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Brad Walter

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


Brisbane Broncos end St George Illawarra's perfect record

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...


Blues spurred by the echoes of 2005

Paul Gallen

Glenn Jackson, Michael Carayannis, Daniel Lane, Chris Barrett, Brad Walter NSW's class of '13 recall where they were the last time the Blues won a State of Origin series.

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State of Origin

Dugan's stats justify dream comeback


Brad Walter They are the statistics that show why NSW coach Laurie Daley had no hesitation in selecting Josh Dugan for State of Origin just five games into his NRL return after being sacked by Canberra.

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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...


Blues confident they can send series into orbit at Suncorp

Brad Walter The Blues will go into Wednesday night's Origin at Suncorp Stadium full of confidence from not only their performance in the series opener but the way Queensland has reacted to the defeat.

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Contrasting fortunes: NSW simply unable to recover from early onslaught

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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Gallen set to make early call on fitness

Paul Gallen

Brad Walter Blues captain Paul Gallen is expected to decide on his fitness for Origin III before the team to play in the series decider is announced next Sunday.

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Schools threatened boycott over biff

Ryan Hoffman

Brad Walter NRL boss Dave Smith has revealed that some schools had threatened to ban rugby league if the code went soft on on-field violence in State of Origin.

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Winning Starts Monday

How NRL can avoid Origin drain on club crowd figures

Brad Walter dinkus

Brad Walter This year's State of Origin series is set to break just about every record by which public interest can be measured - but at what cost to NRL clubs?

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Players won't be made to serve bans in Origin

Brad Walter NRL chief executive Dave Smith has ruled out the possibility of players suspended in an Origin match serving the ban for NSW or Queensland rather than their clubs.

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How Sonny Bill lives up to all the hype

Sonny Bill

Brad Walter It is often said Sonny Bill Williams can do things other players aren't capable of doing.

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Daley pulls punches as biff culture takes its toll

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Brad Walter After hailing the flurry of blows Paul Gallen unleashed on Nate Myles in last month's series opener as "a great Origin moment", it was notable that NSW coach Laurie Daley did not utter similar words...

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Sin Bin

NRL announces grand plans for Dally M awards

Brad Walter The NRL's official player-of-the-year awards, the Dally Ms, have been moved to grand final week. NRL head of commercial and marketing Paul Kind confirmed the Dally Ms would be held on the Tuesday...

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Metre-eater Fifita best by mile

Andrew Fifita

Brad Walter Having taken over the mantle as the No.1 NRL player on form this season, Andrew Fifita is ready to fill the shoes of injured NSW captain Paul Gallen in Wednesday night's Origin series decider.

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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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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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