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

League

Sharks say drug probe won't dull finals focus

Sharks

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

Sharks players

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

Sharks

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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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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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...

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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Commission praised for scrapping McIntyre finals

John Grants Launches New ARL Commission (Thumbnail)

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

Chairman Bill Wavish feels the heat as pressure builds on New Zealand Warriors to turn fortunes around

New coach Andrew McFadden has inherited a Warriors team in turmoil.

Brad Walter Warriors chairman Bill Wavish has conceded his head is on the chopping block, along with that of acting coach Andrew McFadden, if the team fails to make the finals.

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League

Collingwood CEO Gary Pert says Magpies a black and white example for NRL

Thrived: Collingwood are a major force in Australian sport.

Brad Walter Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert has advised NRL clubs that growing memberships and crowds are crucial to their long-term financial sustainability.

League

Starting out in AFL territory helped Gareth Widdop to league heartland

In form: New Dragon Gareth Widdop.

Brad Walter It has taken Gareth Widdop seven years to achieve his teenage ambition of playing for a team based in rugby league heartland, but if the new St George Illawarra playmaker hadn't detoured via...

Sonny Bill Williams out for three weeks

Sonny Bill Williams looks up at a replay of his shoulder charge during the match against Souths.

Brad Walter A frustrated Sonny Bill Williams will accept a three-match ban for a shoulder charge in last Thursday night's season opener, denying Sydney Roosters and the NRL of one of the game's biggest drawcards...

League

James Maloney says South Sydney Rabbitohs ruled the roost no matter what the rules

James Maloney.

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters five-eighth James Maloney has described his side's 28-8 loss to South Sydney in Thursday night's NRL season opener as a reality check for the defending premiers.

League

Roosters star Shaun Kenny-Dowall would play another NRL grand final with a broken jaw

Shaun Kenny-Dowall

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall would be prepared to play another grand final with a broken jaw to help his team become the first to win back-to-back premierships in NRL history.

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NRL 2014 Preview: Cronulla Sharks

Brad Walter NRL 2014 Preview

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NRL 2014 Preview: Melbourne Storm

Brad Walter NRL 2014 Preview

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League

North Queensland Cowboys' defence key to Auckland Nines win over Brisbane Broncos

Tariq Sims

Brad Walter When Johnathan Thurston was rested from North Queensland's squad for the Auckland Nines, bookmakers posted the Cowboys' odds at 25-1 but they - like just about everyone else - had little...

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Rugby League

Greg Inglis has come a long way since his early days at Melbourne Storm

Brad Walter, Sydney It's not just the fact he is one of the greatest full-backs and centres to have played the game that makes Greg Inglis so important to rugby league and South Sydney.

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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League

Former Federal judge steps in to help speed up ASADA investigation

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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