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

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Billy Slater a chance for shock return

Brad Walter Billy Slater refuses to concede his World Cup campaign is over, and has been undergoing around-the-clock physiotherapy in a desperate bid to play against Fiji in next weekend's semi-final at Wembley...

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Brent Tate may switch to forwards as Billy Slater is ruled out of Kangaroos' World Cup semi-final

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Brad Walter LONDON: Brent Tate told Australian coach Tim Sheens before the World Cup that he would be play in the front row if neccesary to gain selection and while he may not have to go to those lengths the...

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Billy Slater pushes rehab to make World Cup final

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Brad Walter Billy Slater has been running at 15km/h on a treadmill but the star fullback admits time could beat him in his race to be fit for the World Cup final at Old Trafford next Saturday.

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Billy Slater survives intense training session

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Brad Walter MANCHESTER: Billy Slater is confident of taking his place at fullback for Australia in the World Cup final at Old Trafford after surviving a physical battering from Greg Inglis at training on...

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Billy Slater confident of playing in World Cup final after passing the Greg Inglis test

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Brad Walter Billy Slater is confident of taking his place at fullback for Australia in the World Cup final at Old Trafford after surviving a physical battering from Greg Inglis at training on Wednesday.

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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.

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Sam Burgess and James Graham are the best of mates and the fiercest of rivals

Hard man: Sam Burgess is the centre of the Dragons attention at the SCG.

Brad Walter With Sam Burgess having been granted a release from South Sydney at the end of the season to play rugby union, last year's World Cup semi-final at Wembley was almost certainly the last time he and...

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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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Fifita signing a fast reaction to new rule interpretations

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Brad Walter Canterbury's recruitment of Cronulla prop Andrew Fifita and hooker Michael Lichaa is the first reaction to the new rule interpretations introduced in the NRL this season.

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Starting out in AFL territory helped Gareth Widdop to league heartland

In form: New Dragon Gareth Widdop.

Brad Walter It has taken Gareth Widdop seven years to achieve his teenage ambition of playing for a team based in rugby league heartland, but if the new St George Illawarra playmaker hadn't detoured via...

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Rugby Sevens coaches cast eye over Auckland Nines for Rio talent

Flying Knight: Akuila Uate.

Brad Walter Australian Rugby Union Sevens coach Michael O'Connor and his New Zealand counterpart Gordon Tietjens will take more than a passing interest in the inaugural NRL Nines tournament, and admit they could...

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

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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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NRL 2014 Preview: Melbourne Storm

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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

Rugby League World Cup: Australia smash Fiji

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Brad Walter The Kangaroos romp into the World Cup decider with a 64-0 rout of a Fiji team.

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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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Kangaroos veterans face last chance to add Rugby League World Cup win to their resume

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Cooper Cronk (L) and Brent Tate of Australia limbers up during the Australia Training Session at Sport City on November 26, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater, Brent Tate and Corey Parker have won grand finals, State of Origins and Four Nations tournaments but unless the Kangaroos beat New...

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Rugby League World Cup: Kangaroos and Kiwis face injury dilemmas

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Brad Walter Australian coach Tim Sheens and his New Zealand counterpart Stephen Kearney may be forced to make early decisions on the fitness of their injured stars as World Cup rules need them to name squads 48...

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Slater's hopes for cup final get a boost

Billy Slater.

Brad Walter Billy Slater is confident of taking his place at full-back for Australia in the World Cup final.