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

League

Manly Sea Eagles fullback Brett Stewart linked to Canberra Raiders

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.

League

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.

League

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...

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

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

Drugs probe not linked to signing delays: Noyce

Rugby League Cronulla Sharks training at Toyota Park. Nathan Gardner. Tuesday April 10th 2012.
Pictures Steve Christo

Brad Walter Cronulla officials insist the future of seven unsigned players called for interviews with Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigators will be determined for football reasons alone.

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League

Dream decider a step closer

Foran

Brad Walter The NRL's dream grand final between Sydney Roosters and South Sydney is a step closer to a reality after the tri-colours proved themselves to be one of the greatest defensive teams in history with a...

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League

We'll be fit for Souths, say Lyon, Choc

Jamie Lyon

Brad Walter Injured Manly stars Jamie Lyon and Anthony Watmough insist they will be fit to face South Sydney in next Friday night's grand final qualifier after surviving another war of attrition to beat Cronulla...

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League

Watmough right for final but World Cup may be stretching it

Anthony Watmough

Brad Walter Fears of incurring permanent damage to his injured right knee may force Manly forward Anthony Watmough to withdraw from the Australian team for the end-of-season World Cup.

League

Suspensions loom large if players step out of line

Sonny Bill Williams

Brad Walter Sonny Bill Williams and Sam Burgess are among 10 players heading into this weekend's preliminary finals matches knowing they could be one careless high tackle away from suspension due to carryover...

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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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Stuart quitting NSW post news to Gallen

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Brad Walter Ricky Stuart's decision to rule himself out as NSW coach next season came as such a shock that Blues captain Paul Gallen claimed to be unaware of the news.

Stewart brothers - good old boys caught in spotlight of new media

Brett Stewart

Brad Walter AS HE walked back towards the NSW goal line after scoring a 47th minute try in Origin III at Suncorp Stadium, Brett Stewart was subjected to taunting from Queensland fans over the sexual assault...

Sea Eagles in hunt for new prop as merry-go-round fires up

Kite

Brad Walter, Glenn Jackson THE expected departures of Beau Ryan and Chris Heighington to Cronulla could pave the way for Manly prop Brent Kite to join Wests Tigers next season.

Purse strings could tie Sheens to Tigers

Tim Sheens

Brad Walter SALARY cap problems and a shortage of money to pay out coach Tim Sheens have left Wests Tigers' preparations for 2013 in limbo.

League

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...