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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

How Manly Sea Eagles came up with strategy to convince Daly Cherry-Evans to stay

Brad Walter When Cherry-Evans signed with Gold Coast, Manly responded by recruiting the forwards he had expected to play behind.

Inside the NRL's video referee bunker

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 01:  Video Referee, Bernard Sutton, uses the new NRL video referee bunker at ANZ Stadium on June 1, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Dominic Lorrimer/Fairfax Media)

Brad Walter The NRL's high tech solution to help video referees make decisions faster and more accurately without even being at the game.

NRL video referees bunker is set to be a 'game changer'

Eye on the game: Video referee Bernard Sutton in the new NRL video referee bunker at ANZ Stadium.

Brad Walter The introduction of a video referee's bunker could lead to a captain's challenge, judiciary charges at full-time, reduced interchanges and increase the value of the broadcast rights.

NRL's controversial Round 13 rule scrapped for 10-day cooling off period on player contracts

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19:  Daly Cherry-Evans arrives at the Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session at Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre on May 19, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Brad Walter With Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans widely tipped to backflip on his $4.4 million, four year deal with Gold Coast before next Wednesday, the current Round 13 rule has come in for massive criticism

Parramatta Eels forward Pauli Pauli's charge puts players on notice over late hits on playmakers

On notice: Eels giant Pauli Pauli can escape suspension by pleading guilty to his first judiciary offence.

Brad Walter Parramatta forward Pauli Pauli is the first player to be charged over a late shot on a playmaker after he has passed the ball.

Why an indigenous war dance would set rugby league apart from other codes

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Brad Walter In contrast to AFL, where Adam Goodes has been subjected to abuse on social media and criticism from former players, there is strong support in league for the Australian team to perform a war dance.

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St George Illawarra Dragons turn in "best team performance of the season"

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31: Wade Graham of the Sharks looks dejected after defeat during the round 12 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Cronulla Sharks at WIN Jubilee Stadium on May 31, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Was it the best performance by any team this season? Sharks captain Wade Graham thought so.

Same players as 2014, but St George Illawarra Dragons are a different team

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Brad Walter As he wandered behind the Cronulla players, Steve Price must have found his former charges almost unrecognisable.

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George Peponis leads NSWRL coup to take control of NSW Leagues Club

Brad Walter The new board will meet on Wednesday to discuss a proposal to amalgamate with another club after the lease on NSW Leagues Club's Phillip St premises expires next year.

Paul Gallen set to finish career at Cronulla Sharks after agreeing to new deal

Showing their teeth: Sharks Paul Gallen and Andrew Fifita.

Brad Walter Paul Gallen gives the Cronulla Sharks a double boost with a new contract and a return from injury.

State of Origin: Andrew Johns says Jamie Soward is the man NSW Blues want when game on the line

Highly rated: Jamie Soward could force his way into a Blues jersey for Origin II.

Brad Walter Andrew Johns believes Jamie Soward is second only to Cooper Cronk in game management

State of Origin: Laurie Daley unconcerned about Trent Hodkinson's lack of involvement

Needs to be more involved: Blues halfback Trent Hodkinson.

Brad Walter The NSW hierarchy believe Trent Hodkinson's steadying influence contributed to Mitchell Pearce's best Origin

Man of the match: Cameron Smith says big match experience got Queensland home

Maroons captain Cameron Smith thanks fans after winning Origin I.

Brad Walter The cool head of Cooper Cronk won the match for Queensland, whereas the decision making of the NSW playmakers in the dying moments proved costly.

State of Origin I: Disciplined Maroons have edge in control and composure

Maroon mob: Queenslanders celebrate after the victory.

Brad Walter NSW did enough on Wednesday night to demonstrate that last season's historic series win was no one-off but the odds are now firmly stacked against them repeating the feat after losing a game they...

Manly Sea Eagles earmark Greg Bird as next target on their recruitment hit list

Michael Chammas and Brad Walter The Manly Sea Eagles have stepped up their bid to entice Daly Cherry-Evans to renege on his deal with the Titans, earmarking Greg Bird as their next recruitment target.

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State of Origin: Stats identify Andrew Fifita as the X-factor for NSW Blues

Playing it tight:  Andrew Fifita and James Tamou at training.

Brad Walter With four forwards on the bench, NSW will try to win the game in the middle.

State of Origin: Queensland coach Mal Meninga says Maroons want State of Origin revenge

Mal Meninga watches on during Queensland Maroons training.

Brad Walter Queensland have been waiting since last year's 6-4 defeat at ANZ Stadium for the chance to avenge their first series loss in nine years

State of Origin: Why Beau Scott won't be able to target Johnathan Thurston

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Brad Walter Beau Scott provided the blueprint for how to unsettle Johnathan Thurston, but the star playmaker has changed his game.

State of Origin: Lowest NRL crowds suggest it's time for stand-alone matches

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Brad Walter Promoting NRL games without Origin stars is like trying to sell tickets to a Rolling Stones concert without Mick Jagger.

Jason Taylor says Wests Tigers can't rely on playing like it's 2005

Feeling it: Tim Simona receives some attention.

Brad Walter Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor called on fans to stick by his team as they set around changing the style of play the joint venture club is renowned for.

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