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Chris Barrett is a Sports Writer with The Sydney Morning Herald.

NRL probe of Bronco salary cap irregularities thwarted

Chris Barrett The NRL have admitted they were unable to fully investigate claims of serious salary cap irregularities at Brisbane because they could not access documents from the Broncos Leagues Club or speak to...

Brett Stewart to be targeted by Parramatta as Jarryd Hayne replacement

NRL. round 16. Manly Sea eagles vs Sydney Roosters. Brookvale Oval.
Brett Stewart makes a break
Friday 27th June, 2014
Photos: Anthony Johnson

Chris Barrett Parramatta are likely to try to entice former NSW State of Origin and Australian fullback Brett Stewart from Manly as a replacement for NFL-bound Jarryd Hayne.

Packer and Crowe bromance shows business and friendship do mix

Russell Crowe and James Packer.

Chris Barrett In the second half of last year South Sydney were in talks with staff from the sponsorship team at Crown Resorts about their new $3 million backing of the Rabbitohs.

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How African tragedy led to South Sydney Rabbitohs part-owner Peter Holmes a Court deciding to sell up

Peter Holmes a Court was to be married in Botswana but has postponed the nuptials after a guest was killed on a tram ride.

Chris Barrett It was after an horrific train crash in Zimbabwe in July, in the days before he married his American sweetheart, that Peter Holmes a Court decided he was going to sell his stake in South Sydney.

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James Packer to purchase Peter Holmes a Court's share in the South Sydney Rabbitohs

James Packer

Chris Barrett James Packer is set to finalise the purchase of Peter Holmes a Court's share in the South Sydney Rabbitohs, completing a dramatic week in which the club won its first premiership in 43 years.

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Turf from South Sydney Rabbitohs' triumph already replaced

Chris Barrett The stage for South Sydney's greatest triumph in 43 years is already no more.

'He's like one of my kids': Michael Maguire tells why he gave his premiership ring to Issac Luke

One big happy family: Issac Luke celebrates the grand final win, for which the hooker was suspended, with the Rabbitohs faithful.

Chris Barrett South Sydney coach Michael Maguire says he decided he would give his premiership ring to Issac Luke the moment the hooker lost his judiciary appeal last week, describing the suspended hooker as "like...

South Sydney coach Michael Maguire gives Issac Luke his premiership ring

Plenty to smile about: Issac Luke and Michael Maguire of the Rabbitohs.

Chris Barrett South Sydney coach Michael Maguire has handed over his premiership ring to hooker Issac Luke, reducing the suspended Rabbitoh to tears after he was forced to watch the historic grand final win from...

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Shane Richardson's words prove prophetic as Greg Inglis leads line on road to 21st title

Pumped up: Greg Inglis, of the Rabbitohs, celebrates the famous win.

Chris Barrett When South Sydney pulled off the signing of Greg Inglis a few years back, their chief executive, Shane Richardson, declared privately that the Rabbitohs had just won their 21st premiership.

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Five-eighth Josh Reynolds embraces Canterbury Bulldogs' multicultural community

Affinity: Josh Reynolds with Bulldogs fans at Belmore this week.

Chris Barrett Josh Reynolds has heard it from his house in Belmore most nights this week. The drums, the chanting, the car horns and the dancing.

Canterbury Bulldogs become an agent for unity in a community plagued by fear and suspicion

United by their differences: James Graham with supporters at the club’s fan day on Tuesday.

Chris Barrett When three rugby league fans were removed from the grandstand at a semi-final at Allianz Stadium two weeks ago, they were asked by police about their use of their mobile phones, which another...

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Shane Richardson rings in changes that haul South Sydney up from death watch to top notch

Richardson with Crowe in Brisbane, 2013.

Chris Barrett Shane Richardson took on the top job at South Sydney for the challenge, but he had no idea just how bad things were at the famous club.

WADA rules out appealing Cronulla Sharks sanctions but hits out at ASADA

In the firing line: ASADA boss Ben McDevitt.

Chris Barrett The World Anti-Doping Agency has confirmed it will not appeal the backdated bans handed to 12 Cronulla players in August, but in a scathing assessment has blamed ASADA time wasting for the leniency...

South Sydney to go ahead with $20 million headquarters at Heffron Park

Big plans: South Sydney chief executive Shane Richardson.

Chris Barrett South Sydney intend to turn soil in the new year on the $20 million development they believe will make them a powerhouse for generations regardless if they can secure state and federal government...

Russell Crowe staying with Souths, says Rabbitohs boss

Russell Crowe embraces Issac Luke of the Rabbitohs after the first preliminary final between the Rabbitohs and the Roosters on Friday.

Chris Barrett His beloved South Sydney are on the brink of achieving their holy grail but Russell Crowe has no intention of surrendering his stake in the club if his mission is completed with a premiership on...

NRL Grand Final: South Sydney Rabbitohs and Canterbury Bulldogs risk loss of competition points for concussion breaches

Early-season concussion: Josh Jackson was allowed to play on despite a head knock against Cronulla in round two.

Chris Barrett South Sydney and Canterbury have been warned that the microscope on concussion will be intensified in the grand final.

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Canterbury's Josh Reynolds reveals family the target of social media attack

Chris Barrett Josh Reynolds has revealed the extent of his despair at the abuse directed at him and his family last month, but says the ordeal had equipped him for the rest of his career in the spotlight.

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Canterbury Bulldogs prop James Graham to quell disappointment at Sam Burgess' departure for finals' glory

Chris Barrett James Graham was rooming with Sam Burgess as the South Sydney import was beginning to mull over one of the biggest decisions of his career.

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Scrappy Canterbury Bulldogs unlikely to strike great fear into heart of South Sydney Rabbitohs

Jamal Idris gets collared by Josh Reynolds on Saturday night.

Chris Barrett Canterbury weren't the only winners on Saturday night. The second preliminary final of the weekend was also a moral victory for South Sydney.

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Investigation into Parramatta Leagues Club former chairman takes a step forward

Former Parramatta chairman Roy Spagnolo.

Chris Barrett A state government investigation into allegations of membership tampering and other irregularities at Parramatta Leagues Club has taken a significant step with the industry regulator referring...