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

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Benji Marshall NRL return: Wests Tigers set to seek 'Ben Barba-style' compensation

Brad Walter, Adrian Proszenko and Roy Ward Wests Tigers are set to demand financial compensation to allow Benji Marshall to return to the NRL, with officials advising his manager they intended to enforce a clause in his release agreement...

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

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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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Josh Hoffman may have played his last game for Brisbane Broncos

Josh Hoffman of the Broncos receives attention in the second half.

Brad Walter New Zealand Test fullback Josh Hoffman may have played his last game for the Broncos after suffering a broken leg in Thursday night's 42-16 loss to South Sydney at ANZ Stadium.

Josh Reynolds' meltdown a case for NRL to consider yellow- and red-card system

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Brad Walter The brain explosion that led to Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds facing a third judiciary appearance in six matches was the worst since the one that ended Travis Burns' NRL career two years ago...

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Dangerous tackles spark calls for referees to send more players off

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Brad Walter Referees have been encouraged to send players off for any incident which jeopordises the safety of an opponent after NRL officials expressed concern over a number of dangerous tackles in last...

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Darius Boyd could follow Wayne Bennett to Brisbane

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Brad Walter Darius Boyd is tipped to follow Wayne Bennett to Brisbane next season but Joey Leilua has told Newcastle officials he doesn't intend to invoke a get-out clause in his contract if the seven-time...

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NRL investigates Brisbane Broncos for alleged salary cap breach

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Brad Walter and Phil Lutton Third-party deals with Brisbane players worth up to $500,000 are being investigated by the NRL after the Broncos reported concerns of a possible salary cap breach.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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...

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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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Winning Starts Monday

Big men key to Hasler's winning strategy

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Brad Walter The measure of a great coach isn't the way they use a team's strengths but how they overcome the weaknesses.

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Des' plan all there in blue and white

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Brad Walter WHEN Bulldogs halfback Kris Keating gets the ball, he has three options.