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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

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Paul McGregor should get job ahead of Wayne Bennett: St George Illawarra Dragons director

Brad Walter St George Illawarra director Sean O'Connor has spoken out in support of caretaker coach Paul McGregor being appointed to the job full-time and believes he would be a better option than Wayne Bennett.

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'Wayne Bennett clause' could cap spending on NRL coaches

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Brad Walter The NRL is considering a salary cap for football department spending in a move that may impact on the amount of money clubs can pay big-name coaches such as Wayne Bennett.

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NRL teams told it's all right to push in scrums

Beneficiary: Sam Tomkins picked up the ball and had a free run to the line after the Warriors' scrum took the Eels by surprise.

Brad Walter NRL teams have been given the green light to push in scrums after the Warriors successfully revived the tactic to score a try in last Saturday night's 48-0 romp against Parramatta at Mt Smart Stadium.

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Alex McKinnon determined to walk again before going home

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Brad Walter Alex McKinnon plans to visit his house and just sit outside it when he returns to Newcastle on Sunday for the first time since suffering a severe spinal injury 15 weeks ago, but the Knights backrower...

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St George Illawarra Dragons' bid for Wayne Bennett may rely on NRL's own money

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Brad Walter If Newcastle coach Wayne Bennett returns to St George Illawarra next season, some will question whether the NRL has been outbid by their own money.

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Alex McKinnon defends safety record of rugby league

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Brad Walter Newcastle forward Alex McKinnon has defended the safety of rugby league as he detailed the significant improvement he has made since sustaining a spinal injury in a lifting tackle earlier this season.

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St George Illawarra set to move on Wayne Bennett

Knight shift: Wayne Bennett will leave Newcastle at the end of the season.

Brad Walter St George Illawarra chief executive Peter Doust is expected to meet Wayne Bennett early next week to discuss the possibility of the seven-times premiership winning coach returning to the club next...

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Wayne Bennett says he's interested in returning to St George Illawarra Dragons

Time to go: Wayne Bennett fronts the media in Newcastle on Thursday.

Brad Walter Wayne Bennett has confirmed his interest in returning to St George Illawarra after the seven-times premiership-winning coach threw himself into the market by announcing he would leave Newcastle at...

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Where will supercoach Wayne Bennett end up next?

Swamped: Wayne Bennett faces the media on Thursday.

Brad Walter Potential destinations for Wayne Bennett.

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Paul Gallen is one of NSW's greats: Laurie Daley

Proud moment: Paul Gallen lifts the State of Origin shield.

Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley lauded captain Paul Gallen as one of the state's greatest players and declared that his influence would put the Blues in good stead for years to come.

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NSW Blues new guard won't take backward step despite heavy defeat

New breed: Front-rower Aaron Woods celebrates after Josh Dugan's try.

Brad Walter This NSW team is the real deal. Forget about the scoreline or the fact they failed to become the first Blues side to complete an Origin series clean sweep since 2000.

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Manly winger David Williams investigated over betting on NRL games

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Brad Walter, Adrian Proszenko, Roy Ward David Williams, the Manly winger nicknamed 'Wolfman', is known to be fond of multi-bets that include the German Bundesliga football team VfL Wolfsburg.

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Todd Carney's sacking from Cronulla Sharks backed by NRL CEO Dave Smith

Career in tatters: Ex-Sharks five-eighth Todd Carney.

Brad Walter NRL chief executive Dave Smith has backed Cronulla's decision to sack Todd Carney and placed players "on notice" that there would be "consequences" if they damage the reputation of the code.

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NSW forward Ryan Hoffman stayed true Blue even though Dad was a Queenslander

Feeling the strain: Ryan Hoffman feels the relief of a series win after game two in Sydney.

Brad Walter NSW back-rower Ryan Hoffman has revealed that he was once approached to play for Queensland but did not feel comfortable about pulling on the Maroons jersey worn by his father Jay.

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Braith Anasta's future hangs in the balance

Tough times: Braith Anasta is attended to by a Tigers trainer on Sunday

Brad Walter Former Test five-eighth Braith Anasta will visit a surgeon on Wednesday to discuss whether he can play on with a torn biceps or undergo what would effectively be career-ending surgery.

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Cutting players down to size pays dividends for Blues and clubs

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Brad Walter Todd Carney's sacking from Cronulla is the latest indication that player power is on the wane, with NSW, Penrith and the Sharks all benefiting from a tough stance on ill discipline by big-name stars.

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New Cronulla Sharks sponsor motivated by club's sacking of Todd Carney

Victory: Jonathan Wright is hoisted high by his Sharks teammates after his last-minute match-winning tackle.

Brad Walter The chief executive of Cronulla's new major sponsor has revealed that he approached the Sharks last week in support of their decision to sack five-eighth Todd Carney - and the tough stance on...

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Cronulla Sharks boss Steve Noyce hopes Todd Carney will be back playing in the NRL

Career in jeopardy: Sacked Cronulla pivot Todd Carney.

Brad Walter Despite having sacked Todd Carney on two occasions at different clubs, Cronulla chief executive Steve Noyce hopes the troubled playmaker will be allowed to resume his NRL career

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Todd Carney appeals his controversial sacking by Cronulla Sharks

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Brad Walter Todd Carney has lodged an official appeal over his sacking from Cronulla last weekend and claims two members of the Sharks board weren't even consulted before the decision was made.

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Paul McGregor puts fire back into St George Illawarra Dragons' belly

No distractions: Dragons coach Paul McGregor isn't letting his uncertain future cloud his work.

Brad Walter Paul McGregor still refuses to put his hand up to coach St George Illawarra next season but that doesn't mean that he isn't interested in the job.