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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 ...

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

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Todd Carney dispute with Cronulla Sharks headed for mediation

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Brad Walter Todd Carney is expected to enter into mediation with Cronulla over his controversial sacking from the club last month in a move that may prevent the case from going to court.

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Sam Burgess feared his NRL career with South Sydney was over

No serious damage: Sam Burgess falls awkwardly on his right shoulder during Souths’ win over the Raiders on Monday.

Brad Walter Rugby union-bound South Sydney superstar Sam Burgess admits he thought his NRL career may have been over when he was forced from GIO Stadium on Monday night due to a shoulder injury.

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Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter's future undecided

Under pressure: Mick Potter talks to the media after the Tigers' loss to the Dragons at ANZ Stadium.

Brad Walter The future of Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter may be determined by whether the team makes the final eight after a board meeting on Sunday night deferred until the end of the season a decision on...

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Mick Potter's future to be decided by new NRL-led Tigers board - but Todd Payten faces bullet

Under pressure: Mick Potter talks to the media after the Tigers' loss to the Dragons at ANZ Stadium.

Brad Walter A new NRL controlled Wests Tigers board is set to decide Mick Potter's fate as coach but regardless of whether he stays or goes his ambitious assistant Todd Payten is unlikely to survive.

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Manly Sea Eagles fullback Brett Stewart linked to Canberra Raiders

Capital target ... Manly fullback Brett Stewart

Brad Walter Disgruntled Manly fullback Brett Stewart has been linked with a move to Canberra, but Warriors officials insist they are not pursuing Sea Eagles centre Steve Matai.

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NRL's Rise For Alex McKinnon appeal nets more than $1.1 million

Emotional time: Alex McKinnon wipes away a tear during his homecoming at Hunter Stadium on Sunday.

Brad Walter NRL supporters have donated more than $1.1 million for injured Newcastle forward Alex McKinnon, after a bucket appeal and the sale of wristbands at Hunter Stadium on Sunday raised $30,000 alone.

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League will rally around Darius Boyd, says Cory Paterson

Empathy: Wests Tigers forward Cory Paterson has battled the black dog of depression.

Brad Walter and Andrew Wu Cory Paterson believes Darius Boyd's recent off-field antics may have been a "cry for help" and expects the Newcastle international to receive greater support in his battle with depression than he...

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Newcastle Knights will come back stronger after horror NRL season, says chairman Paul Harragon

Club in turmoil: Knights chairman Paul Harragon.

Brad Walter A player in jail, one in a wheelchair, another in a mental health clinic, an owner gone broke and a coach who has quit.

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Paul McGregor will be the next St George Illawarra coach in a move that will heal divisions in the joint venture

In the box seat: With Wayne Bennett returning to Brisbane, Paul McGregor looks certain to be appointed the full-time St George Illawarra coach.

Brad Walter Paul McGregor is set to become the next St George Illawarra coach in a move that will help prevent divisions from widening within the joint venture.

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Manly winger David Williams investigated over betting on NRL games

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Brad Walter, Adrian Proszenko, Roy Ward David Williams, the Manly winger nicknamed 'Wolfman', is known to be fond of multi-bets that include the German Bundesliga football team VfL Wolfsburg.

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St George Illawarra set to move on Wayne Bennett

Knight shift: Wayne Bennett will leave Newcastle at the end of the season.

Brad Walter St George Illawarra chief executive Peter Doust is expected to meet Wayne Bennett early next week to discuss the possibility of the seven-times premiership winning coach returning to the club next...

Alex McKinnon defends safety record of rugby league

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Brad Walter Newcastle forward Alex McKinnon has defended the safety of rugby league as he detailed the significant improvement he has made since sustaining a spinal injury in a lifting tackle earlier this season.

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Where will supercoach Wayne Bennett end up next?

Swamped: Wayne Bennett faces the media on Thursday.

Brad Walter Potential destinations for Wayne Bennett.

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'Wayne Bennett clause' could cap spending on NRL coaches

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Brad Walter The NRL is considering a salary cap for football department spending in a move that may impact on the amount of money clubs can pay big-name coaches such as Wayne Bennett.

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Alex McKinnon determined to walk again before going home

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Brad Walter Alex McKinnon plans to visit his house and just sit outside it when he returns to Newcastle on Sunday for the first time since suffering a severe spinal injury 15 weeks ago, but the Knights backrower...

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Wayne Bennett says he's interested in returning to St George Illawarra Dragons

Time to go: Wayne Bennett fronts the media in Newcastle on Thursday.

Brad Walter Wayne Bennett has confirmed his interest in returning to St George Illawarra after the seven-times premiership-winning coach threw himself into the market by announcing he would leave Newcastle at...

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St George Illawarra Dragons' bid for Wayne Bennett may rely on NRL's own money

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Brad Walter If Newcastle coach Wayne Bennett returns to St George Illawarra next season, some will question whether the NRL has been outbid by their own money.

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NRL teams told it's all right to push in scrums

Beneficiary: Sam Tomkins picked up the ball and had a free run to the line after the Warriors' scrum took the Eels by surprise.

Brad Walter NRL teams have been given the green light to push in scrums after the Warriors successfully revived the tactic to score a try in last Saturday night's 48-0 romp against Parramatta at Mt Smart Stadium.

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NRL: Alex McKinnon's legacy will ease pain of horror injuries in future

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Brad Walter Insurance for players who suffer severe or permanent injuries, a game-wide foundation and changes to workers' compensation laws to include professional athletes are set to become Alex McKinnon's...