Daniel Lane

Daniel Lane

Daniel Lane is a sports reporter and video journalist with Fairfax Media.

Canterbury Bulldogs hooker Michael Lichaa's attacking output being cut down by his defence

Daniel Lane  Few players reflect the impact Canterbury's defensive requirements have had on last season's grand finalists attacking game better than their new No.9 hooker, Michael Lichaa.

NRL must cut season to exploit world interest, says former ARL boss

Geoff Carr says the NRL now has several

Daniel Lane Former ARL chief executive Geoff Carr says the NRL must consider reducing the number of premiership rounds to capitalise on the renewed interest – and potential revenue stream from television...

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Parramatta veteran Ben Smith ruled out of club elections

Caught in the middle: Ben Smith.

Daniel Lane Former Parramatta player Ben Smith was ruled ineligible to run in the clubs upcoming elections because he was considered a paid employee of the organisation.

Tom Raudonikis urges NSW selectors to give Jack Bird or Blake Austin a go

Bolt for the Blues: Tom Raudonikis has tipped Cronulla's Jack Bird, left, to follow in the footsteps of Jarrod Mullen as a NSW selection shock.

Daniel Lane State of Origin great Tommy Raudonikis urged the NSW brain's trust to look "left-field" for this year's halves combination.

Referees drought is hurting rugby league in country areas

Troubling times: Referee numbers have become a major concern in country rugby league.

Daniel Lane  A shortage of referees - not players - is threatening the future of the game in country NSW with reports the drought is so dire whistleblowers aged over 60 are controlling games.

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Penrith Panthers teen star Dallin Watene-Zelezniak smiles through the pain

Plans for the back: Despite being happy with his lot at the Panthers, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak  dreams of one day wearing the fullback's jersey.

Daniel Lane Penrith boom boy revealed he wants to play fullback in the NRL but admitted that might be impossible at the Panthers with Matt Moylan holding down the spot.

Canberra Raiders five-eighth Blake Austin credits family, Ricky Stuart for hot run of form

Scintillating: Raiders five-eighth Blake Austin.

Daniel Lane Canberra five-eighth Blake Austin – who could be a shock selection for City Origin when the squad is named on Sunday — pinpointed his family for his fine form.

Cronulla Sharks halfback Jeff Robson treating every game like a trial for a new contract

Daniel Lane After 11 years in the NRL with Manly, Parramatta and Cronulla, 32-year-old halfback Jeff Robson admitted he was at the stage of his career where every match was a trial for a new deal.

Denis Fitzgerald wants to take Parramatta Eels to Supreme Court over board election fracas

Board candidate: Mark Riddell during his playing days with Parramatta.

Daniel Lane Former Parramatta player Mark Riddell insisted he hadn't entered the traditional argy-bargy of the club's upcoming elections because he missed the heavy...

Curtis Sironen says quick turnaround has helped Wests Tigers lick their wounds

Tough lessons: Tigers forward Curtis Sironen.

Daniel Lane Wests Tigers forward Curtis Sironen says there has been one small mercy of the short turnaround after Sunday's loss to Canberra: it has forced the team to move on from their capitulation.

Sydney Roosters to remember on Anzac Day a World War I Digger who didn't return

Daniel Lane Bob Tidyman's short life is marked by two significant numbers: 65 on the Sydney Roosters honour board that records he was among the foundation club's...

Wests Tigers Chris Lawrence says his club's cubs learning from tough lessons

Growing pains: Chris Lawrence said the young Wests Tigers needed to learn from their mistakes.

Daniel Lane Wests Tigers centre Chris Lawrence said while it should be expected his club's battalion of cubs will make mistakes as they learn their trade the slip-ups that have cost vital premiership...

Sydney Roosters skipper Jake Friend too disciplined to bag referees

Tough cookie: Jake Friend.

Daniel Lane   Sydney Roosters co-captain Jake Friend was surprised by statistics that show his team is losing penalty counts but he won't risk $10,000 by criticisng the referees

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Manly Sea Eagles godfather Ken Arthurson says end the destructive negotiations

Speaking out: Manly godfather Ken Arthurson.

Daniel Lane Manly's godfather, Ken Arthurson, has spoken out about the scourge of players signing mid-season with rival NRL clubs.

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Robbie Farah no regrets advising James Tedesco to backflip on Canberra Raiders

Josh Hodgson is likely to play on Sunday.

Daniel Lane, Jon Tuxworth Wests Tigers captain Robbie Farah says he has no regrets about helping convince star fullback James Tedesco to backflip on a lucrative deal with Canberra last year even though it risked bruising his...

ANZAC hero Ted Larkin: The greatest sacrifice of all

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Daniel Lane Ted Larkin was one of several luminaries from the world of sport to lose their lives on that fateful April day, writes Daniel Lane

Gold Coast Titans' Tom Kingston latest to answer military calling

Inspiration: A poster bearing the image of Albert Jacka, Australia's first Victoria Cross winner.

Daniel Lane  Tom Kingston fulfilled his lifetime dream to play in the NRL last year, but he shocked the Titans last November by announcing he wouldn't accept their offer to play for them this year because...

Parramatta Eels captain Tim Mannah backs recruits Anthony Watmough and Beau Scott

Under fire: Anthony Watmough has come in for criticism since moving to the Eels.

Daniel Lane Parramatta prop Tim Mannah urged his club's supporters to accept Anthony Watmough is not Jarryd Hayne and to allow him more time to fit in with his new team, while endorsing the club's decision to...

Souths coach Michael Maguire says diving not part of match plan

Daniel Lane Souths coach Michael Maguire responded to his Sydney Roosters rival Trent Robinson's call for diving to be clamped down on after Glenn Stewart's admission he did it against North Queensland

I never thought Benji Marshall would leave, says Robbie Farah

Opposing sides: Robbie Farah embraces Benji Marshall last year.

Daniel Lane Wests Tigers captain Robbie Farah says he has welcomed his old teammate Benji Marshall's return to form for St George Illawarra but conceded part of him thought the Kiwi playmaker should still be...