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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Female touch judge Kasey Badger appointed to NRL match between Gold Coast Titans and Penrith Panthers

Brad Walter Kasey Badger believes players are more likely to apologise to her for swearing than to male match officials but insists their main concern is whether she makes the right decision.

NRL players not convinced on idea to make contract details public

Speaking up: Australian Athletes Alliance secretary-general Brendan Schwab (left).

Brad Walter NRL players would need to be convinced that the benefits of having their contracts publicly listed would outweigh privacy concerns.

Make wages of NRL, AFL, A-League stars public, says players' association boss

Thinking outside the square: Australian Athletes Alliance chief Brendan Schwab.

Brad Walter NRL players and their counterparts in other codes would benefit from having the details of their contracts publicly listed, according to Australian Athletes Alliance general secretary Brendan Schwab.

NRL crowds: Why figures don't always tell the truth

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 12:  Bulldogs supporters cheer as their team takes the field during the round six NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on April 12, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Are NRL crowds down or is the reporting of them just more accurate than in the past? The reality is probably both.

Australian Olympic team medical director David Hughes urges caution to NRL on independent doctors

Brad Walter Australian Olympic Team medical director Dr David Hughes has cautioned the NRL against rushing to appoint independent doctors to oversee concussion assessments at games.

Why fullbacks are No.1 in the NRL

Prime mover: Brett Morris of the Bulldogs.

Brad Walter The men at the back have a much more important role than the custodians from bygone eras, writes Brad Walter.

NRL considering 18th man as concussion replacement

Issac Luke is led from the field after sustaining a head knock last week.

Brad Walter The enforcement of tougher concussion guidelines has increased the possibility of an 18th man being introduced next season as part of the NRL's review of the interchange.

Cashed up Warriors to profit from Sam Tomkins' return home

Heading home: The Warriors have released English fullback Sam Tomkins.

Brad Walter The Warriors are set to receive a re-imbursement of up to $400,000 on their world record $1.2 million transfer fee for Sam Tomkins and still have money another marquee signing to join Roger...

NRL referees boss Tony Archer says match officials won't have problems dealing with Canterbury Bulldogs captain James Graham

Not happy: James Graham reacts as a penalty is awarded.

Brad Walter NRL referees boss Tony Archer expects match officials to continue to take a hard line over dissent by players but insists they will have no problems dealing with Canterbury captain James Graham after...

Pat Richards stars as Wests Tigers swamp Parramatta Eels with late flourish

Match-winner: Wests Tigers winger Pat Richards is tackled by Eels centre Ryan Morgan.

Brad Walter Jason Taylor helped Pat Richards to develop what is arguably the best all-round kicking game in the NRL when the pair played together at Parramatta and on Monday the veteran winger repaid the new...

Why James Graham's reckless playing style is of as much concern as his abuse of referees

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Brad Walter The lack of concern James Graham holds for his own welfare has been evident since the Canterbury prop phoned NRL head of football Todd Greenberg last year demanding that players who wanted to remain...

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NRL head of media and communications Sandy Olsen announces departure

Brad Walter The NRL's Head of Media and Communications, Sandy Olsen is leaving the role next month.

Sydney Roosters forward Aiden Guerra breaks cheekbone

Down and out: Michael Ennis checks on Aidan Guerra after the Rooster went down in back play.

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters backrower Aiden Guerra will be sidelined until next month after suffering a broken cheekbone in Sunday's 20-12 loss to Cronulla at Allianz Stadium.

Cronulla Sharks score first win of season against lacklustre Sydney Roosters

Drought-breakers: Jeff Robson, Jack Bird and Gerard Beale celebrate after Beale's try at Allianz Stadium.

Brad Walter Jack Bird, the star of the Sharks' upset win over the Roosters, had to overcome significant adversity to make his NRL starting debut at five-eighth.

The plan to keep the Newcastle Knights on top

Leading from the front: Newcastle five-eighth Jarrod Mullen.

Brad Walter To move forward from the Nathan Tinkler era, the Knights have turned to their past and produced a mission statement that outlines the culture of the club and the way the team is expected to play.

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St George Illawarra Dragons considering privatisation and beefing up voting rights for members

Passionate fan base: Dragons fans at WIN Stadium.

Brad Walter St George Illawarra have received interest from private investors wanting to buy into the famous club but Dragons officials will not consider any offers until they finalise a review of the joint...

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Cronulla Sharks players left bewildered by Essendon verdict

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Brad Walter Frustrated Cronulla players are questioning why they didn’t receive the same support and advice from the Sharks to fight doping allegations as their Essendon AFL counterparts after 34 current...

Why the Canterbury Bulldogs are the kings of clutch football

Bulldogs five-eighth Josh Reynolds celebrates a close win over the Roosters last year.

Brad Walter Canterbury players believe their ability to win close matches is evidence of the close bond within the team.

Canterbury Bulldogs hungry to make amends for grand final nightmare

Bad memories: Bulldogs centre Tim Lafai has not watched a replay of last year's grand final.

Brad Walter The memory of defeat in last year's grand final is being used by Bulldogs players as motivation to go one better this season but most say they have never watched a replay of the 30-6 loss to South...

David 'Wolfman' Williams in line for NRL recall as Manly Sea Eagles battle injury crisis

He's back: The experience of David Williams could see him regain his Manly spot.

Brad Walter Former Test winger David Williams may be recalled to the Manly line-up for the first time since his suspension last year for betting on NRL matches as the Sea Eagles battle an increasing injury toll.