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

Nathan Peats stood down over off-season incident

Brad Walter Parramatta hooker Nathan Peats has been stood down from Saturday night's match against Sydney Roosters over an off-season incident in Bali.

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As State of Origin looms, stats show Mitchell Pearce's form has taken a tumble

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Brad Walter NSW playmaker Mitchell Pearce is in the worst form of his career on the eve of State of Origin and ranks at No.15 among all regular halfbacks in the NRL this season.

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John Sutton poised for South Sydney Rabbitohs record but haunted by preliminary final loss

John Sutton

Brad Walter John Sutton is just a month away from surpassing Bob McCarthy as the most capped player in South Sydney history but all the Rabbitohs captain is thinking about is ensuring the team does not blow...

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Rabbitoh Tom Burgess may miss eight weeks with foot injury

Brad Walter South Sydney have suffered another injury blow ahead of Thursday night's season opener against Sydney Roosters with prop Tom Burgess ruled out due to a foot problem.

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

Adam Reynolds

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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'It was pretty clear that was a send off': Robinson slams decision to leave Lussick on the field

Heat of the moment: Eels and Roosters players square up after Darcy Lussick's high tackle on Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

Brad Walter Darcy Lussick apologised to Jared Waerea-Hargreaves for an ugly high shot that had Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson questioning why the Parramatta forward wasn't sent off during the premiers...

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Sonny Bill Williams to drop the shoulder charge from his game

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Brad Walter Sydney Roosters superstar Sonny Bill Williams has no problems with the shoulder charge being banned and vowed to eliminate it from his game when he returns from a three-week suspension.

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St George Illawarra favourites to sign North Queensland Cowboys forward Tariq Sims

Hankering for home: Cowboys forward Tariq Sims.

Brad Walter St George Illawarra are early favourites to lure North Queensland forward Tariq Sims home after the NSW Origin prospect told Cowboys officials he was considering asking for a release.

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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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2014 Charity Shield: Josh Dugan injury tops off a miserable night for the Dragons

WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 22:  Greg Inglis of Souths drags the defence of Dylan Farrell and Jason Nighingale during the NRL Charity Shield match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the St George Dragons at WIN Stadium on February 22, 2014 in Wollongong, Australia.  (Photo by Renee McKay/Getty Images)

Brad Walter St George Illawarra fullback Josh Dugan may be sidelined for up to six weeks after suffering a knee injury in a horror night for the Dragons as they crashed to one of the heaviest defeats in Charity...

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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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Michael Maguire sticks with plan to move John Sutton into forwards

John Sutton

Brad Walter John Sutton's move into the forwards is expected to proceed as planned, despite South Sydney coach Michael Maguire being unable to try a new halves combination in the pre-season after the withdrawal...

Roosters' bid for title glory the real prizefight for SBW

Sonny Bill Williams

Brad Walter Sonny Bill Williams has told the Sydney Roosters that next season is almost certain to be his last before returning to rugby union but the All Blacks superstar is so committed to helping the club win...

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Finals rivals fear Sharks will muddy waters if permitted to contest play-offs

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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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Cowboys' victim mentality is the real hurdle in premiership chase

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Brad Walter Matt Cecchin and Henry Perenara refereed the second half of Saturday's elimination final aware of the storm that was about to erupt after the seventh tackle try awarded to Cronulla winger Beau Ryan,...

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Coco pop learns to lead and control aggression

Brad Walter This year has been one of maturing for Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, writes Brad Walter.

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Rookie Robinson just one more win away from record books

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Brad Walter After cheering their team to a sixth grand final appearance since 2000, jubilant Sydney Roosters fans turned to the back of the Allianz Stadium and applauded rookie coach Trent Robinson.

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Jennings family set for huge day of deciders

Michael Jennings

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters centre Michael Jennings says at the start of the season he hadn't expected to be playing in Sunday's grand final – let alone have brother George play on the same day.

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Rooster or Chief? Sonny Bill Williams will keep 'em guessing

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Brad Walter Expect plenty of speculation in the lead up to the grand final about where Sonny Bill Williams will play next season, but unless Channel Nine really can broadcast his inner thoughts as they made out...

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