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

League

Give us a break: Lewis joins chorus for stand-alone Origins

Brad Walter Senior NSW forward Luke Lewis has backed calls for the NRL to consider stand-alone Origin matches to be played over three consecutive weeks.

SIN BIN

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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League

Ferguson puts skateboard aside for the ride of his life

Blake Ferguson

Brad Walter Blake Ferguson has risen to the top of his game after learning some harsh lessons, writes Brad Walter.

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Origin coaches' faith in Ferguson

Brad Walter Blake Ferguson has had to overcome more than his fair share of hurdles on the way to State of Origin selection, but ask the Blues winger to nominate a turning point in his career and he does so...

Rugby League

Blues coach adamant on team focus before first game

State of Origin

Brad Walter Laurie Daley gives players more input into preparations than during recent Origin campaigns.

League

Daley warns time for talk over as Blues take low-key approach

Laurie Daley

Brad Walter New Blues coach Laurie Daley has given his players more input into preparations than during recent State of Origin campaigns but they will also be expected to take a greater responsibility for the...

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Rugby League

Big Ben's mental state gives Meninga cause for concern

Ben Te'o

Brad Walter Queensland coach Mal Meninga has expressed concerns about interchange forward Ben Te'o's mental state as he battles allegations he punched a woman at the house of Brisbane five-eighth Corey Norman...

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Inglis, Slater combo role

Brad Walter NSW players are on alert for Greg Inglis to play a roving role in Wednesday night's opening State of Origin that may involve him combining with Billy Slater as dual fullbacks.

State of Origin

Twin powers of Inglis, Slater will alert NSW

Greg Inglis

Brad Walter NSW players are on alert for Greg Inglis to play a roving role in Wednesday night's opening State of Origin that may involve him combining with Billy Slater as dual fullbacks.

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League

NSW may change policy on Blues coach

Des Hasler

Brad Walter NSW is set to appoint a non-NRL coach next season, with Canterbury's Des Hasler yesterday ruling himself out and Parramatta officials not expecting Ricky Stuart to change his mind.

Challenge system before rules panel

Referee

Brad Walter AN NFL-style ''challenge system'' enabling coaches or captains to contest refereeing decisions is set to be trialled after a meeting of the game's Rules Advisory Committee today.

Kasiano would be ruled out for Maroons under rule change

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11: Sam Kasiano of the Bulldogs runs with the 
ball during the round 10 NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Gold 
Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on May 11, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo 
by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images) 


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Brad Walter CANTERBURY star Sam Kasiano will be unable to play for Queensland under a new State of Origin eligibility rule even if the New Zealand-born prop pledges his international allegiance to Australia...

League

Grand final Sin Bin: Will ARLC keep faith with pre-match shows?

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Brad Walter Bon Jovi's association with the NRL may have ended with the grand final as Sin Bin understands officials are considering heading in a new direction next year.

Winning Starts Monday

Culture of Maroons loyalty is based on a winning formula

Brad Walter It took just 12 minutes after the NSW team was announced for Origin I before Blues coach Ricky Stuart was asked if he would stick with the latest batch of players regardless of the result at Etihad...

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Rugby league

Blues keep Maroons guessing about team

Mal Meninga

Brad Walter QUEENSLAND coach Mal Meninga and his players remain unsure of the make-up of the NSW team for tonight's opening Origin match at Etihad Stadium, with the Blues yet to officially announce a line-up.

Blues teammates should have been involved in fray, declares Stuart

Origin biffo.

Brad Walter, Chris Barrett NSW coach Ricky Stuart last night admitted he was disappointed at Michael Jennings for being sin-binned - but then declared that more of his teammates should have been involved in the fight.

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League

NSW can't stop fuming

Brad Walter An independent analyst engaged by NSW officials to review Origin I has found that Queensland was able to get away with 10 incidents that warranted penalties, while match officials missed just one...

Analyst blows whistle on Maroons' dirty play

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Brad Walter AN INDEPENDENT analyst engaged by NSW officials to review Origin I has found that Queensland were able to get away with 10 incidents that warranted penalties, while match officials missed just one...

Meeting about referees still high on Stuart agenda despite sudden exit

Ricky Stuart

Brad Walter NSW coach Ricky Stuart still expects to discuss the refereeing in State of Origin with senior NRL officials after having a meeting scheduled with outgoing chief executive David Gallop on the subject.

Pressure ramps up as Stuart fails to front Origin media conference

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Brad Walter NSW assistant coach Trent Barrett has defended the failure of Blues coach Ricky Stuart to attend the last scheduled press conference on the eve of Origin II.