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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Ben Barba hopes All Stars may be springboard for State of Origin

Brad Walter As he joined the Indigenous All Stars camp on the Gold Coast, Ben Barba declared he had now come full circle in the two years since his man-of-the-match appearance in the team's historic win and was...

How Sydney Roosters star Blake Ferguson is turning his life around

Brad Walter After scoring two tries in his first game for 20 months on Saturday night, Blake Ferguson caught a flight at 6am on Sunday to the Gold Coast to spend four hours at the NRL indigenous players' camp...

Making a song and dance: Indigenous players empowered by new war cry

Brad Walter Indigenous players hope the war cry they are going to unveil before Friday night's All Stars match on the Gold Coast will eventually be adopted by Australian teams and performed before Test matches...

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Manly star Kieran Foran targeted as the face of second New Zealand NRL team

Brad Walter Off-contract Manly star Kieran Foran has been encouraged not to commit beyond 2017 when he decides his future as backers of a second New Zealand franchise want to make him the highest-paid player in...

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Parramatta Eels signing Reece Robinson tips big year for Chris Sandow

Brad Walter Parramatta recruit Reece Robinson has tipped halves Chris Sandow and Corey Norman to step up and fill the void left by the departure of Jarryd Hayne to try and earn an NFL contract.

St George Illawarra Dragons bank on depth, diversity and young talent

No charity: St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor.

Brad Walter St George Illawarra players have been working with the ball for 80 per cent of off-season training sessions and many have been learning how to play more than one role this season.

Paul Kind's dismissal sends NRL rumour mill into overdrive

Frogmarched out: Paul Kind.

Brad Walter Sacked NRL head of commercial Paul Kind does not face any police charges over the allegations that led to the shock dismissal of the league’s longest serving official on Wednesday.

Paul Gallen unlikely to be ready to fight Sonny Bill Williams for two years, says Anthony Mundine

On the way up: Paul Gallen  subdues Randell Ray on Saturday night.

Brad Walter Anthony Mundine has cast doubt on a fight between Sonny Bill Williams and Paul Gallen at the end of next season by suggesting the NSW Origin captain would not be ready for such a match-up for two...

$10 million South Island alliance boosts bid for second NRL team in New Zealand

Kiwi stars: Benji Marshall and Shaun Johnson share a joke before the 2015 NRL season launch in Auckland. The choice of venue is seen as a sign of the NRL's commitment to the game in New Zealand.

Brad Walter The bid for a second New Zealand NRL franchise has received a significant boost, with the consortium signing a $10 million deal with Christchurch's Celebration Lions Sports Trust to enter a feeder...

South Sydney Rabbitohs re-sign Adam Reynolds and Luke Keary

New deals: Adam Reynolds and Luke Keary at training.

Brad Walter Adam Reynolds and Luke Keary are set to be South Sydney's long term halves combination after the pair finalised contract extensions with the premiers.

Group bidding for Wellington NRL franchise stumped at Warriors' change of heart

Lack of support: The Warriors' response to the possibility of a second NRL team in New Zealand has disappointed the consortium behind the bid.

Brad Walter The backers of a bid for an NRL team based in Wellington are questioning the lack of support from the Warriors.

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St George Illawarra Dragons open to privatisation in bid to keep up with the NRL's big clubs

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Brad Walter St George Illawarra officials believe the policy of taking marquee games to big stadiums will help ensure the joint venture is profitable by 2017.

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NRL boss Dave Smith thinking big after 2014 growth

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Brad Walter NRL chief executive Dave Smith believes the game is in a strong position to begin making decisions about its long-term future after a record-breaking season in which television ratings, membership...

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St George Illawarra Dragons optimistic they will retain Trent Merrin despite not being able to offer more money

Keen to stay: Dragons forward Trent Merrin.

Brad Walter St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor remains optomistic of re-signing Trent Merrin, despite the club not being prepared to increase its offer to the NSW Origin forward.

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Greg Bird sorry for 'dumb' act that put a 'dampener' on his wedding

Pre-wedding drinks: Greg Bird with several NRL stars including Paul Galle, Josh and Brett Morris and Luke Lewis.

Brad Walter Greg Bird has publicly apologised for the "stupid", "dumb" and "embarrassing" act that put a "dampener on our wedding weekend" after being fined for urinating near a police car on Sunday night.

Tough love from coach Paul McGregor spurs Benji Marshall to put second-best behind him

Back in front: Dragons star Benji Marshall.

Brad Walter A rejuvenated Benji Marshall has been leading the way at pre-season training with the Dragons and believes he can get back to his brilliant best next year.

100th-year celebration could be last for NSW Leagues' Club

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Brad Walter An air of uncertainty is set to hang over celebrations on Monday for the 100th anniversary of the "mother of all clubs", as NSW Leagues Club was once described, with officials expecting the NSW Rugby...

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NRL to create history by launching 2015 season in New Zealand

Brad Walter The NRL is set to continue its push into New Zealand by holding the launch for next season in Auckland to mark the 20th anniversary of the competition's expansion across the Tasman with the admission...

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NRL takes steps to influence evolution of the game

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2014 NRL Grand Final, Canterbury Bulldogs vs South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium. Bulldog's James Graham.
Photo taken on the 5th of October, 2014. Photo Christopher Chan

Brad Walter What will rugby league look like in 10 years was a major topic of discussion by coaches and powerbrokers in Sydney this week.

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NRL brains trust consider ways to reverse defensive trend

Brad Walter Half of all tackles in 2024 will involve three defenders and there will be less tries and line-breaks as bigger, stronger and fitter athletes dominate the NRL unless steps are taken now to change the...

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