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Brad Walter is Chief Rugby League Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

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Nines get a toe in Commonwealth Games door

Brad Walter Rugby League Nines will feature at this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow as an exhibition sport in a move officials hope will lead to players competing for a gold medal in 2018.

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NRL to test players for prescription drugs

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Brad Walter and Daniel Lane The NRL is set to become the first governing sports body in Australia to test for prescription drugs and may also appoint independent doctors at matches to assess players for concussion.

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Auckland Nines: Logistics take centre field before first kick-off

Nines

Brad Walter It is a $1 million logistical exercise never attempted before, and it is not until you arrive at Auckland airport that it becomes obvious how much money and time has gone into ensuring the NRL Nines...

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Rugby Sevens coaches cast eye over Auckland Nines for Rio talent

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Brad Walter Australian Rugby Union Sevens coach Michael O'Connor and his New Zealand counterpart Gordon Tietjens will take more than a passing interest in the inaugural NRL Nines tournament, and admit they could...

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NRL club doctors add support for Warriors' drugs stance

John Mayhew

Brad Walter NRL doctors have applauded the Warriors' decision to ban their players from using sleeping pills and believe it demonstrates that clubs are now taking health and welfare issues more seriously.

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Steve Menzies, the eager Beaver, back for Manly Sea Eagles in Auckland Nines

SYDNEY, NSW - JUNE 04: Steve Menzies of the Sea Eagles makes a break in his 
300th NRL match during the round 13 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and 
the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at CUA Stadium June 4, 2006 in Sydney, Australia. 
(Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images) 


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Michael Chammas, Brad Walter Manly legend Steve Menzies will come out of retirement to play for the Sea Eagles in the Auckland Nines, and the 40-year-old hasn't closed the door on the possibility of another stint in the NRL.

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Sleeping pill ban for New Zealand Warriors in wake of World Cup probe

Warriors

Brad Walter Warriors players have been banned from taking sleeping pills while other NRL clubs are setting strict guidelines about the use of prescription drugs in the wake of allegations that Kiwi players mixed...

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Steve Menzies to make comeback for Sea Eagles in Auckland Nines

SYDNEY, NSW - JUNE 04: Steve Menzies of the Sea Eagles makes a break in his 
300th NRL match during the round 13 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and 
the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at CUA Stadium June 4, 2006 in Sydney, Australia. 
(Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images) 


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Michael Chammas and Brad Walter Steve Menzies will come out of retirement to play his first game for the Sea Eagles in almost six years at this weekend's Auckland Nines.

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TV networks ready to listen to NRL's Nines proposal

Nines

Brad Walter Channel Nine and Fox Sports would consider broadcasting a summer rugby league Nines circuit as former stars Brad Fittler, Matt Cooper and Nathan Fien threw their support behind the concept.

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Anzac Test curtain-raiser gives women's game a boost

(from left) Malika Moylan (Kempsey), Tanisha Stanton (Macquarie Hills) and Caitlin Moran (Cardiff)

 

All coached by Timana in Yowies women?s team that won the knockout competition

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Brad Walter Dual international Timana Tahu has praised the decision to showcase women's rugby league by staging a match as the curtain-raiser to this year's Anzac Test between Australia and New Zealand in Sydney.

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Sam Burgess' camp expects Russell Crowe to allow switch to union if asked

Sam Burgess

Brad Walter Sam Burgess' Australian manager, James Erskine, says South Sydney co-owner Russell Crowe would not stand in the way of a bid to play for England in next year's Rugby World Cup by the star forward,...

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Game is already in better shape due to investigations

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Brad Walter Even if no further charges arise from ASADA's year-long into doping allegations, the NRL is better off because of the improved governance across the game.

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South Sydney lock in Michael Maguire as NRL title push looms

Michael Maguire

Brad Walter With coach Michael Maguire having re-signed, a net profit of more than $1 million and a projected 30,000 members before the start of the season in four weeks, all that remains for South Sydney is...

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Michael Maguire signs new deal to coach South Sydney until 2017

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 20:  Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire looks on during a South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL training session at Redfern Oval on June 20, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Brad Walter South Sydney coach Michael Maguire has ended speculation about his future by agreeing to a new three-year deal with the club.

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Blake Ferguson's lawyer slams NRL over lack of 'mercy'

Blake Ferguson

Brad Walter The lawyer for Blake Ferguson has launched a scathing attack on the NRL for their lack of ''mercy'' towards the troubled NSW Origin star and questioned what would become of him if he wasn't allowed...

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Former Federal judge steps in to help speed up ASADA investigation

Garry Downes

Brad Walter, Michael Carayannis Infraction notices may still be issued against NRL and AFL players while former Federal Court judge Garry Downes is reviewing details of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority's 12-month...

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Timana Tahu to seek donor after revolutionary knee surgery

Timana Tahu

Brad Walter Timana Tahu wants to find the family of the donor whose tendon is now in his right knee and thank them for helping to save his NRL career.

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England rugby denies approach to South Sydney's Sam Burgess

Brad Walter England rugby union officials have denied approaching South Sydney star Sam Burgess, and say it would be up to him if he wanted to switch codes before next year's World Cup.

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Penrith Panthers give indigenous talent a place to call home

Jamal Idris

Brad Walter Penrith may have missed out on Johnathan Thurston but they still aim to rival the Cowboys and South Sydney as a club known for fostering Aboriginal talent.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs unlikely to budge on Sam Burgess leaving for rugby union without significant compensation

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Brad Walter After paying a large transfer fee for Sam Burgess' release from Bradford four years ago, South Sydney would be expected to demand $1million-plus in compensation before letting him out of his contract...

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