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

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Michael Jennings says Mitchell Pearce will bounce back

Michael Jennings is one of two Roosters players in the NSW side.

Brad Walter NSW centre Michael Jennings believes Sydney Roosters team-mates Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney will use their axing from the Origin side as motivation to improve their performances for the...

Staging players could cost clubs $10,000 as NRL cracks down

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Brad Walter Players feigning injury in the hope of drawing a penalty after the video referee has studied replays of a tackle are being forced to explain their actions and could cost their clubs a $10,000 fine if...

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Sydney Roosters timing their premiership defence perfectly

Brad Walter Winning an NRL premiership is more like a marathon than a sprint, and if the Sydney Roosters appear to have timed their run at back-to-back titles to perfection that is because they planned it that...

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Sam Burgess feared his NRL career with South Sydney was over

No serious damage: Sam Burgess falls awkwardly on his right shoulder during Souths’ win over the Raiders on Monday.

Brad Walter Rugby union-bound South Sydney superstar Sam Burgess admits he thought his NRL career may have been over when he was forced from GIO Stadium on Monday night due to a shoulder injury.

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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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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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Sydney Roosters not crowing after Anzac day romp, just warming up for shot at back-to-back NRL titles

Unstoppable: Aidan Guerra opens the scoring for the Roosters.

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters players vowed they still had plenty of room for improvement after getting their premiership defence back on track with a crushing 34-14 defeat of St George Illawarra in the annual...

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James Maloney presses State of Origin claim as Sydney Roosters demolish Wests Tigers

Too easy: Michael Jennings goes over for the Roosters in what was a comfortable win over the Tigers.

Brad Walter Sonny Bill Williams may have helped play James Maloney into a Sydney Roosters-dominated NSW backline as the premiers crushed a luckless Wests Tigers 30-6 at Allianz Stadium on Friday night.

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How Mitchell Pearce was saved from State of Origin ban

Half his luck: Mitchell Pearce is free to play in the State of Origin series opener.

Brad Walter and Adrian Proszenko Sydney Roosters management have ensured Mitchell Pearce will be available for the upcoming Origin series opener by convincing NRL officials not to suspend the halfback Mitchell Pearce for two matches.

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Boyd Cordner's form may save Mitchell Pearce from State of Origin axe

Rare Boyd: Back-rower Cordner has been in top form for the Roosters.

Brad Walter Boyd Cordner's sensational form for the Sydney Roosters this season and the loss of Test forwards Greg Bird and Andrew Fifita may save besieged NSW halfback Mitchell Pearce from the sack for Origin I.

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Parramatta Eels target finals after turnaround on and off the field

Record margin: Ken Sio (left),  Will Hopoate  (middle) and Pauli Pauli celebrate beating the Dragons.

Brad Walter With a sell-out crowd turning up at Pirtek Stadium to watch Parramatta surpass their five victories last season and move to the top of the club championship after winning all three grades against St...

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The Daley-Hadley feud shows in-form Blues won't be bullied

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Brad Walter Blues coach Laurie Daley is set to adopt a backs-against-the-wall approach to Origin I but even without injured or suspended stars Boyd Cordner, Greg Bird and Andrew Fifita, NSW will go into next...

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Sonny Bill Williams nearing his best, says Trent Robinson

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Brad Walter Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson declared Sonny Bill Williams was getting close to his dominant best after spearheading the premiers to a 30-6 defeat of Wests Tigers at Allianz Stadium on Friday...

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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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State of Origin: The words that inspired NSW's success

Phil Gould speaks to his troops after the game one victory in 2004.

Brad Walter, Michael Carayannis and Michael Chammas A newspaper column by NSW’s most successful State of Origin coach Phil Gould and some stirring half-time words from star fullback Jarryd Hayne and rookie prop Aaron Woods helped inspire the Blues to...

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Roosters coach Trent Robinson unhappy his team turned down late penalty-goal shot

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Brad Walter Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has expressed disappointment the premiers ignored an instruction to go for penalty goal late in their 9-8 defeat by a gritty Canterbury side at Allianz Stadium on...

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

Selection battle: Incumbent James Maloney is no certainty to start as the Blues No.6.

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...

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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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Roosters strut their focus on development with pride

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Brad Walter Sydney Roosters are the first club to commit to a new NRL strategy of formalising a secondary affiliation with an area outside their traditional territory in a move the premiers believe further...

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