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

Horo's hard road from tragedy to grand final

Brad Walter Justin Horo comes from a great rugby league family and its members rallied to the Manly second-rower's aid last year as he struggled to overcome a season in the wilderness and the tragic death of his...

Kenny-Dowall smashes pain barrier to join list of grand final legends

The Heroics Brad Walter Sydney Roosters centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall played the second half of Sunday night's grand final with a broken jaw that he kept secret from teammates.

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James Maloney's son's grand final trip goes viral

Roosters player, James Maloney at home with Kade(3) and Layla
(14months). Sport. Photo Marco Del Grande on 26/5/13


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Brad Walter When Roosters five-eighth James Maloney went to collect his premiership ring carrying daughter Layla after Sunday's NRL grand final, his young son Kade was determined not to be left out.

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Kenny-Dowall smashes pain barrier to join list of grand final legends

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Brad Walter Sydney Roosters centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall played from the 15th minute of Sunday night's grand final with a hairline fracture in his jaw that he kept secret from teammates.

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

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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Glenn Stewart cleared to line up in grand final

NRL. Preliminary Final.
Manly Sea Eagles vs South Sydney Rabbitohs. ANZ Stadium.
Glenn Stewart in action
Friday 27th September, 2013
Photos: Anthony Johnson

Brad Walter Manly second-rower Glenn Stewart is free to play in next Sunday's NRL grand final after being charged with a grade-one careless high tackle.

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Grand final Sin Bin: Will ARLC keep faith with pre-match shows?

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Brad Walter Bon Jovi's association with the NRL may have ended with the grand final as Sin Bin understands officials are considering heading in a new direction next year.

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A Cronulla grand final victory? Heaven forbid

Brad Walter Few will admit it, but even the most fanatical Cronulla supporters must be hoping this isn't the season former prime minister Harold Holt finally emerges from the sea and knocks on their front door.

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NRL says please explain after Manly's Jayden Hodges kept playing after injury

All smiles: Jayden Hodges during training on Tuesday.

Brad Walter Manly officials have no concerns about responding to an NRL enquiry about why Jayden Hodges was allowed to play on for 35 minutes after his head contacted Greg Inglis' hip in last Friday night's loss...

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Staging players could cost clubs $10,000 as NRL cracks down

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Brad Walter Players feigning injury in the hope of drawing a penalty after the video referee has studied replays of a tackle are being forced to explain their actions and could cost their clubs a $10,000 fine if...

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How hard work has turned Canterbury Bulldogs forward Josh Jackson into an integral part of NSW's Origin future

Making up for lost time: Josh Jackson has made a rapid rise through the ranks since joining the Bulldogs.

Brad Walter Before joining Canterbury in 2010, Josh Jackson had never been selected in any representative team of note, but the 23-year-old second-rower is now considered an integral part of NSW coach Laurie...

Manly Sea Eagles hooker Matt Ballin considering early return to help injury crisis

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Brad Walter Manly hooker Matt Ballin may return two weeks ahead of schedule from a fractured tibia to help the Sea Eagles battle an injury crisis in next Saturday night's sudden death final against the winner of...

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Anthony Watmough and Jayden Hodges in doubt for next final as Manly Sea Eagles count cost of defeat

Trouble and strife: Shane Hayne puts Manly’s Anthony Watmough and Jamie Lyon on report.

Brad Walter Stand-in Manly hooker Jayden Hodges may have played the entire first half of Friday night’s 40-24 finals loss to South Sydney with a serious neck injury.

Sydney Roosters to pay price for overstepping the mark, says Trent Robinson

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Brad Walter Sydney Roosters will be without suspended forwards Aidan Guerra and Dylan Napa for the opening weekend of finals matches after coach Trent Robinson admitted the pair had gone too far in their bid to...

Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter unsure of future

Wests Tigers training. Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter. Training at Concord Oval, Sydney.  Photo: Peter Rae Friday 8 August 2014.

Brad Walter Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter could be back training the team on Monday without knowing whether he has a job for next season.

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Sydney Roosters timing their premiership defence perfectly

Brad Walter Winning an NRL premiership is more like a marathon than a sprint, and if the Sydney Roosters appear to have timed their run at back-to-back titles to perfection that is because they planned it that...

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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...

South Sydney Rabbitohs and Brisbane Broncos to be included in expanded World Club Challenge

Souths owner Russell Crowe has been pushing for an expanded World Club Challenge.

Brad Walter and Adrian Proszenko Russell Crowe's vision of an expanded World Club Challenge will move a step closer to reality when South Sydney, Brisbane and a third NRL team play the top three Super League clubs in England next...

South Sydney Rabbitohs plan full off-season altitude training camp

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Brad Walter It was meant to improve their endurance and mental toughness. But a two-week altitude training camp in Arizona has also had the benefit of bringing South Sydney halves Adam Reynolds and Luke Keary...

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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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