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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby World Cup 2015: Why critics shouldn't be surprised by NRL stars excelling in 15-man code

Brad Walter The Bulldogs influence on the fortunes of the All Blacks extends beyond Sonny Bill Williams

NRL considering ref-cam for all matches to avoid controversial try rulings

Brad Walter A camera mounted on the head of NRL referees may avoid controversies like the Kane Evans try ruling.

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How Arthur Beetson made Sydney Roosters captain Jake Friend reject Brisbane Broncos

Bronco that got away: Roosters co-captain Jake Friend.

Brad Walter After being sacked by the Roosters in 2009, Jake Friend is now just 80 minutes away from his third grand final with the club

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Cronulla Sharks captain Paul Gallen polarises opinions but NRL boss Dave Smith is a fan

29.07.15.Remondis Stadium. Cronulla Captain Paul Gallen re-signs with Cronulla.Picture Chris Lane

Brad Walter Leader, workhorse, inspirational, thug, selfish, drug cheat - the perception of Paul Gallen often depends on where the question is being asked and the timing of it.

Sydney Roosters star Blake Ferguson: 'I don't want to let down myself'

Blake Ferguson is all smiles at a Sydney Roosters training session ahead of Friday night's semi-final clash against Canterbury.

Brad Walter Two years after his sacking by the Raiders, Blake Ferguson believes it is now safe to say that he has turned his life around.

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Sandor Earl faces NRL anti-doping hearing to plead for return

New charges: Sandor Earl.

Brad Walter After two years on the sidelines, Sandor Earl has had his day in court as he attempts to have his ban for using performance-enhancing drugs reduced.

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Canterbury Bulldogs lock Greg Eastwood defends tackling style after NRL warning

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Brad Walter Greg Eastwood's use of his legs in a tackle on Benji Marshall created an "unnacceptable risk of injury", says NRL match review co-ordinator Michael Buettner

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Canterbury Bulldogs forward Frank Pritchard to fight for NRL career at judiciary

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 12: Frank Pritchard of the Bulldogs makes a break during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Canterbury second-rower Frank Pritchard will appear before the NRL judiciary on Tuesday night to contest a dangerous contact charge that may end his NRL career if unsuccessful..

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Josh Dugan named NSW Blues State of Origin player of the year

Blues Origin Player of the Year: Josh Dugan.

Brad Walter St George Illawarra fullback Josh Dugan has won the prestigious Brad Fittler Medal after being voted the NSW player of the year by teammates in the season's State of Origin series.

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Beware the "Dog Leg": Canterbury Bulldogs forward Greg Eastwood warned over dubious tackling technique

Warned: Greg Eastwood's tackling style has caught the attention of the NRL.

Brad Walter The NRL is consider banning leg locks after Benji Marshall became the latest player injured in such a tackle.

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Brisbane Broncos star Kodi Nikorima backs brother Jayden's Sydney Roosters move

Brotherly support: Kodi Nikorima.

Brad Walter Roosters recruit Jayden Nikorima was one of six Broncos in the NRL's under-20s team of the year.

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Canterbury Bulldogs veteran Frank Pritchard charged and may miss Sydney Roosters showdown

In strife: Frank Pritchard.

Brad Walter Canterbury forward Frank Pritchard will have to prove his innocence at the NRL judiciary if he is to face the Roosters in the sudden-death semi-final at Allianz Stadium on Friday night.

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Time for NRL to replace the Dally M Medals with an award the players respect

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Brad Walter If the Dally Ms had the same prestige as the Brownlow Medal, NRL players wouldn't be threatening a boycott.

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How the Cronulla Sharks rose from wooden spooners to premiership contenders

Exhausted: Paul Gallen feels the strain.

Brad Walter This time last year a frustrated Paul Gallen was serving a drugs suspension, Shane Flanagan was banned from coaching and Cronulla were the NRL wooden spooners.

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NRL finals 2015: Dragons should not have been awarded late penalty, Tony Archer admits

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 12: Gareth Widdop of the Dragons shows his dejection after defeat during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

Brad Walter The fallout from Saturday night's drama charged final between the Bulldogs and Dragons is set to continue

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Why less is more: NRL plans to reduce burnout by capping games for stars

Heavy workload: Elite players at finals-bound teams, such as Johnathan Thurston, could play as many as 34 matches per year.

Brad Walter NRL players may have limits on playing and training, while time off and the turnaround between games could increase.

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How Trent Robinson taught Sydney Roosters to cope with loss of stars

Demonstration: Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson shows Jackson Hastings a move during training at Allianz Stadium.

Brad Walter When Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was injured, Roosters coach Trent Robinson told his players he would get on with life - and so would they.

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RLPA boss Clint Newton says Dally M boycott threat not about salary cap increase

Driving a hard bargain: RLPA general president Clint Newton.

Brad Walter NRL players say they have the toughest schedule but receive the smallest share of revenue of all codes

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NRL players may boycott Dally M awards as they chase greater share of game's revenue

Winners: Jarryd Hayne and Johnathan Thurston shared the Dally M Medal last season, but will anyone be there to collect this year's award?

Brad Walter Players are on a collision course with the NRL over their share of the game's revenue and may again boycott the Dally M awards in grand final week.

South Sydney Rabbitohs star Glenn Stewart linked with move to Catalans Dragons

Centre of controversy: Glenn Stewart.

Brad Walter Revelations that Glenn Stewart has hired the Sam Burgess's UK-based agent will spark speculation Burgess is headed back to South Sydney

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