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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

NRL seize chance to force governance reform at Parramatta Eels

Brad Walter Until now the NRL has had no real influence over a club whose licenced operation made a $6.5 million profit from a turnover of $85 million last yea

State of Origin: NSW Blues coach Laurie Daley says Trent Hodkinson will call the shots in game one

Seven and six: Trent Hodkinson and Mitchell Pearce at Tuesday's announcement.

Brad Walter Mitchell Pearce to play the role of a ball runner in Blues side with six changes from the final game of last year's Origin series triumph

South Sydney Rabbitohs prop Thomas Burgess insists NFL interest is not the reason he only signed a one year deal

Brad Walter Tom Burgess is watching Hayne's transition with keen interest and believes that if he succeeds it could pave the way for other NRL players.

State of Origin: Blues back Mitchell Pearce 'a better player' on return to NSW

Redemption: Mitchell Pearce is back in the NSW team.

Brad Walter Recalled NSW playmaker Mitchell Pearce says he no longer feels burdened by the pressure to lead the team to a series win.

Josh Jackson to start for NSW Blues, as Andrew Fifita edges out Luke Lewis on bench

Starting in his Origin debut: Canterbury forward Josh Jackson.

Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley signals a changing of the guard with new-look Blues squad.

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Alex McKinnon legal action would be uncomfortable for all

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Brad Walter It is one of the reasons the former Newcastle forward is reluctant to go ahead with legal action against the NRL and Melbourne Storm.

NSW coach Laurie Daley set to ignore injury concerns over Will Hopoate

Will Hopoate of the Eels looks on during the round 10 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the New Zealand Warriors at Pirtek Stadium.

Brad Walter The Blues have been advised by Parramatta officials that Hopoate may struggle with the demands of Origin

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State of Origin: Injury to Paul Gallen could see five new faces in NSW Blues team

Back in Origin mix: Andrew Fifita.

Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley set to ring the changes, with Anthony Watmough and Luke Lewis believed to facing the sack for Origin I.

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From booze culture to Blues culture: No bonding sessions in NSW camp for State of Origin

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Brad Walter Last year Laurie Daley changed the culture within the NSW team and newcomers this season will be expected to conform.

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Boyd Cordner and Josh Jackson in head-to-head battle for NSW Blues berth

Hitting top form: Boyd Cordner.

Brad Walter The availability of NSW captain Paul Gallen means there is unlikely to be room for both Boyd Cordner and Josh Jackson

Rule that angered Penrith Panthers coach Ivan Cleary was voted for by NRL coaches

Superhuman: Kevin Naiqama of the Tigers keeps the ball in play for James Tedesco to score.

Brad Walter NRL referees boss Tony Archer says that if the rule Ivan Cleary complained about was altered the game would be robbed of spectacular tries like the one created by Kevin Naiqama two weeks ago.

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Warriors centre Konrad Hurrell facing four-match ban for knee lift that broke Cronulla Sharks forward Anthony Tupou's jaw

Konrad Hurrell of the Warriors is put on report by referee Gavin Morris.

Brad Walter Warriors centre Konrad Hurrell was twice warned about his knee-lifting running style before the incident that left Cronulla's Anthony Tupou with a broken jaw.

Korbin Sims' selection for Maroons as damaging for NRL as Willie Mason incident

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Brad Walter The prospect of Korbin Sims lining up against a NSW team that may include his brother Tariq has the potential to cause ongoing damage to the game's credibility in an even bigger way than Greg Inglis...

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Parramatta Eels chairman Steve Sharp wins election in a landslide

Elected again: Parramatta chairman Steve Sharp.

Brad Walter Parramatta appear set for a period of stability after the ticket led by chairman Steve Sharp swept to power at the Eels elections on Sunday night.

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The advice that could help Josh Reynolds keep his NSW Blues spot

In the spotlight: Josh Reynolds.

Brad Walter The advice that could help Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds keep his NSW Blues spot

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Warriors centre Konrad Hurrell and Penrith Panthers forward Tyrone Peachey face long bans

Brad Walter Warriors centre Konrad Hurrell is under scrutiny for a knee lift that left Anthony Tupou with a broken jaw, while many are questioned why Penrith's Tyrone Peachey was sent off for an ugly lifting...

Out, in doubt and out of form: Origin selection dilemmas for the NSW Blues

Numbers game: statistics show Mitchell Pearce should be wearing the No.6 for the Blues on May 27.

Brad Walter A head-to-head battle between Sydney Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce and Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds at ANZ Stadium next Friday night is set to decide which of the pair wears the NSW No.

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Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson credits City camp for Daniel Tupou's performance

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Brad Walter Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson believes a week away with the City team was responsible for winger Daniel Tupou's return to top form.

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Wests Tigers will learn from heavy defeat, says coach Jason Taylor

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 08: Robbie Farah of the Wests Tigers speask to the referee during the round nine NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Wests Tigers at Allianz Stadium on May 8, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor warned his players the Sydney Roosters would be their biggest test so far- and they were.

Mitchell Pearce, Boyd Cordner and Daniel Tupou put hands up for Blues State of Origin spots as Sydney Roosters end losing streak

Workhorse: Dylan Napa takes the Tigers defence on single-handedly.

Brad Walter With the NSW team for Origin opener to be named after next weekend's round of matches, Roosters trio ensured their names would come under strong consideration

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