Daniel Lane

Daniel Lane

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

League

State of Origin: Raudonikis, Mortimer urge Reynolds to maintain the rage against Maroons

Daniel Lane Tommy Raudonikis and Steve Mortimer, two NSW greats from State of Origin’s pioneering days, urged Blues five-eighth Josh Reynolds to ignore the people who bayed for his blood after the Brent Tate...

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Billy Slater under no pressure from Greg Inglis to be Maroons' No.1, says Mal Meninga

He's No.1: Queensland coach Mal Meninga has ended any speculation of Billy Slater losing his spot as Queensland fullback to Greg Inglis.

Daniel Lane Queensland coach Mal Meninga killed any possible speculation about Billy Slater's place in this year's State of Origin series by confirming Slater - and not Greg Inglis - would wear his team's No.

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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...

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

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 16: Mitchell Pearce of the Blues runs with the ball during game two of the ARL State of Origin Series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at Suncorp Stadium on June 16, 2010 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

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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Stuart opts out as Blues mentor

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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

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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...

Meninga's Origin tip for rival

 Mal Meninga

Daniel Lane MAL MENINGA bled too much alongside Laurie Daley during their time in the lime green jumper of Canberra during the 1980s and '90s to allow a triviality such as fanatical state pride to stop him from...

Lewis in Gallen's corner over blue

Luke Lewis

Daniel Lane NSW forward Luke Lewis made it clear Blues skipper Paul Gallen enjoyed the respect of his players despite the bad publicity he had gained for using Queensland enforcer Nate Myles as a punching bag in...

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Bishop warns lopsided player trade is spoiling game for Brits

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Daniel Lane Great Britain legend Tommy Bishop has warned the number of English players being recruited by NRL clubs risks gutting the game in his homeland.

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Dazzling try had its origins in scorer's rare talent and hard work

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Daniel Lane While Michael Jennings' four-pointer in the opening State of Origin match entered folklore the instant he crossed Queensland's try-line, the Sydney Roosters centre's strength-and-conditioning coach...

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League

Dugan is Langlands' No.1 choice

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Daniel Lane Rugby league Immortal Graeme Langlands says Jarryd Hayne's ''poor'' positional play at fullback should consign him to the NSW wing for the State of Origin decider while Josh Dugan deserves to be...

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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.

League

Uate is here to stay: Stuart

Akuila Uate

Daniel Lane, Adrian Proszenko NSW coach Ricky Stuart is standing by Akuila Uate for the State of Origin series decider despite criticism levelled at the Blues winger by commentators and the public for appearing vulnerable under...

Eagles duo in Origin frame

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 19:  Tony Williams of the Sea Eagles makes a break during the round three NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Manly Sea Eagles at Toyota Stadium on March 19, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Adrian Proszenko, Daniel Lane NSW forward Tony Williams is set to make an early return for Manly today and teammate Glenn Stewart is also making a last-ditch bid to beat his knee injury in time for the State of Origin series...

Rabbitohs go back to drawing board

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 22:  Scott Geddes of the Rabbitohs takes on the defence during the round 16 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Suncorp Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Daniel Lane SOUTH SYDNEY co-captain Michael Crocker hoped his teammates learned something in each of the 121 more tackles they had to make compared with Brisbane in Friday night's disappointing loss.

Annesley gives try the red light

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Adrian Proszenko, Daniel Lane THE State of Origin refereeing controversy has reached Parliament House. The NSW Minister for Sport, Graham Annesley, a former grand final referee, has called for the controversial rule that cost the...