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

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Merritt omission will fuel conspiracy theories

Brad Walter In omitting Merritt, NSW missed another chance to unite Aboriginal community behind Blues

Flanagan warns Sharks pack has bite without Origin stars

Shane Flanagan

Brad Walter, Michael Chammas Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan has no concerns about losing half of his forward pack to State of Origin and believes the Sharks have the depth to cover the absence of the NSW stars.

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NRL boss supports ban on live odds

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Brad Walter The NRL has backed the government's proposal to outlaw the promotion of live betting odds and other gambling advertising during match telecasts.

League

Gallen confirmed as prop as Blues bid to combat Queensland's mobility

Paul Gallen

Brad Walter A belief that Queensland were going to choose a more mobile forward pack this season helped convince Blues coach Laurie Daley to play Paul Gallen in the front row.

State of Origin

Daley goes with 'gut feel' for Maloney

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Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley described his selection of James Maloney as a "gut feeling" and revealed he had won the No.

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Smells like team spirit: Blues rally to the cause

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Brad Walter AN impromptu team dinner two weeks ago underlined the camaraderie and commitment NSW players will bring into camp when the team for Origin I is named on Sunday.

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Origin

Few clues for Blues as Daley has all but decided on side

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Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley has begun informing players that they will be named in the Blues side for the opening State of Origin match on June 5.

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Johnson benching has rival clubs waiting for an opening

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Brad Walter Rival NRL clubs are closely monitoring the relationship between Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson and coach Matthew Elliott in case the Kiwis international suddenly becomes available.

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Daley's search for experience has Mason in line for Blues

Willie Mason

Brad Walter, Tim Barrow Willie Mason is set to be recalled by NSW coach Laurie Daley for the opening State of Origin match five years after making his last appearance in a Blues jersey.

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Sonny Bill fights in Benji, Cooper corner

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Brad Walter Sonny Bill Williams has leapt to the defence of fellow Kiwi superstar Benji Marshall and out-of-favour Wallabies playmaker Quade Cooper and predicted the pair would prove their critics wrong.

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Waterhouse, Waterhouse everywhere ... and it could have been worse

Tom Waterhouse

Brad Walter, Adrian Proszenko If unhappy fans complain that Tom Waterhouse has been imposed upon them during Channel Nine's coverage of matches, it would have been nothing compared to the exposure he would have received if a deal...

League

Krisnan Inu faces new ban

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Brad Walter Bulldogs centre Krisnan Inu faces another stint on the sidelines, while Titans forward Dave Taylor must have a suspension overturned to have any chance of playing for Queensland in Origin I after the...

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Player stats give Daley a running start for Origin

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Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley is set to enter the State of Origin series with his players in better form than their Queensland counterparts.

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Stewart-Hoffman Origin battle adds extra spice to Manly-Storm clash

Glenn Stewart

Brad Walter Manly lock Glenn Stewart and Melbourne's Ryan Hoffman will go head to head for a place in the State of Origin opener when they meet at AAMI Park on Monday night.

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Tigers' future guaranteed as board struggle continues

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Brad Walter Wests Tigers future has been assured - regardless of who controls the joint venture club.

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Warriors warned that loss to Panthers was no laughing matter

PENRITH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18:  Lewis Brown of the Panthers is tackled during the round 10 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the New Zealand Warriors at Centrebet Stadium on May 18, 2013 in Penrith, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Warriors players have received a dressing down after some were seen on television smiling and laughing at full time in Saturday night's record 62-6 loss to Penrith.

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Potter calls on fans to stand by his men

Benji Marshall

Brad Walter Wests Tigers' horrific injury toll and salary cap problems caused by the loss of so many top-line players will leave Mick Potter with little choice but to stick with the team outclassed by Souths.

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Rabbit-dozed: Inglis runs up four as Souths trounce listless Tigers

Greg Inglis scores before half-time 38-4 against the Tigers.

Brad Walter South Sydney players ran 1,572 metres with the ball in Friday night's 54-10 defeat of Wests Tigers, but they covered almost as much ground celebrating their 10 tries.

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Sims sister Ruan leading way as female participation swells

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Brad Walter THERE was a simple but effective rule in the Sims household at Gerringong when Korbin, Tariq, Ashton and Ruan were growing up.

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Doust wants Morris back in the Red V

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Brad Walter St George Illawarra chief executive Peter Doust has confirmed the club still hopes to reunite the Morris twins and revealed the reason Josh left was because Wayne Bennett didn’t think he would become...

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