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

League

City-Country clash to decide Mitchell Pearce's NSW scrum-base partner

Brad Walter Up to six NSW five-eighth contenders are set to battle it out for the No.6 jersey in the City-Country clash, with Blues coach Laurie Daley planning to rest players considered certain selections to...

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Parramatta Eels forward Darcy Lussick facing six-week ban

The aftermath: Darcy Lussick's hit on Waerea-Hargreaves sparked an altercation.

Brad Walter Parramatta forward Darcy Lussick faces a six-match ban after being charged with a grade-four reckless high tackle for his shot on Sydney Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves on the weekend.

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Issac Luke hopeful of avoiding shoulder surgery

Brad Walter Issac Luke is confident he does not require surgery on his injured left shoulder but South Sydney officials are resigned to being without their inspirational hooker for up to 10 matches.

League

Blues spurred by the echoes of 2005

Paul Gallen

Glenn Jackson, Michael Carayannis, Daniel Lane, Chris Barrett, Brad Walter NSW's class of '13 recall where they were the last time the Blues won a State of Origin series.

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Figures tell sorry story for Blues on away turf

Josh Morris

Brad Walter To get an idea of what NSW are up against at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night, consider this fact: five of Queensland's most senior players have each had as many, or more, Origin wins at the venue...

STATE OF ORIGIN

Blues confident they can send series into orbit at Suncorp

Brad Walter The Blues will go into Wednesday night's Origin at Suncorp Stadium full of confidence from not only their performance in the series opener but the way Queensland has reacted to the defeat.

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League

Metre-eater Fifita best by mile

Andrew Fifita

Brad Walter Having taken over the mantle as the No.1 NRL player on form this season, Andrew Fifita is ready to fill the shoes of injured NSW captain Paul Gallen in Wednesday night's Origin series decider.

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League

Another year of pain as Maroons make it eight straight

Johnathan Thurston

Brad Walter Queensland make it eight series wins in a row as NSW squander a glut of possession.

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Burgess' grip may add to Souths' woes

Sam Burgess

Brad Walter South Sydney star Sam Burgess is set to come under scrutiny from the NRL match review committee over an alleged ''squirrel grip'' as suspension and injuries threaten the Rabbitohs' and Roosters'...

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League

Drugs probe not linked to signing delays: Noyce

Rugby League Cronulla Sharks training at Toyota Park. Nathan Gardner. Tuesday April 10th 2012.
Pictures Steve Christo

Brad Walter Cronulla officials insist the future of seven unsigned players called for interviews with Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigators will be determined for football reasons alone.

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Winning Starts Monday

Penalty ploy to slow play should get sin bin

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Brad Walter Teams deliberately conceding penalties near their own tryline has joined the leg twist, the "cannonball" and the "crusher" as a tactic being employed across the NRL to slow the game down.

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RLPA players' player gong for Thurston

Johnathan Thurston with ARL commissioner Chris Sarra at Suncorp Stadium

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Brad Walter North Queensland captain Johnathan Thurston has received some consolation for his team's controversial elimination from the finals after winning the Rugby League Players' Association players' player...

League

We'll be fit for Souths, say Lyon, Choc

Jamie Lyon

Brad Walter Injured Manly stars Jamie Lyon and Anthony Watmough insist they will be fit to face South Sydney in next Friday night's grand final qualifier after surviving another war of attrition to beat Cronulla...

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NRL won't change video ref process

Jorge Taufua

Brad Walter Calls for the NRL to revert to video referees making decisions on tries without input from the on-field officials are set to fall on deaf ears after a review of all procedures at the end of the...

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Watmough right for final but World Cup may be stretching it

Anthony Watmough

Brad Walter Fears of incurring permanent damage to his injured right knee may force Manly forward Anthony Watmough to withdraw from the Australian team for the end-of-season World Cup.

Manly pack fired up for a big challenge

Brent Kite makes a run during the semi-final against the Cronulla Sharks.

Brad Walter and Adrian Proszenko Sea Eagles believe they have not received credit after clashes with more fancied packs.

League

Underrated Eagles keen to cut Rabbitohs' monsters down to size

Brenton Lawrence

Brad Walter, Adrian Proszenko ''Frustrated'' Manly forwards are set to use claims they are too small and what they perceive as a lack of recognition for their efforts this season as added motivation to overcome South Sydney's...

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Stewart could pay high price for high shot

NRL. Preliminary Final.
Manly Sea Eagles vs South Sydney Rabbitohs. ANZ Stadium.
Glenn Stewart in action
Friday 27th September, 2013
Photos: Anthony Johnson

Brad Walter Glenn Stewart faces a nervous wait to learn if he is free to play in next Sunday's grand final after being placed on report as Manly ensured Russell Crowe's promised 21st South Sydney premiership...

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Galuvao tipped for stunning finals return

Joe Galuvao

Brad Walter More than five months after suffering what was initially described as a career-ending Achilles injury, Joe Galuvao has emerged as a potential shock selection for Manly in Sunday night's grand final...

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