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Brad Walter is Chief Rugby League Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

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State of Origin scheduling: Six questions for six experts

Brad Walter State of Origin is the pinnacle of the game and every match just keeps getting bigger, but each year the calls for changes to the scheduling grow louder.

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David Gyngell unmoved by calls to reschedule State of Origin

Big hitter: Last Wednesday night’s match was the most watched in Origin history.

Brad Walter Channel Nine boss David Gyngell has rejected suggestions his network is inflexible on the scheduling of the State of Origin series.

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State of Origin: Josh Dugan has many strings to his bow

Back in blue: Dugan has been picked for his attacking and defensive abilities.

Brad Walter When Jarryd Hayne played on the wing in the 2012 State of Origin series, the Blues had a call for him to shift closer to the ruck in a second fullback role and they may do the same for Josh Dugan on...

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James Maloney presses State of Origin claim as Sydney Roosters demolish Wests Tigers

Too easy: Michael Jennings goes over for the Roosters in what was a comfortable win over the Tigers.

Brad Walter Sonny Bill Williams may have helped play James Maloney into a Sydney Roosters-dominated NSW backline as the premiers crushed a luckless Wests Tigers 30-6 at Allianz Stadium on Friday night.

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Greg Bird could miss State of Origin series after lifting tackle

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Brad Walter Greg Bird must decide whether to risk missing the entire State of Origin series for NSW by challenging a judiciary charge after becoming the first high-profile victim of the NRL’s crackdown on...

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Winning Starts Monday

James Maloney could suffer if Mitchell Pearce is banned from State of Origin

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Brad Walter If the allegations against Mitchell Pearce are proved and he is rubbed out of the opening State of Origin match, NSW is likely to have a new five-eighth as well as halfback when the team is announced...

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As State of Origin looms, stats show Mitchell Pearce's form has taken a tumble

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Brad Walter NSW playmaker Mitchell Pearce is in the worst form of his career on the eve of State of Origin and ranks at No.15 among all regular halfbacks in the NRL this season.

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James Tamou to use Arthur Beetson as State of Origin motivation

Doing it for Big Artie: NSW prop James Tamou hopes to honour a Queensland Origin great.

Brad Walter As he runs onto a hostile Suncorp Stadium in Wedneday night's Origin series opener, it will be the Maroons greatest hero Arthur Beetson who NSW prop James Tamou draws on for inspiration in his his...

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State of Origin II set to break crowd, TV and revenue records as fans rush for tickets

A sellout crowd at Suncorp Stadium provided a bumper return for the NRL.

Brad Walter NSW will have a chance to clinch the State of Origin trophy in front of a record home crowd at ANZ Stadium after a massive surge in ticket sales for the June 18 clash following the Blues' epic 12-8...

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State of Origin: The words that inspired NSW's success

Phil Gould speaks to his troops after the game one victory in 2004.

Brad Walter, Michael Carayannis and Michael Chammas A newspaper column by NSW’s most successful State of Origin coach Phil Gould and some stirring half-time words from star fullback Jarryd Hayne and rookie prop Aaron Woods helped inspire the Blues to...

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State of Origin: How the science of sleep helped the Blues raise the bar after years of humiliation

Tight: Robbie Farah, Laurie Daley and Aaron Woods.

Brad Walter Sleep diaries, wellness reports and a cast of expert support staff. How the professionalism in the Blues’ pre-Origin camp – and before – gave them the winning edge against the...

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AFL greats laud State of Origin, but more must be done for player welfare

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Brad Walter As an exhausted Beau Scott lay on a bench in the victorious NSW dressing rooms last Wednesday night, television sets around an emptied Suncorp Stadium were tuned to AFL greats Garry Lyon and Billy...

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State of Origin: Melbourne one day, Perth and London the next?

Exhausted: man of the match Jarryd Hayne.

Brad Walter NRL officials plan to use State of Origin to grow the game in new markets around Australia and overseas, with Perth and even London possible venues after the new deal to play matches at the MCG in...

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State of Origin II: Laurie Daley to wait on Maroons line-up before naming Blues

Key selection: If Queensland fullback Billy Slater’s shoulder injury rules him out of Origin II, the Maroons are likely to shift Greg Inglis to the No.1 jersey.

Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley might wait to see which position Queensland choose Greg Inglis to play before finalising the make-up of his squad for Origin II at ANZ Stadium on June 18.

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Trent Merrin clinches State of Origin spot after heroics against Sharks

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Brad Walter A remarkable 47-minute stint in which Trent Merrin ran the ball 264 metres against Cronulla on Saturday night has earned the St George Illawarra forward the chance to be a part of history by...

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NSW Blues greats enjoy festive spirit in hostile territory for State of Origin opener

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Brad Walter Caxton Street was once so hostile for anyone from NSW that police banned the Blues team bus from driving down the road on the way to Suncorp Stadium, but with the Maroons domination it is more like a...

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NRL representative break should be during the State of Origin series

Brad Walter The absence of 35 World Cup players from the Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Samoa teams named to play this weekend should convince officials to consider whether the representative break would be...

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Being thrown to the Wolves puts Jennings in state of Origin flux

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Brad Walter PENRITH boss Phil Gould, the most successful NSW coach in Origin history, last night refused to be drawn on whether dumped centre Michael Jennings should be picked for the Blues, saying: ''That is up...

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NSW forward Ryan Hoffman stayed true Blue even though Dad was a Queenslander

Feeling the strain: Ryan Hoffman feels the relief of a series win after game two in Sydney.

Brad Walter NSW back-rower Ryan Hoffman has revealed that he was once approached to play for Queensland but did not feel comfortable about pulling on the Maroons jersey worn by his father Jay.

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Paul Gallen is one of NSW's greats: Laurie Daley

Proud moment: Paul Gallen lifts the State of Origin shield.

Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley lauded captain Paul Gallen as one of the state's greatest players and declared that his influence would put the Blues in good stead for years to come.