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

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NRL warned not to leave Campbelltown for other codes

Brad Walter Former Wests Magpies chairman Jim Marsden has warned the NRL not to leave Campbelltown to rival codes, as the game’s governing body refused to guarantee Wests Tigers would continue playing in...

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Banned Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan's Salford role could test NRL's resolve

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Brad Walter Salford owner Marwan Koukash's bold declaration that he wanted to sign Benji Marshall in the same week he announced Shane Flanagan was joining the club has raised the question of how the NRL would...

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NRL considers tougher laws on dangerous throws

Over the top: The Melbourne Storm questioned why no action was taken against Beau Falloon for this tackle on Sunday.

Brad Walter The NRL's competition committee will next month consider changing the definition of a dangerous throw so that players performing a tackle such as the one made by Gold Coast hooker Beau Falloon no...

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NRL to consider ban on lifting tackles in wake of Alex McKinnon injury

Dragons forward Jack De Belin, who could be in trouble with the NRL judiciary when charges are announced on Monday, dumps South Sydney back-rower Kyle Turner into the SCG turf on Saturday night.

Brad Walter The NRL will consider outlawing all lifting tackles in a bid to prevent another incident like the one which has ended the caereer of Newcastle forward Alex McKinnon but has ruled out a ban on three...

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Melbourne Storm unhappy at NRL inaction over tackles

Point of contention: The Storm were unhappy at this tackle by Beau Falloon and Nate Myles on Will Chambers.

Chris Barrett and Brad Walter Melbourne Storm officials have written to the NRL seeking clarification on why St George Illawarra forward Jack de Belin and Gold Coast hooker Beau Falloon received lighter punishment than that...

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Concussion rules: NRL haven't cleared Bulldogs over James Graham incident

Under a cloud: Canterbury’s James Graham scores against Melbourne in his controversial round-four appearance after suffering a heavy hit.

Brad Walter The NRL is looking into whether the Bulldogs breached the new concussion rules by not removing English prop James Graham from the field immediately after a heavy tackle in their round four win over...

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Jordan McLean had indirect role in Alex McKinnon's injury: NRL judiciary found

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Brad Walter Melbourne forward Jordan McLean had four matches added to his suspension for the tackle that left Alex McKinnon with spinal damage because the NRL judiciary panel considered his actions were not a...

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Andrew Fifita asks NRL to investigate breakdown of Canterbury deal

Calls for investigation: Sharks prop Andrew Fifita.

Adrian Proszenko, Brad Walter, Daniel Lane and Michael Carayannis Andrew Fifita's management team has asked the NRL to investigate why his multi-million-dollar contract with Canterbury failed to come to fruition as it emerged that the Test prop knew the deal was on...

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NRL to rule on concussion breaches

Head knocks: James Graham returned from an earlier knock to score a try for Canterbury in Perth on Saturday night.

Brad Walter The NRL is this week expected to decide whether any clubs have breached the new rules on concussion after requesting explanations from Canterbury, Parramatta and Penrith over incidents in the opening...

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Collingwood CEO Gary Pert says Magpies a black and white example for NRL

Thrived: Collingwood are a major force in Australian sport.

Brad Walter Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert has advised NRL clubs that growing memberships and crowds are crucial to their long-term financial sustainability.

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NRL head of strategy Shane Mattiske resigns

ARLC chairman John Grant (left) with Shane Mattiske (centre) and Channel Nine CEO David Gyngell at the announcement of the $1.2 billion TV rights deal

Brad Walter Shane Mattiske, a key figure in securing rugby league's $1.2 billion broadcast deal, has quit his job as the NRL's head of strategy.

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NRL stops the clock, and the golden point

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Brad Walter The NRL's decision to stop the clock when the ball is out of play in the last five minutes of games has not only resulted in grandstand finishes to matches, but may also spell the end of golden point.

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NRL charges four players from South Sydney-Wests Tigers match

Fight night: The fiery clash between Souths and Wests Tigers on Friday.

Brad Walter The NRL match review committe has charged four players from Friday night's spiteful match between South Sydney and Wests Tigers, but Rabbitohs prop George Burgess is the only one likely to miss a...

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Parramatta Eels captain Jarryd Hayne won't be sanctioned by NRL over referee comments

Parramatta co-captain Jarryd Hayne remonstrates with referee Jared Maxwell at Brookvale Oval on Sunday.

Brad Walter Parramatta skipper Jarryd Hayne has been cleared of any breach of NRL rules for his criticism of the match officials in Sunday's last minute loss to Manly at Brookvale Oval.

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Boxing expert calls for stronger NRL concussion safeguards

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Daniel Lane and Brad Walter If the NRL was serious about combating concussion in the sport it would follow boxing's example and sideline any affected player for up to three months, former NSW Boxing Authority doctor Lou Lewis...

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Roosters star Shaun Kenny-Dowall would play another NRL grand final with a broken jaw

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Brad Walter Sydney Roosters centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall would be prepared to play another grand final with a broken jaw to help his team become the first to win back-to-back premierships in NRL history.

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Big stadiums makes dollars and sense for NRL clubs

Die-hard fans: Dragon supporters made the trek to Sydney Olympic Park to support their team against the Tigers.

Brad Walter St George Illawarra fans complaining about having to travel to ANZ Stadium to see their team play games should consider whether they want a team to watch at all.

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NRL plays waiting game on 18th man proposal for concussion

Knock: Tyrone Roberts

Brad Walter and Michael Carayannis NRL clubs and officials want to wait until the impact of the game’s new concussion policy becomes clearer before considering a recommendation by doctors to introduce an 18th man as a replacement for...

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NRL's concussion crackdown means utility players are more important than ever

Man in demand: St Helens utility Lance Hohaia has been sounded out about returning to the NRL.

Brad Walter Versatile footballers have never been more valuable since the NRL's concussion crackdown.

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Concussion in NRL: Todd Lowrie praised for cautious approach

Todd Lowrie leaves the field in round one.

Brad Walter Rugby League Players' Association welfare manager Michael Crocker has praised Brisbane forward Todd Lowrie for not returning to the field in last Friday's defeat of the Bulldogs, despite passing a...