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Brad Walter is Chief Rugby League Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald


Injured SBW desperate to line up against former club

Brad Walter, Daniel Lane Sonny Bill Williams hopes intensive physiotherapy will enable him to play against his former club Canterbury - but insists his motives are all about Sydney Roosters and not the opposition.


Mundine, Raiders in Ferguson's corner

Blake Ferguson and Anthony Mundine

Brad Walter Anthony Mundine has told Blake Ferguson to give up the booze and vowed to help the troubled Origin star turn his career around after being sacked from the NSW team and suspended indefinitely by the...

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Merritt replaces Ferguson in NSW team

Nathan Merritt.

Brad Walter South Sydney winger Nathan Merritt has been called into the NSW team to replace dumped Raiders player Blake Ferguson.

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Drinking buddies let down the game that helped pick them back up

Josh Dugan and Blake Ferguson

Brad Walter 'From booze brothers to Blues brothers,'' said one member of the NSW coaching staff, reading the back page of Monday's Herald at the team hotel.

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Ferguson suspended indefinitely by the NRL


Brad Walter Blake Ferguson's playing career is in limbo after he was stood down from the NSW Origin team and had his NRL contract suspended following allegations he indecently assaulted a woman during a drinking...

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Winning Starts Monday

Banning the biff may bring out the niggle

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Brad Walter Blame a lack of transparency by the NRL judiciary for the increase in knee twists, players leading with their heads in tackles and other niggling tactics that will inevitability result from the...

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Judiciary unable to charge on conning 'gamesmanship'

Josh Reynolds.

Brad Walter The NRL match review committee will study the controversial incident that led to accusations Josh Reynolds had ''conned the referee'' to milk a match-deciding penalty against Manly.

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Dragons doubtful over Dugan's fitness

Josh Dugan.

Brad Walter NSW fullback Josh Dugan will undergo scans on his ankle before being cleared to play in Origin II after St George Illawarra officials expressed reservations about his fitness to replace the injured...

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Warriors can build on ugly wins, says Mannering

Shaun Kenny-Dowall.

Brad Walter Warriors captain Simon Mannering believes back-to-back wins over top-four sides Manly and Sydney Roosters have proved that the New Zealand club can match it with the best in the NRL this season.

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Shock loss fails to take gloss off Sonny Bill's freak talent


Brad Walter Sonny Bill Williams will this week return to Canterbury's home ground for the first time since walking out on the club five years ago in top form after starring for Sydney Roosters on Sunday night.

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Daley's dilemma as clock ticks on Hayne

Laurie Daley.

Brad Walter, Michael Chammas NSW hooker Robbie Farah has been ruled out of Monday night's club match against the Broncos but his Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter believes he will be fit for Origin II.

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Double blow for Blues hopeful Dugan


Brad Walter Josh Dugan must overcome fitness and judiciary concerns to play for NSW in Origin II after St George Illawarra officials revealed the star fullback would undergo scans on Monday.

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Soward's Super League switch denied as Dragons refuse to rule out return

Jamie Lyon

Brad Walter St George Illawarra officials are set to block a bid by out of favour five-eighth Jamie Soward to play out the season in England and have not ruled out the possibility of him wearing the Red V again.

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Sin Bin

Crowe makes a bunny of man of steel

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Brad Walter Russell Crowe appears not to have forgotten his feud with Warriors co-owner Eric Watson after advising England superstar Sam Tomkins against joining the New Zealand club.

McQueen puts his shirt on father watching in Cairns

Chris McQueen

Brad Walter After earning his first Queensland jersey for Origin I, Chris McQueen gave the replica one he wore to ANZ Stadium last year to his father Kevin so he could wear it while cheering the back-rower...

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Drink-drive charge puts Tamou in NSW doubt

James Tamous)

Brad Walter NSW prop James Tamou's place in Origin II is in jeopardy after he was arrested by police in Townsville for driving four times over the legal alcohol limit and without a licence.

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Moylan no sure thing for Penrith despite Naiqama injury

Matt Moylan

Michael Carayannis, Brad Walter An injury to Wes Naiqama is not guaranteed to open the door for star rookie Matt Moylan to return to the Penrith side, with changes to the second-tier salary cap unlikely to be introduced before...

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Dragons move fast to hold on to Dugan

Josh Dugan

Brad Walter, Adrian Proszenko, Michael Carayannis St George Illawarra officials are in talks to sign Josh Dugan beyond this season after a stunning return to the NRL in which the sacked Canberra fullback has firmly forced his way into Origin...

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Winning Starts Monday

Fortune favoured Blues - this time

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Brad Walter Forget the moral outrage over the rights and wrongs of Paul Gallen punching Nate Myles in last Wednesday night's State of Origin.

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State of Origin

Dugan, Ennis in the frame to replace injured Blues duo

Josh Dugan

Brad Walter Josh Dugan and Michael Ennis are believed to have been earmarked as the standby players to replace injured NSW duo Jarryd Hayne and Robbie Farah in Origin II at Suncorp Stadium on June 26.

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