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

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

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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TV networks ready to listen to NRL's Nines proposal

Nines

Brad Walter Channel Nine and Fox Sports would consider broadcasting a summer rugby league Nines circuit as former stars Brad Fittler, Matt Cooper and Nathan Fien threw their support behind the concept.

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Experienced recruits introduce culture of winning to Knights' department of youth

Willie Mason.

Brad Walter The way Knights officials tell it, Wayne Bennett's decision to recruit one of the oldest teams in premiership history is actually about the club's youth.

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Parra could get pick of Origin bunch

Robbie Farah

Brad Walter NSWRL directors still consider Ricky Stuart the best candidate to coach the Blues next season and by allowing him to do the job Parramatta will improve their chances of recruiting the Origin halves...

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NRL blocks Buderus coaching role with Brumbies

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Brad Walter The NRL has blocked Newcastle hooker Danny Buderus from taking on a coaching role with the ACT Brumbies and warned that his appointment may be a beach of salary cap rules.

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NRL cans Buderus' job with Brumbies

Danny Buderus

Brad Walter DANNY BUDERUS'S coaching role with the ACT Brumbies was doomed from the moment the Super Rugby franchise's media manager Elliot Woods handed him one of the team's training shirts to put on just...

Warriors turn to Siejka after Johnson adds to injury woes

Shaun Johnson

Brad Walter FORMER Penrith playmaker Harry Siejka may be thrust into the Warriors line-up for their opening premiership clash with Parramatta after Shaun Johnson became the the club's latest big name on the...

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Buderus let-off may be last as officials tweak contact rule

Buderus

Brad Walter Danny Buderus may be the last player to escape being booked for a shoulder charge that results in a head clash, with NRL officials understood to be considering changing the definition of the charge...

Changing ways: officials cut out loophole for shoulder-charge offenders

Brad Walter A loophole enabling players who cause injury in secondary contact from an illegal shoulder charge to escape being charged with the new offence is set to be closed after Monday night's match between...

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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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Kurt reply proof that Newcastle are no longer a one-man band

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Brad Walter No Kurt Gidley, no worries for Newcastle. Not any more, with Wayne Bennett and Nathan Tinkler now running the show.

Stuart sticks with Mannah for leadership qualities

Brad Walter Parramatta prop Tim Mannah is tipped to be one of first players picked for NSW this season. Besides captain Paul Gallen, Penrith back-rower Luke Lewis and Newcastle utility Kurt Gidley, Sin Bin has...

Bennett wanted top dog in red and green

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 25:  Matt Hilder of the Knights is tackled by Michael Ennis of the Bulldogs during the round four NRL match between the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and the Newcastle Knights at ANZ Stadium on March 25, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Brad Walter MICHAEL ENNIS will celebrate his 150th NRL match today by leading the Bulldogs out against South Sydney at ANZ Stadium but the Canterbury captain could have been playing for the Rabbitohs if Wayne...

Two down: Carney shrugs off contenders for Origin No.6 jersey

Todd Carney

Brad Walter Todd Carney's State of Origin hopes have received a double boost after he outplayed incumbent NSW five-eighth Jamie Soward in Cronulla's 12-0 defeat of St George Illawarra and Warriors playmaker...

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Carney takes another step to securing Blues start

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Brad Walter Todd Carney has officially been endorsed as favourite for the NSW No.6 jersey after Country Origin selectors settled on him as their five-eighth at a meeting on Wednesday.

Winning Starts Monday

Tamou, Buderus calls signs of NSW desperation

Brad Walter Just how far is NSW prepared to go to prevent a record seventh consecutive State of Origin series defeat?

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Winning Starts Monday

Should Hayne be centre of attention for Origin?

Brad Walter Is Jarryd Hayne the man to stop Greg Inglis in State of Origin?

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Shoulder to cry on: Gidley injury case of misery repeating for Stuart

Brad Walter NSW coach Ricky Stuart would have been feeling a sense of deja vu when he saw Kurt Gidley come from Hunter Stadium clutching his left shoulder on Monday night.

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Why Blues shouldn't pick a second-rate bench player

Brad Walter If NSW don't have a bench utility of Kurt Gidley's calibre, then why bother picking one at all?

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Gallen marooned: a look at the top performers will give NSW the blues

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 07: Billy Slater of the Maroons is tackled by Mitchell Pearce of the Blues during game three of the ARL State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on July 7, 2010 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Brad Walter WHEN Australia beat New Zealand in the third Test of the 1998 series, legend has it that the Maroons players who dominated the Wayne Bennett-coached side celebrated with ''three cheers for...