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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Canterbury Bulldogs and South Sydney Rabbitohs may have to use rookie hookers in NRL grand final

Brad Walter Canterbury and South Sydney may both be forced to field rookie hookers in next Sunday night’s grand final at ANZ Stadium, with Bulldogs captain Michael Ennis having suffered two fractures in...

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South Sydney hooker Issac Luke 'in a bit of trouble' with NRL judiciary, says Greg McCallum

Grand final in jeopardy: Issac Luke checks Sonny Bill Williams after the incident on Saturday night.

Michael Carayannis, Brad Walter The man who banned Cameron Smith and Luke Ricketson from recent grand finals has called for Issac Luke to be charged for his dangerous throw tackle on Roosters' back-rower Sonny Bill Williams.

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South Sydney players join Sydney Roosters in tribute to Anthony Minichiello

Standing tall: Anthony Minichiello walks from the field for the final time as an NRL player.

Brad Walter South Sydney players joined their Sydney Roosters counterparts to pay tribute to Anthony Minichiello by forming a guard of honour for the former Test fullback after his 302 game career ended with a...

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Sydney Roosters star Sonny Bill Williams pleads for no action to be taken against South Sydney Rabbitohs hooker Issac Luke over 'nothing tackle'

Issac Luke of the Rabbitohs is put on report for a dangerous tackle on Sonny Bill Williams.

Brad Walter Sonny Bill Williams has made an impassioned plea for South Sydney hooker Issac Luke to be cleared to play in next Sunday's grand final and insists there was no malice in the tackle that landed him on...

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Canterbury Bulldogs halfback Trent Hodkinson is the new iceman

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Brad Walter Cometh the hour, cometh the Iceman. Canterbury halfback Trent Hodkinson is the best clutch player in the NRL

Sam Burgess and Sonny Bill Williams square up in battle of code's heavyweights

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Brad Walter If Sonny Bill Williams' final NRL match is a grand final against Canterbury, it would be an end befitting a Hollywood movie.

South Sydney Rabbitohs keep quiet about quest to break drought

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 08: Alex Johnston and Greg Inglis of the Rabbitohs celebrate a try by Johnston during the round 22 AFL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Manly Sea Eagles at Sydney Cricket Ground on August 8, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Brad Walter South Sydney players have made a pact not to publicly discuss the team's elimination in the past two preliminary finals, the club's 43-year premiership drought or the possibility of a historic NRL...

Sydney Roosters prop Dylan Napa and Canterbury Bulldogs' David Klemmer loom as Four Nations bolters

Rep bolter?: Sydney Roosters forward Dylan Napa may play himself into a Four Nations spot in the coming weeks.

Brad Walter Rookie Sydney Roosters prop Dylan Napa will have the opportunity to push for a shock Australian call-up when he returns from suspension in Friday night's preliminary final against South Sydney at ANZ...

Coaches share same goal, but difference in pressure is vast

Brad Walter The NRL's coaches' call left little doubt as to which of this weekend's preliminary final matches carries the most pressure for those involved.

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Fears grow about new 'kick at referee' tactic deciding NRL grand final

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Brad Walter "It's our ball. The rule is that it's our ball".

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NRL won't back down on mandatory sin bin rule for punching

This tackle by Josh Jackson on Starling was put on report.

Brad Walter NRL officials will not consider any changes to the sinbinning rules after Manly were forced to play a man down for 10 minites following the dismissal of prop Josh Starling for a punch thrown in...

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Trent Hodkinson kicks Bulldogs home despite wounded knee

That's settled it: Trent Hodkinson celebrates kicking the winning field goal for the Bulldogs against the Sea Eagles.

Brad Walter Trent Hodkinson feared the worst after hearing a "pop" in his left knee during Saturday night's finals defeat of Manly.

Johnathan Thurston 'filthy' but not bitter over referee's call

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Brad Walter North Queensland captain Johnathan Thurston admitted he was "filthy", but refused to blame a controversial refereeing call that cost him a try in the final minute for Friday night's 31-30 semi-final...

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Sydney Roosters’ escape sets up a huge clash with arch-rivals

Brad Walter More than 60,000 fans are expected to pack ANZ Stadium next Friday night for the biggest game between arch-rivals Sydney Roosters and South Sydney in 76 years.

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How Sydney Roosters' Mitchell Pearce became the NRL's No.1 halfback

On a roll: Roosters playmaker Mitchell Pearce.

Brad Walter Mitchell Pearce readily admits the nightclub incident that cost the Sydney Roosters star his place in this year NSW Origin team was a catalyst for him becoming the No.

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Johnathan Thurston named RLPA player of the year

Brad Walter North Queensland captain Johnathan Thurston will head into Friday night's elimination final against Sydney Roosters with renewed confidence after being voted by his peers as the best player at club...

NRL says please explain after Manly's Jayden Hodges kept playing after injury

All smiles: Jayden Hodges during training on Tuesday.

Brad Walter Manly officials have no concerns about responding to an NRL enquiry about why Jayden Hodges was allowed to play on for 35 minutes after his head contacted Greg Inglis' hip in last Friday night's loss...

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North Queensland Cowboys coach Paul Green's inside knowledge a concern for Sydney Roosters

Prior knowledge: Cowboys coach Paul Green was at the Roosters last year when they took out the NRL premiership. The two sides lock horns on Friday.

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters players admit North Queensland coach Paul Green knows exactly how they play from his time with the premiers last season and predict that Friday night's semi-final at Allianz Stadium...

Staging players could cost clubs $10,000 as NRL cracks down

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Brad Walter Players feigning injury in the hope of drawing a penalty after the video referee has studied replays of a tackle are being forced to explain their actions and could cost their clubs a $10,000 fine if...

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Manly Sea Eagles hooker Matt Ballin considering early return to help injury crisis

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Brad Walter Manly hooker Matt Ballin may return two weeks ahead of schedule from a fractured tibia to help the Sea Eagles battle an injury crisis in next Saturday night's sudden death final against the winner of...

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