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

NRL

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.

Winning Starts Monday

St George Illawarra Dragons' bid for Wayne Bennett may rely on NRL's own money

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Brad Walter If Newcastle coach Wayne Bennett returns to St George Illawarra next season, some will question whether the NRL has been outbid by their own money.

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League

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.

League

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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League

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

Dave Smith

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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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

NRL Premiership

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.

Rugby League

Essendon chief joins list of NRL candidates

Ian Robson

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

John Grant

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.

League

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...

League

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.

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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

Josh Dugan and Blake Ferguson

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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Lapsed NZ TV deal in sights as commission gets set to hit ground running

Brad Walter A NEW television agreement in New Zealand is set to be the first deal finalised under the independent commission that will take over the running of rugby league this week.

New contract for Gallop as commission prepares to take the reins

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Brad Walter A NEW contract for NRL chief executive David Gallop has been finalised before tomorrow's official handover of power to the independent commission that will run the game.