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

League

Former Dragons breathing fire into Newcastle's premiership ambitions

Darius Boyd

Brad Walter With nine former St George Illawarra players and four coaching staff, headed by Wayne Bennett, some have started to refer to the Knights as the Newcastle Dragons.

League

Suspensions loom large if players step out of line

Sonny Bill Williams

Brad Walter Sonny Bill Williams and Sam Burgess are among 10 players heading into this weekend's preliminary finals matches knowing they could be one careless high tackle away from suspension due to carryover...

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Rugby League

Mason the go-between

Willie Mason

Brad Walter Newcastle insiders reveal veteran forward's role in turning around Knights' fortunes.

League

How Mason helped Bennett cast his spell

Willie Mason

Brad Walter While Wayne Bennett has been credited for reviving Willie Mason's career, Newcastle insiders have revealed the veteran forward's role in turning around the Knights' fortunes when they were struggling...

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Winning Starts Monday

The graduate: Mr Robinson is the new Wayne Bennett

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Brad Walter For Wayne Bennett, a record eighth premiership with a third NRL club could be worth $1 million in bonuses from Newcastle owner Nathan Tinkler.

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League

NRL won't change video ref process

Jorge Taufua

Brad Walter Calls for the NRL to revert to video referees making decisions on tries without input from the on-field officials are set to fall on deaf ears after a review of all procedures at the end of the...

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League

Watmough right for final but World Cup may be stretching it

Anthony Watmough

Brad Walter Fears of incurring permanent damage to his injured right knee may force Manly forward Anthony Watmough to withdraw from the Australian team for the end-of-season World Cup.

Manly pack fired up for a big challenge

Brent Kite makes a run during the semi-final against the Cronulla Sharks.

Brad Walter and Adrian Proszenko Sea Eagles believe they have not received credit after clashes with more fancied packs.

League

Underrated Eagles keen to cut Rabbitohs' monsters down to size

Brenton Lawrence

Brad Walter, Adrian Proszenko ''Frustrated'' Manly forwards are set to use claims they are too small and what they perceive as a lack of recognition for their efforts this season as added motivation to overcome South Sydney's...

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League

Bulldogs did right thing with Barba claims, inquiry finds

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Brad Walter NRL head of football Todd Greenberg and Canterbury officials he previously worked with have been cleared over their handling of domestic violence allegations involving star fullback Ben Barba.

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League

We'll be fit for Souths, say Lyon, Choc

Jamie Lyon

Brad Walter Injured Manly stars Jamie Lyon and Anthony Watmough insist they will be fit to face South Sydney in next Friday night's grand final qualifier after surviving another war of attrition to beat Cronulla...

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League

Experienced recruits introduce culture of winning to Knights' department of youth

Willie Mason.

Brad Walter The way Knights officials tell it, Wayne Bennett's decision to recruit one of the oldest teams in premiership history is actually about the club's youth.

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Five things we learnt

Five things we learnt: Manly v Cronulla

Manly Sea Eagles vs Cronulla Sharks.

Brad Walter While the Sea Eagles deserve enormous praise for the courage they showed, they will find it tough against the rested Rabbitohs.

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League

Earl braced for ASADA penalty

Sandor Earl

Brad Walter Former Canberra winger Sandor Earl may learn his fate next week after completing a final interview with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

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Speculation over Hayne, Hopoate futures gets Parra madder

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Brad Walter Parramatta officials are sick of their players being linked with rival clubs and have raised concerns with the NRL.

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League

Smith heads west to help Eels find the way forward

NRL. NRL ceo David Smith at a press conference to announce the charges against Sandor Earl for possesion and traffiking of Peptides.
Thursday 29th August, 2013
Photos: Anthony Johnson

Brad Walter NRL chief executive Dave Smith attended a meeting of Parramatta directors on Tuesday as the Eels narrowed their list of targets for the vacant coaching job to a handful of experienced candidates.

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League

RLPA players' player gong for Thurston

Johnathan Thurston with ARL commissioner Chris Sarra at Suncorp Stadium

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Brad Walter North Queensland captain Johnathan Thurston has received some consolation for his team's controversial elimination from the finals after winning the Rugby League Players' Association players' player...

League

Eels have fresh vacancy to fill

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Brad Walter Parramatta has lost another member of their coaching staff after under 20s coach Andrew Webster quit the club to take up the same position with Wests Tigers.

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League

Refs' howler proof that captain's call would work

Johnathan Thurston

Adrian Proszenko, Brad Walter Wests Tigers under-20s coach Todd Payten, the beneficiary of a season-changing captain's call ruling, claims the innovation could have saved the NRL from the embarrassment of the seventh-tackle...

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League

Cowboys' victim mentality is the real hurdle in premiership chase

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Brad Walter Matt Cecchin and Henry Perenara refereed the second half of Saturday's elimination final aware of the storm that was about to erupt after the seventh tackle try awarded to Cronulla winger Beau Ryan,...

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