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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.

With Sydney Roosters season over, Sonny Bill Williams will make rugby union return within days

Last hurrah: Sonny Bill Williams after Friday night's loss to the Rabbitohs.

Brad Walter Sonny Bill Williams is set to make his return to rugby union as soon as next Saturday, and also plans to fight during the off-season after his second stint in the NRL ended with Sydney Roosters'...

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Trent Robinson's call to cut interchanges to reduce wrestling scourge has merit

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Brad Walter Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has again showed why he is fast emerging as one of the best thinkers in the NRL by suggesting a reduction in the number of interchanges to eight as a solution to...

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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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Cronulla Sharks wary of discount doping bans

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Brad Walter Players involved in the supplement program at Cronulla in 2011 are wary of accepting bans of six months or less as they maintain they never knowingly took any prohibited substances.

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Stars caught up in Sharks inquiry told not to ignore rights before meeting with NRL and ASADA

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Brad Walter Members of Cronulla's 2011 squad called to a meeting on Wednesday with ASADA and the NRL have been advised not to accept a reduced suspension simply to bring the 18-month saga to an end, while...

Pasifika award to give Sam Perrett, Jerome Ropati a taste of UCLA

Sam Perrett is also an an education ambassador at the Bulldogs.

Brad Walter Canterbury fullback Sam Perrett and Warriors centre Jerome Ropati will spend time during the off-season as student athletes at UCLA in Los Angeles after being chosen as the inaugural winners of the...

Cronulla Sharks players urged not to accept reduced bans in ASADA case

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Brad Walter Members of Cronulla’s 2011 squad, who have been called to a meeting on Wednesday with ASADA and the NRL, have been advised not to accept a reduced suspension simply to bring the 18-month saga...

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

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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

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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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'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.

New Zealand selectors resigned to life without Sonny Bill

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Brad Walter New Zealand selectors are preparing to be without Sydney Roosters superstar Sonny Bill Williams for the end of season World Cup and will view his availability for the Kiwis title defence as a bonus.

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Roosters' bid for title glory the real prizefight for SBW

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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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Cronulla Sharks sweat on Todd Carney injury for first round of NRL

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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

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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

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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...