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

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NRL's modified rules to fundamentally alter the game

Brad Walter It was a tactic he championed at St George Illawarra and one that his Newcastle side used more than any other team last season, but Wayne Bennett has applauded the new NRL rule awarding an extra...

Parramatta Eels directors close in on Jason Taylor for top job

Jason Taylor

Brad Walter A vote of Parramatta directors is expected to confirm Jason Taylor as the next Eels coach within days.

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NRL steps into Manly board racist slur dispute

Darrell Williams

Brad Walter Allegations of racism at a recent Manly board meeting may be heard by an independent tribunal after the NRL initiated a disputes process following an official complaint by Sea Eagles director Darrell...

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Arthur spoon-feeds Eels for a final battle

Chris Sandow

Brad Walter ACTING Parramatta coach Brad Arthur has told his players they owe it to the club's long-suffering fans to finish the season strongly and hopefully avoid the wooden spoon.

Stuart fronts for Blues job

Ricky Stuart

Brad Walter BLUES coach Ricky Stuart will meet the NSW Rugby League board today to discuss this year's series and whether he keeps the job next season.

The golden shot: young gun fires to down devastated Dragons

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Brad Walter This time last year Jamie Soward was preparing to make his State of Origin debut for NSW, while Adam Reynolds was wondering if he would ever get the chance to play NRL after undergoing a knee...

Rabbitohs respond to Maguire's home truths

Greg Inglis

Brad Walter NOT even Russell Crowe could steal the limelight from Greg Inglis at ANZ Stadium yesterday.

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Coleman tips Reynolds to finally fill his shoes

Brad Walter Ask Craig Coleman about Adam Reynolds and he says: ''He is just like me.''

Halfway there

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 01:  John Sutton and Reynolds of the Rabbitohs celebrates golden point victory after Greg Inglis kicked a field goal during the round five NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Allianz Stadium on April 1, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Brad Walter ASK Craig Coleman about Adam Reynolds and he says: ''He is just like me.''

Eels not alone in bid to lure Norman south

Corey Norman

Michael Chammas, Brad Walter PARRAMATTA will have to fight off bids from St George Illawarra and Penrith to lure Corey Norman from Brisbane for next season.

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Sharks Unity in disarray after eligibility rule comes into play

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Brad Walter OLYMPIAN Damian Keogh's bid to become Cronulla chairman has hit an eligibility hurdle as neither he nor six other members of the nine-man Sharks Unity ticket are football club members.

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Winning Starts Monday

Sandow needs to learn lessons other dropped Eels have shunned

Brad Walter Daniel Mortimer and Anthony Mitchell moved from Parramatta to Sydney Roosters to avoid playing NSW Cup but there they were at Henson Park on Saturday helping Newtown defeat Manly 42-10.

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Eels name Sandow on bench for Dogs match

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Brad Walter Parramatta halfback Chris Sandow has been recalled to the Eels top team for Friday night's match against Canterbury but will start from the interchange bench.

Kearney's axe remains sharp, but Sandow is back in frame for recall

Chris Sandow

Brad Walter CHRIS SANDOW'S return to the NRL against Canterbury on Friday night is likely to depend on whether Parramatta coach Stephen Kearney decides to drop Ben Roberts.

Kearney's Sandow call 'puts stars on notice'

Cameron Smith

Brad Walter AUSTRALIAN captain Cameron Smith has compared Chris Sandow's dumping to NSW Cup last week to the time his Melbourne teammate Billy Slater was sent back to play for North Sydney, and warned that the...

Parra back in the doghouse again as Des' entertainers turn it on at home

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Brad Walter DES Hasler has turned a one-dimensional Bulldogs side that struggled last year into the game's new entertainers.

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Jennings, Roberts dumped to NSW Cup

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 31:  Michael Jennings of the Panthers breaks the Sharks defence to score a try during the round five NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Cronulla Sharks at Centrebet Stadium on March 31, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Parramatta five-eighth Ben Roberts and Penrith centre Michael Jennings have paid the price for their team's poor form after being named in NSW Cup teams this weekend.

Bellyache clone Madge will make Souths grumble

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Michael Maguire, Coach of Wigan Warriors celebrates his teams win with Thomas Leuluai during the engage Super League Grand Final match between St Helens and Wigan Warriors at Old Trafford on October 2, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images) madge.jpg

Brad Walter Ask star Rabbitohs centre Greg Inglis about Michael Maguire and he'll tell you that if you combined the new South Sydney mentor with fellow former Melbourne assistant Stephen Kearney you would get...

Hayne and Tonga set for surprise appearance

Jarryd Hayne.

Brad Walter EELS internationals Jarryd Hayne and Willie Tonga are set to make shock appearances against the Warriors in tonight's match at Parramatta Stadium.

Absence of Eels veterans offers glimpse of a bright future

Jarryd Hayne

Brad Walter Parramatta fans were given a glimpse of the future last night and, with the exception of Jarryd Hayne suffering a recurrence of his knee injury - and the result - they would have liked what they saw.