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

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Sam Burgess comes to grips with public's lingering perception

Brad Walter South Sydney forward Sam Burgess regrets the ‘‘squirrel grip’’ on Melbourne’s Will Chambers that he believes tarnished his image.

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

Josh Reynolds.

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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'We just have to hope for the best for him': Alex McKinnon's rugby league career over following sickening neck injury

Alex McKinnon

Brad Walter The rugby league world was united in support for Alex McKinnon after confirmation the young Newcastle forward’s career had been ended by a spinal injury suffered in a tackle the NRL match review...

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Anthony Minichiello hat-trick stuns teammates

Not slowing down: Anthony Minichiello.

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters team-mates were stunned to learn that skipper Anthony Minichiello's three try effort in the club's record 56-4 route of Parramatta was the first hat-trick of his illustrious 15-year...

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Anthony Minichiello magic inspires Sydney Roosters' rout of Eels

Anthony Minichiello

Brad Walter Anthony Minichiello scored the first hat-trick of his illustrious 15-year career on a horror night for Parramatta.

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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.

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Sam Burgess' ban is light by NRL standards

Sam Burgess.

Brad Walter England forward Sam Burgess would have been banned for up to eight matches in the NRL for his high shot on Australia's Sam Thaiday and even with the World Cup's more lenient judiciary rules the South...

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Sonny Bill Williams credits Kieran Foran for surge in form at Rugby League World Cup

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23:  Sonny Bill Williams of New Zealand is held up by Gareth Widdop (#6) and Brett Ferres (R) of England during the Rugby League World Cup Semi Final match between New Zealand and England at Wembley Stadium on November 23, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Sonny Bill Williams believes he is playing better in the World Cup than he did this season for Sydney Roosters and has praised roommate Kieran Foran for helping him to take his game to another level.

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Injured SBW desperate to line up against former club

Sonny Bill Williams

Brad Walter, Daniel Lane Sonny Bill Williams hopes intensive physiotherapy will enable him to play against his former club Canterbury - but insists his motives are all about Sydney Roosters and not the opposition.

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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...

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Contrasting fortunes: NSW simply unable to recover from early onslaught

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Brad Walter NSW players had no one to blame but themselves as they undid all of their good work in Origin I with an undisciplined performance that enabled Queensland to level the series at Suncorp Stadium.

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Bad blood could spark more than a Slater v Pearce rematch in decider

Mitchell Pearce

Brad Walter A tackle by Mitchell Pearce on Billy Slater in the final minute of Origin I was being blamed for an incident on Wednesday night that the NSW camp claim may turn next month's series decider into a...

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Blues' fury at refs after failure to punish rule-breaking Maroons

Laurie Daley

Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley was disappointed with Trent Merrin for his lack of discipline in Origin II - but not as unhappy as he was with the performance of referees Shayne Hayne and Ashley Klein.

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Blues coach hamstrung by Hayne's recovery

Jarryd Hayne

Glenn Jackson, Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley may not finalise Jarryd Hayne's position for the State of Origin decider until after Parramatta's clash with Manly on Monday night, when the fullback hopes to make his comeback...

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State of Origin

I have got to win - full stop: Pearce

Mitchell Pearce

Brad Walter, Michael Carayannis NSW coach Laurie Daley described him as ''the man'' but halfback Mitchell Pearce believes next Wednesday night will be his last State of Origin if he can't steer the Blues to victory in the series...

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Cordner hopes he's left waiting in the wings

Boyd Cordner

Brad Walter Boyd Cordner is preparing to replace Greg Bird in the NSW forward pack but the 21-year-old Sydney Roosters back-rower hopes the player he grew up wanting to emulate is fit to play in next week's...

Winning Starts Monday

Cordner selection could be Daley's Agar moment

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Brad Walter The easiest thing for NSW coach Laurie Daley to do after making final decisions on the fitness of Paul Gallen and Greg Bird for Wednesday night's series decider would have been to stick with the...

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Beaten but proud Daley vows: We'll get there

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 16:  Blues coach Laurie Daley looks on during a New South Wales Blues State of Origin training session at ANZ Stadium on July 16, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Brad Walter After telling his shattered players they could not tolerate losing to Queensland any longer, Blues coach Laurie Daley had a simple message to NSW supporters: ''We will get there.''

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Reynolds, Sutton top rankings

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 24:  Adam Reynolds completes a drill during a South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL training session at Redfern Oval on April 24, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Brad Walter South Sydney's Adam Reynolds and John Sutton are ranked the No.1 halfback and five-eighth in the NRL, ahead of any of the playmakers who featured in State of Origin.

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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