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

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James Tamou to use Arthur Beetson as State of Origin motivation

Brad Walter As he runs onto a hostile Suncorp Stadium in Wedneday night's Origin series opener, it will be the Maroons greatest hero Arthur Beetson who NSW prop James Tamou draws on for inspiration in his his...

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Cutting players down to size pays dividends for Blues and clubs

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Brad Walter Todd Carney's sacking from Cronulla is the latest indication that player power is on the wane, with NSW, Penrith and the Sharks all benefiting from a tough stance on ill discipline by big-name stars.

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State of Origin II: Skipper Paul Gallen to move up front for NSW Blues

On the move: Gallen breaks the line in Origin I.

Brad Walter NSW captain Paul Gallen is set to move up front in Origin II after Blues coach Laurie Daley decided to opt for Josh Dugan at right-centre rather than shift back-rower Beau Scott wider in defence.

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Trent Merrin clinches State of Origin spot after heroics against Sharks

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Brad Walter A remarkable 47-minute stint in which Trent Merrin ran the ball 264 metres against Cronulla on Saturday night has earned the St George Illawarra forward the chance to be a part of history by...

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State of Origin: Blues want clean sweep to put exclamation point on series win

Brad Walter and Adrian Proszenko After ending Queensland's eight year Origin domination, NSW players have vowed to begin their own dynsasty by completing the first series "Blue rinse" since 2000 with victory in the third match at...

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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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James Maloney could suffer if Mitchell Pearce is banned from State of Origin

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Brad Walter If the allegations against Mitchell Pearce are proved and he is rubbed out of the opening State of Origin match, NSW is likely to have a new five-eighth as well as halfback when the team is announced...

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Boyd Cordner's form may save Mitchell Pearce from State of Origin axe

Rare Boyd: Back-rower Cordner has been in top form for the Roosters.

Brad Walter Boyd Cordner's sensational form for the Sydney Roosters this season and the loss of Test forwards Greg Bird and Andrew Fifita may save besieged NSW halfback Mitchell Pearce from the sack for Origin I.

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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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Why Mitchell Pearce was dropped from NSW Origin team

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Brad Walter It was the tone of Mitchell Pearce's voice on the phone that convinced NSW coach Laurie Daley to drop him from the opening State of Origin but the real catalyst for his decision was the exclusion of...

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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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Out of favour Andrew Fifita unlikely to be recalled for State of Origin II

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Brad Walter Test prop Andrew Fifita is at long odds to win his place back in the NSW Origin squad for Origin II unless there is an injury, due to concerns over whether he will fit into the new Blues culture.

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The Canberra Raiders question: What's wrong with the Green Machine?

Troubled times: Ricky Stuart.

Brad Walter When Wests Tigers were initially negotiating to keep James Tedesco, the Raiders weren't the only club they were competing with but once he agreed to terms with the Raiders it effectively became a...

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North Queensland Cowboys' defence key to Auckland Nines win over Brisbane Broncos

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Brad Walter When Johnathan Thurston was rested from North Queensland's squad for the Auckland Nines, bookmakers posted the Cowboys' odds at 25-1 but they - like just about everyone else - had little...

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Laurie Daley: Blues free from off-field distractions at new Origin base in Coffs Harbour

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28:  Laurie Daley, coach of the Blues, James Tamou, Josh Morris and Blake Ferguson of the Blues look on during the official New South Wales State of Origin team photo session at Crowne Plaza, Coogee on May 28, 2013 in Syd ney, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley insists the decision to base the team in Coffs Harbour this season is unrelated to the off-field incidents that derailed the Blues 2013 campaign – but it should keep the...

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

Selection battle: Incumbent James Maloney is no certainty to start as the Blues No.6.

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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Rugby League World Cup: This Kangaroos performance one for the history books

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Brad Walter The Kangaroos laid the platform for an astonishing victory with the first set of six of the match.

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Speculation over Hayne, Hopoate futures gets Parra madder

Brad Walter Parramatta officials are sick of their players being linked with rival clubs and have raised concerns with the NRL.

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How Roos can rule the world again

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Brad Walter The Kangaroos boast an experienced and settled squad which appears to have more depth and be better balanced than England or New Zealand.

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RLWC: Brent Tate in for Kangaroos as Sheens rings changes

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Brad Walter Australian coach Tim Sheens is weighing up the possibility of Canberra enforcer Josh Papalii playing centre if the Kangaroos suffer another injury to an outside back during Saturday's World Cup...

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