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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Trent Robinson blasts Sydney Roosters' 'horrible footy' in defeat to Cronulla Sharks

Brad Walter Roosters coach blames Cronulla loss on players and staff "patting ourselves on the back for too long" after last Monday's defeat of Melbourne Storm

Holden Cup Under 20s gives NRL an advantage over rugby union, says Warriors CEO Jim Doyle

Brad Walter The NRL could lose an advantage it has over rugby union if it scraps the Holden Cup. Warriors chief executive Jim Doyle believes it is crucial for the game, especially in New Zealand, that the NRL...

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Trent Hodkinson, James Maloney, Chris Sandow in sights of Gold Coast Titans

Brad Walter Gold Coast officials are understood to have made contact with Hodkinson before the Cherry-Evans backflip but have since spoken to representatives of Maloney and Sandow.

With a new $20,000 fine, Raiders coach Ricky Stuart racks up $125,000 in penalties

Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart doesn't regret storming out of Saturday night's press conference.

Brad Walter Why Ricky Stuart has been fined $125,000 during his coaching career.

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Manly's assurance to Geoff Toovey: 'We are not a club that just axes people'

Besieged: Manly coach Geoff Toovey's future is under a cloud as the club struggles this season.

Brad Walter With Trent Barrett waiting in the wings, Manly chairman Scott Penn has all but guaranteed that besieged coach Geoff Toovey won't be sacked this season.

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Why Daly Cherry-Evans is a $10 million gamble for Manly Sea Eagles

Money talks: Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans flanked by club CEO Joe Kelly (left) and chairman Scott Penn, has become the highest-paid player in rugby league.

Brad Walter The Sea Eagles pulled off the biggest coup in Australian sport since Sydney Swans stole Lance Franklin from the grasp of GWS Giants in a nine year deal worth $10 million but there is a risk involved

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How Manly Sea Eagles came up with strategy to convince Daly Cherry-Evans to stay

No longer heading north: Daly Cherry-Evans.

Brad Walter When Cherry-Evans signed with Gold Coast, Manly responded by recruiting the forwards he had expected to play behind.

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Inside the NRL's video referee bunker

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 01:  Video Referee, Bernard Sutton, uses the new NRL video referee bunker at ANZ Stadium on June 1, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Dominic Lorrimer/Fairfax Media)

Brad Walter The NRL's high tech solution to help video referees make decisions faster and more accurately without even being at the game.

NRL video referees bunker is set to be a 'game changer'

Eye on the game: Video referee Bernard Sutton in the new NRL video referee bunker at ANZ Stadium.

Brad Walter The introduction of a video referee's bunker could lead to a captain's challenge, judiciary charges at full-time, reduced interchanges and increase the value of the broadcast rights.

NRL's controversial Round 13 rule scrapped for 10-day cooling off period on player contracts

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19:  Daly Cherry-Evans arrives at the Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session at Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre on May 19, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Brad Walter With Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans widely tipped to backflip on his $4.4 million, four year deal with Gold Coast before next Wednesday, the current Round 13 rule has come in for massive criticism

Parramatta Eels forward Pauli Pauli's charge puts players on notice over late hits on playmakers

On notice: Eels giant Pauli Pauli can escape suspension by pleading guilty to his first judiciary offence.

Brad Walter Parramatta forward Pauli Pauli is the first player to be charged over a late shot on a playmaker after he has passed the ball.

Why an indigenous war dance would set rugby league apart from other codes

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Brad Walter In contrast to AFL, where Adam Goodes has been subjected to abuse on social media and criticism from former players, there is strong support in league for the Australian team to perform a war dance.

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St George Illawarra Dragons turn in "best team performance of the season"

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31: Wade Graham of the Sharks looks dejected after defeat during the round 12 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Cronulla Sharks at WIN Jubilee Stadium on May 31, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Was it the best performance by any team this season? Sharks captain Wade Graham thought so.

Same players as 2014, but St George Illawarra Dragons are a different team

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Brad Walter As he wandered behind the Cronulla players, Steve Price must have found his former charges almost unrecognisable.

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George Peponis leads NSWRL coup to take control of NSW Leagues Club

Brad Walter The new board will meet on Wednesday to discuss a proposal to amalgamate with another club after the lease on NSW Leagues Club's Phillip St premises expires next year.

Paul Gallen set to finish career at Cronulla Sharks after agreeing to new deal

Showing their teeth: Sharks Paul Gallen and Andrew Fifita.

Brad Walter Paul Gallen gives the Cronulla Sharks a double boost with a new contract and a return from injury.

State of Origin: Andrew Johns says Jamie Soward is the man NSW Blues want when game on the line

Highly rated: Jamie Soward could force his way into a Blues jersey for Origin II.

Brad Walter Andrew Johns believes Jamie Soward is second only to Cooper Cronk in game management

State of Origin: Laurie Daley unconcerned about Trent Hodkinson's lack of involvement

Needs to be more involved: Blues halfback Trent Hodkinson.

Brad Walter The NSW hierarchy believe Trent Hodkinson's steadying influence contributed to Mitchell Pearce's best Origin

Man of the match: Cameron Smith says big match experience got Queensland home

Maroons captain Cameron Smith thanks fans after winning Origin I.

Brad Walter The cool head of Cooper Cronk won the match for Queensland, whereas the decision making of the NSW playmakers in the dying moments proved costly.

State of Origin I: Disciplined Maroons have edge in control and composure

Maroon mob: Queenslanders celebrate after the victory.

Brad Walter NSW did enough on Wednesday night to demonstrate that last season's historic series win was no one-off but the odds are now firmly stacked against them repeating the feat after losing a game they...