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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

The massive advantage boosting the North Queensland Cowboys' premiership quest

Brad Walter The Cowboys are unbeaten in five finals appearances in Townsville - the likely venue for all their play-offs matches this season

Canterbury Bulldogs forwards believe cut to interchange will suit them

Nothing to fear: Canterbury pair  Josh Jackson and Aiden Tolman have welcomed the reduction of the interchange bench.

Brad Walter Fears that the reduction to eight interchanges will drive big forwards out of the game

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New NRL interchange rules set to produce more footballers and less athletes

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Brad Walter Why less interchanges could mean more players like Josh Reynolds.

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Benji Marshall committed to New Zealand and not considering Scotland switch

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Brad Walter A furious Marshall has slammed reports he was considering changing his international allegiance to Scotland

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White Ribbon Australia backs NRL's stance on domestic violence

Facing allegations: Roosters international Shaun Kenny-Dowall.

Brad Walter Domestic violence allegations are set to cast a shadow over Shaun Kenny-Dowall for the rest of the season.

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Future of Parramatta Eels' Chris Sandow even murkier as he faces judiciary ban

In strife, again: Chris Sandow.

Brad Walter The news has just gone from bad to worse for embattled Parramatta halfback Chris Sandow after the wantaway 

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Shoulder charge eradicated, NRL now has sights on wrestling and lifting tackles

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Brad Walter What is the "toothbrush" and how is the NRL trying to remove it from the game/

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'Don't sack Chris Sandow': Paul Gallen's plea to Parramatta Eels

Refused a release: Chris Sandow.

Brad Walter Cronulla and NSW captain Paul Gallen has expressed concerns about the welfare of Chris Sandow after the Parramatta halfback allegedly fell out with teammates over his performance in Friday night's...

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NRL CEO Dave Smith: 'My stance is unambiguous on domestic violence'

Strong stance:  NRL CEO Dave Smith said Shaun Kenny-Dowall's future would be in doubt if convicted of domestic violence charges.

Brad Walter Exclusive: NRL boss Dave Smith defends decision not to stand down Shaun Kenny-Dowall after phone call from NSW Premier Mike Baird

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Why Thursday night matches may spell the death of Monday Night Football

Ratings winner: The season opener between Souths and the Broncos lured huge viewing numbers.

Brad Walter Most NRL clubs are opposed to scheduling matches on two school nights in the next television deals.

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Premiership race starts now, says St George Illawarra Dragons coach Paul McGregor

Back in the Red V: Jack De Belin, Tyson Frizell and Joel Thompson.

Brad Walter Two week ago the Dragons had used the least amount of players in the NRL. Now they have used the most.

Cronulla Sharks CEO Lyall Gorman backs fines for grade-one judiciary offences

Positive response: Lyall Gorman.

Brad Walter Fans would be the winners if players were fined for grade one judiciary offences instead of being suspended, says Sharks boss Lyall Gorman

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Why South Sydney Rabbitohs can't win back-to-back NRL premierships

Tough task: South Sydney must improve in coming weeks if they are to win back-to-back titles, based on statistical data.

Brad Walter This year's NRL premiership is a race in two, according to historical data

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NRL may consider fines instead of suspensions for grade-one judiciary offences

Grand final blow: Issac Luke is put on report for the tackle on Sonny Bill Williams that cost him a grand final spot in 2014.

Brad Walter NRL players may avoid suspensions if they pay fines under a system being discussed by league bosses.

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Parramatta Eels half Chris Sandow not giving up on Super League move

Brad Walter Chris Sandow may be playing his last game for Parramatta against Canterbury at ANZ Stadium on Friday night

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NRL players more likely to succeed at university than other students

Other options: Zac Nicholls is doing a bachelor of education degree at Australian Catholic University's North Sydney campus.

Brad Walter More than 200 NRL players are studying at university - and they have a higher pass rate than other students.

Origin and Test stars among more than 150 NRL players yet to finalise their futures

Brad Walter More than 150 NRL players are yet to resolve their futures beyond this season.

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State of Origin isn't the problem, it is everything around it

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Brad Walter It's time to separate clubs into conferences at the start of the season and create a knockout competition during State of Origin.

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Ben Barba stars as Cronulla Sharks earn bragging rights with win over Dragons

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 12: The Sharks celebrate a try by Valentine Holmes during the round 18 NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Remondis Stadium on July 12, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Shane Flanagan's side move to within sight of the top eight with two points against injury-ravaged Dragons.

Parramatta Eels halfback Chris Sandow linked with move to Super League.

Super League bound: Parramatta halfback Chris Sandow.

Brad Walter Warrington Wolves are believed to want Chris Sandow before the end of the season.