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


Bulldogs did right thing with Barba claims, inquiry finds

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.


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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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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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.


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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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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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...


Eels have fresh vacancy to fill

Andrew Webster, Eels NYC coach Picture: Parramatta Eels

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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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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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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Panther bit me, claims Rooster

Penrith Panthers

Brad Walter Penrith under-20s forward Mitch Clark was accused of biting in his team's 48-22 defeat of Sydney Roosters.


No thanks, chief: Henry rejects Smith's apology


Brad Walter Departing coach Neil Henry rejected a personal apology from NRL chief executive Dave Smith after refereeing errors again helped to end North Queensland's season when Cronulla winger Beau Ryan scored...

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Referee error beats Cowboys

Collared: North Queensland's Jason Taumalolo is tackled by Cronulla Sharks players at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.

Brad Walter Refereeing errors again help end Cowboys' season, with Sharks getting seventh-tackle try.


Dream decider a step closer


Brad Walter The NRL's dream grand final between Sydney Roosters and South Sydney is a step closer to a reality after the tri-colours proved themselves to be one of the greatest defensive teams in history with a...

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Maguire pays tribute to team's defensive display

Nathan Merritt

Brad Walter South Sydney coach Michael Maguire credited his side's defence for their 20-10 defeat of Melbourne and predicted the Rabbitohs were better equipped to deal with the finals than last year.

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Five things we learned from Rabbitohs v Storm

South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Melbourne Storm

Brad Walter The Rabbitohs proved they are the real deal by overcoming their bogey team.

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Parramatta ready to start hunt for Stuart successor

Outgoing Parramatta coach Ricky Stuart

Brad Walter Parramatta directors will draw up a short-list of potential replacements for Ricky Stuart on Monday as they begin interviewing applicants for the football and leagues club chief executive roles, and...

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Steve Price survives Dragons coaching review

Steve Price

Brad Walter St George Illawarra coach Steve Price will remain in the job next season after a review of the club’s coaching structure.

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Sticky's situation has future clearly in mind

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Brad Walter Ricky Stuart has moved from Parramatta to Canberra to save his coaching career.

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