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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

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Anthony Milford tug-of-war set to continue after Samoa qualify for Four Nations

Brad Walter Anthony Milford is set to be the subject of another tug-of-war at the end of the season as Samoa officials call on NRL clubs to allow them to field their strongest possible team in the Four Nations.

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Kane Evans hopes Sam Tagataese doesn't get suspended

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters prop Kane Evans has leapt to the defence of Cronulla's Sam Tagataese after the Samoa forward was sent off for headbutting him in Saturday night's Pacific Test at Penrith's SportingBet...

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Tagataese sent off as Samoa clinch Four Nations berth with win over Civoniceva-inspired Fiji

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Brad Walter A surprise comeback by Petero Civoniceva failed to help Fiji secure a Four Nations berth as out of favour Canterbury centre and rookie Cronulla halfback Penani Manumaleali'i led a 12-man Samoa to...

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Mitchell Moses stars as NSW win under 20s Origin clash

Class act: Sione Mata'utia was a star for NSW in their under 20s Origin win over Queensland.

Brad Walter Rookie Wests Tigers playmaker Mitchell Moses showed glimpses of his promise as he steered NSW to a 30-8 victory over Queensland in a fiery under 20s Origin match at Sportingbet Stadium on Saturday...

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Australian captain Cameron Smith backs mid-season Test

Cameron Smith with the ANZAC trophy.

Brad Walter Australian captain Cameron Smith has backed the continuation of the mid-season Test against New Zealand after admitting only the experience and talent of the world champions had prevented one of the...

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Kearney’s bunch of 'no-hopers' make critics eat their words

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Brad Walter It wasn’t their greatest performance, but the current Australian team can now claim to be officially as good as any we have seen after the world champions overcame a brave New Zealand on Friday night.

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St George Illawarra favourites to sign Benji Marshall

In limbo: Benji Marshall.

Brad Walter A decision on where Benji Marshall would be playing had been expected on Friday but he is understood to still be waiting for the Dragons to forward their offer in writing.

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Benji Marshall's signature battle a local derby between Dragons and Sharks

Benji Marshall

Brad Walter Benji Marshall is set to make a decision on Friday between St George Illawarra and Cronulla after the Dragons sensationally re-entered the race to sign the former Wests Tigers playmaker.

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Anzac Test and Origin coaches, trainers risk deregistration if concussion rules not followed

Brad Walter Representative team coaching and training staff have been warned they face deregistration if the NRL's concussion rules are not strictly enforced in matches this weekend and in the upcoming State of...

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Billy Slater will do almost anything to play Test football for Australia

Proud Australian: Billy Slater.

Brad Walter To understand how much Test football means to Billy Slater, you have to know that he spent a week in London before last year's World Cup semi-final and barely stepped outside the Australian team...

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Rugby league's female players in rugby union's sights

Two No.1's ... Billy Slater and Sam Hammond.

Brad Walter First it was Sonny Bill Williams, Israel Folau and Sam Burgess; now rugby league's female stars are under threat from rugby union.

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Revealed: Why Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was dumped from the New Zealand Kiwis

Passion: But Jared Waerea-Hargreaves’ stats didn’t stand up.

Brad Walter The failure to transfer his club form with Sydney Roosters to the Test arena is the reason for Jared Waerea-Hargreaves shock axing from the New Zealand team to play Australia at Allianz Stadium on...

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Ryan Tandy's sad end to a troubled career

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Brad Walter The sad truth is that Ryan Tandy was never going to be remembered for his rugby league playing ability.

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Greg Bird says he could still play five-eighth for NSW

Gold Coast forward Greg Bird celebrates the upset win over the Titans at Leichhardt Oval on the weekend.

Brad Walter Test back-rower Greg Bird is prepared to wind the clock back six years and play five-eighth for NSW in the upcoming State of Origin series if Blues coach Laurie Daley believes he is the best man for...

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NRL representative break should be during the State of Origin series

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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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