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

Parramatta Eels directors at war in Supreme Court in ugly lead-up to club elections

Chris Barrett and Daniel Lane The upcoming Parramatta election shapes as being as ugly as any in their tumultuous recent history, with a director leading the opposition ticket against the current board heading to the Supreme...

Martin Kennedy heads to court to have drug allegations thrown out

Support: Trent Robinson says Roosters' teammates have reached out to help Kennedy.

Chris Barrett Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson says he and the club do not hold it against Martin Kennedy for not telling them about drug allegations hanging over his head when they re-aquired him from...

Time for independent doctors to assess concussions, says former NRL chief medical officer Ron Muratore

Time for independent doctors: Adam Reynolds leaves the field during the match against the Roosters.

Chris Barrett The NRL's recently departed chief medical officer believes it is time the code introduced independent doctors to assess players suspected of being concussed, saying club medicos were under too much...

Martin Kennedy told to stand down, or Sydney Roosters prop will be banned by NRL

Case to answer: Martin Kennedy celebrates a try with the Brisbane Broncos last year.

Chris Barrett and Adrian Proszenko Sydney Roosters prop Martin Kennedy has been given 24 hours to stand down or be suspended by the NRL after he was on Wednesday issued with an infraction notice stemming from the Australian Sports...

Stand-alone State of Origin period could be Shane Richardson's first move at the NRL

Big plans: Shane Richardson will make scheduling one of his main priorities at the NRL.

Chris Barrett A stand-alone State of Origin period is on the cards under Dave Smith's latest lieutenant at League Central, with Shane Richardson to make scheduling his top priority at the NRL.

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Shane Richardson stands down as South Sydney CEO

SHane Richardson

Chris Barrett South Sydney have announced that the premiers' chief executive, Shane Richardson, will stand down after 11 years with the Rabbitohs

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Channel Nine and NRL close to locking in live Sunday afternoon football

Viewers' frustrations could soon be over, with live Sunday games edging closer to reality.

Chris Barrett Channel Nine have confirmed that live Sunday afternoon games are set to be a feature of the NRL schedule next season.

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Lawyer keen to act for NRL players on NFL-style concussion lawsuits

Found to have had brain damage: Former NRL star Ian Roberts.

Chris Barrett A Sydney lawyer believes he can successfully sue the NRL on behalf of former players who suffered brain injuries from concussions, and has secured private funding to back legal action against the...

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Parramatta Eels great Eric Grothe snr investigated over meat tray deal

Facing questions: Eels legend Eric Grothe snr.

Chris Barrett Parramatta legend Eric Grothe Snr could be expelled from the club with whom he won four premierships over a deal he had to sell meat trays to the club while he was a board member.

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NRL paid $80,000 of Paul Gallen's ASADA legal fees

Expensive outburst: Paul Gallen was fined $50,000.

Chris Barrett Paul Gallen was given nearly $80,000 by the NRL to cover his legal fees while under investigation by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

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Manly Sea Eagles forward Anthony Watmough meeting Parramatta Eels officials to negotiate early release

Chris Barrett Anthony Watmough's high-profile move from Manly to Parramatta could be finalised on Tuesday when he meets Eels officials and coach Brad Arthur.

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James Packer says South Sydney Rabbitohs can be Australia's No.1 football club, and make him more money

James Packer.

Chris Barrett New South Sydney co-owner James Packer says it is not just friendship and sentimentality behind his decision to buy into the NRL premiers; he believes he can make a dollar out of his latest...

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Paul Gallen abuses NRL on Twitter

Paul Gallen missed three games for Cronulla and the Four Nations Tournament due to the ASADA investigation.

Chris Barrett Paul Gallen has left little doubt about his thoughts on Dave Smith's NRL management by taking a swipe at League Central following the sacking of Cronulla chief executive Steve Noyce.

Parramatta Eels to extend coach Brad Arthur's deal

New deal: Parramatta coach Brad Arthur.

Chris Barrett and Adrian Proszenko Parramatta are endeavouring to move ahead with life after Jarryd Hayne and will begin by upgrading and extending the contract of head coach Brad Arthur.

NRL probe of Bronco salary cap irregularities thwarted

FAIRFAX, BRISBANE, BRONCOS.
Brisbane Broncos Leagues club in Red Hill. 
Picture by Paul Harris.
Wednesday 28 April 2010.

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

Rabbitohs turf

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