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

State of Origin I: Cooper Cronk proves his worth to Maroons with decisive field goal

Chris Barrett There are many folks north of the border who would argue that Queensland's hopes of extending their interminable interstate reign went down the tube the moment Cooper Cronk broke his arm last year.

Parramatta chairman Steve Sharp says Eels won't be 'bullied' into changes by NRL

Parramatta chairman Steve Sharp.

Chris Barrett Parramatta chairman Steve Sharp says the Eels will contest some of the salary cap breaches that led to their $525,000 fine and has hit out at the NRL.

Parramatta Eels say they can still afford Kieran Foran despite salary cap drama

Optimistic: Parramatta CEO Scott Seward says the club will retain its big-name signings despite the salary cap dramas.

Chris Barrett  Parramatta are insistent that their salary cap drama will not stand between them acquiring star signings Kieran Foran and Beau Scott next year.

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Parramatta Eels fined $525,000 for 'significant' salary cap breaches

Reni Maitua was cut from the club at the end of the 2013 season.

Chris Barrett Parramatta's disappointing season was dealt another blow when they were fined $525,000 on Thursday over salary cap breaches.

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Blown opportunity tough to swallow for Manly Sea Eagles, says Jamie Lyon

Tough night: Manly skipper Jamie Lyon.

Chris Barrett Manly captain Jamie Lyon admits it will be difficult to sit and stew on such a missed opportunity with a bye on the immediate horizon with the Sea Eagles still stationed at the bottom of the NRL...

Penrith Panthers end Manly Sea Eagles' mini revival with one-point victory

The power of one: Jamie Soward celebrates Penrith's win.

Chris Barrett Brett Stewart might be the Prince of Brookvale but Matt Moylan stole his thunder in a gripping finale at Brookvale Oval on Monday night.

The power and the passion: Who runs your NRL club and how your voice can be heard

Eels forever: But the club board has seen bitter in-fighting over the years.

Chris Barrett Traversing the maze that are NRL club boards reveal a contrasting picture of dictatorships and democracies.

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NRL set to land $30 million windfall from new turnover deal with betting agencies

Chris Barrett The NRL are on the brink of finalising a rich and trailblazing new deal with betting agencies that is expected to net the code more than $30 million over the next three years.

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Parramatta Eels players Kenny Edwards and Kaysa Pritchard stood down after manipulating drug test

In strife: Parramatta's Kenny Edwards.

Adrian Proszenko and Chris Barrett Parramatta has become embroiled in a drugs drama after Kenny Edwards took a drugs test on behalf of fellow forward Kaysa Pritchard.

'Just a good old reacquaintance': Willie Mason plays down Korbin Sims crotch grab

On the burst: Willie Mason carts the ball forward today.

Chris Barrett Willie Mason says Korbin Sims' penis grab was just a case of two mates catching up

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Brett Stewart and Daly Cherry-Evans star as Manly Sea Eagles win two in a row

Welcome back, skipper: Jamie Lyon made a winning return for Manly.

Chris Barrett Are the sleeping giants of this NRL competition beginning to stir?

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Damaged knee puts Josh Dugan in doubt for State of Origin

Big concern: Josh Dugan lies injured on the turf at Suncorp Stadium.

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...

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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.

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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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