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

Cronulla Sharks players accept doping bans

Brad Walter Cronulla captain Paul Gallen is one of 10 current NRL players to accept an ASADA deal which would result in a 12-month ban, back-dated to November 2013 for their involvement in the supplements...

Players look set to take ASADA deal if WADA plays ball

Brad Walter Past and present Cronulla players were seeking assurances on Thursday night that WADA would not appeal if they accepted backdated suspensions for unknowingly taking prohibited substances.

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NRL ground manager who upset Parramatta Eels ballboys escapes action

Brad Walter The NRL has offered support to the Parramatta ball boys involved in last Friday night's controversial loss to Canterbury but ruled out any action against the ground manager who allegedly told them he...

Stars caught up in Sharks inquiry told not to ignore rights before meeting with NRL and ASADA

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Brad Walter Members of Cronulla's 2011 squad called to a meeting on Wednesday with ASADA and the NRL have been advised not to accept a reduced suspension simply to bring the 18-month saga to an end, while...

Cronulla Sharks players urged not to accept reduced bans in ASADA case

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Brad Walter Members of Cronulla’s 2011 squad, who have been called to a meeting on Wednesday with ASADA and the NRL, have been advised not to accept a reduced suspension simply to bring the 18-month saga...

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ASADA pain could end soon for Cronulla Sharks

Season to forget: Dejected Sharks players after conceding another try against Melbourne on Saturday.

Brad Walter After 18 months of anguish and uncertainty, the worst could finally be over for Cronulla officials, players and supporters.

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Cronulla Sharks wary of discount doping bans

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Brad Walter Players involved in the supplement program at Cronulla in 2011 are wary of accepting bans of six months or less as they maintain they never knowingly took any prohibited substances.

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Pasifika award to give Sam Perrett, Jerome Ropati a taste of UCLA

Sam Perrett is also an an education ambassador at the Bulldogs.

Brad Walter Canterbury fullback Sam Perrett and Warriors centre Jerome Ropati will spend time during the off-season as student athletes at UCLA in Los Angeles after being chosen as the inaugural winners of the...

Why NRL clubs want more Sunday afternoon matches

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Brad Walter If the upcoming clash between Canterbury and South Sydney was played on a Sunday afternoon, officials believe it could draw a crowd of about 50,000 at ANZ Stadium but the chances of such a game being...

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Indigenous players working on Aboriginal war cry before All Stars game

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Brad Walter Indigenous players are set to step up plans to have their own war cry, with Cronulla winger Jonathan Wright having been enlisted to help develop the dance for next year's All Stars game.

Past and present Cronulla Sharks players told to be on standby for a meeting with ASADA

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Brad Walter The 18-month long investigation into the supplements program at Cronulla in 2011 is set to move a step closer to finalisation with players who were at the club three years ago told to be on standby...

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Parramatta Eels star Joseph Paulo's role as US Tomahawks captain under threat as AMNRL bows out

Stars in stripes: Joseph Paulo in action for the US during the Rugby League World Cup last year.

Brad Walter The Rugby League International Federation has been asked to help ensure Parramatta star Joseph Paulo's position as USA Tomahwaks captain does not come under threat and other NRL-based players are not...

South Sydney Rabbitohs captaincy bringing out the best in Greg Inglis, say teammates

Captain fantastic: Greg Inglis.

Brad Walter South Sydney team-mates believe the captaincy is bringing out the best in Greg Inglis after the superstar fullback turned in another brilliant performance to lead the premiership favourites to a...

Josh Hoffman may have played his last game for Brisbane Broncos

Josh Hoffman of the Broncos receives attention in the second half.

Brad Walter New Zealand Test fullback Josh Hoffman may have played his last game for the Broncos after suffering a broken leg in Thursday night's 42-16 loss to South Sydney at ANZ Stadium.

Greg Inglis untouchable as South Sydney Rabbitohs demolish Brisbane Broncos

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Brad Walter Greg Inglis turned on an awesome display of power and skill to help assert South Sydney's position as premiership favourites with their fourth win in 17 days.

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Obeid family members wanted to become directors of Parramatta Eels

Keen on the Eels: Eddie Obeid.

Adrian Proszenko, Kate McClymont and Brad Walter Parramatta officials were in talks with the Obeids about the prospect of some family members becoming Eels directors prior to patriarch Eddie being found guilty of corruption by the ICAC.

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Dangerous tackles spark calls for referees to send more players off

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Brad Walter Referees have been encouraged to send players off for any incident which jeopordises the safety of an opponent after NRL officials expressed concern over a number of dangerous tackles in last...

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Josh Reynolds' meltdown a case for NRL to consider yellow- and red-card system

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Brad Walter The brain explosion that led to Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds facing a third judiciary appearance in six matches was the worst since the one that ended Travis Burns' NRL career two years ago...

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NRL considers funding all junior development in a major revamp of the game's pathways

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Brad Walter and Michael Chammas The NRL may fund all junior development across the game under a major revamp of pathways that could see the under 20s National Youth Competition scrapped and the introduction of a rookie draft.

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St George Illawarra Dragons run out of puff as pressure gets too much

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Brad Walter Pressure makes people act differently and on Sunday the Dragons went away from the the way they had been playing under Paul McGregor's coaching reign as they all but slipped out of top eight...

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