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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: Paul Gallen embarrassed about Nate Myles fight

NSW skipper Paul Gallen goes for a run during Blues training in Coffs Harbour on Thursday.

Brad Walter NSW captain Paul Gallen admits he is embarrassed about his fight with Nate Myles in last year's Origin series opener and does not want to be known as the player whose actions led to the end of...

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The punch: Paul Gallen, Nate Myles and the death of Origin fights

Paul Gallen and Nate Myles trade blows in 2013.

Phil Lutton, Brad Walter The gentrification of Origin football started before the 39th minute of game one, 2013, but this would be the one-two combination that swiftly disinfected the greatest game of all.

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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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Paul Gallen runs at Brian Smith again over Twitter spat

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Brad Walter Cronulla captain Paul Gallen has continued an attack on former Sydney Roosters coach Brian Smith over comments he made on Twitter about the Test forward's battle with rookie Sydney Roosters forward...

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Paul Gallen says he wants to fight Sonny Bill Williams - in the ring

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Brad Walter Paul Gallen would be interested in fighting World Cup final opponent Sonny Bill Williams in the boxing ring – but not just yet, and not before the Australian vice-captain finishes his NRL career in...

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Paul Gallen says Sharks players never considered six-month plea bargain bans

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Brad Walter Cronulla captain Paul Gallen has maintained his innocence over doping allegations and says the Sharks players never seriously considered accepting six month bans as part of a plea bargain deal.

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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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Trent Hodkinson's terrific try up there with John Aloisi's goal at the field of dreams

Trent Hodkinson celebrates the only try of the second State of Origin match.

Brad Walter It’s over. NSW’s 6-4 victory in Origin II was far from pretty but Trent Hodkinson’s winning try is set to be remembered alongside John Aloisi’s goal against Uruguay as the greatest post-Olympic...

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Demise and dissent on the field directly linked to lack of accountability off it

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Brad Walter Mark down April 2 as the date when Cronulla's 2014 premiership hopes effectively ended after the Sharks announced that suspended coach Shane Flanagan would rejoin the club next season on a new three...

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St George Illawarra favourites to sign Benji Marshall

In limbo: Benji Marshall.

Brad Walter A decision on where Benji Marshall would be playing had been expected on Friday but he is understood to still be waiting for the Dragons to forward their offer in writing.

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Kearney’s bunch of 'no-hopers' make critics eat their words

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Brad Walter It wasn’t their greatest performance, but the current Australian team can now claim to be officially as good as any we have seen after the world champions overcame a brave New Zealand on Friday night.

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Player not fazed but NRL irate over homophobic slur in Under 20s Origin

Canberra Raiders forward Luke Bateman was sledged by a NSW opponent while representing Queensland under 20s at Penrith on Saturday night.

Brad Walter The NSW player who made a homophobic slur in Saturday night's Under 20s State of Origin match faces a fine or suspension, despite Queensland lock Luke Bateman telling officials he did not want to...

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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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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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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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Gallen praises his team's awesome defensive effort

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Brad Walter NSW captain Paul Gallen lauded his team’s courage and five-eighth Josh Reynolds declared Wednesday night’s historic 12-8 win as the toughest game of his life as the Blues recorded their first win in...

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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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NSW Blues greats enjoy festive spirit in hostile territory for State of Origin opener

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Brad Walter Caxton Street was once so hostile for anyone from NSW that police banned the Blues team bus from driving down the road on the way to Suncorp Stadium, but with the Maroons domination it is more like a...