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

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Todd Carney fiasco: Does rugby league do enough to protect players' welfare?

Brad Walter As attention turns to Todd Carney's welfare following his dramatic sacking from the Cronulla Sharks, a leading sports administrator asks whether rugby league does enough to help its players.

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Todd Carney's agent hits out at Cronulla Sharks over client's sacking

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Brad Walter Todd Carney's agent David Riolo has hit out at Cronulla for not affording the star five-eighth an opportunity to explain himself at a hearing before terminating his $3.5 million, five-year contract.

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Todd Carney showed he had learned little from his past mistakes

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Brad Walter A meeting with Atherton Roosters president Mick Nasser after last Friday night’s match in Brisbane should have reminded Todd Carney of what it was like to lose his livelihood as an NRL player.

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Todd Carney sacked over vulgar photo incident

Drama-plagued career: Todd Carney of the Sharks is tackled by Ben Hunt of the Broncos on Friday night.

Michael Chammas and Brad Walter Todd Carney's NRL career appears to be over after Cronulla sacked the five-eighth after a photo of him engaging in a vulgar act circulated on social media on Saturday night.

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Commonwealth Games: PNG beat Australia to win inaugural rugby league title

Gold standard: The victorious Kumuls squad with their medals at Cumbernauld, near Glasgow.

Brad Walter Papua New Guinea has won the inaugural Commonwealth Rugby League Championship, defeating Australia 22-8 in the final of the Nines competition in Glasgow.

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Cronulla Sharks star Todd Carney sacked over vulgar photo incident

Todd Carney during the Sharks' victory against the Brisbane Broncos in Brisbane on Friday night.

Michael Chammas, Brad Walter, Rose Powell Cronulla Sharks five-eighth Todd Carney has reportedly been sacked by the NRL club after a photo of him engaging in a vulgar act in a hotel bathroom was widely circulated on social media but chief...

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Banned former Cronulla Sharks trainer Trent Elkin to be refunded $10,000 bond after winning appeal

Happy with the outcome: Trent Elkin.

Brad Walter Former Cronulla trainer Trent Elkin will this week be refunded his $10,000 bond after winning an appeal to have his registration as an NRL trainer reinstated.

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Trent Elkin wins appeal at NRL tribunal

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Brad Walter and Michael Carayannis Former Cronulla head trainer Trent Elkin has welcomed a decision by the NRL appeals tribunal to impose a reduced suspension of 21 months over his role in the supplements program at the club in 2011.

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State of Origin scheduling: Six questions for six experts

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Brad Walter State of Origin is the pinnacle of the game and every match just keeps getting bigger, but each year the calls for changes to the scheduling grow louder.

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Ex-Cronulla trainer Trent Elkin will push NRL appeals tribunal to cut ban

Former Cronulla strength and conditioning coach Trent Elkin.

Brad Walter Former Cronulla head trainer Trent Elkin will seek to have his two year ban reduced when he faces the NRL appeals tribunal on Friday, but a decision may not be made until next week.

Sydney Roosters set to sign Catalans halfback Scott Dureau

Brad Walter Former Newcastle halfback Scott Dureau is set to join Sydney Roosters for the remainder of the season on a loan deal from French Super League club Catalans.

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Wests Tigers seek salary cap relief to cover loss of Liam Fulton

Knockout blow: Liam  Fulton has been forced from the field with concussion four times in six matches this season.

Brad Walter Wests Tigers may be granted salary cap relief to sign another player as backrower Liam Fulton considers whether to hang up the boots due to a series of concussions suffered this year.

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Newcastle Knights coach Wayne Bennett to decide future within weeks

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Brad Walter Newcastle coach Wayne Bennett expects to make a decision on his future within weeks amid growing speculation that he is the No.1 target for the vacant St George Illawarra job.

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David Gyngell unmoved by calls to reschedule State of Origin

Big hitter: Last Wednesday night’s match was the most watched in Origin history.

Brad Walter Channel Nine boss David Gyngell has rejected suggestions his network is inflexible on the scheduling of the State of Origin series.

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Demise and dissent on the field directly linked to lack of accountability off it

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Brad Walter Mark down April 2 as the date when Cronulla's 2014 premiership hopes effectively ended after the Sharks announced that suspended coach Shane Flanagan would rejoin the club next season on a new three...

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Liam Fulton's future set to be decided this week after series of concussions

Liam Fulton of the Tigers leaves the field with concussion during round three.

Brad Walter A decision on the playing future of Wests Tigers forward Liam Fulton is expected to be made this week after the 29-year-old receives the results of extensive testing in Melbourne to determine the...

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State of Origin: Blues want clean sweep to put exclamation point on series win

Brad Walter and Adrian Proszenko After ending Queensland's eight year Origin domination, NSW players have vowed to begin their own dynsasty by completing the first series "Blue rinse" since 2000 with victory in the third match at...

Josh Reynolds rides wave of Origin success

Josh Reynolds and Johnathan Thurston shake hands after their Origin clash.

Brad Walter NSW five-eighth Josh Reynolds was unsure what was a greater highlight after helping the Blues to their first Origin series victory in eight years - crowd surfing with fans at ANZ Stadium or receiving...

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Trent Hodkinson's terrific try up there with John Aloisi's goal at the field of dreams

Trent Hodkinson celebrates the only try of the second State of Origin match.

Brad Walter It’s over. NSW’s 6-4 victory in Origin II was far from pretty but Trent Hodkinson’s winning try is set to be remembered alongside John Aloisi’s goal against Uruguay as the greatest post-Olympic...

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State of Origin: Josh Dugan has many strings to his bow

Back in blue: Dugan has been picked for his attacking and defensive abilities.

Brad Walter When Jarryd Hayne played on the wing in the 2012 State of Origin series, the Blues had a call for him to shift closer to the ruck in a second fullback role and they may do the same for Josh Dugan on...