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

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Trent Merrin clinches State of Origin spot after heroics against Sharks

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...

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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Paul McGregor takes pride in Dragons' hard centre

Brad Walter Just six weeks ago their forwards were considered "soft" but St George Illawarra haven't conceded a try through the middle of the field under the coaching of Paul McGregor.

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Paul McGregor puts fire back into St George Illawarra Dragons' belly

No distractions: Dragons coach Paul McGregor isn't letting his uncertain future cloud his work.

Brad Walter Paul McGregor still refuses to put his hand up to coach St George Illawarra next season but that doesn't mean that he isn't interested in the job.

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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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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: Laurie Daley to wait on Maroons line-up before naming Blues

Key selection: If Queensland fullback Billy Slater’s shoulder injury rules him out of Origin II, the Maroons are likely to shift Greg Inglis to the No.1 jersey.

Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley might wait to see which position Queensland choose Greg Inglis to play before finalising the make-up of his squad for Origin II at ANZ Stadium on June 18.

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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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Reynolds-Mullen duel could decide NSW Origin five-eighth

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Brad Walter Josh Reynolds and Jarrod Mullen will fight it out for the NSW No.6 jersey in Sunday’s City-Country clash at Dubbo, but there is a chance both could be in the Origin squad after Blues coach Laurie...

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Brisbane Broncos end St George Illawarra's perfect record

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Brad Walter Senior Brisbane players believe the Broncos have confirmed their standing as premiership contenders after inflicting St George Illawarra's first defeat to deny the Dragons the best start to a season...

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Benji Marshall vows to earn respect of new NRL teammates at St George Illawarra Dragons

Back on the paddock: Benji Marshall training with the Dragons on Tuesday.

Brad Walter After being introduced to his new St George Illawarra teammates by coach Steve Price on Tuesday, Benji Marshall told them he wanted to earn their respect before being selected for his first NRL...

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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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Farah set to fill leadership role if Gallen has to miss Origin

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Brad Walter Robbie Farah is set to take over as NSW captain if Paul Gallen is forced out of the State of Origin series opener after suffering a knee injury during Cronulla's gritty 21-20 defeat of Newcastle.

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Size matters as Daley sorts out Blues

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Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley must resolve the dilemma of whether to match the size of Queensland's forwards by picking four props or opting for more mobile back-rowers as he attempts to finalise his team...

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Stewart-Hoffman Origin battle adds extra spice to Manly-Storm clash

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Brad Walter Manly lock Glenn Stewart and Melbourne's Ryan Hoffman will go head to head for a place in the State of Origin opener when they meet at AAMI Park on Monday night.

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Winning Starts Monday

Player stats give Daley a running start for Origin

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Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley is set to enter the State of Origin series with his players in better form than their Queensland counterparts.

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Daley's search for experience has Mason in line for Blues

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Brad Walter, Tim Barrow Willie Mason is set to be recalled by NSW coach Laurie Daley for the opening State of Origin match five years after making his last appearance in a Blues jersey.

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Few clues for Blues as Daley has all but decided on side

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Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley has begun informing players that they will be named in the Blues side for the opening State of Origin match on June 5.

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