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

League

Now we wait to see if SBW saunters off into the sunset

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Brad Walter Even if Sonny Bill Williams now walks away from the NRL for a second time, all fans - and not just Sydney Roosters supporters - should celebrate the fact he came back to show off his remarkable...

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League

Kenny-Dowall smashes pain barrier to join list of grand final legends

Shaun Kenny-Dowall

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall played from the 15th minute of Sunday night's grand final with a hairline fracture in his jaw that he kept secret from teammates.

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Kenny-Dowall smashes pain barrier to join list of grand final legends

The Heroics Brad Walter Sydney Roosters centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall played the second half of Sunday night's grand final with a broken jaw that he kept secret from teammates.

Horo's hard road from tragedy to grand final

Justin Horo

Brad Walter Justin Horo comes from a great rugby league family and its members rallied to the Manly second-rower's aid last year as he struggled to overcome a season in the wilderness and the tragic death of his...

Arthur set to get nod at Eels after edging out Taylor

Brad Arthur

Brad Walter, Michael Carayannis Manly assistant coach Brad Arthur is set to return to Parramatta in the top job, with an announcement expected as soon as Monday.

Rugby League

Tight-knit playing group the key to Sea Eagles' finals run

Anthony Watmough

Brad Walter Anthony Watmough says third premiership since 2008 would confirm Manly as one of the greatest teams.

Tight-knit group 'key to Manly's finals run'

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Anthony Watmough of the Sea Eagles celebrates with team mate Tom Symonds after winning the NRL Preliminary Final match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium on September 27, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Test forward Anthony Watmough believes Manly's second grand-final appearance in three years proves their 2011 triumph was due to the players and not just former coach Des Hasler.

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New Zealand selectors resigned to life without Sonny Bill

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Brad Walter New Zealand selectors are preparing to be without Sydney Roosters superstar Sonny Bill Williams for the end of season World Cup and will view his availability for the Kiwis title defence as a bonus.

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Robinson torn on whether to roll the dice on Cordner

Boyd Cordner

Michael Chammas, Brad Walter Sydney Roosters mentor Trent Robinson will wait until Saturday to decide whether to risk Boyd Cordner after a seven-week lay-off, with Aidan Guerra's performance against Newcastle last weekend...

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Dally M picks raise some eyebrows

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Brad Walter NRL officials have privately questioned the snubbing of Sonny Bill Williams and several Manly stars at Wednesday night's Dally M awards.

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Rugby League

Selection a dilemma for the Roosters

Boyd Cordner.

Michael Chammas and Brad Walter Sydney Roosters coach will wait until Saturday to decide whether to risk Boyd Cordner after a seven-week layoff.

League

The day SBW turned to vodka - strictly in the pursuit of excellence

Sonny Bill Williams

Brad Walter A bottle of vodka has never been a sign of professionalism in rugby league before, but there has never been a player like Sonny Bill Williams.

League

Stewart plans to exploit tiny chinks in the armour

Brett Stewart.

Brad Walter Manly fullback Brett Stewart has spotted opportunities to break down Sydney Roosters' wall-like defence he plans to take advantage of on Sunday.

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SKD reveals how Robinson fired up his 'part-time pros'

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Brad Walter, Michael Carayannis A blunt message from new coach Trent Robinson about his players' attitudes and lifestyles has been credited with Sydney Roosters' remarkable turnaround this season.

League

Three Burgess brothers named in England World Cup squad

Brad Walter South Sydney's Burgess twins, George and Thomas, will join brother Sam in the England squad for the upcoming World Cup but sibling Luke has missed out.

League

Galuvao tipped for stunning finals return

Joe Galuvao

Brad Walter More than five months after suffering what was initially described as a career-ending Achilles injury, Joe Galuvao has emerged as a potential shock selection for Manly in Sunday night's grand final...

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Paul Green appointed North Queensland Cowboy's coach

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Brad Walter Sydney Roosters under 20s coach Paul Green will take charge of North Queensland next season after being appointed as Neil Henry's replacement.

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Jennings family set for huge day of deciders

Michael Jennings

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters centre Michael Jennings says at the start of the season he hadn't expected to be playing in Sunday's grand final – let alone have brother George play on the same day.

Winning Starts Monday

Rooster or Chief? Sonny Bill Williams will keep 'em guessing

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Brad Walter Expect plenty of speculation in the lead up to the grand final about where Sonny Bill Williams will play next season, but unless Channel Nine really can broadcast his inner thoughts as they made out...

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Manly deserve more respect for sustained success, says Kite

Brent Kite

Brad Walter Manly players claim the Sea Eagles are aiming for their fourth grand final win in seven years after the Storm were stripped of the 2007 premiership, and believe they deserve greater recognition for...