Andrew Webster

Andrew Webster

Andrew Webster is the Chief Sports Writer of The Sydney Morning Herald

Why Jarryd Hayne is heading to the NFL: 'I can be as good as they are'

Andrew Webster When Jarryd Hayne flew to the US in September for a tour of Super Bowl champions Seattle Seahawks and college powerhouse Washington State, he hadn't made the decision that has knocked rugby league...

'I'm happy now, because I can see the end': South Sydney Rabbitoh Ben Te'o preparing for grand finale

Raging Rabbitoh: Ben Te'o will be playing his final match on Sunday.

Andrew Webster Only those close to Te'o truly understand what last year cost him.

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Title would be Russell Crowe's greatest performance

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Andrew Webster Rugby league sometimes takes for granted that it has an actor of Marlon Brando's calibre owning its proudest and most storied footy club.

South Sydney's surge towards a premiership is a great reminder the game belongs to the people

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Andrew Webster A lot of history will be rewritten this week. South Sydney people, though, have long memories.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs seal place in grand final, 43 years in the making

Once more with feeling: Chris McQueen shows Greg Inglis the love.

Andrew Webster The Forty-three. They don’t talk about it at training at Redfern. They didn’t talk about it before Friday night’s game at ANZ Stadium.

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Penrith captain Jamie Soward: The heart of a Panther

Energizer bunny: Jamie Soward.

Andrew Webster You won't find a quote from Jamie Soward in this story until the end. He's said so much about himself this season, there's not much more he can say.

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The NRL is a mess - Head of football Todd Greenberg needs to do his job and fix it

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Andrew Webster Greenberg hasn't brought clarity to the game. The game is a mess. The game is a conflagration of edicts, clampdowns, new rules and policy on the run.

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Des Hasler really is a mad scientist


Andrew Webster I love Des Hasler stories, even if Des Hasler won't talk to me. Even if he won't let me talk to anyone about Des Hasler.

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Sonny Bill Williams is frustrated at his Sydney Roosters teammates, so watch out Cowboys


Andrew Webster It’s time for Sonny Bill Williams to fire up. So to speak.

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Why this is the year for the South Sydney Rabbitohs

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Andrew Webster It's now or never for South Sydney, but what few realise is how it could have been a season of nothing at all.

Trent Robinson is keeping the Sydney Roosters honest

Man of few words: Trent Robinson.

Andrew Webster We don't lie down. That's not an edict at the Roosters but a philosophy, and that’s where Trent Robinson is different from the rest.

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Manly Sea Eagles should make the tough calls and start again

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Andrew Webster "We built this club." I've heard of this remark, from a senior Manly player to a club official, a few times throughout the season.

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Nick Politis and Phil Gould put friendship before football

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Andrew Webster Phil Gould lost one of the first games he coached at the Roosters. In the wash-up, Nick Politis asked him what he thought about the performance of his team.

Much ado about nothing proves league has lost the plot

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Andrew Webster What's worse: a player with a broken ankle from a wrestling move or Michael Ennis trying to slow the play down with some niggle and a whinge to the referee?

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Manly Sea Eagles not divided, says Daly Cherry-Evans

Cherry blossoms: Daly Cherry-Evans is one of the best halfbacks in the game.

Andrew Webster Whether it is unfair or not, the unmistakable fact is that Cherry-Evans has been demonised as the individual pulling the Sea Eagles apart.

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Video referees are strangling the life out of the game, and it's time to get rid of them

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Andrew Webster Rugby league, you have a problem. You need to abolish the video referee.

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Blackest day for NRL and AFL keeps taking dark turns

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Andrew Webster The blackest day in Australian sport … when was that again?

NRL needs to get a grip on scourge of wrestling as South Sydney push the limits

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Andrew Webster "Make me spew". These are the words Michael Maguire has been known to tell members of his coaching staff from time to time.

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Price of deal for players caught up in Cronulla Sharks' supplements scandal is reputation

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Andrew Webster The offer on the table appears too good to be true: a backdated one-year ban, which means you miss precious little footy and some of the pre-season sandhills?

Cronulla Sharks might be relieved at light doping bans but there are bigger fish to fry

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Andrew Webster Cronulla players past and present will meet ASADA and NRL suits in Sydney on Wednesday.

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