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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

The figures that show why Fox Sports needs to do a deal with the NRL

Brad Walter How many viewers would cancel their Fox Sports subscriptions without the NRL?

St George Illawarra warned over discipline after three Dragons placed on report

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 27:  Ben Creagh of the Dragons looks on during the round 16 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Pirtek Stadium on June 27, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Tyson Frizell, Euan Aitken and Jake Marketo to learn on Friday if they face judiciary charges

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St George Illawarra Dragons still in finals hunt after beating Penrith Panthers

Much-needed win: Dragons players celebrtae a try by Peter Matautia.

Brad Walter St George Illawarra five-eighth Gareth Widdop inspired his side to a crucial 19-12 win over Penrith but the Dragons finals hopes may yet take a hit after three players were placed on report in an...

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Rabbitohs centre Dylan Walker says Bulldogs prop David Klemmer played with same aggression at school

Steamed up: David Klemmer.

Brad Walter When South Sydney centre Dylan Walker saw David Klemmer berating referee Gerard Sutton on Good Friday, he wasn't surprised.

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AFL broadcast deal: record $2.5 billion agreement between News Corp, Seven and Telstra

Big bucks: AFL commissioner Mike Fitzpatrick, Rupert Murdoch and Robert Thomson announce the deal.

Brad Walter Just a week after being blindsided by the NRL's broadcast agreement with Channel Nine, Rupert Murdoch – the man who started the Super League war to gain control of the code – hit back by...

NRL judiciary hearings to clarify new shoulder charge rule for Issac Luke, Jorge Taufua, Aiden Guerra and others

In trouble again: Issac Luke is placed on report on Thursday night.

Brad Walter Issac Luke, Jorge Taufua and Aiden Guerra will front the judiciary at a landmark hearing on Wednesday night.

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Why NRL players won't be able to claim ignorance on new shoulder charge rule

Charged: Raiders fullback Jack Wighton reels after a shoulder charge from Manly winger Jorge Taufua at Canberra Stadium.

Brad Walter Just minutes after appealing for a penalty over a shoulder charge, Manly winger Jorge Taufua was placed on report for performing one himself.

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Success of San Francisco 49ers 'rugby player' Jarryd Hayne in NFL is good for NRL

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Brad Walter John Hopoate's finger-poking antics and Todd Carney performing "the bubbler" are all most Americans know about the NRL but Jarryd Hayne can change that.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs star Issac Luke to be test case for shoulder charge rule

Brad Walter Souths want the NRL Rules Committee to review changes to the definition of a shoulder charge.

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Unite For Kurt organisers overwhelmed by support for injured Cronulla Sharks junior

Paralysed after tackle: Kurt Drysdale.

Brad Walter Kurt Drysdale has been left paralysed from the neck down but the league community is rallying around him

A 2020 vision: What the NRL will look like under the new television deal

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Brad Walter More line breaks and tries, $2 million players, a second Brisbane team, pre-season games in Fiji and new stadiums are all likely during the term of the NRL's new tv deal

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Why Sydney Roosters are the NRL premiership favourites

Honouring bravery: Roosters coach Trent Robinson.

Brad Walter Trent Robinson and the Sydney Roosters are poised to do what no team has done for more than 40 years.

James Ackerman's brother demands Peter Sterling confront their grief-stricken family

James Ackerman, 25, has died after being injured in a tackle in Queensland on Saturday.

Brad Walter The brother of James Ackerman, who died following a shoulder charge in June, has told Peter Sterling to confront his grief-stricken family.

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NRL referees to get tougher on professional fouls and shoulder charges

Suspended: Manly prop Willie Mason has fallen foul of the NRL's revised shoulder charge laws.

Brad Walter The number of professional fouls have been increasing the closer the season gets to the finals but referees are on alert

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Broadcast rights deal with Nine all but guarantees NRL video referee bunker

Big decisions: NRL head of football Todd Greenberg.

Brad Walter The record $925 million free-to-air rights deal with Nine is understood to have been written on a single piece of paper that included just a few key points

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NRL hopeful of securing more than $2 billion for total broadcast rights

Big bucks: NRL CEO Dave Smith.

Brad Walter The belief is that pay-TV needs the game more than the game needs pay-TV and if Fox Sports follows the lead of Nine and doubles its contribution the NRL could fetch more than $2 billion for the...

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Manly prop Willie Mason and Warriors forward Ben Matulino hit hard by NRL judiciary for shoulder charges

Facing a charge: Willie Mason.

Brad Walter Manly prop Willie Mason and Warriors forward Ben Matulino are the first players hit with suspensions under the NRL's revised shoulder charge rule.

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NRL's new TV deal finally gives rugby league control of its own destiny

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Brad Walter Nine has paid twice as much for the free-to-air rights but more significantly the NRL has the power to determine the full calendar for each season

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Ben Matulino to be first player charged in shoulder charge crackdown

In strife: Ben Matulino.

Brad Walter Willie Mason and Jayson Bukuya are expected to be cleared of illegal shoulder charges but Ben Matulino's season may be all but over.

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St George Illawarra Dragons sweat on hamstring scans for Benji Marshall

Heading home: Benji Marshall returns to Auckland, this time in the Red V of the Dragons.

Brad Walter Injuries are set to play a role in determining the NRL's final eight.

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