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Brad Walter is Chief Rugby League Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

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Five NRL clubs chasing Benji Marshall

Brad Walter Melbourne Storm and Cronulla remain the favourites to sign the Benji Marshall but St George Illawarra, Parramatta and North Queensland are also believed to be interested in discussions.

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Tohu Harris set for Kiwis recall

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Brad Walter Melbourne forward Tohu Harris, the player who had to make way for Sonny Bill Williams at last year's World Cup, is set to replace the Sydney Roosters superstar in the New Zealand squad for next...

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New NRL funding model will force administrators to raise their games

Thumbs up: Bulldogs CEO Raelene Castle welcomed the NRL's new incentivised funding model for clubs.

Brad Walter The NRL’s radical new funding model for clubs is predicted to have the same impact at an administrative level as the salary cap has had on playing rosters.

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Benji Marshall NRL return: Wests Tigers set to seek 'Ben Barba-style' compensation

Not so fast: Benji Marshall’s last home game for the Tigers was a mere eight months ago.

Brad Walter, Adrian Proszenko and Roy Ward Wests Tigers are set to demand financial compensation to allow Benji Marshall to return to the NRL, with officials advising his manager they intended to enforce a clause in his release agreement...

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NRL clubs praise "revolutionary" new funding model

Nick Pappas.

Brad Walter South Sydney club chairman Nick Pappas believes all clubs should soon be profitable under the NRL's "revolutionary" new funding model for the game and those who aren't aren't may not deserve to be in...

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NRL employs stick and carrot approach in new funding model

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Brad Walter NRL chief executive Dave Smith is set to announce one of the most significant changes to the way clubs are funded, with a raft of incentives and penalties to be introduced.

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I am just an average rugby player, says candid Benji Marshall of NRL comeback

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Brad Walter Benji Marshall has no regrets about his move to rugby union and believes he will be better for the experience when he returns to the NRL this season.

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Test legends come out in support of under-pressure Slater

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Brad Walter It is a sure sign of how much pressure Billy Slater is under to retain his No.1 Australian jersey for the May 3 Test against New Zealand when former Kangaroos captain Darren Lockyer and Queensland...

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City-Country clash to decide Mitchell Pearce's NSW scrum-base partner

Selection battle: Incumbent James Maloney is no certainty to start as the Blues No.6.

Brad Walter Up to six NSW five-eighth contenders are set to battle it out for the No.6 jersey in the City-Country clash, with Blues coach Laurie Daley planning to rest players considered certain selections to...

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Parramatta Eels-Wests Tigers game headed for record crowd

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Brad Walter A big crowd is expected at Monday's Eels-Wests Tigers game at ANZ Stadium.

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NRL evolution of the tackle may spell end for 10-metre rule

Storm centre Will Chambers is dangerously upended by Gold Coast's Nate Myles and Beau Falloon.

Brad Walter "This rule as it now operates, let me say once more, is the source of many of the modern game's ills: the obsession with possession and the consequent lack of variety in play, the deliberate...

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Sam Burgess and James Graham are the best of mates and the fiercest of rivals

Hard man: Sam Burgess is the centre of the Dragons attention at the SCG.

Brad Walter With Sam Burgess having been granted a release from South Sydney at the end of the season to play rugby union, last year's World Cup semi-final at Wembley was almost certainly the last time he and...

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Sam Burgess comes to grips with public's lingering perception

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Brad Walter South Sydney forward Sam Burgess regrets the ‘‘squirrel grip’’ on Melbourne’s Will Chambers that he believes tarnished his image.

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NRL warned not to leave Campbelltown for other codes

Jim Marsden.

Brad Walter Former Wests Magpies chairman Jim Marsden has warned the NRL not to leave Campbelltown to rival codes, as the game’s governing body refused to guarantee Wests Tigers would continue playing in...

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Banned Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan's Salford role could test NRL's resolve

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Brad Walter Salford owner Marwan Koukash's bold declaration that he wanted to sign Benji Marshall in the same week he announced Shane Flanagan was joining the club has raised the question of how the NRL would...

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Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter calls on fans to back team

Clinical: Martin Taupau of the Tigers goes into contact.

Brad Walter Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter has called on fans to get behind the in-form team after a crowd of just 6,456 attended Saturday night's match at Campbelltown Stadium.

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Luke Brooks says Wests Tigers can cover for injury to Robbie Farah

Strength in depth: the Tigers believe they have the roster to compete at the top this year.

Brad Walter Boom Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooks believes the club has the depth to cover for the loss of skipper Robbie Farah after he was taken to Campbelltown Hospital with a dislocated elbow.

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Robbie Farah injured as Wests Tigers defeat Cowboys

Captain's knock: Robbie Farah crosses for a try in the Tigers win over the Cowboys.

Brad Walter Skipper Robbie Farah dislocated his elbow as Wests Tigers continued their impressive start to the season with a 16-4 win over North Queensland in what may have been one of the joint-venture club's...

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Andrew Fifita looks set to sign with Cronulla Sharks and sue Canterbury Bulldogs

Sharks prop Andrew Fifita is set to finally re-sign with Cronulla.

Brad Walter Test prop Andrew Fifita may sue Canterbury for up to $3.4 million after his lawyers issued the club with legal documents over the failed four-year deal to join the Bulldogs next season.

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NRL considers tougher laws on dangerous throws

Over the top: The Melbourne Storm questioned why no action was taken against Beau Falloon for this tackle on Sunday.

Brad Walter The NRL's competition committee will next month consider changing the definition of a dangerous throw so that players performing a tackle such as the one made by Gold Coast hooker Beau Falloon no...

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