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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Kyle Turner to undergo neck surgery

Brad Walter South Sydney second-rower Kyle Turner will undergo neck surgery later this week.

Injured Cronulla Sharks forward Luke Lewis not afraid to put his hand in a lion's mouth

Purrfect: Cronulla forward Luke Lewis and his wife Sonia with eight-month-old lion cub Kibulu, from Zambi Wildlife Retreat. Zambi cares for animals retired from the zoo, circus and entertainment industries.

Brad Walter NRL players are argueably the tougest and bravest athletes on the planet but not many would be prepared to stick their fingers in a lion's mouth, as Luke Lewis did while posing for photos with the...

St George Illawarra halfback Benji Marshall warns torpedo tackle could break a kicker's leg

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 09:  Benji Marshall of the Dragons runs the ball during the round one NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Melbourne Storm at WIN Jubilee Stadium on March 9, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Brad Walter St George Illawarra halfback Benji Marshall has called for the NRL to take a tougher stance on tacklers launching themselves at the legs of kickers before a player suffers a broken leg.

St George Illawarra Dragons fullback Josh Dugan hopeful of playing against Wests Tigers

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 09:  Josh Dugan of the Dragons is tackled by Jesse Bromwich of the Storm during the round one NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Melbourne Storm at WIN Jubilee Stadium on March 9, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Brad Walter St George Illawarra fullback Josh Dugan feared the worst when he limped from Kogarah's Jubilee Oval with an ankle injury on Monday night but after receiving the results of scans the NSW Origin star...

South Sydney Rabbitohs lock Glenn Stewart no longer interested in Manly Sea Eagles "mess"

Good buy: Glenn Stewart at training on Monday.

Brad Walter South Sydney forward Glenn Stewart admits that losing Daly Cherry-Evans had wrecked the plans of the Manly officials who decided to let him go last year but insists he has gotten over the...

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NRL lenient on Wests Tigers pivot Mitchell Moses coathanger because it was reflex action

Coathanger: Mitchell Moses collects William Zillman.

Brad Walter Wests Tigers five-eighth Mitchell Moses escaped suspension for his coat-hanger on Will Zillman because the tackle was considered to be careless and a reflex action after being wrongfooted by the Gold...

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Why an end-of-season transfer window won't work in NRL

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Brad Walter Would Manly fans bemoaning the departure of Australian halfback Daly Cherry-Evans to the Titans next season prefer that he was joining the Queensland Reds instead?

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Ben Barba says Cronulla Sharks will improve after first up loss to Canberra Raiders

Best still to come:  Ben Barba believes lessons from loss to the Raiders will be learned.

Brad Walter Star recruit Ben Barba admitted nerves may have got the better of him in his first premiership outing for the Sharks but believes the faith shown in him as a playmaker by coach Shane Flanagan will...

NRL clubs receive additional $13.8m but not all are happy


Brad Walter NRL clubs received an additional $13.8 million in funding above their annual $7.2 million grants last season but some are unhappy that they had little control in how it was spent.

Canberra Raiders hold off Cronulla Sharks in spiteful round one battle

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 08:  Jack Wighton of the Raiders celebrates his try during the round one NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Canberra Raiders at Remondis Stadium on March 8, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Renee McKay/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Jack Wighton was a relieved man after almost single handedly leading the Raiders to victory over Cronulla and then nearly blowing it when he was sinbinned for a flurry of punches on Sharks winger...

Anthony Watmough says Manly should consider letting Daly Cherry-Evans join Titans this season

Long season ahead: Daly Cherry-Evans looks dejected after another Eels try on Friday night.

Brad Walter Former Manly forward Anthony Watmough believes the Sea Eagles should consider releasing Gold Coast-bound halfback Daly Cherry-Evans to the Titans immediately if he was prepared to leave.

South Sydney's bold pre-season pact: Try to win every game in 2015

Flying:  Adam Reynolds was the man of the match on Thursday night.

Brad Walter A pre-season pact to try to win every game this year is behind South Sydney's stunning start to their premiership defence.

Gold Coast Titans players on drugs charges face another two months on the sideline

Vowing to fight: Gold Coast Titans player Beau Falloon leaves Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Brad Walter The five Gold Coast players players charged with drug offences by the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission are set to remain stood down for a further two months unless they provide detailed...

South Sydney's Adam Reynolds says Rabbitohs not satisfied with just one NRL title

Brad Walter As South Sydney prepare to open their first defence of a premiership in 43 years against Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium, star halfback Adam Reynolds has declared: "We're not satisfied with just doing...

Just a little respect - NRL refs no longer in the pink

Colour code: Pink is out for NRL referees.

Brad Walter The senior referee in each game this season will have a soccer-style armband to signify he is the man in charge, but the days of NRL match officials wearing pink jerseys have gone as it is believed...

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NRL referees get their own wrestling coach

Brad Walter Referees will have their own wrestling coach this season to help them identify new techniques developed by clubs to combat the NRL's directive for faster play the balls.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs players praise leaner Glenn Stewart

Brad Walter A slimmed down Glenn Stewart's new South Sydney teammates believe the addition of the former Test back-rower has helped lift the premiers to new heights during the pre-season.

Manly Sea Eagles raise concerns about NRL conflict of interest in Daly Cherry-Evans' Gold Coast Titans negotiations

On the move? Manly star Daly Cherry-Evans.

Brad Walter  Manly chief executive Joe Kelly has raised concerns about the NRL owning a club that is trying to lure away star Sea Eagles halfback Daly Cherry-Evans following revelations of a meeting last...

ARLC chairman John Grant calls for NRL clubs to take more responsibility in managing player workloads

Brad Walter Just days before the season kick-off, the game's bosses have called for clubs to take more responsibility in managing the workloads of the NRL's elite players following revelations that training...