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

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NRL to rule on concussion breaches

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...

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Sheens dumps Fifita and Papalii, shocked by Kiwis selections

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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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Jaw-breaker Snowden faces long ban

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Brad Walter, Brett Keeble North Queensland captain Johnathan Thurston has called for the NRL match review committee to make an example of Newcastle prop Kade Snowden over the shoulder charge that left Cowboys hooker Ray...

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NRL rejects call to ban Sharks from finals as Bombers face September axe

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Brad Walter NRL officials have rejected calls to banish Cronulla from the upcoming finals series and will deal with any fallout from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigation after the season is...

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Snowden out for season after pleading guilty to shoulder charge

Brad Walter Kade Snowden's NRL season is over after the Newcastle prop accepted a seven-match ban for the shoulder charge that left North Queensland hooker Ray Thompson with a broken jaw.

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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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Widdop's recovery has Storm thinking

Gareth Widdop

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...

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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

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

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

Billy Slater.

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

Billy Slater

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

Stephen Kearney

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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Pritchard realises he is on collision course with Hasler if timing is out

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Brad Walter CANTERBURY forward Frank Pritchard believes rival players have begun deliberately colliding with him when he runs as a decoy in attack to try and get a penalty for obstruction.

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...