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

Fears grow about new 'kick at referee' tactic deciding NRL grand final

Brad Walter "It's our ball. The rule is that it's our ball".

Refs told to stop time-wasting and abuse from captains

Ennis the menace: Canterbury captain Michael Ennis.

Brad Walter Michael Ennis's abuse of referee Gerard Sutton and the time-wasting tactics by the Canterbury captain in Thursday's night's 19-12 loss to South Sydney has been deemed "unacceptable" and resulted in a...

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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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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.

CEO hunt on backburner as ARLC tackles tasks

Brad Walter dinkus

Brad Walter ARL Commission chairman John Grant has indicated that the appointment of a new chief executive may not be far away but, five months after David Gallop's resignation, it is no longer the most pressing...

League

On-schedule Mick's no hurry Potter

Mick Potter

Glenn Jackson, Brad Walter HE was announced as Wests Tigers coach less than a fortnight ago, yet after taking charge of his first training session with his new club, Mick Potter insisted the pre-season was ''on schedule''.

Little doubt there'll be no benefit rule next year

NRL

Brad Walter THE controversial benefit-of-the-doubt rule is set to be scrapped after the appointment of a new refereeing structure headed by former Parramatta and Warriors coach Daniel Anderson.

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...

Inu faces lengthy ban after moment of madness in Inglis tackle

Inglis

Brad Walter As Greg Inglis received treatment on his injured neck in the South Sydney dressing room, teammate Roy Asotasi admitted he had genuine fears for the star fullback's safety after a ''pretty bad'' spear...

What the clubs have learned from American football rules

Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens holds aloft  the Vince Lombardi Trophy following their 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

Brad Walter WHEN Bill Harrigan suggested teams be allowed one NFL-style forward pass in each set of tackles, the response was swift and furious.

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...

Winning Starts Monday

Fortune favoured Blues - this time

Brad Walter dinkus

Brad Walter Forget the moral outrage over the rights and wrongs of Paul Gallen punching Nate Myles in last Wednesday night's State of Origin.

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Board games at Titans as Searle makes way

Brad Walter Titans founder Michael Searle has stood down as chief executive of the Gold Coast Titans

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...

Hasler gets his man - ref gig goes to Archer

Brad Walter dinkus

Brad Walter Tony Archer has been appointed to control a Canterbury match for the first time in more than two years on Sunday after Bulldogs coach Des Hasler alerted referees bosses Bill Harrigan and Stuart Raper...

Challenge system before rules panel

Referee

Brad Walter AN NFL-style ''challenge system'' enabling coaches or captains to contest refereeing decisions is set to be trialled after a meeting of the game's Rules Advisory Committee today.

Rugby league

Harrigan lays down law on decoys

Bill Harrigan

Brad Walter NRL REFEREES boss Bill Harrigan believes that no match official should be in any doubt about the obstruction rule after a two-and-a-half hour meeting yesterday with all referees and video referees to...