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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Why Dave Smith and NRL have drawn a line in the sand

Brad Walter Dave Smith says every incident has a price as rugby league fights for hearts and minds.

Josh Jackson credits Canterbury Bulldogs coach Des Hasler for Kangaroos debut

Solid start to Test career: Josh Jackson.

Brad Walter Rookie Australian back-rower Josh Jackson has credited Canterbury coach Des Hasler with his and fellow Bulldogs forward David Klemmer's rise to the Test team.

Poor timing as Raiders recruit Josh Hodgson faces NRL scrutiny

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Brad Walter Josh Hodgson decision to crash through a door could not have come at a worse time.

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Young Kangaroos have chance to stake World Cup claims

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Brad Walter Australian players can take their first step towards a place in the team at the 2017 World Cup after recording the biggest win of the Four Nations tournament against Samoa on Sunday to set up a clash...

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New Zealand Kiwi Ferns prove too strong for Australian Jillaroos

Brad Walter A 79th minute try to backrower Teulia Fotu-Moala capped a second half comeback by New Zealand at WIN Stadium as the Kiwi Ferns avenged their loss to Australia in last year's womens' World Cup...

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Four Nations: 'Under the pump' Kangaroos call up Josh Jackson for Samoa Test

Opportunity knocks: Bulldogs and Australian forward Josh Jackson.

Brad Walter Australian captain Cameron Smith admits it would be "devastating" if the Kangaroos were to lose to Samoa at WIN Stadium on Sunday and become the first Australian team to miss the final of a...

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NSW Blues' success behind Samoa's rise in Four Nations

Workout: Kangaroo and Blue Aaron Woods is held by David Klemmer and Robbie Farah.

Brad Walter NSW's success in State of Origin this season has been the blueprint for Samoa's dramatic improvement in the Four Nations tournament.

Rise of Pacific nation rugby league sides is bad news for Kangaroos

Pita Godinet of Samoa celebrates a try during the Four Nations match against England.

Brad Walter "Our depth is the Samoan team". That was former Kangaroos captain Brad Fittler's take on what had happened to Australia's often touted pools of talent when asked during an interview with the BBC last...

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Josh Papalii vows not to let go of Kangaroos spot again

Promoted: Josh Papalii will start against Samoa after coming off the bench last week.

Brad Walter After a roller coaster 12 months for Australia in which he was robbed in England, celebrated World Cup glory, got dumped for the mid-season Test and is now set to start for the first time in a green...

Steph Hancock to captain Australian Jillaroos women's rugby league team

Brad Walter After being named captain of the Australian women's rugby league team, the first person Steph Hancock phoned was her father, former Queensland Test prop Rohan Hancock.

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Four Nations: No friendships as Kangaroos prop David Klemmer prepares to take on Samoa

Ready for battle: David Klemmer.

Brad Walter David Klemmer has made it clear that friendships will count for nothing when he comes up against club team-mates Frank Pritchard, Tim Lafai and Reni Maitua in Sunday's with Samoa.

Four Nations: Joey Leilua v Michael Jennings in State of Origin showdown

Slippery customer: Michael Jennings escapes the clutches of England's Kallum Watkins last weekend.

Brad Walter Samoa coach Matt Parish has challenged centre Joey Leilua to use his personal duel with Australia's Michael Jennings in Sunday's Four Nations Test at WIN Stadium to prove he is ready for State of...

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Daly Cherry-Evans keen to be part of Manly's new direction

Right direction: Daly Cherry-Evans takes on the line during the Test against England.

Brad Walter Daly Cherry-Evans has backed the ownership changes at Manly and expressed his desire to continuing playing at the club.

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Samoan prop Mose Masoe keen for NRL comeback after St Helens stint

Brad Walter Samoa prop Mose Masoe is keen to return to the NRL - but not before he completes a two-year stint with St Helens next season.

New Kangaroo Sione Mata'utia has mixed emotions over Four Nations clash with Samoa

Sione Mata'utia of Australia is tackled during the Four Nations match between Australia and England at AAMI Park on Sunday.

Brad Walter Australia's youngest Test representative, Sione Mata'utia, admits he will have mixed emotions if chosen to play against Samoa in next Sunday's Four Nations match at WIN Stadium.

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Is it time for England and Pasifika teams to join the NRL

Samoa's strong performances in the Four Nations is an opportunity to put rugby union in the shade.

Brad Walter As NRL bosses begin work on a blueprint for expanding the competition to 18 teams they should look beyond Brisbane and Perth and consider sides from the Pacific nations and England- possibly to be...

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Kangaroos' 16-12 win over England saves Australia's Four Nations hopes

reg Inglis of Australia and Ryan Hall of England contest the ball in goal.

Brad Walter England players claimed they were denied a final minute try that could have resulted in Australia being eliminated from the Four Nations tournament after a gripping Test at AAMI Stadium on Sunday.

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Kangaroos' 16-12 win over England saves Australia's Four Nations hopes

Brad Walter England players claimed they were denied a final minute try that could have resulted in Australia being eliminated from the Four Nations tournament after a gripping Test at AAMI Stadium on Sunday.

Four Nations: Senior Australian players want to instill winning culture in rookies

Valuable lessons learnt: Kangaroos fullback Greg Inglis.

Brad Walter Senior players have vowed to ensure Australia's rookies understand the culture behind the green-and-gold jersey that has meant the Kangaroos have not lost back-to-back Tests since 1978.

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England halfback Matty Smith kicks on after rising through ranks with Wayne Rooney

Multi-talented: Matty Smith feels the fend of Tim Simona.

Brad Walter A former member of Everton's Youth Academy at the same time as Wayne Rooney may hold the key to England's hopes of creating history by beating Australia in Sunday's Four Nations match at AAMI Park.