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

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

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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Sam Burgess feared his NRL career with South Sydney was over

No serious damage: Sam Burgess falls awkwardly on his right shoulder during Souths’ win over the Raiders on Monday.

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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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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'Wayne Bennett clause' could cap spending on NRL coaches

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Brad Walter The NRL is considering a salary cap for football department spending in a move that may impact on the amount of money clubs can pay big-name coaches such as Wayne Bennett.

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St George Illawarra Dragons' bid for Wayne Bennett may rely on NRL's own money

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Brad Walter If Newcastle coach Wayne Bennett returns to St George Illawarra next season, some will question whether the NRL has been outbid by their own money.

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NRL teams told it's all right to push in scrums

Beneficiary: Sam Tomkins picked up the ball and had a free run to the line after the Warriors' scrum took the Eels by surprise.

Brad Walter NRL teams have been given the green light to push in scrums after the Warriors successfully revived the tactic to score a try in last Saturday night's 48-0 romp against Parramatta at Mt Smart Stadium.

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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.

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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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.

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Trent Elkin wins appeal at NRL tribunal

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Brad Walter and Michael Carayannis Former Cronulla head trainer Trent Elkin has welcomed a decision by the NRL appeals tribunal to impose a reduced suspension of 21 months over his role in the supplements program at the club in 2011.

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Cronulla Sharks boss Steve Noyce hopes Todd Carney will be back playing in the NRL

Career in jeopardy: Sacked Cronulla pivot Todd Carney.

Brad Walter Despite having sacked Todd Carney on two occasions at different clubs, Cronulla chief executive Steve Noyce hopes the troubled playmaker will be allowed to resume his NRL career

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NRL draw's release quickly turns farcical

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Brad Walter The NRL's attempt to turn the release of the draw for the final six rounds into an event ended in embarrassment after the announcement was deferred due to a wrangle between the game's broadcasters...

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NRL investigates Brisbane Broncos for alleged salary cap breach

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Brad Walter and Phil Lutton Third-party deals with Brisbane players worth up to $500,000 are being investigated by the NRL after the Broncos reported concerns of a possible salary cap breach.

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State of Origin: players want NRL stopped for three weeks

Punishing: Origin players are hard pressed to back up for their club sides in the same week.

Brad Walter, Roy Ward and Daniel Lane A delegation of players from every club will next week tell NRL chiefs of their concerns about the scheduling of Origin matches, and some NSW and Queensland stars want the premiership to be put on...

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NRL heavyweight Jim Doyle sees silver lining in Australian sport's 'blackest day'

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Brad Walter NRL chief operating officer Jim Doyle hopes the 15-month investigation into doping allegations in the game will be complete before he leaves at the end of the season to take charge of the Warriors.

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Todd Greenberg says NRL's round 13 rule is still the best system available

No deal: James Tedesco (r) rejected a huge pay-day to stay put.

Chris Barrett and Brad Walter The NRL's head of football Todd Greenberg has defended the competition's under-fire regulations that allowed James Tedesco to back out of a $1.

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NRL hearing date set for Trent Elkin's appeal against two-year ban

Former Cronulla strength and conditioning coach Trent Elkin.

Brad Walter Former Cronulla head trainer Trent Elkin is finally set to have an appeal against the two year ban for his role in the supplements program at the club in 2011 heard on June 27.