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

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Toyota Cup trial spell for captain's challenge

Brad Walter CAPTAINS will be allowed unlimited challenges to refereeing decisions under an NFL-style system to be trialled before the end of the season – as long as those challenges are proved correct.

Moltzen's decision to stay with Tigers cost us dearly, says Head

Tim Moltzen

Brad Walter THE absence of a specialist fullback after Tim Moltzen's decision to renege on a deal and remain with Wests Tigers has cost St George Illawarra dearly this season, according to former Dragons...

Challenge system before rules panel

Referee

Brad Walter AN NFL-style ''challenge system'' enabling coaches or captains to contest refereeing decisions is set to be trialled after a meeting of the game's Rules Advisory Committee today.

League

On-field challenges to trial in under-20s

Brad Walter Captains will be allowed unlimited challenges to refereeing decisions under an NFL-style system to be trialled before the end of the season - as long as those challenges are proved correct.

Nine and Fox Sports retain NRL broadcast rights

NRL

Brad Walter Nine and Fox Sports have retained the lucrative NRL broadcasting rights for the next five years.

$90 million in the bank as ARL Commission celebrates its billion dollar deal

Australian Rugby League Commission Chairman John Grant

Brad Walter NRL clubs are expected to receive an immediate $500,000 payment and a salary cap of up to $6 million will be discussed at next Monday's inaugural meeting of the ARLC Council after the new $1 billion...

Bunnies grow up strong as side effect of struggle

Clark

Michael Chammas, Brad Walter OF THE six South Sydney juniors fighting to guide the club to its first grand final in 41 years, no one has fought harder than Jason Clark.

Sheens’s name thrown into mix at Warriors

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Brad Walter Sin Bin: Sydney Roosters assistant Matthew Elliott, former Parramatta coach Stephen Kearney and Canberra deputy Justin Morgan are understood to be on a shortlist for the Warriors job, but a decision...

Purse strings could tie Sheens to Tigers

Tim Sheens

Brad Walter SALARY cap problems and a shortage of money to pay out coach Tim Sheens have left Wests Tigers' preparations for 2013 in limbo.

League

Just not cricket: NRL launches new logo, puts brakes on expansion

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Brad Walter This is the new NRL logo that was unveiled today.

League

Players seek salary cap rise as union talks continue

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Brad Walter NRL players want the salary cap for next season to be more than the $5 million ceiling agreed to by clubs and the ARL Commission and are also seeking a five-year collective bargaining agreement.

League

Rabbitohs welcome another Burgess bro

Tom Burgess is the latest of four brothers to join the NRL South Sydney Rabbitohs.8th November 2012Photo: Wolter PeetersThe Sydney Morning Herald

Brad Walter TOM BURGESS, the last of the four English brothers to join South Sydney, makes no secret about his ambition with the Rabbitohs next season.

Heads-up on shoulder charge official rethink

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Brad Walter South Sydney forward Sam Burgess may face a judiciary charge next season if he makes another tackle that leaves an opposition player in the same state as Newcastle's Kyle O'Donnell after their head...

Officials crunch the numbers as proposed changes gain momentum

Brad Walter THE number of interchanges may have to be maintained or increased if the NRL scraps penalties for ruck infringements and referees instead restart the tackle count for the attacking team.

Clubs move quickly to sign young guns

Jason Taumalolo.

Brad Walter The Cowboys and Warriors have moved quickly to announce the re-signing of two of the rookies named by the Herald today as the hottest prospects to watch in the NRL this season.

Rookie Politoni preparing to cover missing Tigers skipper

Robbie Farah

Brad Walter A 21-YEAR-OLD rookie who has based his game on Robbie Farah is in line to replace the Wests Tigers captain after he was charged by the NRL match review committee.

Manly will wait to make late call on Foran's fitness

Kieran Foran

Brad Walter, Brett Keeble MANLY officials will give star five-eighth Kieran Foran until kick-off next Monday night to overcome a hamstring injury and are confident captain Jamie Lyon and fullback Brett Stewart will be fit to...

Gould takes long view and builds up Panthers' junior ranks

Phil Gould.

Brad Walter WHEN Phil Gould declared his first priority at Penrith was to strengthen the club's junior stocks, not even recruitment and development manager Jim Jones expected that the most successful NSW coach...

Biggest names to benefit from cap increase

NRL

Brad Walter SOME of the NRL's biggest names are set to reap the rewards of a possible $6 million salary cap when they come off contract next season.