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

Winning Starts Monday

Benji Marshall leaving will cost Tigers in the long run

Brad Walter Whenever Liam Fulton fills in at five-eighth for Wests Tigers, the renowned joker likes to boast to teammates about how so many of the club's fans are wearing his jersey.

League

Banned Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan's Salford role could test NRL's resolve

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Brad Walter Salford owner Marwan Koukash's bold declaration that he wanted to sign Benji Marshall in the same week he announced Shane Flanagan was joining the club has raised the question of how the NRL would...

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League

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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League

Gareth Widdop stars as Dragons outlast Tigers

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Brad Walter England five-eighth Gareth Widdop demonstrated why St George Illawarra had paid big money to sign him by spearheading the Dragons to a 44-24 defeat of Wests Tigers in his first appearance for the...

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League

Greg Inglis' leadership is being noted by South Sydney and far beyond

Greg Inglis

Brad Walter It's not just being both one of the greatest fullbacks and centres to have played the game that makes Greg Inglis so important to rugby league and South Sydney.

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Rugby League

Greg Inglis has come a long way since his early days at Melbourne Storm

Brad Walter, Sydney It's not just the fact he is one of the greatest full-backs and centres to have played the game that makes Greg Inglis so important to rugby league and South Sydney.

League

NRL's modified rules to fundamentally alter the game

Michael Ennis

Brad Walter It was a tactic he championed at St George Illawarra and one that his Newcastle side used more than any other team last season, but Wayne Bennett has applauded the new NRL rule awarding an extra...

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League

New Zealand have the depth to match Australia

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Brad Walter No matter how well New Zealand did in the past, critics could argue that few Kiwis would make the Australian team or a World XIII but that is no longer the case and regardless of the result of the...

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Rugby League

Slater and physio the Cup heroes

Here's cheers: Captain Cameron Smith, with the trophy, and his team celebrate.

Brad Walter Australia hammers New Zealand to win rugby world cup in style.

Rugby League World Cup: Kangaroos crowned world champions

Cooper Cronk of Australia.

Brad Walter The Kangaroos delivered a rugby league master class to claim a 10th World Cup title with a 34-2 demolition of New Zealand in Saturday's final at Old Trafford.

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League

Rugby League World Cup: Billy Slater salutes physio after fairytale comeback

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30:  Billy Slater of Australia signs autographs after the Rugby League World Cup final between New Zealand and Australia at Old Trafford on November 30, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Billy Slater gave his World Cup winner's medal to Australian and Melbourne physiotherapist Tony Ayoub in appreciation of his efforts to get the star fullback on the field in the tournament decider.

League

Fortnight to determine Benji's future

Benji Marshall

Brad Walter Benji Marshall is expected to decide during his club's June 6-18 bye period whether to accept an upgraded offer from Wests Tigers or set his sights on playing in the next Rugby World Cup and Olympics...

League

Kiwi call-up yet to lure Williams as Marshall strives to go over on a high

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Brad Walter Sonny Bill Williams will play against Benji Marshall for the last time in the NRL next Monday but the Sydney Roosters superstar is yet to decide whether he will join his former Kiwis teammate in...

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WINNING STARTS MONDAY

Tigers and Eels their own worst enemies

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Brad Walter Jack Gibson once famously said, "Winning starts in the front office", so it should be no surprise that Wests Tigers and Parramatta sit at the bottom of the NRL ladder.

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League

Merger puts NRL in touch with 2m player base

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Brad Walter The greatest game of all has just got even greater.

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Sin Bin

What price loyalty? Two champions bid farewell, but sadly, not on their own terms

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Brad Walter It should never be allowed to end this way but unless something changes in the coming days, Matt Bowen - the face of the Cowboys for 14 seasons - will play his final game in North Queensland and...

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SIN BIN

Speculation over Hayne, Hopoate futures gets Parra madder

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Brad Walter Parramatta officials are sick of their players being linked with rival clubs and have raised concerns with the NRL.

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Winning Starts Monday

Clive Churchill Medal furore raises questions that need to be answered

Daly Cherry-Evans.

Brad Walter Would the Australian selectors ever award the Clive Churchill Medal to a player aligned to another Test-playing nation or were 25 per cent of the stars in Sunday night's NRL grand final ineligible?

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How Roos can rule the world again

Andrew Fifita

Brad Walter The Kangaroos boast an experienced and settled squad which appears to have more depth and be better balanced than England or New Zealand.

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Sin Bin

Pritchard, Folau speculation off mark

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Brad Walter Reports of Frank Pritchard's exit to Salford and sightings of Israel Folau in the company of outgoing Canterbury chief executive Todd Greenberg at Origin III sparked speculation the Bulldogs may be...

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