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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

South Sydney's Issac Luke to miss NRL grand final against Canterbury

Brad Walter South Sydney hooker Issac Luke will miss Sunday’s grand final against Canterbury after the NRL judiciary upheld his one-match ban for a dangerous throw on Tuesday night.

Canterbury Bulldogs plan not so Mad Monday after NRL grand final

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Brad Walter Canterbury chief executive Raelene Castle believes the players have a right to celebrate "Mad Monday" and insists the Bulldogs have taken precautions to ensure there is no repeat of the controversy...

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Why South Sydney Rabbitohs v Canterbury Bulldogs will be the biggest grand final in NRL history

Greg Inglis celebrates with Issac Luke and Jason Clark after the fullback's try on Friday night.

Brad Walter The inclusion of South Sydney and Canterbury has ensure that next Sunday night's grand final will be the biggest premiership decider in NRL history.

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South Sydney hooker Issac Luke 'in a bit of trouble' with NRL judiciary, says Greg McCallum

Grand final in jeopardy: Issac Luke checks Sonny Bill Williams after the incident on Saturday night.

Michael Carayannis, Brad Walter The man who banned Cameron Smith and Luke Ricketson from recent grand finals has called for Issac Luke to be charged for his dangerous throw tackle on Roosters' back-rower Sonny Bill Williams.

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Canterbury Bulldogs and South Sydney Rabbitohs may have to use rookie hookers in NRL grand final

Brad Walter Canterbury and South Sydney may both be forced to field rookie hookers in next Sunday night’s grand final at ANZ Stadium, with Bulldogs captain Michael Ennis having suffered two fractures in...

Canterbury Bulldogs CEO Raelene Castle is the new face of rugby league

Brad Walter To the Canterbury players, she is known as "Aunty" but in the corporate world Bulldogs chief executive Raelene Castle is considered the new face of rugby league.

Julie Burgess didn't want Sam to to leave Rabbitohs and head back to England and rugby union

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Brad Walter Julie Burgess was heartbroken when Sam told her he was going to rugby - and she still hopes he will return to the NRL to play alongside his brothers again.

South Sydney's Jason Clark volunteers as backup hooker

Brad Walter South Sydney interchange forward Jason Clark is prepared to share the dummy half duties with rookie hooker Api Koroisau in Sunday night's premiership decider.

Fears grow about new 'kick at referee' tactic deciding NRL grand final

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Brad Walter "It's our ball. The rule is that it's our ball".

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NRL won't back down on mandatory sin bin rule for punching

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Brad Walter NRL officials will not consider any changes to the sinbinning rules after Manly were forced to play a man down for 10 minites following the dismissal of prop Josh Starling for a punch thrown in...

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How Sydney Roosters' Mitchell Pearce became the NRL's No.1 halfback

On a roll: Roosters playmaker Mitchell Pearce.

Brad Walter Mitchell Pearce readily admits the nightclub incident that cost the Sydney Roosters star his place in this year NSW Origin team was a catalyst for him becoming the No.

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NRL says please explain after Manly's Jayden Hodges kept playing after injury

All smiles: Jayden Hodges during training on Tuesday.

Brad Walter Manly officials have no concerns about responding to an NRL enquiry about why Jayden Hodges was allowed to play on for 35 minutes after his head contacted Greg Inglis' hip in last Friday night's loss...

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Staging players could cost clubs $10,000 as NRL cracks down

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Brad Walter Players feigning injury in the hope of drawing a penalty after the video referee has studied replays of a tackle are being forced to explain their actions and could cost their clubs a $10,000 fine if...

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South Sydney Rabbitohs join with NRL's Dave Smith to lobby Canberra for high-performance facility

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Brad Walter South Sydney officials will continue their push for federal government funding to develop a high-performance community centre at Maroubra when they travel to Canberra on Wednesday with NRL boss Dave...

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A five-minute sin bin would stop NRL teams cheating

Mortal sin: Matt Gillett (left) is given 10 minutes in the sin bin on Friday night by Ben Cummins (right) as Jack Reed (centre) remonstrates. The Dragons scored twice while Gillett was off the field.

Brad Walter "Cheat, cheat, cheat". Those instructions from an NRL coach as his players practised defending on their own line should dispel any doubt that teams deliberately concede penalties when the opposition...

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NRL ground manager who upset Parramatta Eels ballboys escapes action

Brad Walter The NRL has offered support to the Parramatta ball boys involved in last Friday night's controversial loss to Canterbury but ruled out any action against the ground manager who allegedly told them he...

Stars caught up in Sharks inquiry told not to ignore rights before meeting with NRL and ASADA

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Brad Walter Members of Cronulla's 2011 squad called to a meeting on Wednesday with ASADA and the NRL have been advised not to accept a reduced suspension simply to bring the 18-month saga to an end, while...

NRL club bosses want better deal regarding match scheduling

Seeking a better deal: NRL cubs wants a re-look at where and when big matches are played.

Brad Walter NRL chief executives want a review of the way matches are scheduled in the hope that clubs may be able to get a more even share of afternoon and night games.

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NRL scheduling: clubs want a fairer share of night and day matches

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Brad Walter NRL chief executives want a review of the way matches are scheduled in the hope that clubs may be able to get a more even share of afternoon and night games.

Why NRL clubs want more Sunday afternoon matches

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Brad Walter If the upcoming clash between Canterbury and South Sydney was played on a Sunday afternoon, officials believe it could draw a crowd of about 50,000 at ANZ Stadium but the chances of such a game being...

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