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

League

RLPA backs moves for 18th man as concussion debate continues

Brad Walter Issue of teams having 18th man has resurfaced in wake of NRL's new concussion guidelines

League

Parramatta Eels forward Darcy Lussick facing six-week ban

The aftermath: Darcy Lussick's hit on Waerea-Hargreaves sparked an altercation.

Brad Walter Parramatta forward Darcy Lussick faces a six-match ban after being charged with a grade-four reckless high tackle for his shot on Sydney Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves on the weekend.

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League

Fifita signing a fast reaction to new rule interpretations

Brad Walter dinkus

Brad Walter Canterbury's recruitment of Cronulla prop Andrew Fifita and hooker Michael Lichaa is the first reaction to the new rule interpretations introduced in the NRL this season.

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League

Wests Tigers don't have much time to recover

Martin Taupau of the Tigers.

Brad Walter Wests Tigers players will have just two light training sessions this week as they try to recover from playing in Sunday's furnace-like conditions on the Gold Coast in time for Friday night's clash...

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League

Big hit may await Darcy Lussick at judiciary

High shot

Michael Chammas, Adrian Proszenko and Brad Walter Parramatta forward Darcy Lussick faces a potential seven-week ban for his high tackle on Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, his sixth charge in two and a half years.

Anthony Minichiello hat-trick stuns teammates

Not slowing down: Anthony Minichiello.

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters team-mates were stunned to learn that skipper Anthony Minichiello's three try effort in the club's record 56-4 route of Parramatta was the first hat-trick of his illustrious 15-year...

League

'It was pretty clear that was a send off': Robinson slams decision to leave Lussick on the field

Heat of the moment: Eels and Roosters players square up after Darcy Lussick's high tackle on Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

Brad Walter Darcy Lussick apologised to Jared Waerea-Hargreaves for an ugly high shot that had Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson questioning why the Parramatta forward wasn't sent off during the premiers...

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League

Anthony Minichiello magic inspires Sydney Roosters' rout of Eels

Anthony Minichiello

Brad Walter Anthony Minichiello scored the first hat-trick of his illustrious 15-year career on a horror night for Parramatta.

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League

Concussion in NRL: Todd Lowrie praised for cautious approach

Todd Lowrie leaves the field in round one.

Brad Walter Rugby League Players' Association welfare manager Michael Crocker has praised Brisbane forward Todd Lowrie for not returning to the field in last Friday's defeat of the Bulldogs, despite passing a...

League

NRL's concussion crackdown means utility players are more important than ever

Man in demand: St Helens utility Lance Hohaia has been sounded out about returning to the NRL.

Brad Walter Versatile footballers have never been more valuable since the NRL's concussion crackdown.

League

More mature Issac Luke proves his value to South Sydney

Full of running: Luke makes plenty of metres around the ruck.

Brad Walter Luke has consistently proven in the past 12 months that he is more than worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as Cameron Smith.

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League

Sharks prop Andrew Fifita breaks down after telling teammates of Canterbury Bulldogs switch

Andrew Fifita

Brad Walter, Daniel Lane Test prop Andrew Fifita broke down and cried after Monday night's loss to Gold Coast as he told Cronulla team-mates the reasons he had accepted a four year $3.4 million deal with Canterbury.

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League

Remaining Burgess brothers committed to South Sydney Rabbitohs

Rabbitohs.Redfern.March 11th, 2014.Photo.Sahlan Hayes.SMH Sport.South Sydney training at Redfern.

Brad Walter Sam Burgess has already shown his commitment to South Sydney on the field, and now his brothers are doing the same off it by pledging that they have no intention to follow him back to England.

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League

Cameron Smith stays with Melbourne Storm

Cameron Smith

Brad Walter Australian captain Cameron Smith is set to surpass Darren Lockyer's record for the most NRL games after signing a new four-year deal with Melbourne Storm.

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League

NRL plays waiting game on 18th man proposal for concussion

Knock: Tyrone Roberts

Brad Walter and Michael Carayannis NRL clubs and officials want to wait until the impact of the game’s new concussion policy becomes clearer before considering a recommendation by doctors to introduce an 18th man as a replacement for...

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Nathan Peats stood down over off-season incident

In hot water: Nathan Peats.

Brad Walter Parramatta hooker Nathan Peats has been stood down from Saturday night's match against Sydney Roosters over an off-season incident in Bali.

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League

Big stadiums makes dollars and sense for NRL clubs

Die-hard fans: Dragon supporters made the trek to Sydney Olympic Park to support their team against the Tigers.

Brad Walter St George Illawarra fans complaining about having to travel to ANZ Stadium to see their team play games should consider whether they want a team to watch at all.

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Rugby League

Comeback win one of Melbourne Storm's greatest, says Cameron Smith

Cameron Smith.

James Macsmith, Brad Walter Cameron Smith has hailed Melbourne's epic 23-22 round one golden point win over Manly as one of the club's greatest victories.

Sonny Bill Williams out for three weeks

Sonny Bill Williams looks up at a replay of his shoulder charge during the match against Souths.

Brad Walter A frustrated Sonny Bill Williams will accept a three-match ban for a shoulder charge in last Thursday night's season opener, denying Sydney Roosters and the NRL of one of the game's biggest drawcards...

League

Gareth Widdop stars as Dragons outlast Tigers

Dragons

Brad Walter England five-eighth Gareth Widdop demonstrated why St George Illawarra had paid big money to sign him by spearheading the Dragons to a 44-24 defeat of Wests Tigers in his first appearance for the...

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