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

League

Petero Civoniceva says Fiji team in NSW Cup will lead to NRL bid

Brad Walter Petero Civoniceva believes the admission of a Fiji team to the NSW Cup competition will be a stepping stone to a Pacific islands side eventually joining the NRL.

League

Kangaroos told to be wary as Italy's job on England has them over the moon

Anthony Minichiello

Brad Walter Italy captain Anthony Minichiello has warned the Kangaroos to brace for England to bounce back in next weekend's World Cup opener after their shock 15-14 loss to the Azzurri in a warm-up match.

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Petero Civoniceva, a giant of the game, breaks down borders in Fiji

Petero Civoniceva

Brad Walter Civoniceva will play what is expected to be his last game in Saturday's World Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium.

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League

Cowboys play the percentages with salary cap

Johnathan Thurston

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.

Equine intervention: Sharks leave the stable door open

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Brad Walter Rumours that Cronulla players were using so-called ''horse drugs'' began after one member of the squad allegedly asked what ''equine'' meant.

League

Dogs' $2m to tie down Reynolds

Bulldogs training at Belmore Oval.Player Josh Reynolds. Photo: Peter Rae Tuesday 12 March 2013

Brad Walter AFTER missing out on Test five-eighth Johnathan Thurston, the Bulldogs have moved quickly to retain the services of Josh Reynolds and are tipped to announce his retention on a $1.

League

Williams and Grant thrown a lifeline to push for Blues

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Brad Walter NSW officials hope forwards Tony Williams and Tim Grant will use the City-Country match to play themselves back into form before the coming State of Origin series.

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League

Complex eligibility rules weaken homegrown clash

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Brad Walter The plight of Cronulla prop Andrew Fifita has helped highlight why league’s representative eligibility rules will always be problematic and how the City-Country match is losing its relevance.

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SIN BIN

Doust wants Morris back in the Red V

Brad Walter St George Illawarra chief executive Peter Doust has confirmed the club still hopes to reunite the Morris twins and revealed the reason Josh left was because Wayne Bennett didn’t think he would become...

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WINNING STARTS MONDAY

Merritt omission will fuel conspiracy theories

Brad Walter In omitting Merritt, NSW missed another chance to unite Aboriginal community behind Blues

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Live blog: Australia v New Zealand

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Brad Walter and Stephen Samuelson Welcome to LeagueHQ's live blog of Australia v New Zealand from Newcastle.

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Bon Jovi back in NRL's house

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Brad Walter Benji Marshall, Akuila Uate, Brett Stewart and Ben Barba are among the stars to feature in the NRL's new 2012 television commercial which will launch the season tonight.

Kurt reply proof that Newcastle are no longer a one-man band

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Brad Walter No Kurt Gidley, no worries for Newcastle. Not any more, with Wayne Bennett and Nathan Tinkler now running the show.

Winning Starts Monday

Should Hayne be centre of attention for Origin?

Brad Walter Is Jarryd Hayne the man to stop Greg Inglis in State of Origin?

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League

Why Blues shouldn't pick a second-rate bench player

Brad Walter If NSW don't have a bench utility of Kurt Gidley's calibre, then why bother picking one at all?

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Forwards buy into the big idea as Roosters grind exhausted Knights to a halt

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Brad Walter Win the game in the first half and score the points in the second. It's a saying as old as rugby league itself, but one that was as relevant as ever at Allianz Stadium yesterday.

Jennings gets origin chance despite Panther snub

Brad Walter Dumped Penrith centre vows to repay the faith of Blues coach Ricky Stuart.

League

Carney's blunders let Qld off the hook

Brad Walter It wasn't the Origin debut Todd Carney had hoped for but NSW coach Ricky Stuart could be satisfied with the performance of his new-look Blues side.

Coach can be satisfied with everything but the result

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23: Todd Carney of the Blues is tackled by Brent Tate of the Maroons  during game one of the ARL State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Etihad Stadium on May 23, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Brad Walter It wasn't the Origin debut Todd Carney was after but NSW coach Ricky Stuart could be satisfied with the performance of his new-look Blues side.

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League

NSW can't stop fuming

Brad Walter An independent analyst engaged by NSW officials to review Origin I has found that Queensland was able to get away with 10 incidents that warranted penalties, while match officials missed just one...