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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

St George Illawarra captain Jason Nightingale praises best defensive effort in memory

Brad Walter St George Illawarra's stand in captain Jason Nightingale has praised the defensive effort behind Saturday night's 12-4 defeat of Manly as the best by a Dragons team in recent memory.

Josh Dugan puts his hand up for the NSW Blues State of Origin jersey as St George Illawarra Dragons edge Manly Sea Eagles

Making things happen: Josh Dugan had an impressive all-round game.

Brad Walter Josh Dugan staked another strong claim for the vacant NSW No.1 jersey by leading St George Illawarra to a gritty win over an injury hit Manly at WIN Stadium.

NRL interchange shake-up signals the return of the little man

Big concerns: Burly Dragons prop George Rose.

Brad Walter The NRL makes no secret of the fact that anticipated changes to the interchange and the composition of the bench are aimed at encouraging the return of the little man as a key attacking weapon in the...

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Push to alter NRL bench and interchange

New bench marks: The NRL interchange rules are set to change.

Brad Walter NRL teams may carry replacement players on their reserves benches next season for the first time since 1990, while the number of interchanges could be reduced to as few as six.

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NRL set for mid-season trial of video referee bunker system

Big decisions: NRL head of football Todd Greenberg.

Brad Walter The NRL is set to trial an NHL-style video referee bunker midway through the season to determine whether it produces better and faster decisions.

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NRL clubs face loss of competition points over concussion breaches

Time to act: Adam Reynolds leaves the field during the match against the Roosters.

Brad Walter The NRL is ready to deduct competition points and suspend the accreditation of football club staff to ensure clubs abide by the concussion rules after expressing concerns about incidents in the first...

Why clubs avoid tough decisions on star players

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Brad Walter Kieran Foran or Daly Cherry-Evans? That was the agonising choice Manly should have made to avoid losing both of their star playmakers, but the current NRL player transfer system makes it too...

Former greats call for crackdown on late shots before an NRL star breaks ribs like Todd Carney

Target for defenders: North Queensland halfback Johnathan Thurston was on the receiving end of some questionable treatment against Newcastle in Townsville last weekend.

Brad Walter The match review committee has been monitoring an increase of late shots on playmakers since midway through last season, but no charges are likely to laid against defenders for doing so unless there...

South Sydney doctor under no pressure to clear Adam Reynolds for return, says Michael Maguire

Happy with doctor: South Sydney coach Michael Maguire.

Brad Walter South Sydney coach Michael Maguire insists all of the correct concussion protocols were followed before club doctor Andrew McDonald cleared halfback Adam Reynolds to return in last Sunday's 34-26...

Sea Eagles chairman Scott Penn says club will survive departures of Daly Cherry-Evans and Kieran Foran

Brad Walter Before three rounds of the NRL had been played, Daly Cherry-Evans and Kieran Foran had signed deals to leave the club. But club chairman Scott Penn says don't dismiss the Sea Eagles.

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Cameron Smith reveals Beau Scott's late hit on Johnathan Thurston not his first

Not the first time: At the launch of the State of Origin match to be played at the MCG, Cameron Smith heaped more criticism on Newcastle's Beau Scott.

Brad Walter Australian captain Cameron Smith has called for tougher action to be taken over late hits  on playmakers and revealed that his Melbourne teammate Billy Slater was last year injured by a similar...

NSW skipper Paul Gallen backs Josh Dugan to wear Blues No.1 jersey

Blues brothers: Trent Merrin and Josh Dugan after game two in 2014.

Brad Walter NSW captain Paul Gallen has thrown his support behind St George Illawarra fullback Josh Dugan to fill the No.

Roosters doctor sparks concussion debate: "What if it was Mitchell Pearce?"

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters doctor Ameer Ibrahim has questioned how South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds was allowed to return in Sunday's match at ANZ Stadium and called for independent doctors to rule on...

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Why Manly Sea Eagles coach Geoff Toovey is being kept in the dark

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Brad Walter It may have been embarrassing for Geoff Toovey but the fact he learned of key developments at Manly while on television is simply the latest example of club bosses trying to regain power from coaches.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs' self-belief sky high after storming win over the Roosters

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15:  Issac Luke of the Rabbitohs celebrates his try during the round two NRL match between South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium on March 15, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Renee McKay/Getty Images)

Brad Walter South Sydney players credited the self-belief they have gained from last year’s premiership win for their come-from-behind defeat of Sydney Roosters in another epic clash between the long-time...

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South Sydney Rabbitohs down Sydney Roosters in epic NRL round two clash

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15:  Alex Johnston of the Rabbitohs celebrates with his team mates after scoring a try during the round two NRL match between South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium on March 15, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Brad Walter South Sydney overcame the loss of halfback Adam Reynolds to further their favouritism for back-to-back premierships after coming from behind to beat Sydney Roosters in an epic battle at ANZ Stadium.

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Fijian winger Eto Nabuli set to become a cult hero for St George Illawarra Dragons

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Brad Walter Fiji winger Eto Nabuli doesn't quite know to expect from the crowd at Campbelltown Stadium for Monday night's clash with Wests Tigers after contrasting receptions in his first two matches for St...

Media-shy Rabbitoh Issac Luke overcomes aversion to cameras in name of leadership

Follow the leader: Issac Luke offloads during Souths training at Redfern Oval.

Brad Walter Issac Luke has always regarded Cameron Smith as the benchmark for hookers, but now he wants to emulate the Melbourne and Australian captain off the field, too.

Chris Sandow, Semi Radradra and Beau Champion injured in Parramatta Eels loss

Injury woe: Semi Radradra of the Eels is helped from the field.

Brad Walter Parramatta coach Brad Arthur is resigned to being without key players Chris Sandow, Semi Radradra and Beau Champion for next Saturday's match against the Warriors.

Canterbury Bulldogs coach Des Hasler pushes Brett Morris for NSW Origin fullback spot

Enjoying life at the back: Brett Morris.

Brad Walter Canterbury coach Des Hasler has promoted Brett Morris as a possible replacement for NFL-bound Jarryd Hayne as the NSW fullback for this year's State of Origin series.

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