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

Being thrown to the Wolves puts Jennings in state of Origin flux

Brad Walter PENRITH boss Phil Gould, the most successful NSW coach in Origin history, last night refused to be drawn on whether dumped centre Michael Jennings should be picked for the Blues, saying: ''That is up...


NRL evolution of the tackle may spell end for 10-metre rule

Storm centre Will Chambers is dangerously upended by Gold Coast's Nate Myles and Beau Falloon.

Brad Walter "This rule as it now operates, let me say once more, is the source of many of the modern game's ills: the obsession with possession and the consequent lack of variety in play, the deliberate...

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St George Illawarra's Brett Morris reveals the secret to his breath-taking try

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Brad Walter Hours spent practising leaping and diving from spring-loaded floorboards at a Wollongong gym helped Brett Morris score the try that his famous father Steve describes as the best he has seen.

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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.


Greg Inglis' leadership is being noted by South Sydney and far beyond

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Brad Walter It's not just being both one of the greatest fullbacks and centres to have played the game that makes Greg Inglis so important to rugby league and South Sydney.

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Sam Burgess would have stayed if he could play Origin, says Russell Crowe

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Brad Walter South Sydney co-owner Russell Crowe has backed Sam Burgess to succeed in rugby but suggested the English forward may not have been tempted to switch codes if he had been allowed to play State of...

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Sam Burgess swayed by big crowds for code switch, says Barrie-Jon Mather

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Brad Walter England's Rugby League World Cup team manager Barrie-Jon Mather has backed suggestions that Sam Burgess may have stayed in the NRL if he could play State of Origin but believes the 25-year-old will...

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Greg Inglis has come a long way since his early days at Melbourne Storm

Brad Walter, Sydney It's not just the fact he is one of the greatest full-backs and centres to have played the game that makes Greg Inglis so important to rugby league and South Sydney.


NRL Indigenous leadership camp 2014: War cry to unite team and country

Indigenous leadership camp

Brad Walter 'You are the most powerful group of Aboriginal men in the country.'

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Italy set to suffer in flawed World Cup draw

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Brad Walter Italy's 32-16 defeat of Wales has highlighted an inherent flaw in the World Cup draw which must be corrected before the next tournament as changes to the eligibility rules will ensure the emerging...

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Billy Slater a chance for shock return

WREXHAM, WALES - NOVEMBER 16:  Billy Slater of Australia during the Rugby League World Cup Quarter Final match between Australia and USA at Racecourse Ground on November 16, 2013 in Wrexham, Wales.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Billy Slater refuses to concede his World Cup campaign is over, and has been undergoing around-the-clock physiotherapy in a desperate bid to play against Fiji in next weekend's semi-final at Wembley...

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Jarryd Hayne in box seat to mark Greg Inglis in Origin

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Brad Walter Jarryd Hayne has put his hand up to play opposite Greg Inglis at right centre for NSW after proving to be a revelation in the position during the World Cup.

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Rugby League World Cup: Billy Slater salutes physio after fairytale comeback

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30:  Billy Slater of Australia signs autographs after the Rugby League World Cup final between New Zealand and Australia at Old Trafford on November 30, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Billy Slater gave his World Cup winner's medal to Australian and Melbourne physiotherapist Tony Ayoub in appreciation of his efforts to get the star fullback on the field in the tournament decider.


World Cup windfall has all eyes on Wembley

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Brad Walter A record Test crowd for Saturday's World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand at Old Trafford and the commercial success of the tournament may prompt NRL officials to seriously consider taking...

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Seeing double: Fifita twins rejoicing as Sharks sign up David


Brad Walter Cronulla fans can look forward to the sight of two Fifita brothers in the club's forward pack in the run to the finals after the Sharks signed Andrew's twin David for the remainder of the season.

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Origin finale to sell out in record time, say officials

Paul Gallen

Brad Walter The upcoming State of Origin decider is officially the most anticipated match in the history of the interstate series, with less than 1000 tickets left on sale to the public.


Schools threatened boycott over biff

Ryan Hoffman

Brad Walter NRL boss Dave Smith has revealed that some schools had threatened to ban rugby league if the code went soft on on-field violence in State of Origin.

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Winning Starts Monday

How NRL can avoid Origin drain on club crowd figures

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Brad Walter This year's State of Origin series is set to break just about every record by which public interest can be measured - but at what cost to NRL clubs?

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Blues coach hamstrung by Hayne's recovery

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Glenn Jackson, Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley may not finalise Jarryd Hayne's position for the State of Origin decider until after Parramatta's clash with Manly on Monday night, when the fullback hopes to make his comeback...

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State of Origin

I have got to win - full stop: Pearce

Mitchell Pearce

Brad Walter, Michael Carayannis NSW coach Laurie Daley described him as ''the man'' but halfback Mitchell Pearce believes next Wednesday night will be his last State of Origin if he can't steer the Blues to victory in the series...

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