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

Test legends come out in support of under-pressure Slater


Brad Walter It is a sure sign of how much pressure Billy Slater is under to retain his No.1 Australian jersey for the May 3 Test against New Zealand when former Kangaroos captain Darren Lockyer and Queensland...


Anthony Milford tug-of-war set to continue after Samoa qualify for Four Nations

Carrot: Anthony Milford was pressured into playing for Queensland's Under-20s rather than Samoa as he was told it would improve his chances of playing State of Origin.

Brad Walter Anthony Milford is set to be the subject of another tug-of-war at the end of the season as Samoa officials call on NRL clubs to allow them to field their strongest possible team in the Four Nations.


The Canberra Raiders question: What's wrong with the Green Machine?

Troubled times: Ricky Stuart.

Brad Walter When Wests Tigers were initially negotiating to keep James Tedesco, the Raiders weren't the only club they were competing with but once he agreed to terms with the Raiders it effectively became a...

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State of Origin II: Laurie Daley to wait on Maroons line-up before naming Blues

Key selection: If Queensland fullback Billy Slater’s shoulder injury rules him out of Origin II, the Maroons are likely to shift Greg Inglis to the No.1 jersey.

Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley might wait to see which position Queensland choose Greg Inglis to play before finalising the make-up of his squad for Origin II at ANZ Stadium on June 18.

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Grand final Sin Bin: Will ARLC keep faith with pre-match shows?

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Brad Walter Bon Jovi's association with the NRL may have ended with the grand final as Sin Bin understands officials are considering heading in a new direction next year.


Ferguson puts skateboard aside for the ride of his life

Blake Ferguson

Brad Walter Blake Ferguson has risen to the top of his game after learning some harsh lessons, writes Brad Walter.

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Origin coaches' faith in Ferguson

Brad Walter Blake Ferguson has had to overcome more than his fair share of hurdles on the way to State of Origin selection, but ask the Blues winger to nominate a turning point in his career and he does so...

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Blues coach adamant on team focus before first game

State of Origin

Brad Walter Laurie Daley gives players more input into preparations than during recent Origin campaigns.


Daley warns time for talk over as Blues take low-key approach

Laurie Daley

Brad Walter New Blues coach Laurie Daley has given his players more input into preparations than during recent State of Origin campaigns but they will also be expected to take a greater responsibility for the...

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Big Ben's mental state gives Meninga cause for concern

Ben Te'o

Brad Walter Queensland coach Mal Meninga has expressed concerns about interchange forward Ben Te'o's mental state as he battles allegations he punched a woman at the house of Brisbane five-eighth Corey Norman...

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Inglis, Slater combo role

Brad Walter NSW players are on alert for Greg Inglis to play a roving role in Wednesday night's opening State of Origin that may involve him combining with Billy Slater as dual fullbacks.

State of Origin

Twin powers of Inglis, Slater will alert NSW

Greg Inglis

Brad Walter NSW players are on alert for Greg Inglis to play a roving role in Wednesday night's opening State of Origin that may involve him combining with Billy Slater as dual fullbacks.

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Give us a break: Lewis joins chorus for stand-alone Origins

Luke Lewis

Brad Walter Senior NSW forward Luke Lewis has backed calls for the NRL to consider stand-alone Origin matches to be played over three consecutive weeks.

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Speculation over Hayne, Hopoate futures gets Parra madder

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Brad Walter Parramatta officials are sick of their players being linked with rival clubs and have raised concerns with the NRL.

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NSW may change policy on Blues coach

Des Hasler

Brad Walter NSW is set to appoint a non-NRL coach next season, with Canterbury's Des Hasler yesterday ruling himself out and Parramatta officials not expecting Ricky Stuart to change his mind.

Challenge system before rules panel


Brad Walter AN NFL-style ''challenge system'' enabling coaches or captains to contest refereeing decisions is set to be trialled after a meeting of the game's Rules Advisory Committee today.

Kasiano would be ruled out for Maroons under rule change

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11: Sam Kasiano of the Bulldogs runs with the 
ball during the round 10 NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Gold 
Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on May 11, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo 
by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images) 


Brad Walter CANTERBURY star Sam Kasiano will be unable to play for Queensland under a new State of Origin eligibility rule even if the New Zealand-born prop pledges his international allegiance to Australia...

Officials crunch the numbers as proposed changes gain momentum

Brad Walter THE number of interchanges may have to be maintained or increased if the NRL scraps penalties for ruck infringements and referees instead restart the tackle count for the attacking team.

Commission praised for scrapping McIntyre finals

John Grants Launches New ARL Commission (Thumbnail)

Brad Walter IT MIGHT have taken more than three years for the ARL Commission to come to fruition, but yesterday the newly-formed body showed that the long fight for the game's independence was worth it.

Push for 18th man gathers momentum as a fair result for foul situation

Ben Te'o

Brad Walter THE NRL's competition committee is set to decide whether teams should have an 18th man on the interchange bench to replace a player forced from the field and unable to return because of foul play.