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

League

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

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...

League

NRL won't change video ref process

Jorge Taufua

Brad Walter Calls for the NRL to revert to video referees making decisions on tries without input from the on-field officials are set to fall on deaf ears after a review of all procedures at the end of the...

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League

Development is the name of the game at the Rugby League World Cup

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Brad Walter As the World Cup moves into sudden death mode, calls are set to grow for rugby league's powerbrokers to do more for the development of minnow nations - and referees.

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Rugby League

Rugby League World Cup has been huge success

Australia v Fiji

Brad Walter With great games and record crowds, rugby league's showpiece was huge.

League

The good, the bad and the ugly of the World Cup

Billy Slater.

Brad Walter Among the new ground broken for rugby league during the World Cup is having the game exposed to a potentially massive global audience after BBC World Service broadcast commentary of the final between...

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Inu rockets from cast-off to one-off

Krisnan Inu

Brad Walter KRISNAN INU has vowed to repay Des Hasler for the faith he showed in him when he signed the goalkicking centre mid-season by helping Canterbury win a premiership on Sunday.

League

Harrigan, Raper axed for Origin denials

Bill Harrigan

Brad Walter, Adrian Proszenko Bill Harrigan and Stuart Raper's refusal to concede match officials got controversial decisions wrong in State of Origin led to the sacking of the referees bosses yesterday.

Rugby League

Match reviewers clear Slater over kicking Dog

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Brad Walter and Stathi Paxinos The NRL match review committee has ruled that Melbourne fullback Billy Slater's kick to the head of Canterbury forward David Klemmer was accidental contact.

Rugby League

Slater off too lightly: Harrigan

Billy Slater.

Brad Walter and Adrian Proszenko Billy Slater is expected to receive an official warning for kicking Canterbury prop David Klemmer in the face - but former referees boss Bill Harrigan believes the NRL should have gone further and...

League

Warning for Slater, who can't put a foot wrong

Billy Slater

Brad Walter and Adrian Proszenko Billy Slater is expected to receive an official warning for kicking Canterbury prop David Klemmer in the face, but former referees boss Bill Harrigan believes the NRL should have gone further and...

WINNING STARTS MONDAY

Experience counts in obstruction rule debate

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Brad Walter NRL coaches and players complaining about the obstruction rule have only themselves to blame if they are taking advantage of the inexperience in the refereeing ranks this season.

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League

'War room' plan for all video decisions

Suttor

Brad Walter All video refereeing decisions may be made from a bunker in Sydney under a proposal for the NRL to adopt American ice hockey's ''War Room'' to review tries and on-field incidents.

Changing ways: officials cut out loophole for shoulder-charge offenders

Buderus

Brad Walter A loophole enabling players who cause injury in secondary contact from an illegal shoulder charge to escape being charged with the new offence is set to be closed after Monday night's match between...

League

Video ref Morgan may be heading to Super League coaching job

Justin Morgan.

Brad Walter NRL video referee Justin Morgan has been linked to the Castleford coaching job following the sacking of fellow Australian Ian Millward.

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Six of the best proposed for expanded club challenge

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Brad Walter The World Club Challenge is set to be expanded to six teams under a proposal that would also result in three NRL sides playing a warm-up match each against a Super League club.

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SBW in Dragons' sights - all in charity's name, of course

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters officials have been assured they have nothing to fear after a member of St George Illawarra chief executive Peter Doust's staff successfully bid for a lunch with Sonny Bill Williams...

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Video ref blunders not confined to cricket

Brad Walter Even if Panthers prop Mose Masoe hadn't put the match officials in Sunday's Penrith-Newcastle clash on report, their performance will come under scrutiny from NRL referees boss Daniel Anderson.

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Coote's quick pick-up adds to Sharks' anger

Lachlan Coote during the Round 19 NRL Wests Tigers V Penrith Panthers game at Campbelltown Stadium. Photo by Jonathan Ng

Brad Walter Set if six: It wasn't just the kick-off that had Cronulla officials riled on Saturday night.

League and AFL to clash in finals logjam at ANZ Stadium

NRL v AFL

Brad Walter NRL and AFL officials have begun discussions to avoid potential venue clashes on two weekends of the play-offs, with Canterbury, South Sydney and the Sydney Swans all in line to host home finals at...

League

Dogs to fight Hasler's ref slur fine

Des Hasler

Brad Walter CANTERBURY will fight a $10,000 fine against coach Des Hasler after the Bulldogs coach was accused of using a false account of an on-field discussion between match officials to imply that decisions...