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

Four Nations Rugby League: Fiji to play Samoa for a place in tournament

Brad Walter Fiji are set to play Samoa in next year's Pacific Test for a place in the end-of-season Four Nations tournament to be staged in Australia and New Zealand.

Trans-Tasman foes come together to host Four Nations

Australia celebrate with the trophy following 
the Four Nations Final

Brad Walter The 2014 Four Nations tournament will be played in Australia and New Zealand, and is likely to feature the winner of a play-off between Pacific nations on next year's stand-alone representative...

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League

More mature Issac Luke proves his value to South Sydney

Full of running: Luke makes plenty of metres around the ruck.

Brad Walter Luke has consistently proven in the past 12 months that he is more than worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as Cameron Smith.

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League

England rugby denies approach to South Sydney's Sam Burgess

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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League

World Cup: Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens wary of slow start

Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens

Brad Walter Australian coach Tim Sheens has been worried about this weekend's opening World Cup game against England for 19 months.

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Sam Thaiday: Pride, passion and the way of the warrior

Sam Thaiday

Brad Walter THE motto by which Sam Thaiday lives and plays rugby league is inked across his chest. ''One brother bleeds, all brothers bleed,'' the tattoo says.

League

Kangaroos on mission to upstage Invincibles' record in World Cup final

Paul Gallen.

Brad Walter Australian players have set themselves the goal in next weekend's World Cup final against New Zealand of becoming the first Kangaroos team to hold opposition sides tryless in five consecutive matches.

League

New Zealand's epic World Cup victory over England leaves Sonny Bill Williams battered and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves in tears

Shaun Johnson.

Brad Walter Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was in tears after New Zealand's epic 20-18 defeat of England to keep alive the Kiwis' hopes of back-to-back World Cup wins, while Sonny Bill Williams described the semi-final...

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Kangaroos veterans face last chance to add Rugby League World Cup win to their resume

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Cooper Cronk (L) and Brent Tate of Australia limbers up during the Australia Training Session at Sport City on November 26, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater, Brent Tate and Corey Parker have won grand finals, State of Origins and Four Nations tournaments but unless the Kangaroos beat New...

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Rugby League

Rugby League World Cup has been huge success

Australia v Fiji

Brad Walter With great games and record crowds, rugby league's showpiece was huge.

League

The good, the bad and the ugly of the World Cup

Billy Slater.

Brad Walter Among the new ground broken for rugby league during the World Cup is having the game exposed to a potentially massive global audience after BBC World Service broadcast commentary of the final between...

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League

Rugby League World Cup Final 2013: Kangaroos favourites, but wary of Kiwi ambush

Stephen Kearney

Brad Walter Australian players are wary of another ambush from New Zealand in the World Cup final after losing to the Kiwis in the last two big deciders the countries have played.

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How Roos can rule the world again

Andrew Fifita

Brad Walter The Kangaroos boast an experienced and settled squad which appears to have more depth and be better balanced than England or New Zealand.

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Pacific foes to continue Tests after 'fabulous success' offsets fans' invasion

Samsoni Langi

Brad Walter Tonga and Samoa are set to play an annual mid-season Test for the next four years following the success of Saturday night's clash at Penrith.

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SIN BIN

SBW in Dragons' sights - all in charity's name, of course

Brad Walter dinkus

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters officials have been assured they have nothing to fear after a member of St George Illawarra chief executive Peter Doust's staff successfully bid for a lunch with Sonny Bill Williams...

League

Why ASADA must play the long game

Brad Walter If ASADA has evidence, why don't they just charge the players?

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League

NRL steps into Manly board racist slur dispute

Darrell Williams

Brad Walter Allegations of racism at a recent Manly board meeting may be heard by an independent tribunal after the NRL initiated a disputes process following an official complaint by Sea Eagles director Darrell...

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Coote's quick pick-up adds to Sharks' anger

Lachlan Coote during the Round 19 NRL Wests Tigers V Penrith Panthers game at Campbelltown Stadium. Photo by Jonathan Ng

Brad Walter Set if six: It wasn't just the kick-off that had Cronulla officials riled on Saturday night.

Nine and Fox Sports retain NRL broadcast rights

NRL

Brad Walter Nine and Fox Sports have retained the lucrative NRL broadcasting rights for the next five years.

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Purse strings could tie Sheens to Tigers

Tim Sheens

Brad Walter SALARY cap problems and a shortage of money to pay out coach Tim Sheens have left Wests Tigers' preparations for 2013 in limbo.