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

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Paul Gallen is one of NSW's greats: Laurie Daley

Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley lauded captain Paul Gallen as one of the state's greatest players and declared that his influence would put the Blues in good stead for years to come.

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State of Origin II: Laurie Daley to wait on Maroons line-up before naming Blues

Key selection: If Queensland fullback Billy Slater’s shoulder injury rules him out of Origin II, the Maroons are likely to shift Greg Inglis to the No.1 jersey.

Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley might wait to see which position Queensland choose Greg Inglis to play before finalising the make-up of his squad for Origin II at ANZ Stadium on June 18.

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

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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.

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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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Laurie Daley appointed NSW coach

Wendell Sailor, Paul Gallen and Laurie Daley at Star City Casino Sport Bar.
SHD SPORT By Lee Besford Friday 11th May 2012.

Brad Walter Blues great Laurie Daley has been appointed NSW coach for the next two seasons.

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Josh Dugan eyes future Test selection at right centre

Future in the centres: St George Illawarra star Josh Dugan.

Brad Walter St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor believes Josh Dugan is the best right centre in the game after making a successful switch from fullback that could eventually earn him an Australian Test...

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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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NSW centre Josh Morris praises technology for quick return

Brad Walter NSW centre Josh Morris has credited scientific developments in the last three years and a daily trip to buy a bag of ice for his rapid recovery to play in Origin III after initially fearing he had...

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Paul McGregor gets his first test in Steve Price's shoes

Settling in: New Dragons coach Paul McGregor talks with Gareth Widdop and Benji Marshall during training this week.

Brad Walter McGregor, an inaugural co-captain of the Dragons with Mark Coyne in 1999, will begin his audition for the club's vacant coaching job when he oversees the team for the first time in Monday's night's...

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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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State of Origin III: Josh Morris to return for game three

Josh Morris hasn't played since injuring his posterior cruciate ligament in Origin I.

Brad Walter Canterbury centre Josh Morris passed a fitness test on Monday to secure his return to the NSW team for Origin III at Suncorp Stadium next Wednesday night.

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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 recall gives Josh Dugan last laugh with NSW Blues

Main focus: Josh Dugan is surrounded by reporters at Tuesday's team announcement.

Brad Walter What Josh Dugan initially shrugged off as a joke has led to the Dragons star being recalled by NSW coach Laurie Daley to play opposite Queensland star Greg Inglis at centre in Origin II at ANZ...

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State of Origin: Josh Dugan has many strings to his bow

Back in blue: Dugan has been picked for his attacking and defensive abilities.

Brad Walter When Jarryd Hayne played on the wing in the 2012 State of Origin series, the Blues had a call for him to shift closer to the ruck in a second fullback role and they may do the same for Josh Dugan on...

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St George Illawarra Dragons too good for Melbourne Storm as Dugan fights off injury scares

Injury scare: Josh Dugan looked to be in trouble after taking a couple of knocks in the first half.

Brad Walter Josh Dugan overcame leg and finger injuries to help St George Illawarra to a victory over Melbourne at WIN Stadium that can only have enhanced the prospects of caretaker coach Paul McGregor being...

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James Tamou to use Arthur Beetson as State of Origin motivation

Doing it for Big Artie: NSW prop James Tamou hopes to honour a Queensland Origin great.

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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Steve Price was not right but timing is for push to bring Wayne Bennett back to Dragons

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Brad Walter The race to sign Wayne Bennett as coach is now on in earnest following St George Illawarrra's decision to end the reign of his successor, Steve Price, just days after Nathan Tinkler's departure from...

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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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NSW Origin team: Blues to stick with Trent Hodkinson and Josh Reynolds for series

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Brad Walter Canterbury’s Trent Hodkinson and Josh Reynolds are set to be the NSW halves combination for the entire Origin series after replacing dumped Sydney Roosters pair Mitchell Pearce and James...

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