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

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NRL representative break should be during the State of Origin series

Brad Walter The absence of 35 World Cup players from the Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Samoa teams named to play this weekend should convince officials to consider whether the representative break would be...

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Sheens dumps Fifita and Papalii, shocked by Kiwis selections

Dropped: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

Brad Walter After announcing three changes to his World Cup winning Australian team, Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens admitted he knew little of new Kiwis hooker Siliva Havili or some of the other members of a New...

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Reynolds-Mullen duel could decide NSW Origin five-eighth

Jarrod Mullen

Brad Walter Josh Reynolds and Jarrod Mullen will fight it out for the NSW No.6 jersey in Sunday’s City-Country clash at Dubbo, but there is a chance both could be in the Origin squad after Blues coach Laurie...

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The battle to sign Benji Marshall down to a two-horse race

Benji Marshall

Brad Walter The race to sign Benji Marshall is down to Cronulla and Melbourne after the former Wests Tigers superstar rejected approaches from three other clubs.

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Sydney Roosters not crowing after Anzac day romp, just warming up for shot at back-to-back NRL titles

Unstoppable: Aidan Guerra opens the scoring for the Roosters.

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters players vowed they still had plenty of room for improvement after getting their premiership defence back on track with a crushing 34-14 defeat of St George Illawarra in the annual...

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Five NRL clubs chasing Benji Marshall

Benji Marshall has five NRL clubs interested in his services.

Brad Walter Melbourne Storm and Cronulla remain the favourites to sign the Benji Marshall but St George Illawarra, Parramatta and North Queensland are also believed to be interested in discussions.

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Tohu Harris set for Kiwis recall

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Brad Walter Melbourne forward Tohu Harris, the player who had to make way for Sonny Bill Williams at last year's World Cup, is set to replace the Sydney Roosters superstar in the New Zealand squad for next...

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New NRL funding model will force administrators to raise their games

Thumbs up: Bulldogs CEO Raelene Castle welcomed the NRL's new incentivised funding model for clubs.

Brad Walter The NRL’s radical new funding model for clubs is predicted to have the same impact at an administrative level as the salary cap has had on playing rosters.

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Benji Marshall NRL return: Wests Tigers set to seek 'Ben Barba-style' compensation

Not so fast: Benji Marshall’s last home game for the Tigers was a mere eight months ago.

Brad Walter, Adrian Proszenko and Roy Ward Wests Tigers are set to demand financial compensation to allow Benji Marshall to return to the NRL, with officials advising his manager they intended to enforce a clause in his release agreement...

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NRL clubs praise "revolutionary" new funding model

Nick Pappas.

Brad Walter South Sydney club chairman Nick Pappas believes all clubs should soon be profitable under the NRL's "revolutionary" new funding model for the game and those who aren't aren't may not deserve to be in...

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NRL employs stick and carrot approach in new funding model

Dave Smith

Brad Walter NRL chief executive Dave Smith is set to announce one of the most significant changes to the way clubs are funded, with a raft of incentives and penalties to be introduced.

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I am just an average rugby player, says candid Benji Marshall of NRL comeback

Benji Marshall

Brad Walter Benji Marshall has no regrets about his move to rugby union and believes he will be better for the experience when he returns to the NRL this season.

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Test legends come out in support of under-pressure Slater

Slater

Brad Walter It is a sure sign of how much pressure Billy Slater is under to retain his No.1 Australian jersey for the May 3 Test against New Zealand when former Kangaroos captain Darren Lockyer and Queensland...

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City-Country clash to decide Mitchell Pearce's NSW scrum-base partner

Selection battle: Incumbent James Maloney is no certainty to start as the Blues No.6.

Brad Walter Up to six NSW five-eighth contenders are set to battle it out for the No.6 jersey in the City-Country clash, with Blues coach Laurie Daley planning to rest players considered certain selections to...

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Parramatta Eels-Wests Tigers game headed for record crowd

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Brad Walter A big crowd is expected at Monday's Eels-Wests Tigers game at ANZ Stadium.

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NRL evolution of the tackle may spell end for 10-metre rule

Storm centre Will Chambers is dangerously upended by Gold Coast's Nate Myles and Beau Falloon.

Brad Walter "This rule as it now operates, let me say once more, is the source of many of the modern game's ills: the obsession with possession and the consequent lack of variety in play, the deliberate...

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Sam Burgess and James Graham are the best of mates and the fiercest of rivals

Hard man: Sam Burgess is the centre of the Dragons attention at the SCG.

Brad Walter With Sam Burgess having been granted a release from South Sydney at the end of the season to play rugby union, last year's World Cup semi-final at Wembley was almost certainly the last time he and...

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Sam Burgess comes to grips with public's lingering perception

Sam Burgess

Brad Walter South Sydney forward Sam Burgess regrets the ‘‘squirrel grip’’ on Melbourne’s Will Chambers that he believes tarnished his image.

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NRL warned not to leave Campbelltown for other codes

Jim Marsden.

Brad Walter Former Wests Magpies chairman Jim Marsden has warned the NRL not to leave Campbelltown to rival codes, as the game’s governing body refused to guarantee Wests Tigers would continue playing in...

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Banned Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan's Salford role could test NRL's resolve

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Brad Walter Salford owner Marwan Koukash's bold declaration that he wanted to sign Benji Marshall in the same week he announced Shane Flanagan was joining the club has raised the question of how the NRL would...

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