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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Canberra Raiders hold off Cronulla Sharks in spiteful round one battle

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.

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...

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...

Gold Coast Titans first NRL club to test for illicit substances, says founding chairman Paul Broughton

State of Origin star Greg Bird is one of eight current or ex-Titans players facing charges.

Brad Walter  The Titans were the first NRL club to test players for illicit substances and did everything possible to prevent a drugs culture infiltrating the club, according to founding chairman Paul...

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CEO Dave Smith says cashed-up NRL to consider more teams and fewer games

Pointing in the right direction: NRL CEO Dave Smith.

Brad Walter NRL chief executive Dave Smith has confirmed that a decision would be made this year on whether to expand the competition in 2018 and revealed that consideration would also be given to reducing the...

'Expect us to get harder': ARLC chairman John Grant's warning on NRL player behaviour

There must be consequences: John Grant says they will not accept bad player behaviour.

Brad Walter ARLC chairman John Grant has warned that the game is set to get tougher on off-field misbehaviour in the wake of the cocaine scandal at the Gold Coast Titans and the arrest of two South Sydney...

NRL to reveal financial support given to struggling clubs

Money man: NRL chief executive Dave Smith has helped put the game on a strong financial footing.

Brad Walter The exact amount the NRL spent to support financially stricken clubs last year will be revealed when the annual report is handed down at Friday's 2014 Business Review.

Scotland Rugby Union target Kiwis fullback Kevin Locke to switch codes and countries

Potential code hopper: Former Warriors fullback Kevin Locke.

Brad Walter Scotland Rugby Union officials have confirmed their interest in signing Kiwis fullback Kevin Locke and Super League club Salford won't stand in the way of him switching codes and countries to play in...

Gold Coast Titans veteran Will Zillman defends club's culture amid drug allegations

Sticking up for his club: Will Zillman speaks to the media during the 2015 NRL advertising campaign launch at Sydney Opera House.

Brad Walter Gold Coast veteran Will Zillman has defended the culture at the Titans, declaring: "The club is bigger than a couple of players."

World Club Series set to be expanded in 2016 and include top 3 teams

On board: Russell Crowe took a group of investors from his latest movie to the World Club Challenge encounter at the weekend.

Brad Walter The World Club Series may be expanded further next year to include four teams from both the NRL and Super League, including this season's top three highest finishing sides.

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World Club Challenge: How South Sydney coach Michael Maguire has re-invented the Rabbitohs

South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire.

Brad Walter It is almost impossible to replace a player like Sam Burgess, so South Sydney coach Michael Maguire didn't try and instead changed the way the Rabbitohs play.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs put NRL rivals on notice with record World Club Challenge win

Bunny hop: Luke Keary leaps onto Joel Reddy after the winger scored their seventh try against St Helens.

Brad Walter South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds and his team-mates insisted they did not know the 78th minute field goal he kicked when the Rabbitohs led St Helens 38-0 had secured them a record World Club...