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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

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

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.

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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'Fortress Brookvale' the key to Manly Sea Eagles' NRL finals hopes

Point to prove: Manlycoach Geoff Toovey looks on as his side smashes South Sydney.

Brad Walter Manly coach Geoff Toovey has targeted his team's remaining matches at Brookvale Oval against Parramatta and Sydney Roosters as the key to making the NRL finals.

Manly Sea Eagles signal NRL finals intent by smashing South Sydney Rabbitohs

Surging up the table: Manly's Jamie Lyon, Brett Stewart and Daly Cherry-Evans  celebrate with Peter Hiku after he scored.

Brad Walter The Sea Eagles have forced their way into the top eight for the first time this season with a determined win that cast doubts over South Sydney hopes of back-to-back premierships.

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A nod and a wink: how Gareth Widdop learnt to play alongside Benji Marshall

Dynamic duo: Benji Marshall and Gareth Widdop are getting their act together for the Dragons.

Brad Walter Gareth Widdop used to play alongside the best exponent of structured halfback play in Cooper Cronk, now he plays alongside the most unpredictable playmaker in the NRL

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From Arthur Beetson to the modern-day stars: Why the NRL's Indigenous Round is worth celebrating

Proud: Greg Inglis and the Indigenous All Stars celebrate a try during the NRL All Stars Game in 2013.

Brad Walter From Arthur Beetson to Greg Inglis and Johnathan Thurston, rugby league has a proud association with Indigenous players and culture 

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Manly Sea Eagles ready to defy history to make NRL finals

The decision is made: Geoff Toovey fronts Wednesday's press conference announcing his sacking.

Brad Walter No team has been last after 16 rounds and made the NRL finals and only one has done so under a coach who had been sacked but Manly believe they are more than just contenders.

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NRL CEO Dave Smith warns judiciary to get tougher on shoulder charges

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Brad Walter Players performing a tackle like the one by Sydney Roosters prop Kane Evans are set to be suspended.

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Sonny Bill Williams supports ban on shoulder charge after reading Facebook post by James Ackerman's brother

Brad Walter The death of James Ackerman has convinced Sonny Bill Williams the shoulder charge should stay banned

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NRL shoulder charge ban: why the rule should stay in place

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Brad Walter If the player regarded as the best exponent of the shoulder charge agrees with the ban, surely the debate is over

St George Illawarra Dragons admit missing NRL top eight would mean season a failure

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 02:  Benji Marshall of the Dragons runs the ball during the round 21 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Newcastle Knights at WIN Jubilee Stadium on August 2, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Brad Walter They were tipped to take out the wooden spoon at the start of the year, but Dragons players set their goals higher.

Paul Gallen calls for the return of shoulder charge as brother of James Ackerman says it should never be brought back

Clause: part of Paul Gallen's new deal with the Sharks means he is unable to ever sue the club.

Brad Walter The brother of a Queensland Cup player who recently died used to disagree with the NRL's shoulder charge ban. Now he has a message for critics.

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Wests Tigers recruit Jesse Parahi turns back on Olympics to pursue NRL dream

Making the switch: Australian rugby sevens player Jesse Parahi has signed with NRL club Wests Tigers.

Brad Walter Wallabies stars set to dominate Australian Rugby Sevens team for Olympics in Rio so Jesse Parahi switches to Wests Tigers.

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

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