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Chris Barrett is a Sports Writer with The Sydney Morning Herald.

Damaged knee puts Josh Dugan in doubt for State of Origin

Chris Barrett Josh Dugan will have an X-ray on an injured knee that could throw his State of Origin campaign for NSW into doubt, rubbing salt into Australia's wounds from a 14-point defeat to New Zealand in...

New Zealand Kiwis claim third straight win over Australian Kangaroos for first time since 1953

Slice of heaven: The Kiwis celebrate during their Trans-Tasman Test match against the Australia Kangaroos at Suncorp Stadium.

Chris Barrett Australia are nominally the No.1 team in the world but New Zealand have the edge on them after another win in Brisbane.

Samoa and Tonga put on a worthy show in Pacific Tests' main event

Feeling the squeeze: Albert Vete of Tonga.

Chris Barrett A brilliant diving tackle by giant Sam Kasiano saved the day for Samoa in a thriller against Tonga.

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Marika Koroibete stars as Fiji prove too strong for PNG Kumuls

Fully committed: Kevin Naiqama of Fiji makes a break.

Chris Barrett Is there is a more thrilling sight in the game right now than Marika Koroibete in full flight?

Kangaroos rookies can handle emotional ride of delayed Test, says Tim Sheens

Ready: Kangaroos coach Tim Sheen said his rookies, including Will Chambers, were ready for Sunday's rescheduled Test against New Zealand.

Chris Barrett Beautiful one day, perfect the next, so goes the well-worn tourism slogan about Queensland. Well they got the second part right.

NRL chief Dave Smith says State of Origin may be sold separately in new broadcast deal

Broadcast bucks:  NRL CEO Dave Smith is looking at options in selling the next league broacdast rights.

Chris Barrett NRL chief executive Dave Smith has given the first indication of his plans to seal a record broadcast deal, outlining how State of Origin and other assets may be offered separately to television...

Chris Heighington facing suspension for spear tackle on Penrith's Jeremy Latimore

Chris Heighington and Michael Ennis of the Sharks are put on report for a tackle on Jeremy Latimore.

Chris Barrett Cronulla's Chris Heighington is facing a lengthy stint on the sidelines for a spear tackle on Penrith's Jeremy Latimore.

Matt Moylan ready for State of Origin after Penrith Panthers beat Cronulla Sharks

Magic Moylan: Panthers fullback Matt Moylan in action against the Sharks.

Chris Barrett Matt Moylan is in a three-way contest for the NSW fullback's spot but did himself no harm on Sunday

Parramatta Eels directors at war in Supreme Court in ugly lead-up to club elections

Leading a rival group: Lawrence Shepherd.

Chris Barrett and Daniel Lane The upcoming Parramatta election shapes as being as ugly as any in their tumultuous recent history, with a director leading the opposition ticket against the current board heading to the Supreme...

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Martin Kennedy heads to court to have drug allegations thrown out

Support: Trent Robinson says Roosters' teammates have reached out to help Kennedy.

Chris Barrett Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson says he and the club do not hold it against Martin Kennedy for not telling them about drug allegations hanging over his head when they re-aquired him from...

Time for independent doctors to assess concussions, says former NRL chief medical officer Ron Muratore

Time for independent doctors: Adam Reynolds leaves the field during the match against the Roosters.

Chris Barrett The NRL's recently departed chief medical officer believes it is time the code introduced independent doctors to assess players suspected of being concussed, saying club medicos were under too much...

Martin Kennedy told to stand down, or Sydney Roosters prop will be banned by NRL

Case to answer: Martin Kennedy celebrates a try with the Brisbane Broncos last year.

Chris Barrett and Adrian Proszenko Sydney Roosters prop Martin Kennedy has been given 24 hours to stand down or be suspended by the NRL after he was on Wednesday issued with an infraction notice stemming from the Australian Sports...

Stand-alone State of Origin period could be Shane Richardson's first move at the NRL

Big plans: Shane Richardson will make scheduling one of his main priorities at the NRL.

Chris Barrett A stand-alone State of Origin period is on the cards under Dave Smith's latest lieutenant at League Central, with Shane Richardson to make scheduling his top priority at the NRL.

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Shane Richardson stands down as South Sydney CEO

SHane Richardson

Chris Barrett South Sydney have announced that the premiers' chief executive, Shane Richardson, will stand down after 11 years with the Rabbitohs

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Channel Nine and NRL close to locking in live Sunday afternoon football

Viewers' frustrations could soon be over, with live Sunday games edging closer to reality.

Chris Barrett Channel Nine have confirmed that live Sunday afternoon games are set to be a feature of the NRL schedule next season.

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Lawyer keen to act for NRL players on NFL-style concussion lawsuits

Found to have had brain damage: Former NRL star Ian Roberts.

Chris Barrett A Sydney lawyer believes he can successfully sue the NRL on behalf of former players who suffered brain injuries from concussions, and has secured private funding to back legal action against the...

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Parramatta Eels great Eric Grothe snr investigated over meat tray deal

Facing questions: Eels legend Eric Grothe snr.

Chris Barrett Parramatta legend Eric Grothe Snr could be expelled from the club with whom he won four premierships over a deal he had to sell meat trays to the club while he was a board member.

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NRL paid $80,000 of Paul Gallen's ASADA legal fees

Expensive outburst: Paul Gallen was fined $50,000.

Chris Barrett Paul Gallen was given nearly $80,000 by the NRL to cover his legal fees while under investigation by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

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Manly Sea Eagles forward Anthony Watmough meeting Parramatta Eels officials to negotiate early release

Chris Barrett Anthony Watmough's high-profile move from Manly to Parramatta could be finalised on Tuesday when he meets Eels officials and coach Brad Arthur.

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James Packer says South Sydney Rabbitohs can be Australia's No.1 football club, and make him more money

James Packer.

Chris Barrett New South Sydney co-owner James Packer says it is not just friendship and sentimentality behind his decision to buy into the NRL premiers; he believes he can make a dollar out of his latest...

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