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

League

Parramatta Eels target finals after turnaround on and off the field

Brad Walter With a sell-out crowd turning up at Pirtek Stadium to watch Parramatta surpass their five victories last season and move to the top of the club championship after winning all three grades against St...

League

Penrith stumble with the finals in sight

Ivan Cleary

Brad Walter Penrith coach Ivan Cleary has conceded his team's finals chances have taken a significant hit after crashing 38-10 to Cronulla on Sunday at Remondis Stadium.

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Sharks say drug probe won't dull finals focus

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Brad Walter Cronulla players and officials believe the club is better placed to cope with the upcoming round of Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority interviews than earlier in the season and are determined...

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NRL rejects call to ban Sharks from finals as Bombers face September axe

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Brad Walter NRL officials have rejected calls to banish Cronulla from the upcoming finals series and will deal with any fallout from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigation after the season is...

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League

Finals rivals fear Sharks will muddy waters if permitted to contest play-offs

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Brad Walter Rival clubs believe the integrity of the NRL finals will be tarnished if Cronulla are allowed to take part with doping allegations hanging over their head.

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Winning Starts Monday

Why your team missed the finals - and how they can make them in 2013

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Brad Walter After farewelling Nathan Hindmarsh and Luke Burt on Sunday night, Parramatta players will have this week off and then return to training for the rest of the month under new coach Ricky Stuart.

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League and AFL to clash in finals logjam at ANZ Stadium

NRL v AFL

Brad Walter NRL and AFL officials have begun discussions to avoid potential venue clashes on two weekends of the play-offs, with Canterbury, South Sydney and the Sydney Swans all in line to host home finals at...

Commission praised for scrapping McIntyre finals

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Brad Walter IT MIGHT have taken more than three years for the ARL Commission to come to fruition, but yesterday the newly-formed body showed that the long fight for the game's independence was worth it.

League

Where will supercoach Wayne Bennett end up next?

Swamped: Wayne Bennett faces the media on Thursday.

Brad Walter Potential destinations for Wayne Bennett.

Winning Starts Monday

Cutting players down to size pays dividends for Blues and clubs

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Brad Walter Todd Carney's sacking from Cronulla is the latest indication that player power is on the wane, with NSW, Penrith and the Sharks all benefiting from a tough stance on ill discipline by big-name stars.

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League

State of Origin scheduling: Six questions for six experts

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Brad Walter State of Origin is the pinnacle of the game and every match just keeps getting bigger, but each year the calls for changes to the scheduling grow louder.

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League

Todd Carney's agent hits out at Cronulla Sharks over client's sacking

Todd Carney

Brad Walter Todd Carney's agent David Riolo has hit out at Cronulla for not affording the star five-eighth an opportunity to explain himself at a hearing before terminating his $3.5 million, five-year contract.

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Roosters strut their focus on development with pride

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Brad Walter Sydney Roosters are the first club to commit to a new NRL strategy of formalising a secondary affiliation with an area outside their traditional territory in a move the premiers believe further...

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League

Sydney Roosters not crowing after Anzac day romp, just warming up for shot at back-to-back NRL titles

Unstoppable: Aidan Guerra opens the scoring for the Roosters.

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters players vowed they still had plenty of room for improvement after getting their premiership defence back on track with a crushing 34-14 defeat of St George Illawarra in the annual...

Winning Starts Monday

Steve Price was not right but timing is for push to bring Wayne Bennett back to Dragons

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Brad Walter The race to sign Wayne Bennett as coach is now on in earnest following St George Illawarrra's decision to end the reign of his successor, Steve Price, just days after Nathan Tinkler's departure from...

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League

The Canberra Raiders question: What's wrong with the Green Machine?

Troubled times: Ricky Stuart.

Brad Walter When Wests Tigers were initially negotiating to keep James Tedesco, the Raiders weren't the only club they were competing with but once he agreed to terms with the Raiders it effectively became a...

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League

Roosters' success gives Canberra Raiders no incentive to develop players

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Brad Walter It was Canberra's last match against Sydney Roosters just 10 days ago that made Raiders officials seriously question the value of the club's $3 million per year investment in junior development.

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League

ASADA investigation: Former Federal judge Garry Downes steps in to help speed things up

Garry Downes

Brad Walter, Michael Carayannis Infraction notices may still be issued against NRL and AFL players while former Federal Court judge Garry Downes is reviewing details of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority's 12-month...

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League

Steve Menzies, the eager Beaver, back for Manly Sea Eagles in Auckland Nines

SYDNEY, NSW - JUNE 04: Steve Menzies of the Sea Eagles makes a break in his 
300th NRL match during the round 13 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and 
the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at CUA Stadium June 4, 2006 in Sydney, Australia. 
(Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images) 


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Michael Chammas, Brad Walter Manly legend Steve Menzies will come out of retirement to play for the Sea Eagles in the Auckland Nines, and the 40-year-old hasn't closed the door on the possibility of another stint in the NRL.

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Cronulla Sharks sweat on Todd Carney injury for first round of NRL

Todd Carney

Brad Walter, Michael Chammas Cronulla playmaker Todd Carney is in doubt for the opening match of the season after the Sharks' all-out bid to win the $380,000 prizemoney on offer to the victors of the NRL Nines in Auckland...

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