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

Obeid family members wanted to become directors of Parramatta Eels

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.


Demise and dissent on the field directly linked to lack of accountability off it

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Brad Walter Mark down April 2 as the date when Cronulla's 2014 premiership hopes effectively ended after the Sharks announced that suspended coach Shane Flanagan would rejoin the club next season on a new three...

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Five NRL clubs chasing Benji Marshall

Benji Marshall has five NRL clubs interested in his services.

Brad Walter Melbourne Storm and Cronulla remain the favourites to sign the Benji Marshall but St George Illawarra, Parramatta and North Queensland are also believed to be interested in discussions.

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As State of Origin looms, stats show Mitchell Pearce's form has taken a tumble


Brad Walter NSW playmaker Mitchell Pearce is in the worst form of his career on the eve of State of Origin and ranks at No.15 among all regular halfbacks in the NRL this season.

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Jarryd Hayne stars as Parramatta Eels ruin Benji Marshall's St George Illawarra debut

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Brad Walter Jarryd Hayne won the battle of the NSW fullback contenders as Parramatta surpassed their five wins last season with a razzle-dazzle 36-0 defeat of St George Illawarra at a sold-out Pirtek Stadium.

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NRL's modified rules to fundamentally alter the game

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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...

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Parramatta Eels directors close in on Jason Taylor for top job

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

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Eels not alone in bid to lure Norman south

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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.


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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NRL steps into Manly board racist slur dispute

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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

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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

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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


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

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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.''

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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.''

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

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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

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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.

Sponsor backs Kearney over five-year haul

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 22:  Eels coach Stephen Kearney gestures during a Parramatta Eels NRL training session at Parramatta Stadium on March 22, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt Blyth/Getty Images)

Brad Walter PARRAMATTA coach Stephen Kearney has been backed by the club's major sponsor, Pirtek, to fulfil a five-year plan the company expects will result in premiership success by 2015.