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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.

A five-minute sin bin would stop NRL teams cheating

Mortal sin: Matt Gillett (left) is given 10 minutes in the sin bin on Friday night by Ben Cummins (right) as Jack Reed (centre) remonstrates. The Dragons scored twice while Gillett was off the field.

Brad Walter "Cheat, cheat, cheat". Those instructions from an NRL coach as his players practised defending on their own line should dispel any doubt that teams deliberately concede penalties when the opposition...

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We have to learn from loss to Sydney Roosters, says Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy

Let down: Storm captain Billy Slater feels the pain of another Roosters try.

Brad Walter Melbourne captain Cameron Smith admitted the Storm may be playing for their season against Brisbane on Friday night after crashing 24-12 to Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium.

Sydney Roosters keep minor premiership hopes alive with victory over Melbourne Storm

Flying Rooster: Sonny Bill Williams attacks the line.

Brad Walter A remarkable defensive effort against Melbourne has kept Sydney Roosters' hopes of back-to-back minor premiership titles alive and set up a virtual play-off with arch rivals South Sydney next...

Refs told to stop time-wasting and abuse from captains

Ennis the menace: Canterbury captain Michael Ennis.

Brad Walter Michael Ennis's abuse of referee Gerard Sutton and the time-wasting tactics by the Canterbury captain in Thursday's night's 19-12 loss to South Sydney has been deemed "unacceptable" and resulted in a...

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Cronulla Sharks to ensure Shane Flanagan is more accountable when he returns from ban

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Brad Walter Suspended Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan must agree to be more accountable to the club's board before returning to the job, under a new structure aimed at ensuring the Sharks never again expose their...

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John Sattler says Sam Burgess could be the man to lead South Sydney to premiership glory

Sam's the man ... John Sattler rates Sam Burgess as one of the best to play for the Rabbitohs.

Brad Walter South Sydney's last grand final winning captain John Sattler believes Sam Burgess would have fitted into the great Rabbitohs forward packs of his era and is the player who could finally lead the club...

Benji Marshall on course to face Brisbane Broncos despite ankle knock

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Brad Walter Benji Marshall is confident of being fit to play in St George Illawarra's must win match against Brisbane on Friday night but the Kiwi star will rule himself out if he has any concerns about letting...

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...

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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Aiden Guerra set for Kangaroos berth as absences force Tim Sheens' hand

Italian job: Aiden Guerra has carried on his good form at the end of last season into 2014, earning an Origin call-up for Queensland.

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters second-rower Aiden Guerra is set to be rewarded for a standout season with selection in the Australian squad for the end-of-season Four Nations tournament.

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Cronulla Sharks on the lookout yet again for a major sponsor

Chris Barrett and Brad Walter Cronulla officials will try to convince the top end of town that the club isn't tainted by the stain of the ASADA doping investigation as they again begin the unenviable hunt for a new major sponsor.

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Who 'duped' Cronulla Sharks players and how did they do it?

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Brad Walter NRL chief executive Dave Smith and his ASADA counterpart, Ben McDevitt, say past and present Cronulla players were "duped" into taking performance-enhancing drugs while at the club in 2011.

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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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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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