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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Josh Reynolds' meltdown a case for NRL to consider yellow- and red-card system

Brad Walter The brain explosion that led to Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds facing a third judiciary appearance in six matches was the worst since the one that ended Travis Burns' NRL career two years ago...

St George Illawarra Dragons run out of puff as pressure gets too much

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Brad Walter Pressure makes people act differently and on Sunday the Dragons went away from the the way they had been playing under Paul McGregor's coaching reign as they all but slipped out of top eight...

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NRL considers funding all junior development in a major revamp of the game's pathways

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Brad Walter and Michael Chammas The NRL may fund all junior development across the game under a major revamp of pathways that could see the under 20s National Youth Competition scrapped and the introduction of a rookie draft.

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Plans to sack Mick Potter backfire as support grows for embattled coach

Getting on with the show: Robbie Farah.

Brad Walter and Michael Carayannis The internal divisions at Wests Tigers over plans to sack Mick Potter may unite the club behind him, with support growing for the embattled coach to retain his job beyond this season.

South Sydney Rabbitohs plan full off-season altitude training camp

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Brad Walter It was meant to improve their endurance and mental toughness. But a two-week altitude training camp in Arizona has also had the benefit of bringing South Sydney halves Adam Reynolds and Luke Keary...

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Gold Coast Titans overhaul as coach John Cartwright and founder Michael Searle step down

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Brad Walter Titans founder Michael Searle and the only man to have coached the club, John Cartwright, have stood down from their roles in a bid to help ensure Gold Coast’s long-term viability.

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We'll prove Newcastle Knights coach Wayne Bennett wrong, says Souths' Tom Burgess

Returning: Sam Burgess is set to ne named for the Rabbitohs to face Manly on Friday, a match which brother Tom has pledged will prove his side's title credentials.

Brad Walter Star forwards Sam Burgess and Ben Te'o are set to be named in the South Sydney team to play Manly at the SCG on Friday night in a match Rabbitohs prop Tom Burgess believes will confirm the team's...

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Canberra Raiders and Gold Coast Titans woes set to scupper expansion plans

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Brad Walter Another dismal season in Canberra is raising questions about more than Ricky Stuart 's recent coaching record, with expansion of the NRL now seeming unlikely unless existing clubs fold or re-locate.

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NRL playoff schedule set to be finalised with stadiums

Going nowhere: Penrith rookie 
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Brad Walter NRL officials are set to begin talks with representatives of ANZ Stadium and the SCG Trust in a bid to avoid a repeat of last year's finals scheduling problems which led to a double header at Allianz...

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Glenn Stewart, Anthony Watmough waiting in the wings to help Sea Eagles soar into finals

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Brad Walter Manly hope to have Glenn Stewart back from an ankle injury before the finals and could soon be at full strength for the first time this season as they charge towards a third grand final appearance in...

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Wests Tigers boss not convinced new board can decide on coach

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Brad Walter Wests Tigers chairman Mike Bailey has questioned whether a new NRL-controlled board due to take control of the club will be qualified to decide who should coach the team next season.

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NSW Rugby League to take licensed club to court over sale

“This has not been a hasty decision,

Brad Walter and Roy Masters The NSW Rugby League has begun legal action to wind up the NSW Leagues Club and prevent the licensed body from transferring up to $10 million to a new entity.

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Sam Burgess feared his NRL career with South Sydney was over

No serious damage: Sam Burgess falls awkwardly on his right shoulder during Souths’ win over the Raiders on Monday.

Brad Walter Rugby union-bound South Sydney superstar Sam Burgess admits he thought his NRL career may have been over when he was forced from GIO Stadium on Monday night due to a shoulder injury.

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Todd Carney dispute with Cronulla Sharks headed for mediation

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Brad Walter Todd Carney is expected to enter into mediation with Cronulla over his controversial sacking from the club last month in a move that may prevent the case from going to court.

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Mick Potter's future to be decided by new NRL-led Tigers board - but Todd Payten faces bullet

Under pressure: Mick Potter talks to the media after the Tigers' loss to the Dragons at ANZ Stadium.

Brad Walter A new NRL controlled Wests Tigers board is set to decide Mick Potter's fate as coach but regardless of whether he stays or goes his ambitious assistant Todd Payten is unlikely to survive.

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Wests Tigers fans shirty as club turns itself inside out

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Brad Walter Wests Tigers members are so powerless to influence decisions regarding the direction of the club that some have turned to wearing their jerseys inside out at matches in protest at the treatment of...

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Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter's future undecided

Under pressure: Mick Potter talks to the media after the Tigers' loss to the Dragons at ANZ Stadium.

Brad Walter The future of Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter may be determined by whether the team makes the final eight after a board meeting on Sunday night deferred until the end of the season a decision on...

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Robbie Farah furious at Gorden Tallis over claims he said Mick Potter can't coach

Fuming: Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah.

Brad Walter A bitter fued has errupted between Wests Tigers captain Robbie Farah and Gorden Tallis over claims by the former great that Farah had told him Mick Potter "couldn't coach".

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Manly Sea Eagles fullback Brett Stewart linked to Canberra Raiders

Capital target ... Manly fullback Brett Stewart

Brad Walter Disgruntled Manly fullback Brett Stewart has been linked with a move to Canberra, but Warriors officials insist they are not pursuing Sea Eagles centre Steve Matai.

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Feathers fly at Manly as player power is put to the test

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Michael Chammas and Brad Walter For so long the ''us against them'' rationale has bred success on the northern beaches, but how far can the competition frontrunners go with the ''us against us'' mentality that is threatening to...