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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald


Game is already in better shape due to investigations

Brad Walter Even if no further charges arise from ASADA's year-long into doping allegations, the NRL is better off because of the improved governance across the game.


South Sydney lock in Michael Maguire as NRL title push looms

Michael Maguire

Brad Walter With coach Michael Maguire having re-signed, a net profit of more than $1 million and a projected 30,000 members before the start of the season in four weeks, all that remains for South Sydney is...


Michael Maguire signs new deal to coach South Sydney until 2017

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 20:  Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire looks on during a South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL training session at Redfern Oval on June 20, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Brad Walter South Sydney coach Michael Maguire has ended speculation about his future by agreeing to a new three-year deal with the club.

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ASADA investigation: Former Federal judge Garry Downes steps in to help speed things up

Garry Downes

Brad Walter, Michael Carayannis Infraction notices may still be issued against NRL and AFL players while former Federal Court judge Garry Downes is reviewing details of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority's 12-month...

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Blake Ferguson's lawyer slams NRL over lack of 'mercy'

Blake Ferguson

Brad Walter The lawyer for Blake Ferguson has launched a scathing attack on the NRL for their lack of ''mercy'' towards the troubled NSW Origin star and questioned what would become of him if he wasn't allowed...

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Timana Tahu to seek donor after revolutionary knee surgery

Timana Tahu

Brad Walter Timana Tahu wants to find the family of the donor whose tendon is now in his right knee and thank them for helping to save his NRL career.

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England rugby denies approach to South Sydney's Sam Burgess

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23:  Sam Burgess  of England applauds the supporters after his side lost 18-20 to a last minute converted penalty during the Rugby League World Cup Semi Final match between New Zealand and England at Wembley Stadium on November 23, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Brad Walter England rugby union officials have denied approaching South Sydney star Sam Burgess, and say it would be up to him if he wanted to switch codes before next year's World Cup.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs unlikely to budge on Sam Burgess leaving for rugby union without significant compensation

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Brad Walter After paying a large transfer fee for Sam Burgess' release from Bradford four years ago, South Sydney would be expected to demand $1million-plus in compensation before letting him out of his contract...

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Penrith Panthers give indigenous talent a place to call home

Jamal Idris

Brad Walter Penrith may have missed out on Johnathan Thurston but they still aim to rival the Cowboys and South Sydney as a club known for fostering Aboriginal talent.

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Reece Robinson and Travis Robinson urge Goannas not to give up on NRL dream

Travis Robinson

Brad Walter Travis and Reece Robinson are encouraging First Nation Goannas players to use next weekend's match against Newcastle to push for an NRL contract, after the twins struggled to secure their own careers.

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NRL Indigenous leadership camp 2014: War cry to unite team and country

Indigenous leadership camp

Brad Walter 'You are the most powerful group of Aboriginal men in the country.'

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NRL's modified rules to fundamentally alter the game

Michael Ennis

Brad Walter It was a tactic he championed at St George Illawarra and one that his Newcastle side used more than any other team last season, but Wayne Bennett has applauded the new NRL rule awarding an extra...

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Parramatta Eels keep door open for Trent Elkin, but for how long?

Trent Elkin

Brad Walter Parramatta officials are continuing to stand by high-performance director Trent Elkin as the former Cronulla head trainer fights to avoid becoming the scapegoat in the Sharks' 2011 supplements...

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NRL captains to be sent packing under new referee rules

Michael Ennis

Brad Walter Referees will be instructed to waive complaining captains away after awarding a penalty as coaches admit some players will take time to adjust to the rule changes introduced in the NRL this season.

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Bobby Nona sheds 50 kilos in bid to crack NRL

Sport. First nations Goannas. ARL Indigenous player Bobby Nona from the Sharks. 
Photo: Edwina Pickles. 28th Jan 2014.

Brad Walter After ballooning to 160 kilograms, Bobby Nona thought his NRL dream was over. But the 25-year-old now hopes to use his selection in the Laurie Daley-coached First Nations Goannas side to earn a...


Cronulla look to fight $1m NRL doping fine, back Flanagan

Shane Flanagan.

Michael Carayannis, Brad Walter Cronulla chairman Damian Keogh says the club is strongly considering fighting the $1 million fine proposed by the NRL and will contemplate backing coach Shane Flanagan in any bid to clear his name as...

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Trent Elkin singled out as main culprit in Cronulla Sharks supplements scandal

Trent Elkin

Brad Walter Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan has paid the price for his blind faith in former head trainer Trent Elkin after the pair were the only members of the Sharks 2011 staff sanctioned by the NRL over the...

Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan suspended for a year by NRL as club fined $1 million

Shane Flanagan

Brad Walter Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan has been suspended by the NRL for 12 months, and the club fined $1 million as part of an investigation by the NRL's Integrity Unit.

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Marwan Koukash keeps reaching for the stars from Sydney to Salford

Salford City Reds owner Dr Marwan Koukash

Brad Walter Prominent English racehorse owner Marwan Koukash has revealed his interest in coming to Sydney for next year's rich autumn carnival and will use the trip to continue efforts to recruit Sonny Bill...

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Tim Sheens could slot in at Cronulla Sharks if Shane Flanagan goes down

Tim Sheens.

Brad Walter Australian coach Tim Sheens is a likely target for Cronulla if coach Shane Flanagan receives a similar ban to the one imposed on Essendon's James Hird after ASADA tables its report into drug...

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