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

League

Sam Burgess feared his NRL career with South Sydney was over

Brad Walter Rugby union-bound South Sydney superstar Sam Burgess admits he thought his NRL career may have been over when he was forced from GIO Stadium on Monday night due to a shoulder injury.

Sonny Bill Williams out for three weeks

Sonny Bill Williams looks up at a replay of his shoulder charge during the match against Souths.

Brad Walter A frustrated Sonny Bill Williams will accept a three-match ban for a shoulder charge in last Thursday night's season opener, denying Sydney Roosters and the NRL of one of the game's biggest drawcards...

Rugby League

Comeback win one of Melbourne Storm's greatest, says Cameron Smith

Cameron Smith.

James Macsmith, Brad Walter Cameron Smith has hailed Melbourne's epic 23-22 round one golden point win over Manly as one of the club's greatest victories.

League

NRL plays waiting game on 18th man proposal for concussion

Knock: Tyrone Roberts

Brad Walter and Michael Carayannis NRL clubs and officials want to wait until the impact of the game’s new concussion policy becomes clearer before considering a recommendation by doctors to introduce an 18th man as a replacement for...

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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

Concussion in NRL: Todd Lowrie praised for cautious approach

Todd Lowrie leaves the field in round one.

Brad Walter Rugby League Players' Association welfare manager Michael Crocker has praised Brisbane forward Todd Lowrie for not returning to the field in last Friday's defeat of the Bulldogs, despite passing a...

League

City-Country clash to decide Mitchell Pearce's NSW scrum-base partner

Selection battle: Incumbent James Maloney is no certainty to start as the Blues No.6.

Brad Walter Up to six NSW five-eighth contenders are set to battle it out for the No.6 jersey in the City-Country clash, with Blues coach Laurie Daley planning to rest players considered certain selections to...

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League

Reynolds-Mullen duel could decide NSW Origin five-eighth

Jarrod Mullen

Brad Walter Josh Reynolds and Jarrod Mullen will fight it out for the NSW No.6 jersey in Sunday’s City-Country clash at Dubbo, but there is a chance both could be in the Origin squad after Blues coach Laurie...

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League

St George Illawarra Dragons expected to explore NRL coaching options

Dragons coach Steve Price's position is being reviewed by club management.

Brad Walter Dragons officials have confirmed they have begun reviewing the team's recent performances in a move expected to lead to a decision on the future of coach Steve Price.

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League

Former Dragons breathing fire into Newcastle's premiership ambitions

Darius Boyd

Brad Walter With nine former St George Illawarra players and four coaching staff, headed by Wayne Bennett, some have started to refer to the Knights as the Newcastle Dragons.

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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Winning Starts Monday

Why your team missed the finals - and how they can make them in 2013

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Brad Walter After farewelling Nathan Hindmarsh and Luke Burt on Sunday night, Parramatta players will have this week off and then return to training for the rest of the month under new coach Ricky Stuart.

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Goodwin's injury curse keeps him out of Charity Shield clash

Bronx Goodwin

Michael Chammas, Brad Walter DRAGONS utility Bronx Goodwin will miss this Friday's Charity Shield clash against the Rabbitohs and the opportunity to line up against his brother Bryson for the first time after suffering a...

Warriors turn to Siejka after Johnson adds to injury woes

Shaun Johnson

Brad Walter FORMER Penrith playmaker Harry Siejka may be thrust into the Warriors line-up for their opening premiership clash with Parramatta after Shaun Johnson became the the club's latest big name on the...

League

Sheens picks mobility around ruck

Tim Sheens

Brad Walter New Zealand hooker Issac Luke's speed out of dummy half has prompted the Kangaroos selectors to choose just two specialist props for next Friday night's Test at Canberra Stadium.

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How they rated: City Origin

Brad Walter How the NSW City players rated.

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League

Farah set to fill leadership role if Gallen has to miss Origin

Robbie Farah

Brad Walter Robbie Farah is set to take over as NSW captain if Paul Gallen is forced out of the State of Origin series opener after suffering a knee injury during Cronulla's gritty 21-20 defeat of Newcastle.

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League

Daley's search for experience has Mason in line for Blues

Willie Mason

Brad Walter, Tim Barrow Willie Mason is set to be recalled by NSW coach Laurie Daley for the opening State of Origin match five years after making his last appearance in a Blues jersey.

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Origin

Few clues for Blues as Daley has all but decided on side

Maloney

Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley has begun informing players that they will be named in the Blues side for the opening State of Origin match on June 5.

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State of Origin

Daley goes with 'gut feel' for Maloney

James

Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley described his selection of James Maloney as a "gut feeling" and revealed he had won the No.

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