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Brad Walter is Chief Rugby League Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
Brad Walter Being once considered the NRL's public enemy No.1 helped Sonny Bill Williams develop the mental toughness that enabled him to overcome a mistake-riddled first half and produce the match-turning plays...
Brad Walter Parramatta officials are sick of their players being linked with rival clubs and have raised concerns with the NRL.
Five things we learnt
Brad Walter While the Sea Eagles deserve enormous praise for the courage they showed, they will find it tough against the rested Rabbitohs.
Brad Walter With nine former St George Illawarra players and four coaching staff, headed by Wayne Bennett, some have started to refer to the Knights as the Newcastle Dragons.
Brad Walter NRL boss Dave Smith is unconcerned that the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has finalised its investigation into the AFL first and insists the fate of players will not be affected by what...
Brad Walter Cronulla captain Paul Gallen has maintained his innocence over doping allegations and says the Sharks players never seriously considered accepting six month bans as part of a plea bargain deal.
Brad Walter Referees boss Daniel Anderson admits whistleblowers might be ''gun shy'' to sin bin players after Canterbury playmaker Josh Reynolds was allowed to stay on the field for a professional foul in...
Brad Walter South Sydney's Adam Reynolds and John Sutton are ranked the No.1 halfback and five-eighth in the NRL, ahead of any of the playmakers who featured in State of Origin.
State of Origin
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...
State of Origin
Brad Walter, Michael Carayannis Blues hooker Robbie Farah is ready to assume the captaincy for next week's State of Origin series decider if skipper Paul Gallen joins NSW's most experienced player, Jarryd Hayne, on the sideline...
Brad Walter Boyd Cordner is preparing to replace Greg Bird in the NSW forward pack but the 21-year-old Sydney Roosters back-rower hopes the player he grew up wanting to emulate is fit to play in next week's...
Brad Walter St George Illawarra coach Steve Price has relinquished his role in charge of Samoa for the World Cup and will be replaced by NSW and Parramatta assistant Matt Parish.
State of Origin
Brad Walter They are the statistics that show why NSW coach Laurie Daley had no hesitation in selecting Josh Dugan for State of Origin just five games into his NRL return after being sacked by Canberra.
Winning Starts Monday
Brad Walter Since the introduction of the NRL's alcohol management strategy in 2009, the number of off-field incidents has plummeted by 75 per cent.