Adrian Proszenko

Adrian Proszenko

Adrian Proszenko is chief rugby league reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald

State of Origin: How Bob Fulton hatched the plan that undid the Maroons

Adrian Proszenko NSW coach Laurie Daley has opened up about the moment when the plan was hatched to pair halfbacks Mitchell Pearce and Trent Hodkinson together, revealing the idea was the brainchild of league...

State of Origin: NSW Blues five-eighth Mitchell Pearce says he finally feels like he belongs

Feeling good: Mitchell Pearce is feeling more comfortable in the Origin arena.

Adrian Proszenko Mitchell Pearce, in his second incarnation as a State of Origin player, finally feels like he belongs in the arena.

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State of Origin: Queensland coach Mal Meninga says they didn't get the rub of the green

Back to his best: Greg Inglis was one of the best for Queensland in Origin II.

Adrian Proszenko Queensland coach Mal Meninga reckons there was "a lot of doubt" over the contentious ruling which prevented Greg Inglis from scoring one of the great Origin tries.

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State of Origin: Paul Gallen plays through the pain of another injury

Making an impact: Cameron Smith of the Maroons.

Adrian Proszenko When Paul Gallen woke up to the screaming headline "At least we're not drug cheats", he probably thought his day couldn't get worse.

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You've never had it better, NRL chief Dave Smith tells disaffected clubs

'The game is strong and healthy': NRL CEO Dave Smith.

Adrian Proszenko NRL chief David Smith believes the majority of clubs are supportive of the direction of the game, declaring rugby league is "stronger and healthier than it's ever been".

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State of Origin: Andrew Johns backs NSW Blues skipper Paul Gallen to fire

Leader: Paul Gallen is back at Origin level tonight, leading the NSW Blues.

Owen Roberts and Adrian Proszenko New South Wales Legend and immortal Andrew Johns believes NSW captain Paul Gallen will fire up in the face of adversity after the Queensland media labelled him a drug cheat.

16 club heavies to pow-wow on discontent with NRL

 :  NRL CEO Dave Smith

Adrian Proszenko A meeting of club chairs on Wednesday will determine whether the NRL faces a full-scale rebellion or whether discontent with the governing body is limited to a minority of disaffected clubs.

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NRL engages Google in revolutionary broadcast negotiations

New player: Google has entered the battle for NRL and AFL broadcast rights

Adrian Proszenko Google has a seat at the negotiating table for the NRL's broadcast rights in a shock development that could revolutionise how sport is consumed in the future.

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Parramatta Eels halfback Chris Sandow sold coach Brad Arthur a dummy over explosive comments

Adrian Proszenko It's been dubbed ''the interview that killed Chris Sandow's career'', but the enigmatic halfback initially denied he made the controversial comments that cost him any chance of a new contract at...

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Father defends Sims boys' rights to take divergent Origin paths

Blues (and maroons) brothers: Tariq and Korbin Sims.

Adrian Proszenko The father of the Sims siblings has defended their right to represent opposing states and is looking forward to the "unusual situation" of the pair playing against each other in Origin.

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Parramatta halfback Chris Sandow warned about speaking out of school, but unlikely to be dropped

Caught in the middle: Controversial  Parramatta halfback Chris Sandow.

Adrian Proszenko Chris Sandow's feud with coach Brad Arthur is unlikely to cost him a first-grade spot against Melbourne, but his teammates have been quick to put the halfback in his place about airing his grievances...

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Rugby league headhunts Asian Cup boss Michael Brown to oversee 2017 World Cup

Top man: Michael Brown with the Rugby League World Cup.

Adrian Proszenko Having just staged the Asian Cup, leading official Michael Brown has been headhunted to ensure the 2017 rugby league World Cup becomes the most engaging event in the sport's history.

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Parramatta Eels forward Anthony Watmough on track to break Darren Lockyer's games record

Seasoned campaigner: Eels forward Anthony Watmough.

Adrian Proszenko If Anthony Watmough's body holds together long enough to see out the remaining three-and-a-half years of his Parramatta contract - and it's not a given due to the punishment it has absorbed - the...

Frank Pritchard to leave Canterbury Bulldogs; Trent Hodkinson could follow

Dog gone: A hugely experienced forward, Pritchard will leave the club at the end of this season to take up a three-year deal with Hull in the English Super League.

Adrian Proszenko Canterbury vice-captain Frank Pritchard will leave the club at the end of the year to take up a three-year deal with Hull FC.

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Parramatta Eels tell Chris Sandow he's free to leave after questioning coach Brad Arthur's tactics

Unwanted Eel: Halfback Chris Sandow has been told he can leave.

Adrian Proszenko Chris Sandow reckons his style of footy wins games, but he won't be playing them for Parramatta for much longer after being told he is free to pack his bags immediately.

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State of Origin: Ryan Hoffman opens up on stink with Justin Hodges - 'I don't think it is needed'

Adrian Proszenko Ryan Hoffman has opened up about his run-in with Justin Hodges in State of Origin I, believing the Maroons centre's attempts to belittle him showed the game a lack of respect.

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Parramatta Eels halfback Chris Sandow tells Brad Arthur: 'We'll win more games if I play my way'

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 19: Chris Sandow of the Eels is interviewed after winning during the round seven NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Parramatta Eels at Hunter Stadium on April 19, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia.  (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

Adrian Proszenko Chris Sandow, a halfback so unpredictable that he is in Dally M medal contention during a year in which he has been dropped to reggies, has a message for coach Brad Arthur.

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Trent Hodkinson's hooking casts fresh doubts over future at Canterbury Bulldogs

Uncertain future: Bulldogs halfback Trent Hodkinson wants to control games to the end.

Adrian Proszenko Trent Hodkinson says he wants to be at a club which entrusts him to see out the entire match, casting fresh doubts about his future at Canterbury.

Johnathan Thurston backs Daly Cherry-Evans to bounce back in State of Origin game two

Adrian Proszenko Johnathan Thurston has backed Daly Cherry-Evans to put aside his contract saga - and a couple of underwhelming halfback performances for the Maroons - in his return to the chief playmaking role in...

Parramatta Eels hooker Kaysa Pritchard returns to footy after drugs drama

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Adrian Proszenko Parramatta hooker Kaysa Pritchard returned to the field on Saturday night just months after being busted for allowing a teammate to take a urine test on his behalf.