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

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Billy Slater will do almost anything to play Test football for Australia

Proud Australian: Billy Slater.

Brad Walter To understand how much Test football means to Billy Slater, you have to know that he spent a week in London before last year's World Cup semi-final and barely stepped outside the Australian team...

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Billy Slater a chance for shock return

WREXHAM, WALES - NOVEMBER 16:  Billy Slater of Australia during the Rugby League World Cup Quarter Final match between Australia and USA at Racecourse Ground on November 16, 2013 in Wrexham, Wales.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Billy Slater refuses to concede his World Cup campaign is over, and has been undergoing around-the-clock physiotherapy in a desperate bid to play against Fiji in next weekend's semi-final at Wembley...

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Rugby League World Cup: Billy Slater salutes physio after fairytale comeback

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30:  Billy Slater of Australia signs autographs after the Rugby League World Cup final between New Zealand and Australia at Old Trafford on November 30, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Billy Slater gave his World Cup winner's medal to Australian and Melbourne physiotherapist Tony Ayoub in appreciation of his efforts to get the star fullback on the field in the tournament decider.

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Brent Tate may switch to forwards as Billy Slater is ruled out of Kangaroos' World Cup semi-final

Brent Tate

Brad Walter LONDON: Brent Tate told Australian coach Tim Sheens before the World Cup that he would be play in the front row if neccesary to gain selection and while he may not have to go to those lengths the...

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Billy Slater pushes rehab to make World Cup final

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Brad Walter Billy Slater has been running at 15km/h on a treadmill but the star fullback admits time could beat him in his race to be fit for the World Cup final at Old Trafford next Saturday.

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Billy Slater survives intense training session

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Brad Walter MANCHESTER: Billy Slater is confident of taking his place at fullback for Australia in the World Cup final at Old Trafford after surviving a physical battering from Greg Inglis at training on...

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Billy Slater confident of playing in World Cup final after passing the Greg Inglis test

Billy Slater

Brad Walter Billy Slater is confident of taking his place at fullback for Australia in the World Cup final at Old Trafford after surviving a physical battering from Greg Inglis at training on Wednesday.

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League will rally around Darius Boyd, says Cory Paterson

Empathy: Wests Tigers forward Cory Paterson has battled the black dog of depression.

Brad Walter and Andrew Wu Cory Paterson believes Darius Boyd's recent off-field antics may have been a "cry for help" and expects the Newcastle international to receive greater support in his battle with depression than he...

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Josh Dugan eyes future Test selection at right centre

Future in the centres: St George Illawarra star Josh Dugan.

Brad Walter St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor believes Josh Dugan is the best right centre in the game after making a successful switch from fullback that could eventually earn him an Australian Test...

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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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NSW Blues new guard won't take backward step despite heavy defeat

New breed: Front-rower Aaron Woods celebrates after Josh Dugan's try.

Brad Walter This NSW team is the real deal. Forget about the scoreline or the fact they failed to become the first Blues side to complete an Origin series clean sweep since 2000.

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Trent Hodkinson's terrific try up there with John Aloisi's goal at the field of dreams

Trent Hodkinson celebrates the only try of the second State of Origin match.

Brad Walter It’s over. NSW’s 6-4 victory in Origin II was far from pretty but Trent Hodkinson’s winning try is set to be remembered alongside John Aloisi’s goal against Uruguay as the greatest post-Olympic...

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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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Benji Marshall's signature battle a local derby between Dragons and Sharks

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Brad Walter Benji Marshall is set to make a decision on Friday between St George Illawarra and Cronulla after the Dragons sensationally re-entered the race to sign the former Wests Tigers playmaker.

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St George Illawarra favourites to sign Benji Marshall

In limbo: Benji Marshall.

Brad Walter A decision on where Benji Marshall would be playing had been expected on Friday but he is understood to still be waiting for the Dragons to forward their offer in writing.

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Rugby league's female players in rugby union's sights

Two No.1's ... Billy Slater and Sam Hammond.

Brad Walter First it was Sonny Bill Williams, Israel Folau and Sam Burgess; now rugby league's female stars are under threat from rugby union.

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Kearney’s bunch of 'no-hopers' make critics eat their words

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Brad Walter It wasn’t their greatest performance, but the current Australian team can now claim to be officially as good as any we have seen after the world champions overcame a brave New Zealand on Friday night.

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The Daley-Hadley feud shows in-form Blues won't be bullied

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Brad Walter Blues coach Laurie Daley is set to adopt a backs-against-the-wall approach to Origin I but even without injured or suspended stars Boyd Cordner, Greg Bird and Andrew Fifita, NSW will go into next...

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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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