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

League

NRL: Radical salary cap proposal mooted to stop drain

Brad Walter The NRL is considering assisting clubs to recruit players from outside the competition - even if they can't fit them in their salary cap.

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Cashed-up NRL to review salary cap arrangements

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Brad Walter The NRL increased its profit tenfold last season to $50 million. At Monday's annual general meeting, it will outline plans as to how the money will be used to enhance the game.

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Wounded Tigers scramble for salary-cap clearance for promising youngsters

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Brad Walter Wests Tigers' bid to give boom halfback Luke Brooks his NRL debut against Parramatta on Friday night might have hit another hurdle, with the club also needing a second-tier salary cap exemption for...

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Cowboys play the percentages with salary cap

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Brad Walter Kangaroos stars Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott and James Tamou are to be offered a percentage of North Queensland's salary cap in their next contracts due to the uncertainty about how high it will be.

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Players seek salary cap rise as union talks continue

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Brad Walter NRL players want the salary cap for next season to be more than the $5 million ceiling agreed to by clubs and the ARL Commission and are also seeking a five-year collective bargaining agreement.

Club bosses set sights on $5m minimum for salary cap

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Brad Walter THE NRL salary cap is set to rise to $5 million next season after a meeting of club chief executives yesterday agreed that was the figure they would work on when signing players.

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Tigers deny they've got salary cap trouble

Brad Walter, Michael Carayannis Wests Tigers officials insist the decision to release utility back Mitch Brown to the Bulldogs was unrelated to a meeting they had last Friday with NRL salary cap auditor Ian Schubert.

Tigers say starting spot, not salary cap, behind Brown move to Dogs

Brad Walter, Michael Carayannis WESTS Tigers officials insist the decision to release utility back Mitch Brown to the Bulldogs was unrelated to a meeting they had last Friday with NRL salary cap auditor Ian Schubert.

League

Andrew Fifita looks set to sign with Cronulla Sharks and sue Canterbury Bulldogs

Sharks prop Andrew Fifita is set to finally re-sign with Cronulla.

Brad Walter Test prop Andrew Fifita may sue Canterbury for up to $3.4 million after his lawyers issued the club with legal documents over the failed four-year deal to join the Bulldogs next season.

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League

Manly Sea Eagles veteran Glenn Stewart appears increasingly likely to move on

Standing his ground: Glenn Stewart wants Manly to put their best offer on the table.

Brad Walter and Daniel Lane Manly back-rower Glenn Stewart is still waiting on an offer from the Sea Eagles as he edges closer to finishing his career at another club.

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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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Andrew Fifita asks NRL to investigate breakdown of Canterbury deal

Calls for investigation: Sharks prop Andrew Fifita.

Adrian Proszenko, Brad Walter, Daniel Lane and Michael Carayannis Andrew Fifita's management team has asked the NRL to investigate why his multi-million-dollar contract with Canterbury failed to come to fruition as it emerged that the Test prop knew the deal was on...

League

Andrew Fifita mulls switch to rugby union

Andrew Fifita of the Sharks watches from the sideline last weekend.

Brad Walter Test prop Andrew Fifita is eyeing a switch to rugby union after pulling out of a $3.2 million, four-year deal to join Canterbury that would have made him the highest paid front-rower in the game.

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League

The Fifita effect: Collapse of Bulldogs deal pricks NRL transfer bubble

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Brad Walter The collapse of Andrew Fifita's deal with Canterbury has returned balance to the transfer market and highlighted why players' contract details should be listed publicly.

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League

Bulldogs are inflating player market, says Sharks chairman

Going: Andrew Fifita has signed with the Bulldogs.

Brad Walter Cronulla chairman Damian Keogh has accused Canterbury of inflating the player market and called for changes to the NRL transfer system after losing Andrew Fifita and Michael Lichaa to the Bulldogs on...

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League

NRL plays waiting game on 18th man proposal for concussion

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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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League

Fifita signing a fast reaction to new rule interpretations

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Brad Walter Canterbury's recruitment of Cronulla prop Andrew Fifita and hooker Michael Lichaa is the first reaction to the new rule interpretations introduced in the NRL this season.

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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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Rugby

Parramatta Eels ready for a wave of success

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Brad Walter The days of searching for the quick fix at Parramatta are over. That was the message from Eels chairman Steve Sharp and chief executive Scott Seward during an extensive interview with Fairfax Media...

League

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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