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

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NSW Blues new guard won't take backward step despite heavy defeat

Brad Walter This NSW team is the real deal. Forget about the scoreline or the fact they failed to become the first Blues side to complete an Origin series clean sweep since 2000.

Manly winger David Williams investigated over betting on NRL games

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Brad Walter, Adrian Proszenko, Roy Ward David Williams, the Manly winger nicknamed 'Wolfman', is known to be fond of multi-bets that include the German Bundesliga football team VfL Wolfsburg.

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Todd Carney's sacking from Cronulla Sharks backed by NRL CEO Dave Smith

Career in tatters: Ex-Sharks five-eighth Todd Carney.

Brad Walter NRL chief executive Dave Smith has backed Cronulla's decision to sack Todd Carney and placed players "on notice" that there would be "consequences" if they damage the reputation of the code.

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NSW forward Ryan Hoffman stayed true Blue even though Dad was a Queenslander

Feeling the strain: Ryan Hoffman feels the relief of a series win after game two in Sydney.

Brad Walter NSW back-rower Ryan Hoffman has revealed that he was once approached to play for Queensland but did not feel comfortable about pulling on the Maroons jersey worn by his father Jay.

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Braith Anasta's future hangs in the balance

Tough times: Braith Anasta is attended to by a Tigers trainer on Sunday

Brad Walter Former Test five-eighth Braith Anasta will visit a surgeon on Wednesday to discuss whether he can play on with a torn biceps or undergo what would effectively be career-ending surgery.

Winning Starts Monday

Cutting players down to size pays dividends for Blues and clubs

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Brad Walter Todd Carney's sacking from Cronulla is the latest indication that player power is on the wane, with NSW, Penrith and the Sharks all benefiting from a tough stance on ill discipline by big-name stars.

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New Cronulla Sharks sponsor motivated by club's sacking of Todd Carney

Victory: Jonathan Wright is hoisted high by his Sharks teammates after his last-minute match-winning tackle.

Brad Walter The chief executive of Cronulla's new major sponsor has revealed that he approached the Sharks last week in support of their decision to sack five-eighth Todd Carney - and the tough stance on...

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Cronulla Sharks boss Steve Noyce hopes Todd Carney will be back playing in the NRL

Career in jeopardy: Sacked Cronulla pivot Todd Carney.

Brad Walter Despite having sacked Todd Carney on two occasions at different clubs, Cronulla chief executive Steve Noyce hopes the troubled playmaker will be allowed to resume his NRL career

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Todd Carney appeals his controversial sacking by Cronulla Sharks

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Brad Walter Todd Carney has lodged an official appeal over his sacking from Cronulla last weekend and claims two members of the Sharks board weren't even consulted before the decision was made.

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Paul McGregor puts fire back into St George Illawarra Dragons' belly

No distractions: Dragons coach Paul McGregor isn't letting his uncertain future cloud his work.

Brad Walter Paul McGregor still refuses to put his hand up to coach St George Illawarra next season but that doesn't mean that he isn't interested in the job.

NRL draw's release quickly turns farcical

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Brad Walter The NRL's attempt to turn the release of the draw for the final six rounds into an event ended in embarrassment after the announcement was deferred due to a wrangle between the game's broadcasters...

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NSW centre Josh Morris praises technology for quick return

Brad Walter NSW centre Josh Morris has credited scientific developments in the last three years and a daily trip to buy a bag of ice for his rapid recovery to play in Origin III after initially fearing he had...

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Cameron Smith backs Will Chambers to do job for Maroons in Origin III

Cameron Smith makes some hard yards against the Dragons on Monday night.

Brad Walter Queensland captain Cameron Smith has endorsed his Melbourne team-mate Will Chambers as Brent Tate's replacement on the wing for Origin III.

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Paul McGregor takes pride in Dragons' hard centre

Brad Walter Just six weeks ago their forwards were considered "soft" but St George Illawarra haven't conceded a try through the middle of the field under the coaching of Paul McGregor.

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St George Illawarra Dragons too good for Melbourne Storm as Dugan fights off injury scares

Injury scare: Josh Dugan looked to be in trouble after taking a couple of knocks in the first half.

Brad Walter Josh Dugan overcame leg and finger injuries to help St George Illawarra to a victory over Melbourne at WIN Stadium that can only have enhanced the prospects of caretaker coach Paul McGregor being...

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State of Origin III: Josh Morris to return for game three

Josh Morris hasn't played since injuring his posterior cruciate ligament in Origin I.

Brad Walter Canterbury centre Josh Morris passed a fitness test on Monday to secure his return to the NSW team for Origin III at Suncorp Stadium next Wednesday night.

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Todd Carney fiasco: Does rugby league do enough to protect players' welfare?

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Brad Walter As attention turns to Todd Carney's welfare following his dramatic sacking from the Cronulla Sharks, a leading sports administrator asks whether rugby league does enough to help its players.

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Todd Carney's agent hits out at Cronulla Sharks over client's sacking

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Brad Walter Todd Carney's agent David Riolo has hit out at Cronulla for not affording the star five-eighth an opportunity to explain himself at a hearing before terminating his $3.5 million, five-year contract.

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Todd Carney showed he had learned little from his past mistakes

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Brad Walter A meeting with Atherton Roosters president Mick Nasser after last Friday night’s match in Brisbane should have reminded Todd Carney of what it was like to lose his livelihood as an NRL player.

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Todd Carney sacked over vulgar photo incident

Drama-plagued career: Todd Carney of the Sharks is tackled by Ben Hunt of the Broncos on Friday night.

Michael Chammas and Brad Walter Todd Carney's NRL career appears to be over after Cronulla sacked the five-eighth after a photo of him engaging in a vulgar act circulated on social media on Saturday night.