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

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RLWC: Brent Tate in for Kangaroos as Sheens rings changes

Brad Walter Australian coach Tim Sheens is weighing up the possibility of Canberra enforcer Josh Papalii playing centre if the Kangaroos suffer another injury to an outside back during Saturday's World Cup...

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Kangaroos graze on hallowed turf of Harrow

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19:  Billy Slater (R) and pupils from Harrow School sit on benches watching his team mates train as he receives treatment on his knee during the Australia Training Session at Harrow School on November 19, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Only the world's best or those who can afford the £60,000 ($103,000) annual school fees get to walk on Harrow's "hallowed turf" where the Kangaroos have been training for the weekend's World...

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Brent Tate may switch to forwards as Billy Slater is ruled out of Kangaroos' World Cup semi-final

Brent Tate

Brad Walter LONDON: Brent Tate told Australian coach Tim Sheens before the World Cup that he would be play in the front row if neccesary to gain selection and while he may not have to go to those lengths the...

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Sam Burgess urged to get under Sonny Bill Williams' skin in World Cup semi-final

Sam Burgess

Brad Walter LONDON: Sam Burgess has been told to "square up" to Sonny Bill Williams in a bid to put him off his game in this weekend's World Cup semi-final and the England star says he is looking forward to the...

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Player warned for crusher tackle on Sonny Bill Williams

Brad Walter The player who left Sonny Bill Williams fearing he had suffered a serious neck injury in last weekend's World Cup quarter final has received a formal caution from the tournament's match review...

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Billy Slater a chance for shock return

WREXHAM, WALES - NOVEMBER 16:  Billy Slater of Australia during the Rugby League World Cup Quarter Final match between Australia and USA at Racecourse Ground on November 16, 2013 in Wrexham, Wales.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Billy Slater refuses to concede his World Cup campaign is over, and has been undergoing around-the-clock physiotherapy in a desperate bid to play against Fiji in next weekend's semi-final at Wembley...

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Joseph Paulo on journey from captain America to NRL star

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Brad Walter After captaining the USA in Saturday's World Cup defeat at Wrexham, Joseph Paulo approached Parramatta teammate Jarryd Hayne to discuss how a similar experience with Fiji in the 2008 tournament had...

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Morris the centre of attention as Sheens looks to Tate on bench

Brad Walter Australian coach Tim Sheens is considering using Brent Tate from the interchange bench and playing Michael Jennings on the wing as part of a revamp forced by the loss of star fullback Billy Slater.

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Sonny Bill Williams looks to Rugby League World Cup semis after crusher scare

Sonny Bill Williams

Brad Walter New Zealand superstar Sonny Bill Williams has described hearing a crack in his neck after a crusher tackle by Scotland forward Adam Walker as one of the most frightening moments of his sporting...

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Injuries threaten to derail Australia's World Cup campaign

Australia's Jarryd Hayne is tackled by US player Matthew Petersen, during the World Cup Rugby League quarterfinal match at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham Wales, Saturday Nov. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Martin Rickett/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

Brad Walter Injuries have suddenly become a major threat to Australia's hopes of regaining the World Cup after Billy Slater was assisted from the field with the knee problem in the Kangaroos' quarter-final...

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Development is the name of the game at the Rugby League World Cup

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Brad Walter As the World Cup moves into sudden death mode, calls are set to grow for rugby league's powerbrokers to do more for the development of minnow nations - and referees.

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Wiggles pay tribute to USA Tomahawks with YouTube song

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Brad Walter Wiggles founder Anthony Field will "move heaven and earth" to accept an invitation to attend the USA Tomahawks quarter-final clash with Australia after a song and video inspired by their shock World...

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RLWC: USA Tomahawks dare to dream

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Brad Walter It might have only been a brief at the back of the sports section that incorrectly credited Joseph Paulo with two tries instead of one, but the fact the World Cup feats of the USA Tomahawks have made...

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Sam Burgess' ban is light by NRL standards

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Brad Walter England forward Sam Burgess would have been banned for up to eight matches in the NRL for his high shot on Australia's Sam Thaiday and even with the World Cup's more lenient judiciary rules the South...

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Italy set to suffer in flawed World Cup draw

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Brad Walter Italy's 32-16 defeat of Wales has highlighted an inherent flaw in the World Cup draw which must be corrected before the next tournament as changes to the eligibility rules will ensure the emerging...

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World Cup: Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens wary of slow start

Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens

Brad Walter Australian coach Tim Sheens has been worried about this weekend's opening World Cup game against England for 19 months.

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Eels' coaches caught in a vicious cycle of the board's creation

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Brad Walter Jason Taylor may have dodged a bullet when he missed out on the Eels coaching job. The creation of a general manager of football role being as much an acknowledgement that coaches aren't guaranteed...

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Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens on high alert for English revival

Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens

Brad Walter Australian coach Tim Sheens and his players have vowed not to underestimate England in Saturday's World Cup opener after the host nation's shock loss to Italy in a warm-up match at Salford City...

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Kangaroos told to be wary as Italy's job on England has them over the moon

Anthony Minichiello

Brad Walter Italy captain Anthony Minichiello has warned the Kangaroos to brace for England to bounce back in next weekend's World Cup opener after their shock 15-14 loss to the Azzurri in a warm-up match.

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Papalii can't recall late-night robbery

Josh Papalli

Brad Walter Kangaroos forward Josh Papalii was ''shaken'' after being robbed of £200 ($335) during a night out in Manchester, but the Canberra star is unlikely to make a formal complaint to police as he can't...