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

Brett Stewart under injury cloud for Manly's play-offs opener against Souths

Brad Walter Brett Stewart is in doubt for Manly's opening finals clash against South Sydney at Allianz Stadium.

League

Manly Sea Eagles fullback Brett Stewart linked to Canberra Raiders

Capital target ... Manly fullback Brett Stewart

Brad Walter Disgruntled Manly fullback Brett Stewart has been linked with a move to Canberra, but Warriors officials insist they are not pursuing Sea Eagles centre Steve Matai.

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Brett Stewart to sign new deal with Manly

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 27: Glenn Stewart and Brett Stewart of the Eagles walk from the feild after the round eight NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Manly Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium on April 27, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Brett Stewart has confirmed he will play out his career at Manly, with the NSW Origin fullback set to sign a new four-year contract.

Penrith secure fourth: Brisbane make finals, Warriors bow out

Panthers

Brad Walter Brisbane players and officials cheered Penrith to victory over the Warriors on Sunday night but the result is bad news for Manly fullback Brett Stewart in his race to be fit for the Sea Eagles...

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Feathers fly at Manly as player power is put to the test

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Michael Chammas and Brad Walter For so long the ''us against them'' rationale has bred success on the northern beaches, but how far can the competition frontrunners go with the ''us against us'' mentality that is threatening to...

League

We'll prove Newcastle Knights coach Wayne Bennett wrong, says Souths' Tom Burgess

Returning: Sam Burgess is set to ne named for the Rabbitohs to face Manly on Friday, a match which brother Tom has pledged will prove his side's title credentials.

Brad Walter Star forwards Sam Burgess and Ben Te'o are set to be named in the South Sydney team to play Manly at the SCG on Friday night in a match Rabbitohs prop Tom Burgess believes will confirm the team's...

League

Glenn Stewart, Anthony Watmough waiting in the wings to help Sea Eagles soar into finals

Anthony Watmough

Brad Walter Manly hope to have Glenn Stewart back from an ankle injury before the finals and could soon be at full strength for the first time this season as they charge towards a third grand final appearance in...

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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Sonny Bill Williams out for three weeks

Sonny Bill Williams looks up at a replay of his shoulder charge during the match against Souths.

Brad Walter A frustrated Sonny Bill Williams will accept a three-match ban for a shoulder charge in last Thursday night's season opener, denying Sydney Roosters and the NRL of one of the game's biggest drawcards...

Rugby League

Comeback win one of Melbourne Storm's greatest, says Cameron Smith

Cameron Smith.

James Macsmith, Brad Walter Cameron Smith has hailed Melbourne's epic 23-22 round one golden point win over Manly as one of the club's greatest victories.

League

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.

League

Galuvao tipped for stunning finals return

Joe Galuvao

Brad Walter More than five months after suffering what was initially described as a career-ending Achilles injury, Joe Galuvao has emerged as a potential shock selection for Manly in Sunday night's grand final...

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Stewart plans to exploit tiny chinks in the armour

Brett Stewart.

Brad Walter Manly fullback Brett Stewart has spotted opportunities to break down Sydney Roosters' wall-like defence he plans to take advantage of on Sunday.

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New Zealand selectors resigned to life without Sonny Bill

Sonny Bill Williams

Brad Walter New Zealand selectors are preparing to be without Sydney Roosters superstar Sonny Bill Williams for the end of season World Cup and will view his availability for the Kiwis title defence as a bonus.

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Club bosses discuss increase as players say cap doesn't fit

Israel Folau

Brad Walter NRL chief executives are set to discuss calls for a bigger salary cap and club grant next season at a meeting in Sydney on Wednesday in a move that may help to resolve the futures of Israel Folau and...

League

Cap rise won't help Titans' bid for Lyon

Manly Sea Eagles vs the North Queensland Cowboys at Allianz Stadium.3. Jamie Lyon on the runPhotography Brendan Espositosmh,14th september,2012

Brad Walter A $1.4 million increase to this year's salary cap is expected to be approved within days by NRL players, but cashed up Gold Coast officials don't believe it will help their bid to entice Jamie Lyon...

League

Stewart arrested, but then cleared over altercation

Stewart

Brad Walter MANLY fullback Brett Stewart was cleared of any wrongdoing after being arrested following an altercation on the northern beaches.

Sad face: NRL accolade may have tipped Barba

Ben Barba, 2012 Dally M medal winner. Pic Quentin Jones.

Brad Walter IT SHOULD have been one of the biggest honours of his career, but those close to Ben Barba believe the responsibility of launching the NRL season on Wednesday night may have been the catalyst for his...

Hasler the man for a crisis as Dogs bunker down

Des Hasler

Brad Walter CANTERBURY coach Des Hasler is set to keep the identity of Ben Barba's replacement secret before the opening-round clash with North Queensland as he builds a siege mentality at the Bulldogs this...

Clubs left frustrated by archaic salary rules

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Brad Walter NRL clubs have written to the ARL Commission calling for a review of the antiquated way the salary cap is administered.