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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

State of Origin: The verbal exchange that highlighted the NSW Blues' winning attitude in game 2

Brad Walter After losing the series opener, NSW coach Laurie Daley and his players vowed never to take a backward step and to push the boundaries as much as the Maroons did in Origin I

NRL and clubs vow to improve communications after meeting avoids 'World War III'

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15:  David Smith, the chief executive of the Australian Rugby League Commission looks on during a press conference before game two of the State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Brad Walter While some clubs are believed to be at odds with the NRL over funding, governance issues and the governing body's financial interest in Newcastle, Gold Coast and Wests Tigers, the meeting was...

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State of Origin: Laurie Daley describes Paul Gallen as 'one of the toughest' NSW Blues of all time

Ripping in: Blues lock Paul Gallen hits the ball up against the Maroons at the MCG.

Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley has praised the courage of captain Paul Gallen after the Blues forward ignored the pain of a rib cartilage injury to lead the Blues to a 26-18 win at the MCG in Origin II.

State of Origin: NSW Blues' determination gets the job done in game two against Queensland

Job well done: The Blues celebrate Josh Dugan's second half try at the MCG.

Brad Walter 'Let's get back and start again. We have done nothing yet.'

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Compulsory mental health checks urged to prevent NRL suicides

Tragic: Mosese Fotuaika, who was just 20, committed suicide after suffering an injury playing for Wests Tigers in 2013.

Brad Walter and Beth Newman After six suicides in the past two years, the daughter of a former Origin player has launched a petition calling for the NRL to do more.

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Trent Hodkinson backed to overcome the curse of wearing No.7 for the NSW Blues

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 16:  Trent Hodkinson catches the ball during a New South Wales Blues State of Origin training session at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 16, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Since Ricky Stuart played his last Origin game for NSW in 1994, whoever wears the No.7 jersey for the Blues is under immense pressure to lead the team to victory.

Grant Mayer linked with Manly as Barry O'Farrell emerges as Wests Tigers candidate

Leaving: Tigers CEO Grant Mayer.

Brad Walter The NRL CEO merry-go-round is yet to stop, with a third club chief executive poised to leave their post in coming days or weeks

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Cover-ups, fighting and Tommy: Why State of Origin should be played in more cities

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Brad Walter Rugby league has come a long way in Melbourne since Tom Raudonikis coached NSW to victory in the last State of Origin at the MCG

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Parramatta Eels CEO Scott Seward resigns

Departing: Eels chief executive Scott Seward has resigned after 22 months in the top job.

Michael Chammas and Brad Walter Parramatta's CEO Scott Seward has walked out on the club, their star playmaker is on the outer and now the Eels are set for a coaching shakeup.

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10 out of 10 for tryscoring: Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei set to create history

Prolific: Manu Vatuvei scores one of his season's nine tries against Newcastle.

Brad Walter Manu Vatuvei needs just one more try to become the first player in premiership history to score 10 tries or more in a season for 10 consecutive seasons.

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Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor targets performance over results

Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor.

Brad Walter Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor insists his young team is not sacrificing attack to improve their defence.

Up to 12 NRL clubs express interest in playing in expanded World Club Series

Keen for more: As many as 12 NRL clubs have expressed interest in next year's World Club Series.

Brad Walter The success of St George Illawarra and Brisbane has allayed fears that playing in Britain could have a negative impact on preparations for the season.

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Mind games help NSW Blues star Mitchell Pearce get match fit

Focused: Mitchell Pearce during a training warm-up in Coffs Harbour on Wednesday as the NSW Blues squad  prepares for Origin II in Melbourne next week.

Brad Walter Traditional bonding sessions used to be what Mitchell Pearce used to look forward to most about Origin camps but now he is embracing yoga and visualisation.

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NRL set to trial a shot clock for scrums and goal line drop outs

NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg.

Brad Walter A shot clock may be introduced to the NRL next season if a trial in Under 20s competition is successful

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Blues prop Paul Gallen says age shouldn't matter when picking the NSW State of Origin team

Brad Walter Paul Gallen has hit back at suggestions that NSW coach Laurie Daley should have overlooked him and other senior players to focus on building a team for the future

Training to decide whether NSW Blues winger Brett Morris plays outside twin Josh in State of Origin II

In the mix: Josh Morris in Sydney on Tuesday when the Origin squad was named.

Brad Walter and Michael Carayannis Blues coach Laurie Daley has revived memories of the infamous train-off between Josh Reynolds and John Sutton for an Origin bench spot

State of Origin: Injured NSW hooker Robbie Farah cleared to play in Origin II

NSW captain Robbie Farah.

Brad Walter Blues hooker Robbie Farah performed push ups as part of a searching medical examination to clear him for selection in the team for Origin II

Canterbury Bulldogs to take a horses for courses approach with playmakers

Combination changes: Trent Hodkinson with halves partner Moses Mbye during the round 13 match against the St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium.

Brad Walter Canterbury coach Des Hasler praised rookie playmaker Moses Mbye for his starring role in Sunday's 29-16 defeat of St George Illawarra but insisted that he was not yet guaranteed a regular starting...

Canterbury Bulldogs upset St George Illawarra Dragons after Josh Reynolds 20-minute stint

Happy Dogs: Sam Kasiano, Tim Browne and Josh Reynolds celebrate Browne's try.

Brad Walter A tactical masterstroke by Des Hasler helped the Bulldogs to a 29-16 win and raised questions about the future of NSW halfback Trent Hodkinson

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NSW Blues captain Paul Gallen declares himself ready for State of Origin recall

Brad Walter Paul Gallen proved his worth for the Sharks and NSW with a five-star performance in his return from an eight week layoff with a hip injury

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