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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor targets performance over results

Brad Walter Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor insists his young team is not sacrificing attack to improve their defence.

Up to 12 NRL clubs express interest in playing in expanded World Club Series

Keen for more: As many as 12 NRL clubs have expressed interest in next year's World Club Series.

Brad Walter The success of St George Illawarra and Brisbane has allayed fears that playing in Britain could have a negative impact on preparations for the season.

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Mind games help NSW Blues star Mitchell Pearce get match fit

Focused: Mitchell Pearce during a training warm-up in Coffs Harbour on Wednesday as the NSW Blues squad  prepares for Origin II in Melbourne next week.

Brad Walter Traditional bonding sessions used to be what Mitchell Pearce used to look forward to most about Origin camps but now he is embracing yoga and visualisation.

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NRL set to trial a shot clock for scrums and goal line drop outs

NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg.

Brad Walter A shot clock may be introduced to the NRL next season if a trial in Under 20s competition is successful

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Blues prop Paul Gallen says age shouldn't matter when picking the NSW State of Origin team

Brad Walter Paul Gallen has hit back at suggestions that NSW coach Laurie Daley should have overlooked him and other senior players to focus on building a team for the future

Training to decide whether NSW Blues winger Brett Morris plays outside twin Josh in State of Origin II

In the mix: Josh Morris in Sydney on Tuesday when the Origin squad was named.

Brad Walter and Michael Carayannis Blues coach Laurie Daley has revived memories of the infamous train-off between Josh Reynolds and John Sutton for an Origin bench spot

State of Origin: Injured NSW hooker Robbie Farah cleared to play in Origin II

NSW captain Robbie Farah.

Brad Walter Blues hooker Robbie Farah performed push ups as part of a searching medical examination to clear him for selection in the team for Origin II

Canterbury Bulldogs to take a horses for courses approach with playmakers

Combination changes: Trent Hodkinson with halves partner Moses Mbye during the round 13 match against the St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium.

Brad Walter Canterbury coach Des Hasler praised rookie playmaker Moses Mbye for his starring role in Sunday's 29-16 defeat of St George Illawarra but insisted that he was not yet guaranteed a regular starting...

Canterbury Bulldogs upset St George Illawarra Dragons after Josh Reynolds 20-minute stint

Happy Dogs: Sam Kasiano, Tim Browne and Josh Reynolds celebrate Browne's try.

Brad Walter A tactical masterstroke by Des Hasler helped the Bulldogs to a 29-16 win and raised questions about the future of NSW halfback Trent Hodkinson

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NSW Blues captain Paul Gallen declares himself ready for State of Origin recall

Brad Walter Paul Gallen proved his worth for the Sharks and NSW with a five-star performance in his return from an eight week layoff with a hip injury

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Trent Robinson blasts Sydney Roosters' 'horrible footy' in defeat to Cronulla Sharks

Shaking off the cobwebs:  Paul Gallen in action on Sunday night.

Brad Walter Roosters coach blames Cronulla loss on players and staff "patting ourselves on the back for too long" after last Monday's defeat of Melbourne Storm

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Holden Cup Under 20s gives NRL an advantage over rugby union, says Warriors CEO Jim Doyle

Brad Walter The NRL could lose an advantage it has over rugby union if it scraps the Holden Cup. Warriors chief executive Jim Doyle believes it is crucial for the game, especially in New Zealand, that the NRL...

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Trent Hodkinson, James Maloney, Chris Sandow in sights of Gold Coast Titans

Brad Walter Gold Coast officials are understood to have made contact with Hodkinson before the Cherry-Evans backflip but have since spoken to representatives of Maloney and Sandow.

With a new $20,000 fine, Raiders coach Ricky Stuart racks up $125,000 in penalties

Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart doesn't regret storming out of Saturday night's press conference.

Brad Walter Why Ricky Stuart has been fined $125,000 during his coaching career.

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Manly's assurance to Geoff Toovey: 'We are not a club that just axes people'

Besieged: Manly coach Geoff Toovey's future is under a cloud as the club struggles this season.

Brad Walter With Trent Barrett waiting in the wings, Manly chairman Scott Penn has all but guaranteed that besieged coach Geoff Toovey won't be sacked this season.

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Why Daly Cherry-Evans is a $10 million gamble for Manly Sea Eagles

Money talks: Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans flanked by club CEO Joe Kelly (left) and chairman Scott Penn, has become the highest-paid player in rugby league.

Brad Walter The Sea Eagles pulled off the biggest coup in Australian sport since Sydney Swans stole Lance Franklin from the grasp of GWS Giants in a nine year deal worth $10 million but there is a risk involved

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How Manly Sea Eagles came up with strategy to convince Daly Cherry-Evans to stay

No longer heading north: Daly Cherry-Evans.

Brad Walter When Cherry-Evans signed with Gold Coast, Manly responded by recruiting the forwards he had expected to play behind.

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Inside the NRL's video referee bunker

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 01:  Video Referee, Bernard Sutton, uses the new NRL video referee bunker at ANZ Stadium on June 1, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Dominic Lorrimer/Fairfax Media)

Brad Walter The NRL's high tech solution to help video referees make decisions faster and more accurately without even being at the game.

NRL video referees bunker is set to be a 'game changer'

Eye on the game: Video referee Bernard Sutton in the new NRL video referee bunker at ANZ Stadium.

Brad Walter The introduction of a video referee's bunker could lead to a captain's challenge, judiciary charges at full-time, reduced interchanges and increase the value of the broadcast rights.

NRL's controversial Round 13 rule scrapped for 10-day cooling off period on player contracts

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19:  Daly Cherry-Evans arrives at the Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session at Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre on May 19, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Brad Walter With Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans widely tipped to backflip on his $4.4 million, four year deal with Gold Coast before next Wednesday, the current Round 13 rule has come in for massive criticism