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Brad Walter is Chief Rugby League Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

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New St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor tells players to get on with job

Brad Walter After receiving the blessing of sacked St George Illawarra coach Steve Price to take on his job, Paul McGregor delivered some home truths to the Dragons players at a meeting ahead of their first...

The punch: Paul Gallen, Nate Myles and the death of Origin fights

Paul Gallen and Nate Myles trade blows in 2013.

Phil Lutton, Brad Walter The gentrification of Origin football started before the 39th minute of game one, 2013, but this would be the one-two combination that swiftly disinfected the greatest game of all.

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Steve Price was not right but timing is for push to bring Wayne Bennett back to Dragons

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Brad Walter The race to sign Wayne Bennett as coach is now on in earnest following St George Illawarrra's decision to end the reign of his successor, Steve Price, just days after Nathan Tinkler's departure from...

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St George Illawarra Dragons expected to explore NRL coaching options

Dragons coach Steve Price's position is being reviewed by club management.

Brad Walter Dragons officials have confirmed they have begun reviewing the team's recent performances in a move expected to lead to a decision on the future of coach Steve Price.

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James Tamou to use Arthur Beetson as State of Origin motivation

Doing it for Big Artie: NSW prop James Tamou hopes to honour a Queensland Origin great.

Brad Walter As he runs onto a hostile Suncorp Stadium in Wedneday night's Origin series opener, it will be the Maroons greatest hero Arthur Beetson who NSW prop James Tamou draws on for inspiration in his his...

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State of Origin: Paul Gallen embarrassed about Nate Myles fight

NSW skipper Paul Gallen goes for a run during Blues training in Coffs Harbour on Thursday.

Brad Walter NSW captain Paul Gallen admits he is embarrassed about his fight with Nate Myles in last year's Origin series opener and does not want to be known as the player whose actions led to the end of...

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Michael Jennings says Mitchell Pearce will bounce back

Michael Jennings is one of two Roosters players in the NSW side.

Brad Walter NSW centre Michael Jennings believes Sydney Roosters team-mates Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney will use their axing from the Origin side as motivation to improve their performances for the...

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Why Mitchell Pearce was dropped from NSW Origin team

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Brad Walter It was the tone of Mitchell Pearce's voice on the phone that convinced NSW coach Laurie Daley to drop him from the opening State of Origin but the real catalyst for his decision was the exclusion of...

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NSW Origin team: Blues to stick with Trent Hodkinson and Josh Reynolds for series

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Brad Walter Canterbury’s Trent Hodkinson and Josh Reynolds are set to be the NSW halves combination for the entire Origin series after replacing dumped Sydney Roosters pair Mitchell Pearce and James...

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Souths re-sign Issac Luke but Ben Te'o's future up in the air

Committed: Issac Luke.

Brad Walter South Sydney hooker Issac Luke has committed to the Rabbitohs until the end of the 2017 season but the future of second-rower Ben Te'o is unclear after the club withdrew their offer for the...

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The Daley-Hadley feud shows in-form Blues won't be bullied

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Brad Walter Blues coach Laurie Daley is set to adopt a backs-against-the-wall approach to Origin I but even without injured or suspended stars Boyd Cordner, Greg Bird and Andrew Fifita, NSW will go into next...

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Benji Marshall says he and Gareth Widdop need more time together

Disappointed: Benji Marshall leaves the field after a hammering against the Eels.

Brad Walter Benji Marshall says his combination with Gareth Widdop can only improve after the new St George Illawarra halves pairing had just one training session together before Saturday's match against...

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Parramatta Eels target finals after turnaround on and off the field

Record margin: Ken Sio (left),  Will Hopoate  (middle) and Pauli Pauli celebrate beating the Dragons.

Brad Walter With a sell-out crowd turning up at Pirtek Stadium to watch Parramatta surpass their five victories last season and move to the top of the club championship after winning all three grades against St...

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Jarryd Hayne stars as Parramatta Eels ruin Benji Marshall's St George Illawarra debut

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Brad Walter Jarryd Hayne won the battle of the NSW fullback contenders as Parramatta surpassed their five wins last season with a razzle-dazzle 36-0 defeat of St George Illawarra at a sold-out Pirtek Stadium.

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Benji Marshall cleared to make his NRL debut for St George Illawarra

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Brad Walter St George Illawarra coach Steve Price believes his star halves pairing of Benji Marshall and Gareth Widdop will provide the Dragons with strike power on both sides of the field after the former Wests...

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Boyd Cordner's form may save Mitchell Pearce from State of Origin axe

Rare Boyd: Back-rower Cordner has been in top form for the Roosters.

Brad Walter Boyd Cordner's sensational form for the Sydney Roosters this season and the loss of Test forwards Greg Bird and Andrew Fifita may save besieged NSW halfback Mitchell Pearce from the sack for Origin I.

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As State of Origin looms, stats show Mitchell Pearce's form has taken a tumble

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Brad Walter NSW playmaker Mitchell Pearce is in the worst form of his career on the eve of State of Origin and ranks at No.15 among all regular halfbacks in the NRL this season.

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How Mitchell Pearce was saved from State of Origin ban

Half his luck: Mitchell Pearce is free to play in the State of Origin series opener.

Brad Walter and Adrian Proszenko Sydney Roosters management have ensured Mitchell Pearce will be available for the upcoming Origin series opener by convincing NRL officials not to suspend the halfback Mitchell Pearce for two matches.

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Benji Marshall vows to earn respect of new NRL teammates at St George Illawarra Dragons

Back on the paddock: Benji Marshall training with the Dragons on Tuesday.

Brad Walter After being introduced to his new St George Illawarra teammates by coach Steve Price on Tuesday, Benji Marshall told them he wanted to earn their respect before being selected for his first NRL...

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Greg Bird could miss State of Origin series after lifting tackle

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Brad Walter Greg Bird must decide whether to risk missing the entire State of Origin series for NSW by challenging a judiciary charge after becoming the first high-profile victim of the NRL’s crackdown on...

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