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

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

Tariq Sims

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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RLWC: Brent Tate in for Kangaroos as Sheens rings changes

Brent Tate

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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Matt Scott hails Petero Civoniceva and hopes to end his career

Matt Scott

Brad Walter Matt Scott will ignore the pain of a broken finger to help the Kangaroos qualify for the World Cup final at Old Trafford and play in what he hopes will be the last game for former Queensland and...

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Rugby League World Cup Final 2013: Kangaroos favourites, but wary of Kiwi ambush

Stephen Kearney

Brad Walter Australian players are wary of another ambush from New Zealand in the World Cup final after losing to the Kiwis in the last two big deciders the countries have played.

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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.

Winning Starts Monday

High-profile incidents suggest otherwise, but numbers show NRL alcohol strategy is working

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Brad Walter Since the introduction of the NRL's alcohol management strategy in 2009, the number of off-field incidents has plummeted by 75 per cent.

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Gallen may be out for up to five weeks

Paul Gallen.

Brad Walter NSW captain Paul Gallen has a muscle tear in his left foot but a decision on whether he is out of Origin III won't be made for another seven to 10 days.

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Choc keeps Ferguson company in the crowd

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Brad Walter Blake Ferguson attended Origin II at Suncorp Stadium - but the suspended NSW winger wasn't officially there as a guest of the Blues.

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Gallen set to make early call on fitness

Paul Gallen

Brad Walter Blues captain Paul Gallen is expected to decide on his fitness for Origin III before the team to play in the series decider is announced next Sunday.

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How NRL can avoid Origin drain on club crowd figures

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Brad Walter This year's State of Origin series is set to break just about every record by which public interest can be measured - but at what cost to NRL clubs?

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SIN BIN

Players won't be made to serve bans in Origin

Brad Walter NRL chief executive Dave Smith has ruled out the possibility of players suspended in an Origin match serving the ban for NSW or Queensland rather than their clubs.

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Daley pulls punches as biff culture takes its toll

Brad Walter After hailing the flurry of blows Paul Gallen unleashed on Nate Myles in last month's series opener as "a great Origin moment", it was notable that NSW coach Laurie Daley did not utter similar words...

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Metre-eater Fifita best by mile

Andrew Fifita

Brad Walter Having taken over the mantle as the No.1 NRL player on form this season, Andrew Fifita is ready to fill the shoes of injured NSW captain Paul Gallen in Wednesday night's Origin series decider.

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Cordner selection could be Daley's Agar moment

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Brad Walter The easiest thing for NSW coach Laurie Daley to do after making final decisions on the fitness of Paul Gallen and Greg Bird for Wednesday night's series decider would have been to stick with the...

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Speculation over Hayne, Hopoate futures gets Parra madder

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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

Andrew Fifita

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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Size matters as Daley sorts out Blues

Anthony Watmough

Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley must resolve the dilemma of whether to match the size of Queensland's forwards by picking four props or opting for more mobile back-rowers as he attempts to finalise his team...

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Player stats give Daley a running start for Origin

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Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley is set to enter the State of Origin series with his players in better form than their Queensland counterparts.

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Daley's search for experience has Mason in line for Blues

Willie Mason

Brad Walter, Tim Barrow Willie Mason is set to be recalled by NSW coach Laurie Daley for the opening State of Origin match five years after making his last appearance in a Blues jersey.

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