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

Injuries threaten to derail Australia's World Cup campaign

Australia's Jarryd Hayne is tackled by US player Matthew Petersen, during the World Cup Rugby League quarterfinal match at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham Wales, Saturday Nov. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Martin Rickett/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

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

Kyle O'Donnell

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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City-Country clash to decide Mitchell Pearce's NSW scrum-base partner

Selection battle: Incumbent James Maloney is no certainty to start as the Blues No.6.

Brad Walter Up to six NSW five-eighth contenders are set to battle it out for the No.6 jersey in the City-Country clash, with Blues coach Laurie Daley planning to rest players considered certain selections to...

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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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Newcastle Knights lash Melbourne Storm over Jordan McLean defence

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Brad Walter Angry Newcastle officials have hit out at Melbourne over the club's defence of Jordan McLean and questioned why his Storm teammates Jesse and Kenny Bromwich weren't also charged over the tackle on...

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NRL to consider ban on lifting tackles in wake of Alex McKinnon injury

Dragons forward Jack De Belin, who could be in trouble with the NRL judiciary when charges are announced on Monday, dumps South Sydney back-rower Kyle Turner into the SCG turf on Saturday night.

Brad Walter The NRL will consider outlawing all lifting tackles in a bid to prevent another incident like the one which has ended the caereer of Newcastle forward Alex McKinnon but has ruled out a ban on three...

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NRL to rule on concussion breaches

Head knocks: James Graham returned from an earlier knock to score a try for Canterbury in Perth on Saturday night.

Brad Walter The NRL is this week expected to decide whether any clubs have breached the new rules on concussion after requesting explanations from Canterbury, Parramatta and Penrith over incidents in the opening...

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NRL weighs up rookie draft as tensions rise over junior development

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Brad Walter A rookie draft is being considered by the NRL and will be discussed further by a new panel set up to review the salary cap each season.

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NRL plays waiting game on 18th man proposal for concussion

Knock: Tyrone Roberts

Brad Walter and Michael Carayannis NRL clubs and officials want to wait until the impact of the game’s new concussion policy becomes clearer before considering a recommendation by doctors to introduce an 18th man as a replacement for...

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Issac Luke hopeful of avoiding shoulder surgery

Brad Walter Issac Luke is confident he does not require surgery on his injured left shoulder but South Sydney officials are resigned to being without their inspirational hooker for up to 10 matches.

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Rabbitohs star Greg Inglis outshines code hoppers in win over Roosters

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 06:  Greg Inglis of the Rabbitohs celebrates scoring his second try during the round one NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium on March 6, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Greg Inglis showed he should be the first superstar entitled to a marquee player allowance if the NRL introduce the salary cap concession after outshining Sonny Bill Williams and Sam Burgess in the...

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South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire won't get caught short again by an Adam Reynolds injury

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Brad Walter The wisdom of South Sydney coach Michael Maguire in ensuring his team isn't reliant on Adam Reynolds staying fit all season was illustrated three weeks ago when the star halfback went down at...

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Lote Tuqiri tells South Sydney Rabbitohs he's 'just here to help'

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Brad Walter Before being accepted into the fold at South Sydney, Lote Tuqiri had to convince his new teammates he still had something to offer at a pre-season question and answer session.

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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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Cronulla Sharks extra keen to get Todd Carney back after Jeff Robson injured

06.02.14 New Cronulla Sharks recruit Blake Ayshford training at Remondis stadium with the Peter Sharp coached squad. Picture John Veage

Brad Walter Cronulla officials are sweating on star playmaker Todd Carney overcoming a hamstring injury for round one after halfback Jeff Robson was ruled out with multiple facial fractures suffered in Saturday...

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State of Origin: Laurie Daley considers centre role for Jarryd Hayne

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Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley believes Jarryd Hayne has outgrown the wing and revealed the Paramatta superstar would be chosen as either a centre or fullback for this year's Origin series.

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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. 
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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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NRL's modified rules to fundamentally alter the game

Michael Ennis

Brad Walter It was a tactic he championed at St George Illawarra and one that his Newcastle side used more than any other team last season, but Wayne Bennett has applauded the new NRL rule awarding an extra...

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Reece Robinson and Travis Robinson urge Goannas not to give up on NRL dream

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Brad Walter Travis and Reece Robinson are encouraging First Nation Goannas players to use next weekend's match against Newcastle to push for an NRL contract, after the twins struggled to secure their own careers.

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