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

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

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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RLWC: Brent Tate in for Kangaroos as Sheens rings changes

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Brad Walter Australian coach Tim Sheens is weighing up the possibility of Canberra enforcer Josh Papalii playing centre if the Kangaroos suffer another injury to an outside back during Saturday's World Cup...

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Robbie Farah injured as Wests Tigers defeat Cowboys

Captain's knock: Robbie Farah crosses for a try in the Tigers win over the Cowboys.

Brad Walter Skipper Robbie Farah dislocated his elbow as Wests Tigers continued their impressive start to the season with a 16-4 win over North Queensland in what may have been one of the joint-venture club's...

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NRL's concussion crackdown means utility players are more important than ever

Man in demand: St Helens utility Lance Hohaia has been sounded out about returning to the NRL.

Brad Walter Versatile footballers have never been more valuable since the NRL's concussion crackdown.

Injuries threaten to derail Australia's World Cup campaign

Australia's Jarryd Hayne is tackled by US player Matthew Petersen, during the World Cup Rugby League quarterfinal match at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham Wales, Saturday Nov. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Martin Rickett/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

Brad Walter Injuries have suddenly become a major threat to Australia's hopes of regaining the World Cup after Billy Slater was assisted from the field with the knee problem in the Kangaroos' quarter-final...

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Billy Slater a chance for shock return

WREXHAM, WALES - NOVEMBER 16:  Billy Slater of Australia during the Rugby League World Cup Quarter Final match between Australia and USA at Racecourse Ground on November 16, 2013 in Wrexham, Wales.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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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Morris the centre of attention as Sheens looks to Tate on bench

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Brad Walter Australian coach Tim Sheens is considering using Brent Tate from the interchange bench and playing Michael Jennings on the wing as part of a revamp forced by the loss of star fullback Billy Slater.

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Josh Papalii in the mix to play for Kangaroos in World Cup semi-final

Canberra raiders player Josh Papalli.

Brad Walter Tim Sheens considers playing Canberra enforcer Josh Papalii at centre if the Kangaroos suffer another injury.

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Jarryd Hayne all set to play for Fiji in Rugby League World Cup, then Tim Sheens called

Australia's Jarryd Hayne is tackled by US player Matthew Petersen, during the World Cup Rugby League quarterfinal match at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham Wales, Saturday Nov. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Martin Rickett/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

Brad Walter Jarryd Hayne agreed to turn his back on Fiji and play for Australia at the World Cup only after being guaranteed he would be given the chance to force his way into the Kangaroos starting line-up.

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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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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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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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Slater's hopes for cup final get a boost

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

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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 Final 2013: Kangaroos favourites, but wary of Kiwi ambush

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Brad Walter Australian players are wary of another ambush from New Zealand in the World Cup final after losing to the Kiwis in the last two big deciders the countries have played.

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Contrasting fortunes: NSW simply unable to recover from early onslaught

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Brad Walter NSW players had no one to blame but themselves as they undid all of their good work in Origin I with an undisciplined performance that enabled Queensland to level the series at Suncorp Stadium.

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Bad blood could spark more than a Slater v Pearce rematch in decider

Mitchell Pearce

Brad Walter A tackle by Mitchell Pearce on Billy Slater in the final minute of Origin I was being blamed for an incident on Wednesday night that the NSW camp claim may turn next month's series decider into a...

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Blues' fury at refs after failure to punish rule-breaking Maroons

Laurie Daley

Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley was disappointed with Trent Merrin for his lack of discipline in Origin II - but not as unhappy as he was with the performance of referees Shayne Hayne and Ashley Klein.

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