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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Sam Burgess' family not expecting him to return to NRL any time soon

Brad Walter Sam Burgess is unaffected by criticism from the English media, according to his brother Tom.

The NRL expansion plan that doesn't involve more teams

SMH Sport. Sydney. New NRL TV deal. NRL CEO, Dave Smith, outlines details of the new free to air television agreement with Channel Nine. Photo: Peter Rae Monday 10 August, 2015

Brad Walter Financial problems at the Titans and Knights have put paid to any new NRL clubs in the near future.

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Former Manly prop Kylie Leuluai defies heart condition to help Leeds win Super League

Brad Walter Former Manly prop Kylie Leuluai defied a heart condition to help Leeds to victory in the Super League grand final against Wigan.

Players and officials declare Hybrid Rugby game a success

Western Suburbs Captain Shannon Gallant looks for support.

Brad Walter Players and officials involved in the inaugural hybrid rugby match between Wests Magpies and Randwick are keen to play again during next year's pre-season after hailing the concept a success.

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Jamie Soward insists he is committed to Penrith Panthers for 2016

Staying put: Panthers five-eighth Jamie Soward.

Brad Walter Jamie Soward has decided against a move into coaching and wants to play again next season

Stadium investment needed to save Sydney clubs and grow NRL crowds

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 26:  NRL CEO Dave Smith speaks to the media during the 2015 NRL advertising campaign launch at Sydney Opera House on February 26, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Brad Walter There is a reason average NRL crowd figures have changed little for 20 years, NRL chief executive Dave Smith says.

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Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett welcome to raise golden point objection with NRL

Unlikely to receive support: Wayne Bennett.

Brad Walter Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett has been invited to propose an alternative to golden point for future drawn grand finals to the NRL competition committee but his suggestion that such a game be replayed...

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Paul Green's success with North Queensland Cowboys proves value of a coaching apprenticeship

Brad Walter Paul Green is the third coach in as many years to win a premiership early in their NRL careers.

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NRL Grand Final 2015: North Queensland Cowboys triumph in top three grand final wins of all time

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Brad Walter The parallels with Newcastle's win in 1997 are uncanny.

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North Queensland Cowboys star Johnathan Thurston wins Clive Churchill Medal to earn more praise from teammates

Brad Walter North Queensland players paid tribute to Johnathan Thurston after the Cowboys playmaker was rewarded for his grand final winning heroics with the Clive Churchill Medal as man of the match on Sunday...

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North Queensland Cowboys' Paul Green becomes first coach to beat Wayne Bennett in a grand final

Congrats: Johnathan Thurston celebrates with Cowboys coach Paul Green.

Brad Walter Paul Green never won a premiership in his distinguished playing career, but he has done something no other coach has done after outwitting Wayne Bennett in just his second year in charge of the...

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Why Brisbane Broncos five-eighth Anthony Milford is the chosen one

Special: Anthony Milford's talent was identified at an early age.

Brad Walter Anthony Milford's rare talents were spotted when he was only 12 years old.

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Why Paul Green is flying high as North Queensland Cowboys coach

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 01: Paul Green, coach of the Cowboys is interview on stage during the launch of NRL Nation at Darling Harbour on October 1, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Paul Green has his pilot's licence and business interests but he was destined to be a succesful NRL coach.

London calling North Queensland, Brisbane and Sydney Roosters for NRL season opener

Popular players: Supporters take photos at the NRL Grand Final fan day at Darling Harbour.

Brad Walter The Cowboys, Broncos and Roosters considering a proposal to open the 2016 season in London.

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How Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett has stayed at the top: 'Man-management, standards and accountability'

In a chatty mood: Broncos coach Wayne Bennett answers questions at the NRL fan day at Darling Harbour.

Brad Walter Wayne Bennett has been compared to Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho as a great man-manager.

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Indigenous captains Johnathan Thurston and Justin Hodges create grand final history

Indigenous pride: Johnathan Thurston, flanked by Greg Inglis and Tyrone Roberts.

Brad Walter An Indigenous player is set to hold up the premiership trophy no matter which side wins on Sunday.

Battered Johnathan Thurston told: "80 more minutes and your body can have a rest"

Award winner: Johnathan Thurston and fiancee Samantha Lynch on the red carpet ahead of the Dally M Awards satellite function in Townsville.

Brad Walter Johnathan Thurston could barely sit down without being in pain after last weekend's defeat of Melbourne.

Sydney Roosters happy for Aidan Guerra to help retiring Brisbane Broncos great Justin Hodges extend career at judiciary

Happy to help: Aidan Guerra, right, will testify on Justin Hodges' behalf at the NRL judiciary on Tuesday.

Brad Walter and Phil Lutton Sydney Roosters officials have given their blessing for back-rower Aidan Guerra to help Justin Hodges' bid to lead Brisbane in Sunday night's grand final by testifying on his behalf at the NRL...

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Penrith Panthers forward Ben Murdoch-Masila to re-unite with Tim Sheens at Salford

Brad Walter Former Wests Tigers stars Ben Murdoch-Masila and Robert Lui to join Tim Sheens at Salford Reds

How Wayne Bennett's hard-nosed approach turned Brisbane Broncos into contenders

Smiling assassin: Wayne Bennett is a hard task-master.

Brad Walter Wayne Bennett set the tone for Brisbane's premiership charge by sacking himself from the Knights job more than a year ago.