Daniel Lane

Daniel Lane

Daniel Lane is a sports reporter and video journalist with Fairfax Media.

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Under-fire James Maloney no Friend in need

Daniel Lane Sydney Roosters hooker Jake Friend took time out to shield the team's five-eighth James Maloney from criticism after suggestions he was fighting to retain his place in the NSW State of Origin team.

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No point to St George Illawarra protest: NRL

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14: Gareth Widdop of the Dragons and his team mates look dejcted after losing the round 6 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the St George Illawarra Dragons at AAMI Park on April 14, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Daniel Lane The NRL's head of football Todd Greenberg said there was no chance of St George Illawarra being awarded the two premiership points from Monday night's loss to Melbourne when the Storm scored after...

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NRL rules out banning lifting tackles but puts all players on notice

Todd Greenberg

Daniel Lane The NRL has fallen short of banning lifting tackles, but warned any player involved in a dangerous tackle from this weekend risked being charged under the latest reform to player safety.

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Robbie Farah vows to beat the clock with elbow rehab

Daniel Lane Injured Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah expected he'd return to action earlier than doctors predicted after his elbow was dislocated in last Saturday night's victory over North Queensland.

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Wests Tigers pack aim to make Darcy Lussick's Easter a nightmare

Wests Tigers

Daniel Lane Powerful Wests Tigers forwards Keith Galloway and Martin Taupau warned the pack that'd bullied the likes of Manly's Jason King, the Burgess brothers from Souths and North Queensland's Test props Matt...

Steve Mortimer: 10-metre rule has ruined the game

Funeral for Frank Hyde held at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, Manly.  Guest Steve Mortimer.  Hyde 070928 SMH.News.Photo Steven Siewert SPECIALX SS070928

Daniel Lane Steve Mortimer, one of rugby league's great attacking players, appealed for the code's authorities to acknowledge finally that the 10 metres defensive line had sent the game backwards as an...

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Warren Ryan earns wrath for sledging female ABC reporter

In hot water: Warren Ryan.

Daniel Lane Former premiership-winning coach and long-term ABC commentator Warren Ryan earned the wrath of listener's during last week's broadcast of the Souths-St George Illawarra match when he appeared to take...

Kiwis consider unleashing Taupau, Gavet and Manu M'au

Fast track: Wests Tigers tearaway James Gavet  is an Aussie by birth but he wants to play for  New Zealand.

Daniel Lane Wests Tigers enforcer James Gavet's international career could be fast-tracked for next month's Anzac Test after revelations he qualified for the Kangaroos because he was born in Sydney.

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80-minute man: Nathan Peats is thriving at Parramatta.

Daniel Lane and Adrian Proszenko They may not be the biggest names in the game, but each has added a new dimension to his team after having arrived at new locations.

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Wests Tigers players engage in postcode skirmish

Aaron Woods

Daniel Lane Wests Tigers cult hero Aaron Woods sparked a new "war" in the merged club that has long been divided by petty jealousies with his constant reference to "2040" - the postcode for Balmain's spiritual...

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For Wests Tigers Blake Austin training starts long before he gets to Concord

On track: New Wests Tigers five-eighth Blake Austin.

Daniel Lane Depending on his training schedule new Wests Tigers five-eighth Blake Austin normally starts his work day by catching the 6.

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Manly Sea Eagles veteran Glenn Stewart appears increasingly likely to move on

Standing his ground: Glenn Stewart wants Manly to put their best offer on the table.

Brad Walter and Daniel Lane Manly back-rower Glenn Stewart is still waiting on an offer from the Sea Eagles as he edges closer to finishing his career at another club.

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Justin Horo says Manly will restore bruised pride

Justin Horo

Daniel Lane Manly's Justin Horo admitted the sight of the Wests Tigers forwards smiling throughout last Sunday's ambush at Leichhardt Oval was harder to take than the physical battering.

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William Hopoate says Eels revival still has a way to go

Not there yet: Despite their strong start, William Hopoate says the Eels have a way to go.

Daniel Lane Parramatta's marquee recruit William Hopoate welcomed the notion of success-starved Eels fans celebrating their team's unexpected high standing on the NRL's premiership ladder, but warned there were...

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Rooster James Maloney defends decision to override coach's order

Bad move: A dejected Aidan Guerra and James Maloney after Friday's loss to the Bulldogs.

Daniel Lane and Brad Walter Sydney Roosters five-eighth James Maloney defended the decision to ignore coach Trent Robinson's instruction to take a shot at goal which, had it been converted, might have seen the team win Friday...

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Les Boyd laments league becoming an 'industry'

Industry, not a game: Former hardman Les Boyd says league has changed since his days playing as a forward.

Daniel Lane Former Wests and Manly forward Les Boyd, regarded as one of rugby league's most intimidating players, was concerned the code had paid a high price for the administration and coaches turning it from a...

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One-time Manly fan Aaron Woods gives Wests Tigers pack a punch

Changed man: After being a Manly fan as a child, Aaron Woods's loyalty now lies with the Wests Tigers.

Daniel Lane Aaron Woods grew up as a self-confessed "mad" Manly fan but the NSW Origin prop realised he was really a dyed-in-the-wool Wests Tigers man last year when the Sea Eagles tabled a lucrative deal for...

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Pat Richards happy to recall that golden day with the Wests Tigers

Back with a bang: Pat Richards has enjoyed a strong start on returning to the NRL.

Daniel Lane Pat Richards has been unstoppable since returning to the Wests Tigers wing after eight years in England, but one thought jolts him dead in his tracks – what would have happened had he dropped Benji...

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Penrith rookie Dallin Watene-Zelezniak shapes up to a family legend

Star of the future: Penrith's Dallin Watene-Zelezniak makes his first-grade debut this weekend.

Daniel Lane Teenager Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, earmarked for years by junior talent scouts as rugby league's ''next big thing'', will take a significant step in his quest to honour a famous ancestor when he makes...

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Blake Austin plays the part of Cherry-Evans at Tigers training - and gets crunched

Crunched: Tigers utility Blake Austin.

Daniel Lane Wests Tigers utility player Blake Austin received a taste of what Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans can expect at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.

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