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

League

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

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...

League

Sharks prop Andrew Fifita breaks down after telling teammates of Canterbury Bulldogs switch

Andrew Fifita

Brad Walter, Daniel Lane Test prop Andrew Fifita broke down and cried after Monday night's loss to Gold Coast as he told Cronulla team-mates the reasons he had accepted a four year $3.4 million deal with Canterbury.

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State of Origin: Laurie Daley considers centre role for Jarryd Hayne

Jarryd Hayne

Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley believes Jarryd Hayne has outgrown the wing and revealed the Paramatta superstar would be chosen as either a centre or fullback for this year's Origin series.

Injuries threaten to derail Australia's World Cup campaign

Australia's Jarryd Hayne is tackled by US player Matthew Petersen, during the World Cup Rugby League quarterfinal match at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham Wales, Saturday Nov. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Martin Rickett/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

Brad Walter Injuries have suddenly become a major threat to Australia's hopes of regaining the World Cup after Billy Slater was assisted from the field with the knee problem in the Kangaroos' quarter-final...

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League

Billy Slater a chance for shock return

WREXHAM, WALES - NOVEMBER 16:  Billy Slater of Australia during the Rugby League World Cup Quarter Final match between Australia and USA at Racecourse Ground on November 16, 2013 in Wrexham, Wales.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Billy Slater refuses to concede his World Cup campaign is over, and has been undergoing around-the-clock physiotherapy in a desperate bid to play against Fiji in next weekend's semi-final at Wembley...

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League

Morris the centre of attention as Sheens looks to Tate on bench

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Brad Walter Australian coach Tim Sheens is considering using Brent Tate from the interchange bench and playing Michael Jennings on the wing as part of a revamp forced by the loss of star fullback Billy Slater.

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Brent Tate may switch to forwards as Billy Slater is ruled out of Kangaroos' World Cup semi-final

Brent Tate

Brad Walter LONDON: Brent Tate told Australian coach Tim Sheens before the World Cup that he would be play in the front row if neccesary to gain selection and while he may not have to go to those lengths the...

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Josh Papalii in the mix to play for Kangaroos in World Cup semi-final

Canberra raiders player Josh Papalli.

Brad Walter Tim Sheens considers playing Canberra enforcer Josh Papalii at centre if the Kangaroos suffer another injury.

League

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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Jarryd Hayne in box seat to mark Greg Inglis in Origin

Jarryd Hayne

Brad Walter Jarryd Hayne has put his hand up to play opposite Greg Inglis at right centre for NSW after proving to be a revelation in the position during the World Cup.

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League

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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League

Figures tell sorry story for Blues on away turf

Josh Morris

Brad Walter To get an idea of what NSW are up against at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night, consider this fact: five of Queensland's most senior players have each had as many, or more, Origin wins at the venue...

Rugby League

Dogs embarrass Storm

Melbourne Storm v Canterbury

Brad Walter Canterbury revives hopes of a top-four finish with a 39-0 win over a depleted Melbourne.

League

Refs feel heat from Bellamy after Reynolds avoids sin bin

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 14:  Josh Reynolds of the Bulldogs is tackled during the round 18 NRL match between Canterbury Bulldogs and the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium on July 14, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Even dumped NSW utility Josh Reynolds thought he would be sin-binned for a professional foul in Canterbury's 39-0 defeat of an under-strength Melbourne, which sparked further criticism of refereeing...

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League

Another year of pain as Maroons make it eight straight

Johnathan Thurston

Brad Walter Queensland make it eight series wins in a row as NSW squander a glut of possession.

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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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Winning Starts Monday

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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Origin

Few clues for Blues as Daley has all but decided on side

Maloney

Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley has begun informing players that they will be named in the Blues side for the opening State of Origin match on June 5.

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League

Smells like team spirit: Blues rally to the cause

Gallen

Brad Walter AN impromptu team dinner two weeks ago underlined the camaraderie and commitment NSW players will bring into camp when the team for Origin I is named on Sunday.

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State of Origin

Daley goes with 'gut feel' for Maloney

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Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley described his selection of James Maloney as a "gut feeling" and revealed he had won the No.

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