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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

State of Origin: Alex McKinnon lifts NSW Blues with appearance at training

Brad Walter NSW players stood and applauded as Alex McKinnon wheeled himself into the meeting room where they were preparing for training at Coffs Harbour on Saturday.

State of Origin: Why Laurie Daley wants to put the pride back in the NSW Blues

Changing things up: A remark by his young son set Blues coach Laurie Daley on a mission.

Brad Walter A remark by his young son set Blues coach Laurie Daley on a mission to changes in New South Wales.

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State of Origin: David Klemmer's rise from teen halfback to NSW Blues enforcer

David Klemmer

Brad Walter David Klemmer was playing halfback in a lowly team before being scouted by the Bulldogs

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State of Origin: Why NSW Blues coach Laurie Daley won't give up on Robbie Farah

Robbie Farah.

Brad Walter Robbie Farah was banned from flying after surgery and the risk of infection will prevent him from training until the weekend but NSW coach Laurie Daley refuses to give up on...

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State of Origin: NSW Blues use of loophole not like TBA, says Geoff Carr

Brad Walter The selection of Michael Ennis would be "legitimate" and can't be compared to Queensland playing Lote Tuqiri, according to former NSWRL boss Geoff Carr

State of Origin: NSW Blues look to shield David Klemmer from Queensland hostilities

Michael Carayannis, Brad Walter Paul Gallen has moved to shield rookie David Klemmer from the fallout from Origin II with the Blues skipper calling Klemmer to ensure he does not get caught up in the pre-Origin hype.

State of Origin: Michael Ennis set to join NSW Blues camp after judiciary hearing

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 21:  Michael Ennis of the Sharks in action during the round 15 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium on June 21, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia.  (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

Brad Walter The Maroons poached Greg Inglis so they have no right to complain about NSW exploiting a loophole to use Michael Ennis, according to Blues captain Paul Gallen

State of Origin: Robbie Farah has surgery to enable Origin return

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 30:  Robbie Farah speaks to media during the New South Wales Blues State of Origin team announcement at Revesby Workers Club on June 30, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Michael Carayannis, Brad Walter With the series up for grabs at Suncorp Stadium next Wednesday, the NSW vice captain will go to extraordinary lengths to take the field.

State of Origin: Loophole enables Michael Ennis to replace Robbie Farah for NSW Blues

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 21:  Michael Ennis of the Sharks in action during the round 15 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium on June 21, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia.  (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

Michael Carayannis and Brad Walter On Monday afternoon, Laurie Daley was staring down the barrel of a hooking crisis. Then came the news that gives him an out.

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State of Origin: Wests Tigers confirm NSW Blues hooker Robbie Farah has broken hand

Brad Walter NSW hooker Robbie Farah will join team-mates in camp after the team is announced on Tuesday, despite having been diagnosed with a broken hand.

TV eyeballs v bums on seats: the dilemma facing the NRL in next broadcast deal

Brad Walter NRL clubs believe the game should control the scheduling of matches - not the broadcasters.

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NSW Blues hooker Robbie Farah in doubt for State of Origin decider

Up in the air: Robbie Farah leaves the field.

Brad Walter Robbie Farah left Leichhardt Oval without a shower after Wests Tigers loss to Penrith to undergo x-rays for a suspected broken hand that may rule him out of Origin.

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Wests Tigers half Luke Brooks in headbutt probe during loss to Penrith Panthers

Hard to handle: Martin Taupau attempts to break free.

Brad Walter Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooks is set to come under scrutiny from the NRL match review committee for an alleged headbutt in his side's 35-12 defeat by Penrith on Sunday at Leichhardt Oval.

Karmichael Hunt's drug claims to be investigated by NRL integrity commission

Brad Walter Allegations that a Test and State of Origin star was the connection between Karmichael Hunt and a drug dealer he used to source cocaine for himself and Gold Coast Suns team-mates will be investigated...

State of Origin: Paul Gallen "disappointed and upset" by retirement claims

Same again, please: Paul Gallen and teammates celebrate their win at Suncorp Stadium in game one last year.

Brad Walter NSW captain Paul Gallen has moved to clear up his Origin future after Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan claimed he would retire from representative football

Kieran Foran fuels speculation he may turn his back on Parramatta Eels

Eels deal in doubt: Kieran Foran of the Sea Eagles.

Brad Walter Kieran Foran's indecision suggests he is seriously considering walking away from the $4.8 million, four-year deal he signed with Parramatta

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State of Origin: Retirement revelation is news to NSW Blues captain Paul Gallen

Paul Gallen of the Blues celebrates winning Origin II in Melbourne.

Brad Walter Is Origin III set to be Paul Gallen's representative swansong? His Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan says it is but that was news to the NSW Blues skipper.

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Nothing by halves: Why clubs are still chasing Kieran Foran and Daly Cherry-Evans

Direct, and simple:  Kieran Foran.

Brad Walter Of the four playmakers in Friday night's clash between Manly and Souths, Foran is the least likely to prove the matchwinner.

Trent Hodkinson in talks to join Newcastle Knights

Talks:  Canterbury’s Trent Hodkinson is speaking to Newcastle.

Brad Walter Newcastle have emerged as favourites to sign NSW halfback Trent Hodkinson in a move that could pave the way for Kieran Foran to join Canterbury next season if his deal with Parramatta collapses.

NSW Blues forward Josh Jackson to use role of teammate as judiciary defence

Brad Walter With Greg Eastwood having pleaded guilty to a grade one dangerous throw, Josh Jackson is expected to argue that the Kiwis forward contributed to the ugly tackle on Jamie Soward