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

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Cameron Smith backs Will Chambers to do job for Maroons in Origin III

Brad Walter Queensland captain Cameron Smith has endorsed his Melbourne team-mate Will Chambers as Brent Tate's replacement on the wing for Origin III.

League

Australian captain Cameron Smith backs mid-season Test

Cameron Smith with the ANZAC trophy.

Brad Walter Australian captain Cameron Smith has backed the continuation of the mid-season Test against New Zealand after admitting only the experience and talent of the world champions had prevented one of the...

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Robbie Farah says he doesn't believe Cameron Smith is a better player

Second fiddle: NSW vice-captain Robbie Farah.

Brad Walter Robbie Farah refuses to admit his Queensland counterpart Cameron Smith is a better player, but the NSW vice-captain believes he will be unable to stake a genuine claim to be the first-choice...

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Comeback win one of Melbourne Storm's greatest, says Cameron Smith

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James Macsmith, Brad Walter Cameron Smith has hailed Melbourne's epic 23-22 round one golden point win over Manly as one of the club's greatest victories.

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Cameron Smith stays with Melbourne Storm

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Brad Walter Australian captain Cameron Smith is set to surpass Darren Lockyer's record for the most NRL games after signing a new four-year deal with Melbourne Storm.

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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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St George Illawarra Dragons too good for Melbourne Storm as Dugan fights off injury scares

Injury scare: Josh Dugan looked to be in trouble after taking a couple of knocks in the first half.

Brad Walter Josh Dugan overcame leg and finger injuries to help St George Illawarra to a victory over Melbourne at WIN Stadium that can only have enhanced the prospects of caretaker coach Paul McGregor being...

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Cronulla Sharks boss Steve Noyce hopes Todd Carney will be back playing in the NRL

Career in jeopardy: Sacked Cronulla pivot Todd Carney.

Brad Walter Despite having sacked Todd Carney on two occasions at different clubs, Cronulla chief executive Steve Noyce hopes the troubled playmaker will be allowed to resume his NRL career

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State of Origin scheduling: Six questions for six experts

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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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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...

League

Five NRL clubs chasing Benji Marshall

Benji Marshall has five NRL clubs interested in his services.

Brad Walter Melbourne Storm and Cronulla remain the favourites to sign the Benji Marshall but St George Illawarra, Parramatta and North Queensland are also believed to be interested in discussions.

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The battle to sign Benji Marshall down to a two-horse race

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Brad Walter The race to sign Benji Marshall is down to Cronulla and Melbourne after the former Wests Tigers superstar rejected approaches from three other clubs.

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Sheens dumps Fifita and Papalii, shocked by Kiwis selections

Dropped: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

Brad Walter After announcing three changes to his World Cup winning Australian team, Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens admitted he knew little of new Kiwis hooker Siliva Havili or some of the other members of a New...

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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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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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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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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: 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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State of Origin: players want NRL stopped for three weeks

Punishing: Origin players are hard pressed to back up for their club sides in the same week.

Brad Walter, Roy Ward and Daniel Lane A delegation of players from every club will next week tell NRL chiefs of their concerns about the scheduling of Origin matches, and some NSW and Queensland stars want the premiership to be put on...

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