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

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NRL: Alex McKinnon's legacy will ease pain of horror injuries in future

Brad Walter Insurance for players who suffer severe or permanent injuries, a game-wide foundation and changes to workers' compensation laws to include professional athletes are set to become Alex McKinnon's...

Injuries threaten to derail Australia's World Cup campaign

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Brad Walter Injuries have suddenly become a major threat to Australia's hopes of regaining the World Cup after Billy Slater was assisted from the field with the knee problem in the Kangaroos' quarter-final...

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Injuries rule Slater out of All Stars match

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Brad Walter Melbourne Storm officials say they hope Billy Slater will be fit for the World Club Challenge against Leeds on February 22 after he withdrew from the NRL All Stars match due to a couple of injuries.

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Hurt shocker: coaches want refs to stop for injuries

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Brad Walter and Glenn Jackson WAYNE BENNETT and Tim Sheens, the two most experienced and successful coaches in the NRL, are angered over the failure of on-field officials to stop play for seriously injured players in weekend...

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NRL's Rise For Alex McKinnon appeal nets more than $1.1 million

Emotional time: Alex McKinnon wipes away a tear during his homecoming at Hunter Stadium on Sunday.

Brad Walter NRL supporters have donated more than $1.1 million for injured Newcastle forward Alex McKinnon, after a bucket appeal and the sale of wristbands at Hunter Stadium on Sunday raised $30,000 alone.

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Alex McKinnon defends safety record of rugby league

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Brad Walter Newcastle forward Alex McKinnon has defended the safety of rugby league as he detailed the significant improvement he has made since sustaining a spinal injury in a lifting tackle earlier this season.

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Alex McKinnon determined to walk again before going home

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Brad Walter Alex McKinnon plans to visit his house and just sit outside it when he returns to Newcastle on Sunday for the first time since suffering a severe spinal injury 15 weeks ago, but the Knights backrower...

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

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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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Cameron Smith backs Will Chambers to do job for Maroons in Origin III

Cameron Smith makes some hard yards against the Dragons on Monday night.

Brad Walter Queensland captain Cameron Smith has endorsed his Melbourne team-mate Will Chambers as Brent Tate's replacement on the wing for Origin III.

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St George Illawarra Dragons too good for Melbourne Storm as Dugan fights off injury scares

Injury scare: Josh Dugan looked to be in trouble after taking a couple of knocks in the first half.

Brad Walter Josh Dugan overcame leg and finger injuries to help St George Illawarra to a victory over Melbourne at WIN Stadium that can only have enhanced the prospects of caretaker coach Paul McGregor being...

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Alex Johnston stars as South Sydney down toothless Wests Tigers

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Brad Walter Alex Johnston once played the role of a young Greg Inglis in an NRL television commercial and on Friday night the South Sydney rookie again emulated the absent superstar when he raced 65 metres from...

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Sheens dumps Fifita and Papalii, shocked by Kiwis selections

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Brad Walter After announcing three changes to his World Cup winning Australian team, Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens admitted he knew little of new Kiwis hooker Siliva Havili or some of the other members of a New...

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Reynolds-Mullen duel could decide NSW Origin five-eighth

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Brad Walter Josh Reynolds and Jarrod Mullen will fight it out for the NSW No.6 jersey in Sunday’s City-Country clash at Dubbo, but there is a chance both could be in the Origin squad after Blues coach Laurie...

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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...

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NRL representative break should be during the State of Origin series

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Brad Walter The absence of 35 World Cup players from the Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Samoa teams named to play this weekend should convince officials to consider whether the representative break would be...

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Greg Bird says he could still play five-eighth for NSW

Gold Coast forward Greg Bird celebrates the upset win over the Titans at Leichhardt Oval on the weekend.

Brad Walter Test back-rower Greg Bird is prepared to wind the clock back six years and play five-eighth for NSW in the upcoming State of Origin series if Blues coach Laurie Daley believes he is the best man for...

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NRL Nines to kick off 2015 season in January

Brad Walter The NRL Nines tournament is set to open the pre-season again next year but will be played over three days under a proposal to be discussed at a meeting of club chief executives on Wednesday.

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NSW Origin team: Blues to stick with Trent Hodkinson and Josh Reynolds for series

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Brad Walter Canterbury’s Trent Hodkinson and Josh Reynolds are set to be the NSW halves combination for the entire Origin series after replacing dumped Sydney Roosters pair Mitchell Pearce and James...

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Out of favour Andrew Fifita unlikely to be recalled for State of Origin II

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Brad Walter Test prop Andrew Fifita is at long odds to win his place back in the NSW Origin squad for Origin II unless there is an injury, due to concerns over whether he will fit into the new Blues culture.

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State of Origin: players want NRL stopped for three weeks

Punishing: Origin players are hard pressed to back up for their club sides in the same week.

Brad Walter, Roy Ward and Daniel Lane A delegation of players from every club will next week tell NRL chiefs of their concerns about the scheduling of Origin matches, and some NSW and Queensland stars want the premiership to be put on...

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