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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...

St George Illawarra Dragons run out of puff as pressure gets too much

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Brad Walter Pressure makes people act differently and on Sunday the Dragons went away from the the way they had been playing under Paul McGregor's coaching reign as they all but slipped out of top eight...

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Sam Burgess feared his NRL career with South Sydney was over

No serious damage: Sam Burgess falls awkwardly on his right shoulder during Souths’ win over the Raiders on Monday.

Brad Walter Rugby union-bound South Sydney superstar Sam Burgess admits he thought his NRL career may have been over when he was forced from GIO Stadium on Monday night due to a shoulder injury.

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Wests Tigers boss not convinced new board can decide on coach

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Brad Walter Wests Tigers chairman Mike Bailey has questioned whether a new NRL-controlled board due to take control of the club will be qualified to decide who should coach the team next season.

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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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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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Gallen praises his team's awesome defensive effort

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Brad Walter NSW captain Paul Gallen lauded his team’s courage and five-eighth Josh Reynolds declared Wednesday night’s historic 12-8 win as the toughest game of his life as the Blues recorded their first win in...

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State of Origin II: Laurie Daley to wait on Maroons line-up before naming Blues

Key selection: If Queensland fullback Billy Slater’s shoulder injury rules him out of Origin II, the Maroons are likely to shift Greg Inglis to the No.1 jersey.

Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley might wait to see which position Queensland choose Greg Inglis to play before finalising the make-up of his squad for Origin II at ANZ Stadium on June 18.

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State of Origin II: Skipper Paul Gallen to move up front for NSW Blues

On the move: Gallen breaks the line in Origin I.

Brad Walter NSW captain Paul Gallen is set to move up front in Origin II after Blues coach Laurie Daley decided to opt for Josh Dugan at right-centre rather than shift back-rower Beau Scott wider in defence.

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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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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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