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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

South Sydney Rabbitohs players praise leaner Glenn Stewart

Brad Walter A slimmed down Glenn Stewart's new South Sydney teammates believe the addition of the former Test back-rower has helped lift the premiers to new heights during the pre-season.

ARLC chairman John Grant calls for NRL clubs to take more responsibility in managing player workloads

Brad Walter Just days before the season kick-off, the game's bosses have called for clubs to take more responsibility in managing the workloads of the NRL's elite players following revelations that training...

Manly Sea Eagles raise concerns about NRL conflict of interest in Daly Cherry-Evans' Gold Coast Titans negotiations

On the move? Manly star Daly Cherry-Evans.

Brad Walter  Manly chief executive Joe Kelly has raised concerns about the NRL owning a club that is trying to lure away star Sea Eagles halfback Daly Cherry-Evans following revelations of a meeting last...

Gold Coast Titans first NRL club to test for illicit substances, says founding chairman Paul Broughton

State of Origin star Greg Bird is one of eight current or ex-Titans players facing charges.

Brad Walter  The Titans were the first NRL club to test players for illicit substances and did everything possible to prevent a drugs culture infiltrating the club, according to founding chairman Paul...

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CEO Dave Smith says cashed-up NRL to consider more teams and fewer games

Pointing in the right direction: NRL CEO Dave Smith.

Brad Walter NRL chief executive Dave Smith has confirmed that a decision would be made this year on whether to expand the competition in 2018 and revealed that consideration would also be given to reducing the...

'Expect us to get harder': ARLC chairman John Grant's warning on NRL player behaviour

There must be consequences: John Grant says they will not accept bad player behaviour.

Brad Walter ARLC chairman John Grant has warned that the game is set to get tougher on off-field misbehaviour in the wake of the cocaine scandal at the Gold Coast Titans and the arrest of two South Sydney...

NRL to reveal financial support given to struggling clubs

Money man: NRL chief executive Dave Smith has helped put the game on a strong financial footing.

Brad Walter The exact amount the NRL spent to support financially stricken clubs last year will be revealed when the annual report is handed down at Friday's 2014 Business Review.

Scotland Rugby Union target Kiwis fullback Kevin Locke to switch codes and countries

Potential code hopper: Former Warriors fullback Kevin Locke.

Brad Walter Scotland Rugby Union officials have confirmed their interest in signing Kiwis fullback Kevin Locke and Super League club Salford won't stand in the way of him switching codes and countries to play in...

Gold Coast Titans veteran Will Zillman defends club's culture amid drug allegations

Sticking up for his club: Will Zillman speaks to the media during the 2015 NRL advertising campaign launch at Sydney Opera House.

Brad Walter Gold Coast veteran Will Zillman has defended the culture at the Titans, declaring: "The club is bigger than a couple of players."

World Club Series set to be expanded in 2016 and include top 3 teams

On board: Russell Crowe took a group of investors from his latest movie to the World Club Challenge encounter at the weekend.

Brad Walter The World Club Series may be expanded further next year to include four teams from both the NRL and Super League, including this season's top three highest finishing sides.

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World Club Challenge: How South Sydney coach Michael Maguire has re-invented the Rabbitohs

South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire.

Brad Walter It is almost impossible to replace a player like Sam Burgess, so South Sydney coach Michael Maguire didn't try and instead changed the way the Rabbitohs play.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs put NRL rivals on notice with record World Club Challenge win

Bunny hop: Luke Keary leaps onto Joel Reddy after the winger scored their seventh try against St Helens.

Brad Walter South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds and his team-mates insisted they did not know the 78th minute field goal he kicked when the Rabbitohs led St Helens 38-0 had secured them a record World Club...

Wigan coach Shaun Wane backs Sydney Roosters recruit Joe Burgess

Brad Walter Wigan coach Shaun Wane would make Sydney Roosters-bound winger Joe Burgess play out the season for third-tier Workington if he believed his mind was already on his shift to the NRL next year.

Broncos coach Wayne Bennett bemused by bizarre end to World Club Series win over Wigan

Brad Walter Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett had never seen anything like the controversial end to his team's 14-12 World Club Series defeat of Wigan in which Warriors centre Anthony Gelling was sinbinned for...

World Club Series: Brisbane Broncos score controversial extra-time win over Wigan Warriors

Rocks and diamonds: Star Broncos recruit Anthony Milford made some trademark dashes and some telling mistakes.

Brad Walter A Corey Parker penalty goal handed Brisbane a controversial 14-12 golden point win over Wigan as the second match of the World Club Series ended in bizarre circumstances at DW Stadium.

St George Illawarra Dragons stand forced Trent Merrin to leave club

Trent Merrin

Brad Walter An emotional Trent Merrin has described his decision to leave St George Illawarra as the toughest of his career, but he felt he had no choice.

St George Illawarra Dragons edge Warrington Wolves in spiteful World Club Series opener

Marshall lore: Benji Marshall, left, tackles Warrington's Ben Currie.  The former Tiger scored two tries in the World Club Series clash.

Brad Walter St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor believes the Dragons 18-12 defeat of Warrington in the opening World Club Series match at Halliwell Jones Stadium has given his team the perfect platform for...

Battle between Rabbitohs hooker Issac Luke and St Helens rake James Roby could decide World Club Challenge

Cloud nine: South Sydney hooker Issac Luke trains in Wigan.

Brad Walter South Sydney's battle for world supremacy against St Helens may also be a duel to determine which hooker is the heir apparent to Cameron Smith's No.

South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire: 'We have got to be a better club'

Standard bearer: Souths coach Michael Maguire.

Brad Walter Tell Michael Maguire that if South Sydney beat St Helens he will become the first coach to have won the World Club Challenge, NRL and Super League premierships, the Challenge Cup and Auckland Nines...