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

League

Finals rivals fear Sharks will muddy waters if permitted to contest play-offs

Sharks

Brad Walter Rival clubs believe the integrity of the NRL finals will be tarnished if Cronulla are allowed to take part with doping allegations hanging over their head.

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League

Napa shows old school head on big shoulders

Dylan Napa hit on Gallen

Brad Walter When Dylan Napa first moved to Sydney to join the Roosters his mother had to phone him each morning to ensure he got out of bed for training.

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League

Snowden out for season after pleading guilty to shoulder charge

Brad Walter Kade Snowden's NRL season is over after the Newcastle prop accepted a seven-match ban for the shoulder charge that left North Queensland hooker Ray Thompson with a broken jaw.

League

Paul Gallen runs at Brian Smith again over Twitter spat

Paul Gallen

Brad Walter Cronulla captain Paul Gallen has continued an attack on former Sydney Roosters coach Brian Smith over comments he made on Twitter about the Test forward's battle with rookie Sydney Roosters forward...

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Winning Starts Monday

A Cronulla grand final victory? Heaven forbid

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Brad Walter Few will admit it, but even the most fanatical Cronulla supporters must be hoping this isn't the season former prime minister Harold Holt finally emerges from the sea and knocks on their front door.

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League

Jaw-breaker Snowden faces long ban

Kade Snowden

Brad Walter, Brett Keeble North Queensland captain Johnathan Thurston has called for the NRL match review committee to make an example of Newcastle prop Kade Snowden over the shoulder charge that left Cowboys hooker Ray...

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League

NRL rejects call to ban Sharks from finals as Bombers face September axe

Sharks players

Brad Walter NRL officials have rejected calls to banish Cronulla from the upcoming finals series and will deal with any fallout from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigation after the season is...

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League

Carney's Cronulla circling for Fergo raid

Todd Carney and Blake Ferguson

Glenn Jackson, Brad Walter Blake Ferguson did not attend Canberra's match against Manly on Sunday due to a family matter and received permission to do so from Raiders chief executive Don Furner.

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SIN BIN

Contract sport

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Brad Walter Blake Ferguson may follow the lead of Sonny Bill Williams and seek a one-year contract if he decides to invoke a get-out option in his new deal with Canberra.

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King of the kids, Ferguson committed to boosting image

Blake Ferguson.

Brad Walter NSW star Blake Ferguson has expressed anger at being blamed for the sacking of Canberra coach David Furner and vowed to repair his off-field image.

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League

Bomber-like charges a sign of things to come for Sharks

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Brad Walter Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan and other members of his staff in 2011, including current Parramatta head trainer Trent Elkin, are likely to face charges similar to those laid against their Essendon...

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League

Balmain look at sale option if stand-off continues

Robbie Farah

Brad Walter Balmain would consider selling part of their stake in Wests Tigers to a private investor if a stand-off over a $1 million financial shortfall cannot be resolved.

League

Furner out as exit door opens for Ferguson

Blake Ferguson

Brad Walter David Furner's unwavering support for Blake Ferguson cost him his job as Canberra coach and has cleared the way for the NSW Origin star to join a Sydney club next season.

League

David Furner sacked by Raiders

David Furner

Brad Walter Raiders coach David Furner has been sacked, with assistant Andrew Dunneman to take over for the remainder of the season.

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League

Mundine: Ferguson focussed on Raiders

Mundine

Brad Walter Anthony Mundine insists he is unaware of any plan by Blake Ferguson to seek a release from the Raiders and says the troubled NSW Origin star is focused on helping Canberra make the finals and...

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Winning Starts Monday

Penalty ploy to slow play should get sin bin

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Brad Walter Teams deliberately conceding penalties near their own tryline has joined the leg twist, the "cannonball" and the "crusher" as a tactic being employed across the NRL to slow the game down.

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League

Fifita steals win in the Steel City

Andrew Fifita

Brad Walter Is there nothing Andrew Fifita can't do after the giant prop showed the skills of a halfback and the pace of an outside back to keep Cronulla's top four hopes alive with a match winning try in the...

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League

Hayne in pain as Eels' season lurches on

Jarryd Hayne

Brad Walter, Steve Mascord Parramatta superstar Jarryd Hayne will undergo scans on Sunday for a knee injury that has placed him in doubt for the weekend's clash with Melbourne but Eels officials are confident he has not played...

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Boxing

Sharks sensed Dragons couldn't hold on

Brad Walter Cronulla players have revealed that comments by St George Illawarra players as they packed into a 79th-minute scrum near the Sharks' line had convinced them they were going to snatch an unlikely...

League

Drugs probe not linked to signing delays: Noyce

Rugby League Cronulla Sharks training at Toyota Park. Nathan Gardner. Tuesday April 10th 2012.
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Brad Walter Cronulla officials insist the future of seven unsigned players called for interviews with Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigators will be determined for football reasons alone.

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