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

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NRL evolution of the tackle may spell end for 10-metre rule

Brad Walter "This rule as it now operates, let me say once more, is the source of many of the modern game's ills: the obsession with possession and the consequent lack of variety in play, the deliberate...

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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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NRL warned not to leave Campbelltown for other codes

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Brad Walter Former Wests Magpies chairman Jim Marsden has warned the NRL not to leave Campbelltown to rival codes, as the game’s governing body refused to guarantee Wests Tigers would continue playing in...

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Banned Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan's Salford role could test NRL's resolve

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Brad Walter Salford owner Marwan Koukash's bold declaration that he wanted to sign Benji Marshall in the same week he announced Shane Flanagan was joining the club has raised the question of how the NRL would...

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Sam Burgess comes to grips with public's lingering perception

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Brad Walter South Sydney forward Sam Burgess regrets the ‘‘squirrel grip’’ on Melbourne’s Will Chambers that he believes tarnished his image.

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Chairman Bill Wavish feels the heat as pressure builds on New Zealand Warriors to turn fortunes around

New coach Andrew McFadden has inherited a Warriors team in turmoil.

Brad Walter Warriors chairman Bill Wavish has conceded his head is on the chopping block, along with that of acting coach Andrew McFadden, if the team fails to make the finals.

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Storm unlikely to appeal Jordan McLean ban

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Brad Walter Storm officials are unlikely to risk Jordan McLean receiving an increased suspension by appealing against the seven-match ban imposed last week by the NRL judiciary over the lifting tackle on Alex...

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NRL considers tougher laws on dangerous throws

Over the top: The Melbourne Storm questioned why no action was taken against Beau Falloon for this tackle on Sunday.

Brad Walter The NRL's competition committee will next month consider changing the definition of a dangerous throw so that players performing a tackle such as the one made by Gold Coast hooker Beau Falloon no...

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Manly Sea Eagles veteran Glenn Stewart appears increasingly likely to move on

Standing his ground: Glenn Stewart wants Manly to put their best offer on the table.

Brad Walter and Daniel Lane Manly back-rower Glenn Stewart is still waiting on an offer from the Sea Eagles as he edges closer to finishing his career at another club.

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Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter calls on fans to back team

Clinical: Martin Taupau of the Tigers goes into contact.

Brad Walter Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter has called on fans to get behind the in-form team after a crowd of just 6,456 attended Saturday night's match at Campbelltown Stadium.

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Luke Brooks says Wests Tigers can cover for injury to Robbie Farah

Strength in depth: the Tigers believe they have the roster to compete at the top this year.

Brad Walter Boom Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooks believes the club has the depth to cover for the loss of skipper Robbie Farah after he was taken to Campbelltown Hospital with a dislocated elbow.

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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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Jordan McLean's actions in Alex McKinnon tackle were not 'significant' cause of injury, panel decides

Brad Walter Melbourne forward Jordan McLean had an additional four matches added to his suspension for the tackle that left Alex McKinnon with spinal damage because the NRL judiciary panel considered his actions...

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Jordan McLean had indirect role in Alex McKinnon's injury: NRL judiciary found

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Brad Walter Melbourne forward Jordan McLean had four matches added to his suspension for the tackle that left Alex McKinnon with spinal damage because the NRL judiciary panel considered his actions were not a...

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Roosters coach Trent Robinson unhappy his team turned down late penalty-goal shot

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Brad Walter Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has expressed disappointment the premiers ignored an instruction to go for penalty goal late in their 9-8 defeat by a gritty Canterbury side at Allianz Stadium on...

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John Sutton to make history as South Sydney Rabbitohs and St George Illawarra Dragons embrace gate-sharing

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Brad Walter John Sutton will be honoured at the SCG on Saturday night as he breaks Bob McCarthy's record for the most performances with South Sydney, despite the match being a St George Illawarra home game.

Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson praises Sonny Bill Williams

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Brad Walter Sonny Bill Williams earned praised from Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson for his return performance from suspension as the premiers suffered consecutive losses in matches where they have conceded...

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Josh Reynolds reveals field goal was beginner's luck

First time lucky: Josh Reynolds celebrates his first field goal.

Brad Walter Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds revealed his match winning field goal against Sydney Roosters was the first of his career as the Bulldogs confirmed their premiership credentials with a gritty...

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St George Illawarra's Brett Morris reveals the secret to his breath-taking try

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Brad Walter Hours spent practising leaping and diving from spring-loaded floorboards at a Wollongong gym helped Brett Morris score the try that his famous father Steve describes as the best he has seen.

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Rooster James Maloney defends decision to override coach's order

Bad move: A dejected Aidan Guerra and James Maloney after Friday's loss to the Bulldogs.

Daniel Lane and Brad Walter Sydney Roosters five-eighth James Maloney defended the decision to ignore coach Trent Robinson's instruction to take a shot at goal which, had it been converted, might have seen the team win Friday...

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