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

Brett Stewart under injury cloud for Manly's play-offs opener against Souths

Brad Walter Brett Stewart is in doubt for Manly's opening finals clash against South Sydney at Allianz Stadium.

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NRL to rule on concussion breaches

Head knocks: James Graham returned from an earlier knock to score a try for Canterbury in Perth on Saturday night.

Brad Walter The NRL is this week expected to decide whether any clubs have breached the new rules on concussion after requesting explanations from Canterbury, Parramatta and Penrith over incidents in the opening...

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Tohu Harris set for Kiwis recall

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Brad Walter Melbourne forward Tohu Harris, the player who had to make way for Sonny Bill Williams at last year's World Cup, is set to replace the Sydney Roosters superstar in the New Zealand squad for next...

League

Sheens dumps Fifita and Papalii, shocked by Kiwis selections

Dropped: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

Brad Walter After announcing three changes to his World Cup winning Australian team, Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens admitted he knew little of new Kiwis hooker Siliva Havili or some of the other members of a New...

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Sonny Bill Williams declares himself available for New Zealand Kiwis World Cup squad

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Brad Walter Sonny Bill Williams is set to provide a huge boost to New Zealand's World Cup defence - and the tournament itself - after making himself available for the Kiwis.

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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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How Roos can rule the world again

Andrew Fifita

Brad Walter The Kangaroos boast an experienced and settled squad which appears to have more depth and be better balanced than England or New Zealand.

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Roger Tuivasa-Sheck cleared of a broken leg

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Brad Walter New Zealand winger Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has been cleared of a fractured leg but it is too soon to say if he will be fit to face Australia in the Rugby League World Cup final.

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New Zealand have the depth to match Australia

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Brad Walter No matter how well New Zealand did in the past, critics could argue that few Kiwis would make the Australian team or a World XIII but that is no longer the case and regardless of the result of the...

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Rugby League World Cup: Kangaroos and Kiwis face injury dilemmas

Billy Slater

Brad Walter Australian coach Tim Sheens and his New Zealand counterpart Stephen Kearney may be forced to make early decisions on the fitness of their injured stars as World Cup rules need them to name squads 48...

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Billy Slater survives intense training session

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Brad Walter MANCHESTER: Billy Slater is confident of taking his place at fullback for Australia in the World Cup final at Old Trafford after surviving a physical battering from Greg Inglis at training on...

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Slater's hopes for cup final get a boost

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Brad Walter Billy Slater is confident of taking his place at full-back for Australia in the World Cup final.

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Billy Slater confident of playing in World Cup final after passing the Greg Inglis test

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Brad Walter Billy Slater is confident of taking his place at fullback for Australia in the World Cup final at Old Trafford after surviving a physical battering from Greg Inglis at training on Wednesday.

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Rugby League World Cup Final 2013: Kangaroos favourites, but wary of Kiwi ambush

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Brad Walter Australian players are wary of another ambush from New Zealand in the World Cup final after losing to the Kiwis in the last two big deciders the countries have played.

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Sheens’s name thrown into mix at Warriors

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Brad Walter Sin Bin: Sydney Roosters assistant Matthew Elliott, former Parramatta coach Stephen Kearney and Canberra deputy Justin Morgan are understood to be on a shortlist for the Warriors job, but a decision...

No easing off when despot Des wants to sharpen Bulldogs' defence

Des Hasler

Brad Walter CANTERBURY players have given an insight into how Des Hasler has taken them from missing the finals in the past two seasons to being just one win from the premiership decider.

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Des treads own road to legend

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Brad Walter Des Hasler is just 80 minutes from becoming the first coach in premiership history to win back-to-back grand finals with different clubs after Canterbury's 32-8 defeat of South Sydney last night.

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Winning Starts Monday

Big men key to Hasler's winning strategy

Brad Walter The measure of a great coach isn't the way they use a team's strengths but how they overcome the weaknesses.

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League

Des' plan all there in blue and white

Des Hasler

Brad Walter WHEN Bulldogs halfback Kris Keating gets the ball, he has three options.

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Cowboys play the percentages with salary cap

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Brad Walter Kangaroos stars Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott and James Tamou are to be offered a percentage of North Queensland's salary cap in their next contracts due to the uncertainty about how high it will be.