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Laurie Daley extends deal to coach NSW Blues until 2017

Michael Chammas Blues coach Laurie Daley insists the desire to continue coaching NSW outweighed any interest in taking up a role as an NRL coach next year.

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Laurie Daley wants Blues to go on the attack in Origin III

Laurie Daley addresses the media in the lead-up to Origin III.

Michael Carayannis Laurie Daley has given his team a licence to thrill with the Blues coach predicting the shackles have now been released from his side.

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Meninga cops spray from Blues legend Elias after skipping Origin media call

Queensland coach Mal Meninga

NSW great Ben Elias has baulked at calling Queensland coach Mal Meninga a sore loser but admits his pre-State of Origin media no-show is not a good look.

Winning Starts Monday

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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NSW Blues confident they can succeed despite inevitable changing of the guard

In the twilight: NSW skipper Paul Gallen is a veteran these days but is unsure of his representative future.

Michael Chammas Paul Gallen has no intention to retire from representative football, but regardless of whether the skipper straps on the boots for another campaign or not, he will leave a legacy that will live on...

League

State of Origin: Why the Blues need to win game three

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Phil Gould 1. Never get tired of winning, Blues

League

NSW coach Laurie Daley almost quit Blues post

Driven to succeed: Laurie Daley addresses the media in the lead-up to Origin III.

Michael Carayannis, Adrian Proszenko Twelve months on from needing to be convinced to remain as Blues Origin coach, Laurie Daley is set to be offered a long-term deal as NSW try to emulate the feats of Queensland mentor Mal Meninga.

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League

Tommy Raudonikis an inspiration to the modern-day Blues

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Roy Masters Just before midnight on Wednesday, following the third State of Origin match, NSWRL chief executive, Dave Trodden, pulled Tommy Raudonikis from a supporters’ bus parked outside Suncorp Stadium...

League

NSW Blues eventually shown signs of fatigue, but not before the job is done

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Malcolm Knox A series of five halves – and one half?

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NSW Blues new guard won't take backward step despite heavy defeat

New breed: Front-rower Aaron Woods celebrates after Josh Dugan's try.

Brad Walter This NSW team is the real deal. Forget about the scoreline or the fact they failed to become the first Blues side to complete an Origin series clean sweep since 2000.

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League

Queensland Maroons beat NSW Blues to score consolation win

Maroons

Michael Chammas Queensland have saved face after losing the first two matches of the State of Origin series by beating NSW in the finale at Suncorp Stadium.

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League

NSW Blues five-eighth Josh Reynolds won't be so lucky at judiciary this time around

Josh Reynolds tries to evade Josh Papalii.

Adrian Proszenko Another spiteful game at Suncorp Stadium. Another potential date with the judiciary for Josh Reynolds.

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League

NSW Blues respect Laurie Daley's half measures

Winners are grinners: Bulldogs halves duo Josh Reynolds and Trent Hodkinson are all smiles after the Blues' 6-4 victory over Queensland.

Michael Carayannis With the Origin series wrapped up, Blues five-eighth Josh Reynolds says he and halves partner Trent Hodkinson have finally earned the respect from their NSW teammates.

League

Greg Inglis' talented nephew gets a taste of State of Origin with NSW Blues

Maroons royalty: Greg Inglis has established himself as one of Queensland's favourite sons.

Michael Chammas Among the hundreds of adoring children receiving autographs from the NSW Blues at a Coffs Harbour coaching clinic on Thursday was Greg Inglis' nine-year-old nephew Robert Inglis.

League

Queenslanders baiting the Blues: Origin III could boil over, says James Tamou

No such thing as a dead rubber: NSW prop James Tamou is aiming to continue Queensland's misery.

Michael Carayannis NSW prop James Tamou believes the Queenslanders are baiting the Blues to make them “look like the bad guys” and throw punches following a niggle-plagued game two.

League

State of Origin: Blues' clarion call pivotal in getting Trent Hodkinson over the line

Match-winner: Trent Hodkinson beats the Maroons defenders to dive over for NSW.

Michael Carayannis A simple "Blues" call was all it took for Trent Hodkinson to end Queensland's State of Origin dominance.

League

Blues players plan to mark Origin success with tattoos

In the Ink: a design of what the NSW Blues' tattoos could look like.

Michael Chammas It's a tradition usually reserved for premiership glory, but several members of the NSW Blues will mark their drought-breaking Origin triumph with a tattoo to symbolise the significance of the series...

League

State of Origin: Blues hooker Robbie Farah is at least equal of Maroons counterpart Cameron Smith

Robbie Farah at the Blues' team announcement on Tuesday.

Michael Carayannis Robbie Farah may have reluctantly come to terms with the fact that he will never usurp Cameron Smith of his Australian No.

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Stingy Blues close in on State of Origin defensive record

No try: Jarryd Hayne stops Sam Thaiday from scoring.

Michael Chammas They have broken Queensland's eight-year dominance, now NSW are on the verge of becoming the greatest defensive team in State of Origin history.

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Origin: Blues call in on Aboriginal community

Greg Bird has played in all four games for the Indigenous All Stars.

Michael Carayannis The Blues players have become the first sporting team to visit an Aboriginal estate on the fringes of Coffs Harbour's town square.

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