winning Starts Monday

Steve Price was not right but timing is for push to bring Wayne Bennett back to Dragons

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Brad Walter The race to sign Wayne Bennett as coach is now on in earnest following St George Illawarrra's decision to end the reign of his successor, Steve Price, just days after Nathan Tinkler's departure from...

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St George Illawarra Dragons expected to explore NRL coaching options

Dragons coach Steve Price's position is being reviewed by club management.

Brad Walter Dragons officials have confirmed they have begun reviewing the team's recent performances in a move expected to lead to a decision on the future of coach Steve Price.

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James Tamou to use Arthur Beetson as State of Origin motivation

Doing it for Big Artie: NSW prop James Tamou hopes to honour a Queensland Origin great.

Brad Walter As he runs onto a hostile Suncorp Stadium in Wedneday night's Origin series opener, it will be the Maroons greatest hero Arthur Beetson who NSW prop James Tamou draws on for inspiration in his his...