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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

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Ex-Cronulla trainer Trent Elkin will push NRL appeals tribunal to cut ban

Former Cronulla strength and conditioning coach Trent Elkin.

Brad Walter Former Cronulla head trainer Trent Elkin will seek to have his two year ban reduced when he faces the NRL appeals tribunal on Friday, but a decision may not be made until next week.

Sydney Roosters set to sign Catalans halfback Scott Dureau

Brad Walter Former Newcastle halfback Scott Dureau is set to join Sydney Roosters for the remainder of the season on a loan deal from French Super League club Catalans.

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Wests Tigers seek salary cap relief to cover loss of Liam Fulton

Knockout blow: Liam  Fulton has been forced from the field with concussion four times in six matches this season.

Brad Walter Wests Tigers may be granted salary cap relief to sign another player as backrower Liam Fulton considers whether to hang up the boots due to a series of concussions suffered this year.

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Newcastle Knights coach Wayne Bennett to decide future within weeks

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Brad Walter Newcastle coach Wayne Bennett expects to make a decision on his future within weeks amid growing speculation that he is the No.1 target for the vacant St George Illawarra job.

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David Gyngell unmoved by calls to reschedule State of Origin

Big hitter: Last Wednesday night’s match was the most watched in Origin history.

Brad Walter Channel Nine boss David Gyngell has rejected suggestions his network is inflexible on the scheduling of the State of Origin series.

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Demise and dissent on the field directly linked to lack of accountability off it

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Brad Walter Mark down April 2 as the date when Cronulla's 2014 premiership hopes effectively ended after the Sharks announced that suspended coach Shane Flanagan would rejoin the club next season on a new three...

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Liam Fulton's future set to be decided this week after series of concussions

Liam Fulton of the Tigers leaves the field with concussion during round three.

Brad Walter A decision on the playing future of Wests Tigers forward Liam Fulton is expected to be made this week after the 29-year-old receives the results of extensive testing in Melbourne to determine the...

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State of Origin: Blues want clean sweep to put exclamation point on series win

Brad Walter and Adrian Proszenko After ending Queensland's eight year Origin domination, NSW players have vowed to begin their own dynsasty by completing the first series "Blue rinse" since 2000 with victory in the third match at...

Josh Reynolds rides wave of Origin success

Josh Reynolds and Johnathan Thurston shake hands after their Origin clash.

Brad Walter NSW five-eighth Josh Reynolds was unsure what was a greater highlight after helping the Blues to their first Origin series victory in eight years - crowd surfing with fans at ANZ Stadium or receiving...

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Trent Hodkinson's terrific try up there with John Aloisi's goal at the field of dreams

Trent Hodkinson celebrates the only try of the second State of Origin match.

Brad Walter It’s over. NSW’s 6-4 victory in Origin II was far from pretty but Trent Hodkinson’s winning try is set to be remembered alongside John Aloisi’s goal against Uruguay as the greatest post-Olympic...

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State of Origin: Josh Dugan has many strings to his bow

Back in blue: Dugan has been picked for his attacking and defensive abilities.

Brad Walter When Jarryd Hayne played on the wing in the 2012 State of Origin series, the Blues had a call for him to shift closer to the ruck in a second fullback role and they may do the same for Josh Dugan on...

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Roosters strut their focus on development with pride

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Brad Walter Sydney Roosters are the first club to commit to a new NRL strategy of formalising a secondary affiliation with an area outside their traditional territory in a move the premiers believe further...

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Alex Johnston stars as South Sydney down toothless Wests Tigers

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Brad Walter Alex Johnston once played the role of a young Greg Inglis in an NRL television commercial and on Friday night the South Sydney rookie again emulated the absent superstar when he raced 65 metres from...

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ASADA inquiry: Cronulla Sharks rule out Essendon-style legal action

Chris Barrett and Brad Walter Cronulla have ruled out legal action should current and former Sharks players be issued with show-cause notices by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, saying they are desperate not to...

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What now for the Cronulla Sharks and ASADA?

Sharks players await a Dragons conversion at WIN Stadium during their heavy loss last weekend. The club is set to receive another setback with the ASADA investigation getting closer to its conclusion.

Brad Walter The six big questions facing Cronulla as the ASADA investigation gets closer to its completion.

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State of Origin recall gives Josh Dugan last laugh with NSW Blues

Main focus: Josh Dugan is surrounded by reporters at Tuesday's team announcement.

Brad Walter What Josh Dugan initially shrugged off as a joke has led to the Dragons star being recalled by NSW coach Laurie Daley to play opposite Queensland star Greg Inglis at centre in Origin II at ANZ...

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Trent Merrin clinches State of Origin spot after heroics against Sharks

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Brad Walter A remarkable 47-minute stint in which Trent Merrin ran the ball 264 metres against Cronulla on Saturday night has earned the St George Illawarra forward the chance to be a part of history by...

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Roosters' success gives Canberra Raiders no incentive to develop players

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Brad Walter It was Canberra's last match against Sydney Roosters just 10 days ago that made Raiders officials seriously question the value of the club's $3 million per year investment in junior development.

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Soaring costs raise pressure for a draft to level the field

Wests Tigers chief executive Grant Mayer proposed a development fee system.

Brad Walter South Sydney chief executive Shane Richardson and Newcastle recruitment manager Peter Mulholland believe an external draft would help reduce the massive development costs incurred by some clubs.

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State of Origin II: Skipper Paul Gallen to move up front for NSW Blues

On the move: Gallen breaks the line in Origin I.

Brad Walter NSW captain Paul Gallen is set to move up front in Origin II after Blues coach Laurie Daley decided to opt for Josh Dugan at right-centre rather than shift back-rower Beau Scott wider in defence.

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