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

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Sam Burgess feared his NRL career with South Sydney was over

Brad Walter Rugby union-bound South Sydney superstar Sam Burgess admits he thought his NRL career may have been over when he was forced from GIO Stadium on Monday night due to a shoulder injury.

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Todd Carney dispute with Cronulla Sharks headed for mediation

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Brad Walter Todd Carney is expected to enter into mediation with Cronulla over his controversial sacking from the club last month in a move that may prevent the case from going to court.

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Mick Potter's future to be decided by new NRL-led Tigers board - but Todd Payten faces bullet

Under pressure: Mick Potter talks to the media after the Tigers' loss to the Dragons at ANZ Stadium.

Brad Walter A new NRL controlled Wests Tigers board is set to decide Mick Potter's fate as coach but regardless of whether he stays or goes his ambitious assistant Todd Payten is unlikely to survive.

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Wests Tigers fans shirty as club turns itself inside out

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Brad Walter Wests Tigers members are so powerless to influence decisions regarding the direction of the club that some have turned to wearing their jerseys inside out at matches in protest at the treatment of...

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Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter's future undecided

Under pressure: Mick Potter talks to the media after the Tigers' loss to the Dragons at ANZ Stadium.

Brad Walter The future of Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter may be determined by whether the team makes the final eight after a board meeting on Sunday night deferred until the end of the season a decision on...

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Feathers fly at Manly as player power is put to the test

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Michael Chammas and Brad Walter For so long the ''us against them'' rationale has bred success on the northern beaches, but how far can the competition frontrunners go with the ''us against us'' mentality that is threatening to...

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Newcastle Knights will come back stronger after horror NRL season, says chairman Paul Harragon

Club in turmoil: Knights chairman Paul Harragon.

Brad Walter A player in jail, one in a wheelchair, another in a mental health clinic, an owner gone broke and a coach who has quit.

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NRL's Rise For Alex McKinnon appeal nets more than $1.1 million

Emotional time: Alex McKinnon wipes away a tear during his homecoming at Hunter Stadium on Sunday.

Brad Walter NRL supporters have donated more than $1.1 million for injured Newcastle forward Alex McKinnon, after a bucket appeal and the sale of wristbands at Hunter Stadium on Sunday raised $30,000 alone.

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Darius Boyd could follow Wayne Bennett to Brisbane

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Brad Walter Darius Boyd is tipped to follow Wayne Bennett to Brisbane next season but Joey Leilua has told Newcastle officials he doesn't intend to invoke a get-out clause in his contract if the seven-time...

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League will rally around Darius Boyd, says Cory Paterson

Empathy: Wests Tigers forward Cory Paterson has battled the black dog of depression.

Brad Walter and Andrew Wu Cory Paterson believes Darius Boyd's recent off-field antics may have been a "cry for help" and expects the Newcastle international to receive greater support in his battle with depression than he...

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Cost of insurance cover for rugby league players put at $1m a season

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Brad Walter The cost of an insurance policy being considered by NRL players will be $1 million per season but does not include a payment if they are forced to retire due to any pre-existing injury.

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Paul McGregor will be the next St George Illawarra coach in a move that will heal divisions in the joint venture

In the box seat: With Wayne Bennett returning to Brisbane, Paul McGregor looks certain to be appointed the full-time St George Illawarra coach.

Brad Walter Paul McGregor is set to become the next St George Illawarra coach in a move that will help prevent divisions from widening within the joint venture.

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NRL: Alex McKinnon's legacy will ease pain of horror injuries in future

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Brad Walter Insurance for players who suffer severe or permanent injuries, a game-wide foundation and changes to workers' compensation laws to include professional athletes are set to become Alex McKinnon's...

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Petero Civoniceva says Fiji team in NSW Cup will lead to NRL bid

Local icon: Petero Civoniceva in action for Fiji against England in 2009.

Brad Walter Petero Civoniceva believes the admission of a Fiji team to the NSW Cup competition will be a stepping stone to a Pacific islands side eventually joining the NRL.

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Josh Dugan eyes future Test selection at right centre

Future in the centres: St George Illawarra star Josh Dugan.

Brad Walter St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor believes Josh Dugan is the best right centre in the game after making a successful switch from fullback that could eventually earn him an Australian Test...

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Braith Anasta's future hangs in the balance

Tough times: Braith Anasta is attended to by a Tigers trainer on Sunday

Brad Walter Former Test five-eighth Braith Anasta will visit a surgeon on Wednesday to discuss whether he can play on with a torn biceps or undergo what would effectively be career-ending surgery.

Manly winger David Williams investigated over betting on NRL games

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Brad Walter, Adrian Proszenko, Roy Ward David Williams, the Manly winger nicknamed 'Wolfman', is known to be fond of multi-bets that include the German Bundesliga football team VfL Wolfsburg.

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Todd Carney's sacking from Cronulla Sharks backed by NRL CEO Dave Smith

Career in tatters: Ex-Sharks five-eighth Todd Carney.

Brad Walter NRL chief executive Dave Smith has backed Cronulla's decision to sack Todd Carney and placed players "on notice" that there would be "consequences" if they damage the reputation of the code.

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NSW forward Ryan Hoffman stayed true Blue even though Dad was a Queenslander

Feeling the strain: Ryan Hoffman feels the relief of a series win after game two in Sydney.

Brad Walter NSW back-rower Ryan Hoffman has revealed that he was once approached to play for Queensland but did not feel comfortable about pulling on the Maroons jersey worn by his father Jay.

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Paul Gallen is one of NSW's greats: Laurie Daley

Proud moment: Paul Gallen lifts the State of Origin shield.

Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley lauded captain Paul Gallen as one of the state's greatest players and declared that his influence would put the Blues in good stead for years to come.