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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

State of Origin isn't the problem, it is everything around it

Brad Walter It's time to separate clubs into conferences at the start of the season and create a knockout competition during State of Origin.

Ben Barba stars as Cronulla Sharks earn bragging rights with win over Dragons

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 12: The Sharks celebrate a try by Valentine Holmes during the round 18 NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Remondis Stadium on July 12, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Shane Flanagan's side move to within sight of the top eight with two points against injury-ravaged Dragons.

Parramatta Eels halfback Chris Sandow linked with move to Super League.

Super League bound: Parramatta halfback Chris Sandow.

Brad Walter Warrington Wolves are believed to want Chris Sandow before the end of the season.

NRL to introduce a shot clock and eight interchanges in 2016

NRL head of football Todd Greenberg.

Brad Walter Greenberg will put the recommendation to the ARLC following a four-month review aimed at making the game safer and more entertaining.

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State of Origin: Queensland Maroons players show solidarity with Cameron Smith

Backed: Cameron Smith kisses his daughter Jada after the match on Wednesday night.

Brad Walter Queensland players showed solidarity with besieged captain Cameron Smith by making an on-field decision to boycott any attempt by Channel Nine to conduct a half-time interview in Wednesday night's...

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State of Origin III: Corey Parker named player of 2015 series

Respected: Corey Parker of the Maroons breaks through the Blues' defence.

Brad Walter Corey Parker asked for respect in Origin II, in the series decider he demanded it

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State of Origin: How the NSW Blues lost the plot, the game and the series

Collared: Paul Gallen is wrapped up.

Brad Walter NSW reverted to the bad old days when it seemed like Queensland's domination would never end with dumb penalties and poor ball control.

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State of Origin: Dave Smith supports Cameron Smith over Alex McKinnon controversy

Getting on the front foot: NRL chief executive Dave Smith.

Brad Walter NRL chief executive Dave Smith has spoken out in support of besieged Australian and Queensland captain Cameron Smith in the wake of criticism over his on-field actions after the spinal injury to Alex...

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State of Origin: How David Klemmer earned the respect of his NSW Blues teammates

Man of the moment: NSW interchange prop David Klemmer has made an immediate impression on the Origin stage.

Brad Walter Some in the NSW camp aren't sure how to take David Klemmer.

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State of Origin III: Why Laurie Daley wants the NSW players to keep a 'Blue Head'

Blue heads: NSW are taking a leaf out of the All Blacks' book.

Brad Walter 4948Whenever NSW players get frustrated or show signs of losing their cool on the field, trainers Nathan Brown, Ron Palmer and Travis Touma squirt them in the face with a water bottle.

State of Origin: With move to Newcastle Knights sorted, Trent Hodkinson is ready to lead NSW Blues to win

Brad Walter NSW halfback Trent Hodkinson wanted to resolve his playing future before Wednesday night's Origin decider at Suncorp Stadium to ensure he would not be distracted from the task of trying to...

State of Origin: Statistics back up NSW Blues fears over penalty count

The Blues celebrate a famous series win at Suncorp in 2005.

Brad Walter NSW have won the penalty count in Brisbane just once since 2006

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The tackle that shows Cameron Smith not the only one caught in the moment

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Brad Walter Cameron Smith is upset 60 Minutes didn't ask for his side of the story

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State of Origin: Josh Jackson getting tips for NSW Blues back up hooking role

Brad Walter Doubts about Robbie Farah have increased after he was unable to do a push up at training.

State of Origin: Odds still against Robbie Farah playing for NSW Blues

Pain: Robbie Farah

Brad Walter Robbie Farah was able to pass and catch the ball with ease but he sat out contact training.

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

Surprise visit: Alex McKinnon was at the Blues' camp in Coffs Harbour.

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