Daniel Lane

Daniel Lane

Daniel Lane is a sports reporter and video journalist with Fairfax Media.

Shake-up on the cards as Blues plot to stop rot

Daniel Lane Through a mix of injury, questionable form and players on the comeback trail, the NSW side sent into battle in the opening match of the State of Origin series on May 28 may be vastly different from...

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Daley won't feed Blues babes to the wolves

Lessons from the past: Blues coach Laurie Daley says he won't be rushing young blood into the Origin arena.

Daniel Lane Despite the calls for an overhaul, don't expect NSW coach Laurie Daley to send a team crammed with untried rookies into the Origin series opener because his own experience highlighted the dangers of ...

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Not even singing the Blues can dampen Origin brand - Mal Meninga

League of its own: Queensland coach Mal Meninga says the Maroons' dominance can't harm the Origin brand.

Daniel Lane Queensland coach Mal Meninga, the architect of the Maroons' unprecedented eight consecutive Origin series victories, said that even if his team won its ninth champion's title on the trot it would not...

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Jarryd Hayne's blistering Origin showing is one for the history books, say Blues

Too hot to handle: Jarryd Hayne was outstanding in game one.

Michael Chammas, Daniel Lane Jarryd Hayne's superhuman performance on Wednesday night is being hailed by his teammates as one of the greatest individual performances in Origin history.

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Blues rookie Gurinder Sandhu ready to prove he's no flash in the pan

Gurinder Sandhu

Daniel Lane Gurinder Sandhu, the fast bowler who stunned the cricket world when he was named the Steve Waugh Medallist as the best NSW cricketer in his rookie season, dismissed talk of the so-called second-year...

Kiwis copy Blues' move in plan to stop young talent defecting

Josh Papalii

Daniel Lane In a move that will have ramifications for the ARL over the next decade, its Kiwi counterparts have started to lock up the next generation of Aussie-based, but New Zealand-eligible, stars by copying...

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Daley to give key Blues an early nod

Laurie Daley

Daniel Lane NSW coach Laurie Daley will phone a select few Blues in the next couple of weeks - a good four months before game one of the State of Origin series - to tell them that, barring injury or an...

Blues ally confident prop can bounce back from drink-driving drama

Michael Jennings

Daniel Lane Sydney Roosters centre Michael Jennings admitted he felt sorry for NSW State of Origin teammate James Tamou who was stood down from the Blues after being booked for drink driving, and he backed the...

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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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Stuart opts out as Blues mentor

Ricky Stuart

DANIEL LANE RICKY STUART has decided to walk away from the NSW State of Origin coaching job after the ongoing bunfight over whether he should continue in the role.

Peachey backs new Blues coach to give indigenous talent a fair go

Daniel Lane

Daniel Lane Former Cronulla and South Sydney fullback David Peachey said he hoped Laurie Daley's appointment as coach of the NSW State of Origin team would open the door for more indigenous players to wear the...

Bird tips 'freak' Hayne to ignite and help Blues turn the tables

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 17: Greg Bird of the Blues high fives school students during a New South Wales Blues State of Origin skills clinic at AAMI Park on May 17, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

Daniel Lane NSW forward Greg Bird says the ''compacted'' nature of a State of Origin series makes it easier for players such as besieged Parramatta star Jarryd Hayne to go out and ''explode''.

Tiger Woods to tee off for Blues

GOSFORD, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 09:  Aaron Woods of the Tigers is tackled during the round two NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Wests Tigers at Bluetongue Stadium on March 9, 2012 in Gosford, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Daniel Lane WESTS Tigers prop Aaron Woods is all but certain to make his State of Origin debut in game two against Queensland while much-maligned bench forward Jamie Buhrer might escape the selection axe.

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State of Origin star Josh Reynolds makes a friend with kindred spirit

Josh Reynolds celebrating victory in Origin II.

Daniel Lane In one Sydney household, NSW Origin five-eighth Josh Reynolds will be fondly remembered long after the dust settles from this year's Blues series victory over Queensland all because he allowed for a...

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One-time Manly fan Aaron Woods gives Wests Tigers pack a punch

Changed man: After being a Manly fan as a child, Aaron Woods's loyalty now lies with the Wests Tigers.

Daniel Lane Aaron Woods grew up as a self-confessed "mad" Manly fan but the NSW Origin prop realised he was really a dyed-in-the-wool Wests Tigers man last year when the Sea Eagles tabled a lucrative deal for...

Kiwis consider unleashing Taupau, Gavet and Manu M'au

Fast track: Wests Tigers tearaway James Gavet  is an Aussie by birth but he wants to play for  New Zealand.

Daniel Lane Wests Tigers enforcer James Gavet's international career could be fast-tracked for next month's Anzac Test after revelations he qualified for the Kangaroos because he was born in Sydney.

'Hero' Josh Reynolds proved he'd give right arm for rep jumper

Running on injured: Josh Reynolds in action during last week's City v Country clash in Dubbo.

Daniel Lane Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds proved to members of the City Origin coaching staff in Dubbo last weekend that he was a player who'd literally give his right arm for a representative jumper.

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80-minute man: Nathan Peats is thriving at Parramatta.

Daniel Lane and Adrian Proszenko They may not be the biggest names in the game, but each has added a new dimension to his team after having arrived at new locations.

Jarryd Hayne set to be rested by Eels

Jarryd Hayne

Daniel Lane Parramatta appeared unlikely to include NSW Origin hero Jarryd Hayne in their lineup for Friday night's match against Penrith.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs need Sam Burgess to recapture 2013 form

Sam Burgess is the centre of the Dragons attention at the SCG.

Daniel Lane Former Canterbury hardman Peter Kelly says Souths need rugby-bound Sam Burgess to tap into last season’s form to help keep their premiership dream alive.