Daniel Lane

Daniel Lane

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

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William Hopoate says Eels revival still has a way to go

Daniel Lane Parramatta's marquee recruit William Hopoate welcomed the notion of success-starved Eels fans celebrating their team's unexpected high standing on the NRL's premiership ladder, but warned there were...

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Rooster James Maloney defends decision to override coach's order

Bad move: A dejected Aidan Guerra and James Maloney after Friday's loss to the Bulldogs.

Daniel Lane and Brad Walter Sydney Roosters five-eighth James Maloney defended the decision to ignore coach Trent Robinson's instruction to take a shot at goal which, had it been converted, might have seen the team win Friday...

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Les Boyd laments league becoming an 'industry'

Industry, not a game: Former hardman Les Boyd says league has changed since his days playing as a forward.

Daniel Lane Former Wests and Manly forward Les Boyd, regarded as one of rugby league's most intimidating players, was concerned the code had paid a high price for the administration and coaches turning it from a...

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One-time Manly fan Aaron Woods gives Wests Tigers pack a punch

Changed man: After being a Manly fan as a child, Aaron Woods's loyalty now lies with the Wests Tigers.

Daniel Lane Aaron Woods grew up as a self-confessed "mad" Manly fan but the NSW Origin prop realised he was really a dyed-in-the-wool Wests Tigers man last year when the Sea Eagles tabled a lucrative deal for...

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Pat Richards happy to recall that golden day with the Wests Tigers

Back with a bang: Pat Richards has enjoyed a strong start on returning to the NRL.

Daniel Lane Pat Richards has been unstoppable since returning to the Wests Tigers wing after eight years in England, but one thought jolts him dead in his tracks – what would have happened had he dropped Benji...

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Penrith rookie Dallin Watene-Zelezniak shapes up to a family legend

Star of the future: Penrith's Dallin Watene-Zelezniak makes his first-grade debut this weekend.

Daniel Lane Teenager Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, earmarked for years by junior talent scouts as rugby league's ''next big thing'', will take a significant step in his quest to honour a famous ancestor when he makes...

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Blake Austin plays the part of Cherry-Evans at Tigers training - and gets crunched

Crunched: Tigers utility Blake Austin.

Daniel Lane Wests Tigers utility player Blake Austin received a taste of what Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans can expect at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.

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Jordan McLean tackle was devastating, but seven-game suspension too tough says Jason Stevens

RL Judiciary jordan McLean in the NRL Judiciary room
Wednesday April 3 2014
SHD;Sport;Picture by Steve Lunam

Daniel Lane Former NSW Origin prop Jason Stevens said he thought the seven week suspension handed down to Melbourne Storm player Jordan McLean for the tackle on Newcastle forward Alex McKinnon was severe,...

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Adam Reynolds desperate to pull bunny out of hat

Disappointed: Adam Reynolds leaves the field at the final whistle.

Daniel Lane This time last year Adam Reynolds was mooted by critics as a serious challenger for Mitchell Pearce's NSW State of Origin jumper but the Souths halfback said he understood the reasons why those calls...

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Andrew Fifita asks NRL to investigate breakdown of Canterbury deal

Calls for investigation: Sharks prop Andrew Fifita.

Adrian Proszenko, Brad Walter, Daniel Lane and Michael Carayannis Andrew Fifita's management team has asked the NRL to investigate why his multi-million-dollar contract with Canterbury failed to come to fruition as it emerged that the Test prop knew the deal was on...

Shane Flanagan's $2 million mansion

In the market or on the market? Shane Flanagan.

Daniel Lane Shane Flanagan's link to the $2.3million purchase of a five-bedroom mansion with views of Burraneer Bay over the weekend was not a veiled hint he'd extended his contract to coach the Cronulla Sharks.

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Newcastle Knights slam Alex McKinnon report

Alex McKinnon of the Knights lies on the ground after being tackled during the game against the Storm on March 24.

Daniel Lane The Newcastle Knights have condemned what they labelled a "sensationalised" television report on the condition of injured player Alex McKinnon, 22, who suffered spinal damage in last week's match...

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Cronulla's Wade Graham credits Paul Gallen with career turnaround

Breaking through: Wade Graham in action against Wests Tigers last year.

Daniel Lane Cronulla's Wade Graham, now being pursued by rival clubs and mentioned as a contender for the NSW Origin side, has revealed the role his injured skipper Paul Gallen has played in putting his career...

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Tommy Raudonikis refuses to hate rugby league, despite his personal pain

Tommy Raudonikis at the funeral of his grandson, Jake Kedzile.

Daniel Lane If anyone on the planet had their reasons to hate rugby league because of the pain it had dealt him and his family it's Wests Magpies legend Tommy Raudonikis.

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James Tedesco hits the ground running

Back to his best: Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco has rediscovered the speed that once had him touted as a future star.

Daniel Lane Wests Tigers sprint coach Hayden Knowles credited the speed back in James Tedesco's feet – and the work from the club's support staff – for the in-demand fullback's killer confidence.

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South Sydney forward Chris McQueen says hunted Rabbitohs must play smart

Pushing for discipline: Souths  forward Chris McQueen.

Daniel Lane South Sydney forward Chris McQueen conceded his team would continue to pay a heavy price if its forwards allowed rival packs to successfully copy the plan Wests Tigers used in last Friday's shock...

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Cronulla Sharks face setback as Luke Lewis not ready to return

Shoulder injury: Luke Lewis has not recovered yet.

Daniel Lane Cronulla's Luke Lewis was forced to delay by an extra two weeks his comeback from the shoulder injury he suffered while playing for Australia during last year's World Cup.

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Dylan Walker's school work gets a gold star from Souths

Master and pupil: Dylan Walker watched Adam Reynolds a lot at Matraville High.

Daniel Lane Souths supporters ought to take some comfort before Sunday's match against Canberra, knowing their star halfback Adam Reynolds may as well have been an elective subject for fill-in five-eighth Dylan...

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South Sydney star Greg Inglis wrestles with concussion law

Greg Inglis

Daniel Lane Souths superstar Greg Inglis provided an insight into the mindshift NRL players still needed to make in these early days of the concussion law when he admitted it was "disappointing" to be confined...

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Alex McKinnon is in the thoughts of John Farragher

In full flight: Farragher, playing against Cronulla in 1978, said on Wednesday that he hopes Alex McKinnon makes a full recovery

Daniel Lane Former Penrith player John Farragher, who became a quadriplegic in 1978 when a scrum collapsed on him during a match against Newtown, said his prayers were with Alex McKinnon.