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

League

Ben Barba denials have placed Bulldogs and Todd Greenberg in firing line

Brad Walter Todd Greenberg's handling of the Ben Barba situation at the start of the season was considered by many to be the making of the Canterbury chief executive who has since risen to the post of NRL head...

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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

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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Brisbane Broncos coach Anthony Griffin says attack still needs to improve

Work in progress: Broncos halfback Ben Hunt.

Brad Walter Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin believes his team's attack will continue to improve after halfback Ben Hunt steered the Broncos to a 36-20 win against St George Illawarra.

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Brisbane Broncos end St George Illawarra's perfect record

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Brad Walter Senior Brisbane players believe the Broncos have confirmed their standing as premiership contenders after inflicting St George Illawarra's first defeat to deny the Dragons the best start to a season...

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League

NRL: Radical salary cap proposal mooted to stop drain

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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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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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Dogs embarrass Storm

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Brad Walter Canterbury revives hopes of a top-four finish with a 39-0 win over a depleted Melbourne.

League

Refs feel heat from Bellamy after Reynolds avoids sin bin

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 14:  Josh Reynolds of the Bulldogs is tackled during the round 18 NRL match between Canterbury Bulldogs and the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium on July 14, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Even dumped NSW utility Josh Reynolds thought he would be sin-binned for a professional foul in Canterbury's 39-0 defeat of an under-strength Melbourne, which sparked further criticism of refereeing...

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League

Hayne in pain as Eels' season lurches on

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Brad Walter, Steve Mascord Parramatta superstar Jarryd Hayne will undergo scans on Sunday for a knee injury that has placed him in doubt for the weekend's clash with Melbourne but Eels officials are confident he has not played...

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SIN BIN

According to consensus, Stuart should quit Eels - and fast

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Brad Walter As Parramatta prepare to collect their second consecutive wooden spoon, Sin Bin can reveal things are even worse off the field than they are on it.

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Heat on Greenberg as inquiry focuses on integrity of game

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Brad Walter Ben Barba's partner Ainslie Currie has not yet been contacted by the leading barrister heading up the inquiry into Canterbury's handling of domestic assault allegations against the star fullback, in...

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NRL probe Canterbury ‘cover-up’ over Barba

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Brad Walter The NRL's integrity unit will investigate whether senior Canterbury officials covered up domestic violence allegations against star fullback Ben Barba earlier this year.

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Furner out as exit door opens for Ferguson

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Brad Walter David Furner's unwavering support for Blake Ferguson cost him his job as Canberra coach and has cleared the way for the NSW Origin star to join a Sydney club next season.

League

Victim group praises Greenberg

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Brad Walter NRL head of football Todd Greenberg was advised to maintain strict confidentiality over any allegations of domestic violence against Ben Barba after contacting a counselling service on behalf of the...

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Sin Bin

Unwelcome banner spurred by 'hate' campaign

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Brad Walter Animosity: active dislike or enmity, keen hostile feelings, ill will, violent hatred.

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League

Widdop's recovery has Storm thinking

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Brad Walter, Michael Chammas Injured playmakers Brett Finch and Gareth Widdop are locked in a battle to extend their careers with Melbourne until the end of the season, with Storm coach Craig Bellamy unlikely to use both if they...

League

Smith heads west to help Eels find the way forward

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Brad Walter NRL chief executive Dave Smith attended a meeting of Parramatta directors on Tuesday as the Eels narrowed their list of targets for the vacant coaching job to a handful of experienced candidates.

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Bulldogs did right thing with Barba claims, inquiry finds

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Brad Walter NRL head of football Todd Greenberg and Canterbury officials he previously worked with have been cleared over their handling of domestic violence allegations involving star fullback Ben Barba.

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