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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.

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New NRL funding model will force administrators to raise their games

Thumbs up: Bulldogs CEO Raelene Castle welcomed the NRL's new incentivised funding model for clubs.

Brad Walter The NRL’s radical new funding model for clubs is predicted to have the same impact at an administrative level as the salary cap has had on playing rosters.

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Benji Marshall NRL return: Wests Tigers set to seek 'Ben Barba-style' compensation

Not so fast: Benji Marshall’s last home game for the Tigers was a mere eight months ago.

Brad Walter, Adrian Proszenko and Roy Ward Wests Tigers are set to demand financial compensation to allow Benji Marshall to return to the NRL, with officials advising his manager they intended to enforce a clause in his release agreement...

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NRL clubs praise "revolutionary" new funding model

Nick Pappas.

Brad Walter South Sydney club chairman Nick Pappas believes all clubs should soon be profitable under the NRL's "revolutionary" new funding model for the game and those who aren't aren't may not deserve to be in...

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NRL employs stick and carrot approach in new funding model

Dave Smith

Brad Walter NRL chief executive Dave Smith is set to announce one of the most significant changes to the way clubs are funded, with a raft of incentives and penalties to be introduced.

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NRL evolution of the tackle may spell end for 10-metre rule

Storm centre Will Chambers is dangerously upended by Gold Coast's Nate Myles and Beau Falloon.

Brad Walter "This rule as it now operates, let me say once more, is the source of many of the modern game's ills: the obsession with possession and the consequent lack of variety in play, the deliberate...

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City-Country clash to decide Mitchell Pearce's NSW scrum-base partner

Selection battle: Incumbent James Maloney is no certainty to start as the Blues No.6.

Brad Walter Up to six NSW five-eighth contenders are set to battle it out for the No.6 jersey in the City-Country clash, with Blues coach Laurie Daley planning to rest players considered certain selections to...

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Sam Burgess comes to grips with public's lingering perception

Sam Burgess

Brad Walter South Sydney forward Sam Burgess regrets the ‘‘squirrel grip’’ on Melbourne’s Will Chambers that he believes tarnished his image.

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Sam Burgess and James Graham are the best of mates and the fiercest of rivals

Hard man: Sam Burgess is the centre of the Dragons attention at the SCG.

Brad Walter With Sam Burgess having been granted a release from South Sydney at the end of the season to play rugby union, last year's World Cup semi-final at Wembley was almost certainly the last time he and...

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NRL warned not to leave Campbelltown for other codes

Jim Marsden.

Brad Walter Former Wests Magpies chairman Jim Marsden has warned the NRL not to leave Campbelltown to rival codes, as the game’s governing body refused to guarantee Wests Tigers would continue playing in...

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Banned Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan's Salford role could test NRL's resolve

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Brad Walter Salford owner Marwan Koukash's bold declaration that he wanted to sign Benji Marshall in the same week he announced Shane Flanagan was joining the club has raised the question of how the NRL would...

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Robbie Farah injured as Wests Tigers defeat Cowboys

Captain's knock: Robbie Farah crosses for a try in the Tigers win over the Cowboys.

Brad Walter Skipper Robbie Farah dislocated his elbow as Wests Tigers continued their impressive start to the season with a 16-4 win over North Queensland in what may have been one of the joint-venture club's...

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Jordan McLean's actions in Alex McKinnon tackle were not 'significant' cause of injury, panel decides

Brad Walter Melbourne forward Jordan McLean had an additional four matches added to his suspension for the tackle that left Alex McKinnon with spinal damage because the NRL judiciary panel considered his actions...

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Jordan McLean had indirect role in Alex McKinnon's injury: NRL judiciary found

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Brad Walter Melbourne forward Jordan McLean had four matches added to his suspension for the tackle that left Alex McKinnon with spinal damage because the NRL judiciary panel considered his actions were not a...

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Roosters coach Trent Robinson unhappy his team turned down late penalty-goal shot

Josh Reynolds.

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has expressed disappointment the premiers ignored an instruction to go for penalty goal late in their 9-8 defeat by a gritty Canterbury side at Allianz Stadium on...

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Newcastle Knights lash Melbourne Storm over Jordan McLean defence

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Brad Walter Angry Newcastle officials have hit out at Melbourne over the club's defence of Jordan McLean and questioned why his Storm teammates Jesse and Kenny Bromwich weren't also charged over the tackle on...

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St George Illawarra favourites to sign North Queensland Cowboys forward Tariq Sims

Hankering for home: Cowboys forward Tariq Sims.

Brad Walter St George Illawarra are early favourites to lure North Queensland forward Tariq Sims home after the NSW Origin prospect told Cowboys officials he was considering asking for a release.

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NRL to consider ban on lifting tackles in wake of Alex McKinnon injury

Dragons forward Jack De Belin, who could be in trouble with the NRL judiciary when charges are announced on Monday, dumps South Sydney back-rower Kyle Turner into the SCG turf on Saturday night.

Brad Walter The NRL will consider outlawing all lifting tackles in a bid to prevent another incident like the one which has ended the caereer of Newcastle forward Alex McKinnon but has ruled out a ban on three...

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Andrew Fifita asks NRL to investigate breakdown of Canterbury deal

Calls for investigation: Sharks prop Andrew Fifita.

Adrian Proszenko, Brad Walter, Daniel Lane and Michael Carayannis Andrew Fifita's management team has asked the NRL to investigate why his multi-million-dollar contract with Canterbury failed to come to fruition as it emerged that the Test prop knew the deal was on...

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Melbourne Storm unhappy at NRL inaction over tackles

Point of contention: The Storm were unhappy at this tackle by Beau Falloon and Nate Myles on Will Chambers.

Chris Barrett and Brad Walter Melbourne Storm officials have written to the NRL seeking clarification on why St George Illawarra forward Jack de Belin and Gold Coast hooker Beau Falloon received lighter punishment than that...

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