Daniel Lane

Daniel Lane

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

Wests Tigers missing Robbie Farah and referees' 50-50 calls

Daniel Lane  Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah believes the club's standing on the premiership ladder -  they're equal last with Newcastle - wasn't helping their cause when referee's made 50-50...

Canberra's Blake Austin credits Brad Fittler and Ricky Stuart for guiding his growth

Daniel Lane Canberra five-eighth Blake Austin credited the lessons he'd gained from Brad Fittler during his time in the City Origin camp, and the influence of his Raider's coach Ricky Stuart, had added an...

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Jared Waerea-Hargreaves has some advice for young blood David Klemmer

Daniel Lane  Sydney Roosters enforcer Jared Waerea-Hargreaves advised Canterbury's David Klemmer -, who is thriving on his reputation for toughness - there will come the day...

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Cronulla Sharks star Luke Lewis hopes Paul Gallen can be a one-club great

Luke Lewis

Daniel Lane Cronulla forward Luke Lewis, who'll play his 250th NRL game against St George Illawarra on Sunday, said he wanted Paul Gallen to remain at the Sharks next season but accepted...

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Parramatta set for new contractual fight over William Hopoate deal

Will Hopoate

Daniel Lane A week after Parramatta's contractual dispute with marquee recruit Kieran Foran was salvaged at the 11th hour, the Eels were understood to now be in a similar battle with NSW State of...

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Sydney Roosters Blake Ferguson learnt from the school of hard knocks

The Roosters' Blake Ferguson fends off Solomone Kata of the Warriors last month.

Daniel Lane  Sydney Roosters centre Blake Ferguson learned one thing from his only professional boxing bout  and that was he wouldn't be able to make a career out of the fight game.

English great Lee Crooks says Sydney Roosters have best of British on their books

Joe Burgess

Daniel Lane Former England captain Lee Crooks believes the Roosters have recruited one of Super League's most exciting prospects in 20-year-old winger Joe Burgess, but he said NRL clubs should also keep an eye...

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Wests Tigers man of mettle Dene Halatau plays the pain game

Leader: Dene Halatau will be the stand-in skipper for the Wests Tigers.

Daniel Lane Wests Tigers veteran Dene Halatau might laugh at the suggestion he ranks alongside the toughest men in rugby league after fighting back from a list of injuries that would test any...

Canterbury Bulldogs great Steve Mortimer urges commission to address burning issues

Magic moment: Steve Mortimer is hoisted by teammates after NSW won State of Origin in 1985.

Daniel Lane  Steve Mortimer, who in 2007 was the catalyst for the formation of the Australian Rugby League Commission [ARLC] when he publicly campaigned for it, has identified five issues the game's...

Wests Tigers player Dene Halatau says Robbie Farah surgery is a blessing

Leader: Dene Halatau will be the stand-in skipper for the Wests Tigers.

Daniel Lane Stand-in Tigers skipper says the club stood to benefit from Robbie Farah's determined bid play for NSW in Wednesday night's State of Origin decider.

Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen entitled to big bang finish says CEO Lyall Gorman

Daniel Lane Cronulla skipper says he doesn't want to buy into the story started by Shane Flanagan that he'd be retiring from Origin, but suggested the comments had "summed up" the situation.

Veteran Chris Lawrence says Leichhardt Oval will always be a special place for Wests Tigers

Atmosphere: Wests Tigers fans watch the action against Canberra from under the Leichhardt Oval scoreboard.

Daniel Lane  Wests Tigers veteran Chris Lawrence advised the club's diehards he expected Sunday's match against Penrith would confirm that Leichhardt Oval held a special place in the game as...

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Israel Folau offers younger brother John advice on his footy journey

Daniel Lane Wallabies superstar Israel Folau said he would do all he could to help ensure his younger brother John succeed with the Parramatta Eels but he said 20-year-old was on his own "journey". 

Cronulla Sharks looking to spread goodwill with Leeton visit

Daniel Lane The Cronulla Sharks will do their bit to help the rural township of Leeton cope with the aftermath of the murder of popular school teacher Stephanie Scott with players and officials paying their own...

Sydney Roosters hooker Jake Friend ready to stake his Queensland claim

Hard to shift: Jake Friend attempts to stop incumbent Queensland hooker Cameron Smith.

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...