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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Is Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett up to his old tricks again?

Brad Walter Heavy weekend defeat to Manly consistent with traditional late-season slump seen in master coach's premiership-winning sides

Sandor Earl set to face NRL anti-doping tribunal after two-year wait

Set to face anti-doping tribunal: Sandor Earl.

Brad Walter Sandor Earl and former Sydney Roosters team-mate Martin Kennedy are both expected to have hearings within weeks

Cronulla Sharks prop Andrew Fifita facing eight-match ban for referee abuse

Banned: Andrew Fifita.

Brad Walter Statement of other witnesses support referee over Sharks prop Andrew Fifita.

Parramatta Eels players may have to leave club to accommodate Will Hopoate deal

Brad Walter Parramatta star Will Hopoate set to start legal action against club over contract changes.

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Suburbanomics: Why NRL clubs can't afford to return to suburban grounds

Experience: Bulldogs supporters on the hill at Belmore as their team take on the Sharks.

Brad Walter Revealed: The cost of playing at suburban venues like Kogarah, Leichhardt and Belmore.

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NRL stars to begin Indigenous round celebrations early in support of Adam Goodes

The Penrith Panthers'  Jamal Idris with Dean Widders in Darwin.

Brad Walter Greg Inglis' Goanna Crawl and Adam Goodes' war dance are both expressions of Aboriginal culture.

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New Manly Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett to offer club a fresh start in 2016

Stepping into the hot seat: Trent Barrett will take the top job at Manly for the 2016 season.

Brad Walter Trent Barrett possesses a cool head and a smart football brain but the best thing he will bring to Manly next season is a lack of baggage.

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Manly Sea Eagles set to confirm sacking of coach Geoff Toovey

Brad Walter The Sea Eagles want to Geoff Toovey to stay on as coach for remainder of the season before Trent Barrett takes over

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Josh Dugan to tell NRL judicary how he was bitten by Jesse Bromwich

Night over: Wests Tigers lock Martin Taupau is sent to the sin bin in his side's heavy loss to the Roosters.

Brad Walter Wests Tigers forward Martin Taupau and Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds were among five player charged by NRL match review committee

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Fifita brothers abuse scandal: Is incident linked to treatment of referees in NRL?

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Brad Walter Backchat and abuse is directed towards referees every week in the NRL. It is a culture that explains the Fifita brothers' mistreatment of a junior league official.

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Refusal to stand down Andrew Fifita may prove costly for Cronulla Sharks

In the spotlight: Andrew Fifita is tackled by two Bulldogs players on Sunday.

Brad Walter After indicating that the Fifita twins had admitted swearing at a referee in a junior match, Cronulla CEO Lyall Gorman changed his story

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Melbourne Storm prop Jesse Bromwich set to answer biting allegations at hearing

Jesse Bromwich of the Melbourne Storm.

Brad Walter An alleged bite on St George Illawarra star Josh Dugan will be a priority case for the NRL match review committee

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NRL set to ask Parramatta Eels to hand over records for salary cap investigation

The Eels are under the spotlight.

Brad Walter It is anticipated the Eels will be advised that payments to Jarryd Hayne should be included in the salary cap

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Wests Tigers forward Martin Taupau criticised for 'unnecessary' swinging arm

Night over: Wests Tigers lock Martin Taupau is sent to the sin bin in his side's heavy loss to the Roosters.

Brad Walter Roosters coach Trent Robinson declined to say whether he believes more players should be sinbinned for foul play

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Wests Tigers release Keith Galloway to join Super League club Leeds Rhinos

Fans favourite: But Keith Galloway will leave the Tigers at the end of the season.

Brad Walter Former Test prop will leave Leichhardt at the end of his 10th season with the club.

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Sydney Roosters overpower Wests Tigers to continue title push

Surrounded:  Brendan Elliot of the Roosters is tackled by a trio of Wests Tigers defenders.

Brad Walter If defences win premierships then Sydney Roosters are on track for their second title in three years after downing Wests Tigers with a business-like performance at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.

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Are bigger penalties for NRL clubs and players needed to stop salary cap rorts

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Brad Walter All NRL clubs have at least one player with a registered TPA but the value ranges from $50,000 for some clubs to $400,000 for others.

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Updated: Parramatta Eels release Chris Sandow to join Warrington Wolves for rest of season

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15:  Chris Sandow of the Eels makes a break during the round 14 NRL match between the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium on June 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Chris Sandow's rollercoaster four year stint at Parramatta is over

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The massive advantage boosting the North Queensland Cowboys' premiership quest

Riding high: Johnathan Thurston and the Cowboys celebrate during their win over Manly at Brookvale Oval on Monday.

Brad Walter The Cowboys are unbeaten in five finals appearances in Townsville - the likely venue for all their play-offs matches this season

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Canterbury Bulldogs forwards believe cut to interchange will suit them

Nothing to fear: Canterbury pair  Josh Jackson and Aiden Tolman have welcomed the reduction of the interchange bench.

Brad Walter Fears that the reduction to eight interchanges will drive big forwards out of the game

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