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

Aiden Guerra set for Kangaroos berth as absences force Tim Sheens' hand

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters second-rower Aiden Guerra is set to be rewarded for a standout season with selection in the Australian squad for the end-of-season Four Nations tournament.

Who 'duped' Cronulla Sharks players and how did they do it?

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Brad Walter NRL chief executive Dave Smith and his ASADA counterpart, Ben McDevitt, say past and present Cronulla players were "duped" into taking performance-enhancing drugs while at the club in 2011.

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Cronulla Sharks to ensure Shane Flanagan is more accountable when he returns from ban

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Brad Walter Suspended Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan must agree to be more accountable to the club's board before returning to the job, under a new structure aimed at ensuring the Sharks never again expose their...

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Cronulla Sharks players angry and upset over ASADA offer that was too good to refuse

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Brad Walter Some members of Cronulla’s 2011 squad were in tears on Thursday night as they decided to accept backdated suspensions for unknowingly taking prohibited substances.

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Cronulla Sharks players accept doping bans

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Brad Walter Cronulla captain Paul Gallen is one of 10 current NRL players to accept an ASADA deal which would result in a 12-month ban, back-dated to November 2013 for their involvement in the supplements...

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Players look set to take ASADA deal if WADA plays ball

Brad Walter Past and present Cronulla players were seeking assurances on Thursday night that WADA would not appeal if they accepted backdated suspensions for unknowingly taking prohibited substances.

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No guarantees WADA won't appeal Cronulla Sharks' backdated suspensions

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Brad Walter World Anti-Doping Authority officials have refused to rule out an appeal against the backdated suspensions offered to members of Cronulla's 2011 squad that would allow the players to miss just three...

Cronulla Sharks players urged not to accept reduced bans in ASADA case

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Brad Walter Members of Cronulla’s 2011 squad, who have been called to a meeting on Wednesday with ASADA and the NRL, have been advised not to accept a reduced suspension simply to bring the 18-month saga...

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NRL club bosses want better deal regarding match scheduling

Seeking a better deal: NRL cubs wants a re-look at where and when big matches are played.

Brad Walter NRL chief executives want a review of the way matches are scheduled in the hope that clubs may be able to get a more even share of afternoon and night games.

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NRL ground manager who upset Parramatta Eels ballboys escapes action

Brad Walter The NRL has offered support to the Parramatta ball boys involved in last Friday night's controversial loss to Canterbury but ruled out any action against the ground manager who allegedly told them he...

NRL scheduling: clubs want a fairer share of night and day matches

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Brad Walter NRL chief executives want a review of the way matches are scheduled in the hope that clubs may be able to get a more even share of afternoon and night games.

Stars caught up in Sharks inquiry told not to ignore rights before meeting with NRL and ASADA

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Brad Walter Members of Cronulla's 2011 squad called to a meeting on Wednesday with ASADA and the NRL have been advised not to accept a reduced suspension simply to bring the 18-month saga to an end, while...

Cronulla Sharks wary of discount doping bans

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Brad Walter Players involved in the supplement program at Cronulla in 2011 are wary of accepting bans of six months or less as they maintain they never knowingly took any prohibited substances.

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Pasifika award to give Sam Perrett, Jerome Ropati a taste of UCLA

Sam Perrett is also an an education ambassador at the Bulldogs.

Brad Walter Canterbury fullback Sam Perrett and Warriors centre Jerome Ropati will spend time during the off-season as student athletes at UCLA in Los Angeles after being chosen as the inaugural winners of the...

Why NRL clubs want more Sunday afternoon matches

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Brad Walter If the upcoming clash between Canterbury and South Sydney was played on a Sunday afternoon, officials believe it could draw a crowd of about 50,000 at ANZ Stadium but the chances of such a game being...

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ASADA pain could end soon for Cronulla Sharks

Season to forget: Dejected Sharks players after conceding another try against Melbourne on Saturday.

Brad Walter After 18 months of anguish and uncertainty, the worst could finally be over for Cronulla officials, players and supporters.

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Obeid family members wanted to become directors of Parramatta Eels

Keen on the Eels: Eddie Obeid.

Adrian Proszenko, Kate McClymont and Brad Walter Parramatta officials were in talks with the Obeids about the prospect of some family members becoming Eels directors prior to patriarch Eddie being found guilty of corruption by the ICAC.

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Past and present Cronulla Sharks players told to be on standby for a meeting with ASADA

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Brad Walter The 18-month long investigation into the supplements program at Cronulla in 2011 is set to move a step closer to finalisation with players who were at the club three years ago told to be on standby...

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Josh Hoffman may have played his last game for Brisbane Broncos

Josh Hoffman of the Broncos receives attention in the second half.

Brad Walter New Zealand Test fullback Josh Hoffman may have played his last game for the Broncos after suffering a broken leg in Thursday night's 42-16 loss to South Sydney at ANZ Stadium.

South Sydney Rabbitohs captaincy bringing out the best in Greg Inglis, say teammates

Captain fantastic: Greg Inglis.

Brad Walter South Sydney team-mates believe the captaincy is bringing out the best in Greg Inglis after the superstar fullback turned in another brilliant performance to lead the premiership favourites to a...