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

League

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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Reece Robinson and Travis Robinson urge Goannas not to give up on NRL dream

Travis Robinson

Brad Walter Travis and Reece Robinson are encouraging First Nation Goannas players to use next weekend's match against Newcastle to push for an NRL contract, after the twins struggled to secure their own careers.

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League

NRL Indigenous leadership camp 2014: War cry to unite team and country

Indigenous leadership camp

Brad Walter 'You are the most powerful group of Aboriginal men in the country.'

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League

NRL's modified rules to fundamentally alter the game

Michael Ennis

Brad Walter It was a tactic he championed at St George Illawarra and one that his Newcastle side used more than any other team last season, but Wayne Bennett has applauded the new NRL rule awarding an extra...

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Parramatta Eels keep door open for Trent Elkin, but for how long?

Trent Elkin

Brad Walter Parramatta officials are continuing to stand by high-performance director Trent Elkin as the former Cronulla head trainer fights to avoid becoming the scapegoat in the Sharks' 2011 supplements...

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League

NRL captains to be sent packing under new referee rules

Michael Ennis

Brad Walter Referees will be instructed to waive complaining captains away after awarding a penalty as coaches admit some players will take time to adjust to the rule changes introduced in the NRL this season.

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League

Bobby Nona sheds 50 kilos in bid to crack NRL

Sport. First nations Goannas. ARL Indigenous player Bobby Nona from the Sharks. 
Photo: Edwina Pickles. 28th Jan 2014.

Brad Walter After ballooning to 160 kilograms, Bobby Nona thought his NRL dream was over. But the 25-year-old now hopes to use his selection in the Laurie Daley-coached First Nations Goannas side to earn a...

League

Cronulla look to fight $1m NRL doping fine, back Flanagan

Shane Flanagan.

Michael Carayannis, Brad Walter Cronulla chairman Damian Keogh says the club is strongly considering fighting the $1 million fine proposed by the NRL and will contemplate backing coach Shane Flanagan in any bid to clear his name as...

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League

Trent Elkin singled out as main culprit in Cronulla Sharks supplements scandal

Trent Elkin

Brad Walter Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan has paid the price for his blind faith in former head trainer Trent Elkin after the pair were the only members of the Sharks 2011 staff sanctioned by the NRL over the...

Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan suspended for a year by NRL as club fined $1 million

Shane Flanagan

Brad Walter Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan has been suspended by the NRL for 12 months, and the club fined $1 million as part of an investigation by the NRL's Integrity Unit.

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Marwan Koukash keeps reaching for the stars from Sydney to Salford

Salford City Reds owner Dr Marwan Koukash

Brad Walter Prominent English racehorse owner Marwan Koukash has revealed his interest in coming to Sydney for next year's rich autumn carnival and will use the trip to continue efforts to recruit Sonny Bill...

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Tim Sheens could slot in at Cronulla Sharks if Shane Flanagan goes down

Tim Sheens.

Brad Walter Australian coach Tim Sheens is a likely target for Cronulla if coach Shane Flanagan receives a similar ban to the one imposed on Essendon's James Hird after ASADA tables its report into drug...

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League

World Cup windfall has all eyes on Wembley

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Brad Walter A record Test crowd for Saturday's World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand at Old Trafford and the commercial success of the tournament may prompt NRL officials to seriously consider taking...

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Rugby League

Slater and physio the Cup heroes

Here's cheers: Captain Cameron Smith, with the trophy, and his team celebrate.

Brad Walter Australia hammers New Zealand to win rugby world cup in style.

League

Rugby League World Cup: Billy Slater salutes physio after fairytale comeback

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30:  Billy Slater of Australia signs autographs after the Rugby League World Cup final between New Zealand and Australia at Old Trafford on November 30, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Billy Slater gave his World Cup winner's medal to Australian and Melbourne physiotherapist Tony Ayoub in appreciation of his efforts to get the star fullback on the field in the tournament decider.

League

Rugby League World Cup: This Kangaroos performance one for the history books

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Brad Walter The Kangaroos laid the platform for an astonishing victory with the first set of six of the match.

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Rugby League World Cup: Brett Morris' pain the Kangaroos' gain

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30:  Brett Morris of Australia slides off the field of play after scoring a try during the Rugby League World Cup final between New Zealand and Australia at Old Trafford on November 30, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)

Brad Walter As Manchester United players arrived at Old Trafford after the Kangaroos' last training session before the World Cup final, Brett Morris recited the chant the famous club's fans perform for each of...

Rugby League World Cup: Kangaroos crowned world champions

Cooper Cronk of Australia.

Brad Walter The Kangaroos delivered a rugby league master class to claim a 10th World Cup title with a 34-2 demolition of New Zealand in Saturday's final at Old Trafford.

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