Daniel Lane

Daniel Lane

Daniel Lane is a sports reporter and video journalist with Fairfax Media.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs need Sam Burgess to recapture 2013 form

Daniel Lane Former Canterbury hardman Peter Kelly says Souths need rugby-bound Sam Burgess to tap into last season’s form to help keep their premiership dream alive.

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Greg Bird wants Jarryd Hayne to soar from fullback

Daniel Lane NSW Origin enforcer Greg Bird warned it'd be madness for the Blues' brains trust to play star fullback Jarryd Hayne out of position in Sydney - a game that could finally end Queensland's eight-year...

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State of Origin: Raudonikis, Mortimer urge Reynolds to maintain the rage against Maroons

Mind on job: Josh Reynolds has been urged to ignore the outcry caused by this tackle in Origin I.

Daniel Lane Tommy Raudonikis and Steve Mortimer, two NSW greats from State of Origin’s pioneering days, urged Blues five-eighth Josh Reynolds to ignore the people who bayed for his blood after the Brent Tate...

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Steve Morris gives thumbs up to Dugan but wonders about Hopoate in NSW team

Josh Dugan is put through his paces on Wednesday.

Daniel Lane Steve Morris, a former rugby league international and father of the NSW 'wonder twins' endorsed Josh Dugan as his injured son Josh's replacement in the NSW centres for State of Origin 2 but expressed...

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One-time Manly fan Aaron Woods gives Wests Tigers pack a punch

Changed man: After being a Manly fan as a child, Aaron Woods's loyalty now lies with the Wests Tigers.

Daniel Lane Aaron Woods grew up as a self-confessed "mad" Manly fan but the NSW Origin prop realised he was really a dyed-in-the-wool Wests Tigers man last year when the Sea Eagles tabled a lucrative deal for...

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80-minute man: Nathan Peats is thriving at Parramatta.

Daniel Lane and Adrian Proszenko They may not be the biggest names in the game, but each has added a new dimension to his team after having arrived at new locations.

Shake-up on the cards as Blues plot to stop rot

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 16: Mitchell Pearce of the Blues runs with the ball during game two of the ARL State of Origin Series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at Suncorp Stadium on June 16, 2010 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Daniel Lane Through a mix of injury, questionable form and players on the comeback trail, the NSW side sent into battle in the opening match of the State of Origin series on May 28 may be vastly different from...

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Daley won't feed Blues babes to the wolves

Lessons from the past: Blues coach Laurie Daley says he won't be rushing young blood into the Origin arena.

Daniel Lane Despite the calls for an overhaul, don't expect NSW coach Laurie Daley to send a team crammed with untried rookies into the Origin series opener because his own experience highlighted the dangers of ...

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Not even singing the Blues can dampen Origin brand - Mal Meninga

League of its own: Queensland coach Mal Meninga says the Maroons' dominance can't harm the Origin brand.

Daniel Lane Queensland coach Mal Meninga, the architect of the Maroons' unprecedented eight consecutive Origin series victories, said that even if his team won its ninth champion's title on the trot it would not...

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Steve Mortimer calls for Jamie Lyon to return to Origin fray

Sea Eagles captain, Jamie Lyon. Manly Sea Eagles team at their media day, Brookvale Oval. Sport. photo: Marco Del Grande on September 30, 2013

Daniel Lane Former NSW skipper Steve Mortimer, recently recruited to help mentor the next generation of Blues, has offered some sage New Year's Eve advice to coach Laurie Daley - beg Jamie Lyon to return to the...

Peachey backs new Blues coach to give indigenous talent a fair go

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Daniel Lane Former Cronulla and South Sydney fullback David Peachey said he hoped Laurie Daley's appointment as coach of the NSW State of Origin team would open the door for more indigenous players to wear the...

Meninga's Origin tip for rival

 Mal Meninga

Daniel Lane MAL MENINGA bled too much alongside Laurie Daley during their time in the lime green jumper of Canberra during the 1980s and '90s to allow a triviality such as fanatical state pride to stop him from...

Daley to give key Blues an early nod

Laurie Daley

Daniel Lane NSW coach Laurie Daley will phone a select few Blues in the next couple of weeks - a good four months before game one of the State of Origin series - to tell them that, barring injury or an...

Daley avoids Mundine bait

Laurie Daley

Daniel Lane LAURIE DALEY was deep in preparing the Indigenous All Stars' battle plan for this year's annual game against the rest of the NRL's best when he learned Anthony Mundine dismissed him and the late...

Roosters v Rabbitohs

Five things we learnt

Adam Reynolds.

Daniel Lane NSW State of Origin coach Laurie Daley might need to reconsider his declaration that Roosters' Mitchell Pearce was the man most likely to play halfback for the Blues.

Sutton is brains behind Souths' brawn, but he remains open on future

John Sutton

Daniel Lane South Sydney forward Ben Te'o inadvertently talked up the market value of John Sutton when he hailed the Rabbitohs' five-eighth as the ''brains'' of the premiership contenders.

Fittler talks up audition value of City-Country clash

Coogee, Sydney. NRL City side have their first training run at Coogee Oval, this afternoon, under coach Brad Fittler. Pic shows..... Robbie Farah, didn't train with the squad, here talking to Brad Fittler.. Photo: Quentin Jones. 16 April, 2012.

Daniel Lane Rather than stiff-arm critics who have called upon rugby league's hierarchy to cease the annual City-Country Origin match, City coach Brad Fittler is encouraging more robust debate about the...

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Hayne: I'll do whatever it takes to play in Origin II

Jarryd Hayne

Adrian Proszenko, Daniel Lane Parramatta star Jarryd Hayne has vowed to work ''around the clock'' in an effort to overcome his hamstring strain in time for Origin II at Suncorp Stadium.

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Tigers teammates talk up Woods' chances of taking Tamou's Origin spot

Aaron Woods

Daniel Lane Wests Tigers prop Aaron Woods had a contingent of journalists available to push his claim for a run in the NSW State of Origin team but the 22-year-old left it to his teammates after deciding to do...

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Bishop warns lopsided player trade is spoiling game for Brits

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Daniel Lane Great Britain legend Tommy Bishop has warned the number of English players being recruited by NRL clubs risks gutting the game in his homeland.

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