Daniel Lane

Daniel Lane

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

Sydney Roosters hooker Jake Friend ready to stake his Queensland claim

Daniel Lane As Cameron Smith's stranglehold on the Queensland No.9 jumper gets even tighter after his stand-out performance in the opening Origin match, Sydney Roosters hooker Jake Friend said he...

Cooper Cronk's former running mate can't help Blues get his number

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 21:  Gareth Widdop of the Dragons in action during the round three NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the St George Illawarra Dragons at GIO Stadium on March 21, 2015 in Canberra, Australia.  (Photo by Renee McKay/Getty Images)

Daniel Lane A player who could be the NSW antidote for Cooper Cronk's annual State of Origin venom will never be picked for the Blues despite his intimate knowledge of the Queensland halfback's game,...

Aaron Gray won't wake South Sydney Rabbitohs roomie with childhood match-day ritual

Doing his best: Aaron Gray has amassed five tries in three first-grade games in 11 days.

Daniel Lane Souths winger Aaron Gray has promised he won't wake his roommate during the trip to the Gold Coast by following his junior match-day ritual of waking up his family with push-ups at 5am.

State of Origin: Mitchell Pearce's effort should shut up critics, say Roosters colleagues

Rose to the challenge:  Mitchell Pearce deserves praise, say Jake Friend and Shaun Kenny-Dowall.

Daniel Lane Friend and Kenny Dowall said Pearce's critics would be impossible to please if they did not acknowledge his performance for NSW in Wednesday night's opener.

South Sydney Rabbitohs rookie Nathan Brown ready to light up the energy Burgess-style

Robust performer: Young Souths prop Nathan Brown hopes to channel Sam Burgess against the Titans.

Daniel Lane South Sydney forward Jason Clark said all that was expected from rookie prop Nathan Brown during Saturday's match against the Gold Coast was that he continued to bring "plenty of...

South Sydney hooker Issac Luke says form, not punishment, was reason behind benching

Ripping in: Souths hooker Issac Luke is determined to put his best foot froward.

Daniel Lane After denying he was dropped by Souths coach Michael Maguire as punishment for signing on with the New Zealand Warriors, Rabbitohs hooker Issac Luke said his actions - and not his words to the...

NSW chairman George Peponis would support Mal Meninga or Laurie Daley as Australia coach

Canterbury chairman George Peponis prides his board on serving rugby league and the Canterbury-Bankstown community.

Daniel Lane  NSWRL chairman George Peponis opened the door for Queensland's State of Origin coach Mal Meninga to take over from Tim Sheens as head of Australia's national team by...

Tragedy drove NSW State of Origin skipper Robbie Farah's mental health mission

Daniel Lane Footballer urges troubled men to speak up and seek help.

Wests Tigers rookie Obed Karwhin fled civil war to make a new start in Sydney

Dodging a bullet: Wests Tigers rookie Obed Karwhin escaped war-torn Ivory Coast to make a new life in Sydney.

Daniel Lane Rugby league is often referred to as a battle, but Obed Karwhin has seen the real thing.

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Parramatta Eels coach Brad Arthur has no interest in legal biffo with Fuifui Moimoi

Drawing back the curtain: Fuifui Moimoi.

Daniel Lane Parramatta coach has no intention of pursuing legal action against club legend despite controversial chapter in soon-to-be-released autobiography.

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Pat Richards wants memories of 2005 to galvanise spirit of current Wests Tigers

Piece of history: Wests Tigers winger Pat Richards.

Daniel Lane  Wests Tigers veteran Pat Richards expected the build-up to this Saturday's anniversary match against North Queensland, which will commemorate the club's 2005 grand final victory over the...

William Hopoate down on form but will do job for NSW Blues in State of Origin, says Hopoate snr

Ready for the call: Will Hopoate is expected to again play State of Origin.

Daniel Lane Former international John Hopoate understands why Parramatta are reluctant for his son William to play in this year's State of Origin series opener but he has assured Blues coach Laurie Daley that...

Sydney Roosters recruit Suaia Matagi keen to impress

Daniel Lane New Zealand Warriors prop Suaia Matagi  will finalise a deal to join the Sydney Roosters until the end of the season on Monday after he was granted a release by the Auckland-based club.

Mark Carroll says David Klemmer has 'Mark Geyer' appeal for State of Origin

Man for the job: Prop David Klemmer.

Daniel Lane Former NSW State of Origin prop Mark Carroll urged the Blues selectors to unleash the beast in this year's interstate opener and pick Canterbury's young blood David Klemmer because of his Mark...

Aaron Woods is State of Origin's chilled out hardman

On the charge: Aaron Woods surges into the Queensland defence in Sydney last year.

Daniel Lane  Aaron Woods has needed only five State of Origin appearances for NSW to prove he's a hard man in the sports toughest arena but should it really come as a surprise to learn the...

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Five brave State of Origin NSW Blues make five brave picks

Good times: The Blues after the breakthrough win in 1985.

Daniel Lane A handful of NSW Origin legends play selector ahead of game I.

Ben Elias warns critics of Wests Tigers five-eighth Mitch Moses the laughs will be on them

Body line: Wests Tigers' Mitchell Moses (left) does his best to hold back the Rosters' Boyd Cordner.

Daniel Lane  Balmain great Ben Elias warned critics of his nephew Mitchell Moses, who is finding his feet as the Wests Tigers five-eighth, that the 20-year-old would eventually have the last laugh on them.

Manly Sea Eagles coach Geoff Toovey must ask himself a tough question, says Ken Arthurson

Is it time?: Manly coach Geoff Toovey.

Daniel Lane Ken Arthurson, the godfather of the Manly Sea Eagles, has advised Geoff Toovey that after a decade in the club's coaching ranks the time is coming when he'll need to ask...

New Zealand Warriors prop Suaia Matagi expected to make mid-season switch

Mid-season switch: Warriors prop Suaia Matagi.

Daniel Lane New Zealand Warriors cult hero Suaia Matagai is expected to be granted a release from the club within a matter of days to join a yet-to-be-named Sydney club.

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NRL extends tests for prescription drug use amid rumours it is still happening

Drugs, and other treatments, which are tailored exactly for you are on the way.

Daniel Lane The NRL acts after allegations have emerged that some footballers were still using a series of drugs to "chill out" after a game.