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

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Storm unlikely to appeal Jordan McLean ban

Jordan McLean

Brad Walter Storm officials are unlikely to risk Jordan McLean receiving an increased suspension by appealing against the seven-match ban imposed last week by the NRL judiciary over the lifting tackle on Alex...

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Concussion rules: NRL haven't cleared Bulldogs over James Graham incident

Under a cloud: Canterbury’s James Graham scores against Melbourne in his controversial round-four appearance after suffering a heavy hit.

Brad Walter The NRL is looking into whether the Bulldogs breached the new concussion rules by not removing English prop James Graham from the field immediately after a heavy tackle in their round four win over...

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Melbourne Storm unhappy at NRL inaction over tackles

Point of contention: The Storm were unhappy at this tackle by Beau Falloon and Nate Myles on Will Chambers.

Chris Barrett and Brad Walter Melbourne Storm officials have written to the NRL seeking clarification on why St George Illawarra forward Jack de Belin and Gold Coast hooker Beau Falloon received lighter punishment than that...

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The Fifita effect: Collapse of Bulldogs deal pricks NRL transfer bubble

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Brad Walter The collapse of Andrew Fifita's deal with Canterbury has returned balance to the transfer market and highlighted why players' contract details should be listed publicly.

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Warriors appoint Andrew McFadden as interim coach

Warriors coach Matthew Elliott.

Brad Walter The Warriors have announced the appointment of Andrew McFadden as acting coach following the departure of Matthew Elliott with immediate effect.

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Warriors coach Matthew Elliott faces the sack

Axe looming: NZ Warriors coach Matthew Elliott.

Brad Walter Matthew Elliott is set to be the first NRL coach sacked this season, with Warriors owners Eric Watson and Owen Glenn understood to have run out of patience after Saturday night's 37-6 loss to...

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NRL to consider ban on lifting tackles in wake of Alex McKinnon injury

Dragons forward Jack De Belin, who could be in trouble with the NRL judiciary when charges are announced on Monday, dumps South Sydney back-rower Kyle Turner into the SCG turf on Saturday night.

Brad Walter The NRL will consider outlawing all lifting tackles in a bid to prevent another incident like the one which has ended the caereer of Newcastle forward Alex McKinnon but has ruled out a ban on three...

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St George Illawarra favourites to sign North Queensland Cowboys forward Tariq Sims

Hankering for home: Cowboys forward Tariq Sims.

Brad Walter St George Illawarra are early favourites to lure North Queensland forward Tariq Sims home after the NSW Origin prospect told Cowboys officials he was considering asking for a release.

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Rooster James Maloney defends decision to override coach's order

Bad move: A dejected Aidan Guerra and James Maloney after Friday's loss to the Bulldogs.

Daniel Lane and Brad Walter Sydney Roosters five-eighth James Maloney defended the decision to ignore coach Trent Robinson's instruction to take a shot at goal which, had it been converted, might have seen the team win Friday...

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Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson praises Sonny Bill Williams

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Brad Walter Sonny Bill Williams earned praised from Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson for his return performance from suspension as the premiers suffered consecutive losses in matches where they have conceded...

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Josh Reynolds reveals field goal was beginner's luck

First time lucky: Josh Reynolds celebrates his first field goal.

Brad Walter Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds revealed his match winning field goal against Sydney Roosters was the first of his career as the Bulldogs confirmed their premiership credentials with a gritty...

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Roosters coach Trent Robinson unhappy his team turned down late penalty-goal shot

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Brad Walter Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has expressed disappointment the premiers ignored an instruction to go for penalty goal late in their 9-8 defeat by a gritty Canterbury side at Allianz Stadium on...

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St George Illawarra's Brett Morris reveals the secret to his breath-taking try

Brett Morris

Brad Walter Hours spent practising leaping and diving from spring-loaded floorboards at a Wollongong gym helped Brett Morris score the try that his famous father Steve describes as the best he has seen.

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Newcastle Knights lash Melbourne Storm over Jordan McLean defence

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Brad Walter Angry Newcastle officials have hit out at Melbourne over the club's defence of Jordan McLean and questioned why his Storm teammates Jesse and Kenny Bromwich weren't also charged over the tackle on...

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Jordan McLean had indirect role in Alex McKinnon's injury: NRL judiciary found

Brad Walter Melbourne forward Jordan McLean had four matches added to his suspension for the tackle that left Alex McKinnon with spinal damage because the NRL judiciary panel considered his actions were not a...

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Jordan McLean's actions in Alex McKinnon tackle were not 'significant' cause of injury, panel decides

Brad Walter Melbourne forward Jordan McLean had an additional four matches added to his suspension for the tackle that left Alex McKinnon with spinal damage because the NRL judiciary panel considered his actions...

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Andrew Fifita asks NRL to investigate breakdown of Canterbury deal

Calls for investigation: Sharks prop Andrew Fifita.

Adrian Proszenko, Brad Walter, Daniel Lane and Michael Carayannis Andrew Fifita's management team has asked the NRL to investigate why his multi-million-dollar contract with Canterbury failed to come to fruition as it emerged that the Test prop knew the deal was on...

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Michael Maguire backs John Sutton's move to forwards as he trumps Bob McCarthy

Michael Maguire

Brad Walter South Sydney captain John Sutton will revert to five-eighth in his record-breaking 212th match for the foundation club but Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire still believes the decision to move him to...

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Andrew Fifita mulls switch to rugby union

Andrew Fifita of the Sharks watches from the sideline last weekend.

Brad Walter Test prop Andrew Fifita is eyeing a switch to rugby union after pulling out of a $3.2 million, four-year deal to join Canterbury that would have made him the highest paid front-rower in the game.

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Sonny Bill Williams to drop the shoulder charge from his game

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Brad Walter Sydney Roosters superstar Sonny Bill Williams has no problems with the shoulder charge being banned and vowed to eliminate it from his game when he returns from a three-week suspension.