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

League

Feathers fly at Manly as player power is put to the test

Michael Chammas and Brad Walter For so long the ''us against them'' rationale has bred success on the northern beaches, but how far can the competition frontrunners go with the ''us against us'' mentality that is threatening to...

League

'Wayne Bennett clause' could cap spending on NRL coaches

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Brad Walter The NRL is considering a salary cap for football department spending in a move that may impact on the amount of money clubs can pay big-name coaches such as Wayne Bennett.

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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

New NRL technology will measure refs' policing of the 10 metres

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Brad Walter "Get 'em onside ref" has been an age-old cry in rugby league but for the first time NRL match officials will be measured on how well they police the 10-metre rule in games.

Trent Hodkinson apologises to Joel Thompson for leg twist

Brad Walter Canterbury halfback Trent Hodkinson apologised to Joel Thompson for an ugly leg pull that is certain to come under scrutiny from the NRL match review committee on Monday after angering the St George...

League

NRL's concussion crackdown means utility players are more important than ever

Man in demand: St Helens utility Lance Hohaia has been sounded out about returning to the NRL.

Brad Walter Versatile footballers have never been more valuable since the NRL's concussion crackdown.

League

Fifita signing a fast reaction to new rule interpretations

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Brad Walter Canterbury's recruitment of Cronulla prop Andrew Fifita and hooker Michael Lichaa is the first reaction to the new rule interpretations introduced in the NRL this season.

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League

Josh Reynolds reveals field goal was beginner's luck

First time lucky: Josh Reynolds celebrates his first field goal.

Brad Walter Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds revealed his match winning field goal against Sydney Roosters was the first of his career as the Bulldogs confirmed their premiership credentials with a gritty...

League

St George Illawarra favourites to sign North Queensland Cowboys forward Tariq Sims

Hankering for home: Cowboys forward Tariq Sims.

Brad Walter St George Illawarra are early favourites to lure North Queensland forward Tariq Sims home after the NSW Origin prospect told Cowboys officials he was considering asking for a release.

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League

Out of favour Krisnan Inu happy to stay put at Canterbury Bulldogs

No rush: Samoan centre Krisnan Inu is tackled by Fijian counterpart Semi Radradra.

Brad Walter Bulldogs centre Krisnan Inu insists he is prepared to bide his time in the NSW Cup and has no plans to ask the club for a release.

League

Heat on Greenberg as inquiry focuses on integrity of game

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Brad Walter Ben Barba's partner Ainslie Currie has not yet been contacted by the leading barrister heading up the inquiry into Canterbury's handling of domestic assault allegations against the star fullback, in...

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League

NRL probe Canterbury ‘cover-up’ over Barba

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Brad Walter The NRL's integrity unit will investigate whether senior Canterbury officials covered up domestic violence allegations against star fullback Ben Barba earlier this year.

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League

Widdop's recovery has Storm thinking

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Brad Walter, Michael Chammas Injured playmakers Brett Finch and Gareth Widdop are locked in a battle to extend their careers with Melbourne until the end of the season, with Storm coach Craig Bellamy unlikely to use both if they...

League

Bulldogs did right thing with Barba claims, inquiry finds

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Brad Walter NRL head of football Todd Greenberg and Canterbury officials he previously worked with have been cleared over their handling of domestic violence allegations involving star fullback Ben Barba.

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Stewart could pay high price for high shot

NRL. Preliminary Final.
Manly Sea Eagles vs South Sydney Rabbitohs. ANZ Stadium.
Glenn Stewart in action
Friday 27th September, 2013
Photos: Anthony Johnson

Brad Walter Glenn Stewart faces a nervous wait to learn if he is free to play in next Sunday's grand final after being placed on report as Manly ensured Russell Crowe's promised 21st South Sydney premiership...

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Rugby League

Tight-knit playing group the key to Sea Eagles' finals run

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Brad Walter Anthony Watmough says third premiership since 2008 would confirm Manly as one of the greatest teams.

Tight-knit group 'key to Manly's finals run'

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Anthony Watmough of the Sea Eagles celebrates with team mate Tom Symonds after winning the NRL Preliminary Final match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium on September 27, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Test forward Anthony Watmough believes Manly's second grand-final appearance in three years proves their 2011 triumph was due to the players and not just former coach Des Hasler.

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League

NRL doctors' exodus a symptom of game's malaise

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Brad Walter When Blues team doctor John Orchard used a staple gun on the sideline to close a gash in Michael De Vere's head during the 2003 Origin series, it was seen as so cutting edge that NSWRL officials...

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League

Eels' coaches caught in a vicious cycle of the board's creation

Brad Walter Jason Taylor may have dodged a bullet when he missed out on the Eels coaching job. The creation of a general manager of football role being as much an acknowledgement that coaches aren't guaranteed...

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League

Ben Barba denials have placed Bulldogs and Todd Greenberg in firing line

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Brad Walter Todd Greenberg's handling of the Ben Barba situation at the start of the season was considered by many to be the making of the Canterbury chief executive who has since risen to the post of NRL head...

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