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

Cronulla Sharks sweat on Todd Carney injury for first round of NRL

Brad Walter, Michael Chammas Cronulla playmaker Todd Carney is in doubt for the opening match of the season after the Sharks' all-out bid to win the $380,000 prizemoney on offer to the victors of the NRL Nines in Auckland...

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Auckland Nines: South Sydney five-eighth Luke Keary injury puts Rabbitohs plans into disarray

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Michael Chammas, Brad Walter South Sydney's Luke Keary and Manly's David Williams face extended periods on the sideline after the Auckland Nines claimed some big-name casualties on day two of the tournament.

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Krisnan Inu faces new ban

Krisnan Inu.

Brad Walter Bulldogs centre Krisnan Inu faces another stint on the sidelines, while Titans forward Dave Taylor must have a suspension overturned to have any chance of playing for Queensland in Origin I after the...

More than a game: Rabbitohs learn how to handle things off the field

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Brad Walter As an NRL player, I failed miserably yesterday.

Next year can't come too soon for also-rans

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Brad Walter After farewelling Nathan Hindmarsh and Luke Burt on Sunday night, Parramatta players will have this week off and then return to training for the rest of the month under new coach Ricky Stuart.

Winning Starts Monday

Why your team missed the finals - and how they can make them in 2013

Brad Walter After farewelling Nathan Hindmarsh and Luke Burt on Sunday night, Parramatta players will have this week off and then return to training for the rest of the month under new coach Ricky Stuart.

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Teammates defend Taylor for what went wrong in defeat

David Taylor of the Rabbitohs and Cameron Smith of the Storm.

Brad Walter SOUTH SYDNEY teammates have defended forward Dave Taylor over allegations his lack of discipline cost the Rabbitohs dearly in Saturday night's 24-6 loss to Melbourne.

Staggering twist: Hoff was tripped by trainer

Ryan Hoffman

Brad Walter THE Storm have been cleared of any wrongdoing for allowing a seemingly concussed Ryan Hoffman to remain on the field in Saturday night's match against South Sydney after revelations he was tripped by...

Inglis full of praise for deposed fullback Merritt as Sharks circle

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 28:  Greg Inglis of the Rabbitohs is tackled during the round eight NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium on April 28, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Brad Walter STAR South Sydney fullback Greg Inglis has credited teammate Nathan Merritt with helping him make the transition to his new position.

Bunnies cop slap on the wrist for Taylor's set-piece shenanigans

Dave Taylor

Brad Walter South Sydney officials have been told a planned move in which Dave Taylor feigned injury before running the ball from a scrum on Monday night was illegal because a trainer assisting the Rabbitohs...

Jennings gets origin chance despite Panther snub

Brad Walter Dumped Penrith centre vows to repay the faith of Blues coach Ricky Stuart.

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Blues keep Maroons guessing about team

Mal Meninga

Brad Walter QUEENSLAND coach Mal Meninga and his players remain unsure of the make-up of the NSW team for tonight's opening Origin match at Etihad Stadium, with the Blues yet to officially announce a line-up.

Rabbitohs riding high as disciplined defence helps stifle rivals

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25:  Justin Hunt of the Rabbitohs is congratulated by team mates after scoring a try during the round 12 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canberra Raiders at ANZ Stadium on May 25, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Brad Walter SOUTH Sydney are in the top four midway through the season for the first time since 1989 and have four of the 14 best performing players in the NRL this year - yet the hype about the Rabbitohs has...

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Kiwis up in arms over Origin poaching

Brad Walter Sam Kasiano's likely State of Origin selection has sparked a scathing attack on rival NSW and Queensland coaches Ricky Stuart and Mal Meninga from leading New Zealand official Tony Kemp.

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Kiwis hit out at Origin coaches as Kasiano nears Maroons switch

Sam Kasiano

Brad Walter SAM KASIANO'S likely Origin selection has sparked a scathing attack on rival NSW and Queensland coaches Ricky Stuart and Mal Meninga from leading New Zealand official Tony Kemp.

Winning Starts Monday

Emotional temperature set to rise for Origin decider

SUNSHINE COAST, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 30:  Mal Meninga calls out to his players during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session at Hyatt Coolum on June 30, 2011 in Sunshine Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Queensland may not go as far as exhuming the body of the late great Arthur Beetson and sitting him on the sideline next Wednesday night but the Blues need to prepare for them to use every other stunt...

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Scott in line to replace Stewart for Blues

Beau Scott

Brad Walter ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA'S Beau Scott is set to start in the second row for NSW if Glenn Stewart is ruled out of next week's Origin decider, with one of his Dragons teammates, Trent Merrin or Ben Creagh,...

Blues bunker down as pressures escalate

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Brad Walter NSW coach Ricky Stuart would prefer his players did not engage with the Queensland media while in Brisbane preparing for Wednesday night's series decider as tensions in both camps reach boiling point.

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10 things you need to know

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Brad Walter As the 2012 season marches towards the finals, some curly questions are worth considering, writes Brad Walter.

Home truths have brought McQueen in from the wings

Chris McQueen

Brad Walter AFTER the hysteria that followed Monday night's remarkable last-gasp defeat of arch rivals Sydney Roosters, Chris McQueen can only wonder what the reaction will be like if South Sydney win this...