Adrian Proszenko

Adrian Proszenko

Adrian Proszenko is chief rugby league reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald

League

Melbourne Storm halfback Cooper Cronk eyeing early return to be fit for State of Origin III

Adrian Proszenko Cooper Cronk could make a shock comeback against St George Illawarra on Monday night in a move which would force Mal Meninga into an agonising choice over whether to start him or Daly Cherry-Evans in...

Blues to create their own centre of excellence

Adrian Proszenko

Adrian Proszenko NSW powerbrokers have revealed plans to build their own high-performance centre to ensure Laurie Daley’s troops have the best possible preparation for their State of Origin campaigns.

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League

Greg Bird to put every fibre of his being into State of Origin Bluewash

Determined: Greg Bird is hellbent on ensuring NSW finish the series with a third straight win.

Adrian Proszenko After kicking the winning penalty goal in the Gold Coast's controversial win over Melbourne in April, Greg Bird landed another blow.

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The best NRL buys of 2014

80-minute man: Nathan Peats is thriving at Parramatta.

Daniel Lane and Adrian Proszenko They may not be the biggest names in the game, but each has added a new dimension to his team after having arrived at new locations.

League

Melbourne Storm in the hunt for Karmichael Hunt

Karmichael Hunt is in the sights of the Melbourne Storm.

Adrian Proszenko Melbourne will attempt to become the first club to avail themselves of the NRL's new marquee contracting powers by attempting to bring Karmichael Hunt back to rugby league.

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Melbourne tipped to host Origin match in 2015

State of Origin at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, 2012.

Adrian Proszenko Sydney isn’t scheduled to host two games of an Origin series until 2016 in a further blow to NSW's chances of breaking Queensland’s stranglehold on the event.

Lifting tackle could send Daley back to the drawing board

Adrian Proszenko NSW's new-look halves pairing may last just one game after Josh Reynolds was involved in a sickening dangerous throw which is likely to rub him out of Origin II.

League

Queensland Origin side rocked by injuries to Cameron Smith, Billy Slater

Maroons skipper Cameron Smith is in doubt for Origin II.

Adrian Proszenko Queensland could be without three-quarters of its spine for game two following revelations injuries to Cameron Smith and Billy Slater are worse than first thought.

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Lifting tackle could send Laurie Daley back to the drawing board

Blues five-eighth Josh Reynolds.

Adrian Proszenko NSW's new-look halves pairing may last just one game after Josh Reynolds was involved in a sickening dangerous throw which is likely to rub him out of Origin II.

League

State of Origin: Johnathan Thurston adds his weight to calls for stand-alone games

Hard work: Johnathan Thurston  says the intensity of Origin football is making it hard for players to perform well for their clubs.

Adrian Proszenko Johnathan Thurston is the latest star to back calls for stand-alone State of Origin games, saying the intensity of the series is making it almost impossible to back up for club games.

League

'I enjoy the pain' – why Greg Bird embraces tag of 'Origin footballer'

Malcolm Knox and Adrian Proszenko Few players have earned the tag of "Origin footballer" as quickly and surely as has Greg Bird. Since winning man-of-the-match honours in his second and third Origin games, back in 2007 and 2008, Bird...

League

League 2014: we predict the winners, medallists and dark horses

Roosters

Adrian Proszenko There is no crystal ball, but there are experts. Fairfax Media chief league reporter Adrian Proszenko gets the low-down on what to expect.

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Grand opportunity for Manly's Lawrence to do a Kangaroo hop

Brenton Lawrence

Adrian Proszenko Brenton Lawrence could snatch a spot in the Australian World Cup squad with a dominant grand final display.

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Fan drive

NRL banks on 'selfies' to boost rugby league club memberships

Jarryd Hayne

Adrian Proszenko They have been the downfall of many a footballer in recent times but the NRL is banking on ''selfies'' to bring the fans back to the game in 2014.

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Melbourne braces for a stormy start

Campbell Brown fights back the tears as he speaks to the media at Metricon Stadium on Wednesday.

Adrian Proszenko Melbourne Storm has been handed a tough opening to the 2014 season.

League

Bennett backs SBW to join All Stars cast

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 21: Ma'a Nonu of the All Blacks (L) looks on as Sonny Bill Williams of the All Blacks looks to pass during a New Zealand All Blacks training session at Trusts Stadium on August 21, 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

Adrian Proszenko WAYNE BENNETT hopes he will have Sonny Bill Williams at his disposal for the All Stars game, believing the fixture would be the perfect way for the Roosters recruit to return to rugby league.

Eels pick up the pace to retain Hayne

Jarryd Hayne

Adrian Proszenko OPERATION Retain Hayne has commenced.

League

Warning for Slater, who can't put a foot wrong

Billy Slater

Brad Walter and Adrian Proszenko Billy Slater is expected to receive an official warning for kicking Canterbury prop David Klemmer in the face, but former referees boss Bill Harrigan believes the NRL should have gone further and...

Barba rivals Joey on betting rank system

Ben Barba - Canterbury Bulldogs

Adrian Proszenko Ben Barba is the most influential player in the NRL.

Under-fire Anderson on a hiding to nothing, says Harrigan

Bill Harrigan

Adrian Proszenko Former referees' boss Bill Harrigan says he feels for under-pressure successor Daniel Anderson, describing the position as a ''poisoned chalice''.