Andrew Webster

Andrew Webster

Andrew Webster is the Chief Sports Writer of The Sydney Morning Herald

Why Shane Richardson joining the NRL is a critical win for rugby league

Andrew Webster Russell Crowe was reluctant to let Shane Richardson go when he was told before Christmas that his chief executive wanted to take up a newly created job at the NRL.

Panthers coach Ivan Cleary fears the worst from Auckland Nines

Fearing the worst: Ivan Cleary may send a below strength team to the Auckland Nines to avoid the chance of injury.

Andrew Webster Penrith coach Ivan Cleary already fears the injury toll from next year's Auckland Nines with his club on a potential collision course with the NRL over the strength of the side it will field.

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Greg Bird weeing on a police car is good for the game. Really, it is

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Andrew Webster The NSW forward shouldn't have urinated on a police car. But is it really the end of the world?

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Domestic violence is not as black and white as it should be for rugby league

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Andrew Webster The howls for clear cut punishments when it comes to domestic violence is impossible.

Braith Anasta says he's still owed money by Wests Tigers

Put the boot in: Former Wests Tigers star Braith Anasta.

Andrew Webster Braith Anasta says the Wests Tigers owe him money and that the embattled joint venture released Adam Blair because of salary cap pressure.

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Four Nations drama shows international rugby league is still relevant ... for now at least

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Andrew Webster This Four Nations tournament is an absolute snoozefest, right? Wrong. But that's despite the game's suits doing their best to make it so.

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NRL CEO Dave Smith accused of double-standards by departing judiciary chairman Paul Conlon

Expensive outburst: Paul Gallen was fined $50,000.

Andrew Webster Judiciary chairman Paul Conlon has accused NRL chief executive Dave Smith of gross double standards, claiming he turned a blind eye to a News Corp attack on panel members earlier this year while...

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Paul Conlon resigns, as George Peponis is summoned to explain comments about Paul Gallen

Andrew Webster The embarrassing fallout from the NRL's decision to heavily fine Paul Gallen has deepened, with judiciary chairman Paul Conlon resigning and NSWRL chairman George Peponis issued with a "please...

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Was Kerry Packer a Rabbitoh, or really a Rooster?

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Andrew Webster Kerry Packer famously said there was no money in football clubs or racehorses - but it didn't stop him from gambling on either of them.

Why Jarryd Hayne is heading to the NFL: 'I can be as good as they are'

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Andrew Webster When Jarryd Hayne flew to the US in September for a tour of Super Bowl champions Seattle Seahawks and college powerhouse Washington State, he hadn't made the decision that has knocked rugby league...

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'I'm happy now, because I can see the end': South Sydney Rabbitoh Ben Te'o preparing for grand finale

Raging Rabbitoh: Ben Te'o will be playing his final match on Sunday.

Andrew Webster Only those close to Te'o truly understand what last year cost him.

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Title would be Russell Crowe's greatest performance

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Andrew Webster Rugby league sometimes takes for granted that it has an actor of Marlon Brando's calibre owning its proudest and most storied footy club.

South Sydney's surge towards a premiership is a great reminder the game belongs to the people

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Andrew Webster A lot of history will be rewritten this week. South Sydney people, though, have long memories.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs seal place in grand final, 43 years in the making

Once more with feeling: Chris McQueen shows Greg Inglis the love.

Andrew Webster The Forty-three. They don’t talk about it at training at Redfern. They didn’t talk about it before Friday night’s game at ANZ Stadium.

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Penrith captain Jamie Soward: The heart of a Panther

Energizer bunny: Jamie Soward.

Andrew Webster You won't find a quote from Jamie Soward in this story until the end. He's said so much about himself this season, there's not much more he can say.

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The NRL is a mess - Head of football Todd Greenberg needs to do his job and fix it

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Andrew Webster Greenberg hasn't brought clarity to the game. The game is a mess. The game is a conflagration of edicts, clampdowns, new rules and policy on the run.

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Des Hasler really is a mad scientist


Andrew Webster I love Des Hasler stories, even if Des Hasler won't talk to me. Even if he won't let me talk to anyone about Des Hasler.

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Sonny Bill Williams is frustrated at his Sydney Roosters teammates, so watch out Cowboys


Andrew Webster It’s time for Sonny Bill Williams to fire up. So to speak.

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Why this is the year for the South Sydney Rabbitohs

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Andrew Webster It's now or never for South Sydney, but what few realise is how it could have been a season of nothing at all.

Trent Robinson is keeping the Sydney Roosters honest

Man of few words: Trent Robinson.

Andrew Webster We don't lie down. That's not an edict at the Roosters but a philosophy, and that’s where Trent Robinson is different from the rest.

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