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The physical demands of being a professional NRL player can be tough but dealing with the scrutiny from the media and fans can be even harder, according to former premiership-winning half Jamie Soward.

In the latest edition of the NRL Podcast, Jamie Soward gives in-depth insight into the challenges players face when hit with hard questions from journalists wanting a headline.

The 2010 grand final winner admits he struggled in his playing days because he wanted to express his own beliefs when talking to the media, while also not wanting to upset his club or put pressure on teammates.

The former New South Wales Origin five-eighth also speaks about the impact Manly's salary cap saga will have their players, in particular captain Daly Cherry-Evans. He also speaks about the referees' crackdown this season and suggests a way to get players abiding by the rules.

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