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


David Gallop quits as league boss

Brad Walter ARL Commission chief executive David Gallop has agreed to stand down from the position immediately after reaching agreement with the game's new bosses.


NRL head of strategy Shane Mattiske resigns

ARLC chairman John Grant (left) with Shane Mattiske (centre) and Channel Nine CEO David Gyngell at the announcement of the $1.2 billion TV rights deal

Brad Walter Shane Mattiske, a key figure in securing rugby league's $1.2 billion broadcast deal, has quit his job as the NRL's head of strategy.


After years of pulling strings behind scenes, John Brady resigns from his role at NRL

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Brad Walter It is one of the toughest jobs in Australian sport and, after 18 years, John Brady has resigned. Most fans would not know his name - and that's the way he has preferred it - but the NRL's...

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NRL chief executive Dave Smith looks hard at quality of NRL management

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Brad Walter NRL chief executive Dave Smith sets out his vision for the future in an one-on-one interview with Brad Walter.

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I can make a massive difference with the right team: Smith

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Brad Walter NRL chief executive Dave Smith has taken just 12 weeks to put his stamp on the game by overseeing the biggest shake-up of the game's administration since the end of the Super League war.


Six of the best proposed for expanded club challenge

Brad Walter The World Club Challenge is set to be expanded to six teams under a proposal that would also result in three NRL sides playing a warm-up match each against a Super League club.

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Drinking buddies let down the game that helped pick them back up

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Brad Walter 'From booze brothers to Blues brothers,'' said one member of the NSW coaching staff, reading the back page of Monday's Herald at the team hotel.

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Final six to face panel in quest to replace Gallop as ARLC chief

Replica of the Telstra Premiership trophy

Brad Walter INTERVIEWS for the vacant ARL Commission chief executive's job will begin next week, with the contenders to replace David Gallop down to a shortlist of six.

Johnson eyes sevens ticket to Rio

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Brad Walter Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson has put his hand up for the 2016 Olympics - and New Zealand rugby sevens coach Gordon Tietjens believes he would be a great asset to the Kiwis' gold medal hopes.

New ARLC chief set to be named this week

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Brad Walter RUGBY LEAGUE'S new chief executive is expected to be announced within days, with the Herald told that the ARL Commission has settled on a candidate.

Commission in waiting game for AFL target

Brad Walter AN ANNOUNCEMENT on a new rugby league chief executive is set to be delayed if AFL deputy Gill McLachlan knocks back the job.

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Essendon chief joins list of NRL candidates

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Brad Walter, Sydney Ian Robson re-emerges as a potential candidate for vacant NRL chief executive's job.

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On-field stars shine brighter than the desk jockeys

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Brad Walter A CEO doesn't put bums on seats, so why the distorted pay scale?

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CEO hunt on backburner as ARLC tackles tasks

Brad Walter ARL Commission chairman John Grant has indicated that the appointment of a new chief executive may not be far away but, five months after David Gallop's resignation, it is no longer the most pressing...

ARLC won't be 'bullied' into making decisions

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Brad Walter ARL Commission chairman John Grant believes the organisation has demonstrated in the nine months since its formation the benefits of having an independent body control the game.


New boss fails first test but is a player at the big end of town

The Australian Rugby League Commission announced Mr Dave Smith as Chief Executive, Photo: Edwina Pickles. 223rd Nov 2012.

Brad Walter JUST minutes after a press conference to introduce him as the new NRL chief executive, Dave Smith was asked to name five indigenous players in an iconic image from the inaugural All Stars match...

Broad-brush claims leave clean athletes in murky surrounds

David Gallop, CEO of Football Federation Australia, during a joint press conference on organised crime and drugs in sport, at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 7 February 2013.
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Brad Walter AUSTRALIAN sports chiefs have demanded the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) name and shame the drug users identified in Thursday's explosive report before the reputations of innocent athletes are...

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Harrigan allays fears of mid-season rules shake-up as he wrestles with coaches' expectations

Bill Harrigan and Stuart Raper  with NRL CEO, David Gallop, at a press conference announcing that they will head refereeing in 2011.Wednesday 17 November 2010SMH SPORT Picture by JANIE BARRETT

Brad Walter NRL referees boss Bill Harrigan has moved to reassure concerned coaches that there will be no mid-season change to the way the game is policed on the field after complaints by Knights coach Wayne...

Stewart paves way for Williams on road to Origin

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Brad Walter Glenn Stewart's stunning comeback last Friday night against the Bulldogs has all but cemented a place in the NSW Origin side for suspended Manly teammate Tony Williams.

Deals put US Origin games back on agenda


Brad Walter THE prospect of State of Origin returning to the US has moved a step closer after the American National Rugby League (AMNRL) announced a partnership with Los Angeles sport and entertainment giant...