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

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What now for Folau? The big issues ...

Israel Folau

Brad Walter We take a look at some of the potential issues facing Israel Folau after his move back to the NRL.

Cronulla Sharks players accept doping bans

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Brad Walter Cronulla captain Paul Gallen is one of 10 current NRL players to accept an ASADA deal which would result in a 12-month ban, back-dated to November 2013 for their involvement in the supplements...

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Cronulla Sharks players angry and upset over ASADA offer that was too good to refuse

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Brad Walter Some members of Cronulla’s 2011 squad were in tears on Thursday night as they decided to accept backdated suspensions for unknowingly taking prohibited substances.

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Players look set to take ASADA deal if WADA plays ball

Brad Walter Past and present Cronulla players were seeking assurances on Thursday night that WADA would not appeal if they accepted backdated suspensions for unknowingly taking prohibited substances.

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No guarantees WADA won't appeal Cronulla Sharks' backdated suspensions

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Brad Walter World Anti-Doping Authority officials have refused to rule out an appeal against the backdated suspensions offered to members of Cronulla's 2011 squad that would allow the players to miss just three...

ASADA pain could end soon for Cronulla Sharks

Season to forget: Dejected Sharks players after conceding another try against Melbourne on Saturday.

Brad Walter After 18 months of anguish and uncertainty, the worst could finally be over for Cronulla officials, players and supporters.

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Cronulla Sharks wary of discount doping bans

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Brad Walter Players involved in the supplement program at Cronulla in 2011 are wary of accepting bans of six months or less as they maintain they never knowingly took any prohibited substances.

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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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Pasifika award to give Sam Perrett, Jerome Ropati a taste of UCLA

Sam Perrett is also an an education ambassador at the Bulldogs.

Brad Walter Canterbury fullback Sam Perrett and Warriors centre Jerome Ropati will spend time during the off-season as student athletes at UCLA in Los Angeles after being chosen as the inaugural winners of the...

Cronulla Sharks players urged not to accept reduced bans in ASADA case

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Brad Walter Members of Cronulla’s 2011 squad, who have been 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...

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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.

Parramatta Eels star Joseph Paulo's role as US Tomahawks captain under threat as AMNRL bows out

Stars in stripes: Joseph Paulo in action for the US during the Rugby League World Cup last year.

Brad Walter The Rugby League International Federation has been asked to help ensure Parramatta star Joseph Paulo's position as USA Tomahwaks captain does not come under threat and other NRL-based players are not...

Greg Inglis untouchable as South Sydney Rabbitohs demolish Brisbane Broncos

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Brad Walter Greg Inglis turned on an awesome display of power and skill to help assert South Sydney's position as premiership favourites with their fourth win in 17 days.

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Obeid family members wanted to become directors of Parramatta Eels

Keen on the Eels: Eddie Obeid.

Adrian Proszenko, Kate McClymont and Brad Walter Parramatta officials were in talks with the Obeids about the prospect of some family members becoming Eels directors prior to patriarch Eddie being found guilty of corruption by the ICAC.

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Dangerous tackles spark calls for referees to send more players off

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Brad Walter Referees have been encouraged to send players off for any incident which jeopordises the safety of an opponent after NRL officials expressed concern over a number of dangerous tackles in last...

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NRL considers funding all junior development in a major revamp of the game's pathways

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Brad Walter and Michael Chammas The NRL may fund all junior development across the game under a major revamp of pathways that could see the under 20s National Youth Competition scrapped and the introduction of a rookie draft.

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The next Roger Tuivasa-Sheck or Konrad Hurrell may be lost to rugby union if NYC is scrapped

Prolific scorer: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has scored some spectacular tries for the Roosters.

Brad Walter The scrapping of the under-20s National Youth Competiton would impact heavily on the ability of clubs to convince New Zealand schoolboy rugby union stars to follow the lead of Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and...

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St George Illawarra Dragons run out of puff as pressure gets too much

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Brad Walter Pressure makes people act differently and on Sunday the Dragons went away from the the way they had been playing under Paul McGregor's coaching reign as they all but slipped out of top eight...

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Josh Reynolds' meltdown a case for NRL to consider yellow- and red-card system

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Brad Walter The brain explosion that led to Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds facing a third judiciary appearance in six matches was the worst since the one that ended Travis Burns' NRL career two years ago...

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