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

League

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

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...

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

NRL to consider ban on lifting tackles in wake of Alex McKinnon injury

Dragons forward Jack De Belin, who could be in trouble with the NRL judiciary when charges are announced on Monday, dumps South Sydney back-rower Kyle Turner into the SCG turf on Saturday night.

Brad Walter The NRL will consider outlawing all lifting tackles in a bid to prevent another incident like the one which has ended the caereer of Newcastle forward Alex McKinnon but has ruled out a ban on three...

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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

Sharks prop Andrew Fifita breaks down after telling teammates of Canterbury Bulldogs switch

Andrew Fifita

Brad Walter, Daniel Lane Test prop Andrew Fifita broke down and cried after Monday night's loss to Gold Coast as he told Cronulla team-mates the reasons he had accepted a four year $3.4 million deal with Canterbury.

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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

NRL's modified rules to fundamentally alter the game

Michael Ennis

Brad Walter It was a tactic he championed at St George Illawarra and one that his Newcastle side used more than any other team last season, but Wayne Bennett has applauded the new NRL rule awarding an extra...

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Sin Bin

Dally M picks raise some eyebrows

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Brad Walter NRL officials have privately questioned the snubbing of Sonny Bill Williams and several Manly stars at Wednesday night's Dally M awards.

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Ear's the scoop: Graham was whispering sweet nothings

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Brad Walter Des Hasler isn't the only one who believes James Graham may not have deliberately bitten Billy Slater in last season's grand final.

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State of Origin

Dugan, Ennis in the frame to replace injured Blues duo

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Brad Walter Josh Dugan and Michael Ennis are believed to have been earmarked as the standby players to replace injured NSW duo Jarryd Hayne and Robbie Farah in Origin II at Suncorp Stadium on June 26.

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League

Daley's dilemma as clock ticks on Hayne

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Brad Walter, Michael Chammas NSW hooker Robbie Farah has been ruled out of Monday night's club match against the Broncos but his Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter believes he will be fit for Origin II.

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Stars to have say on shoulder charge

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Brad Walter NRL stars will be given a say on whether the shoulder charge should be banned from the game, with the ARL Commission to seek input from the Rugby League Players Association before making a decision.

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Doggies fans fight muzzle

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Brad Walter ANGERED by revelations that Canterbury have won the penalty count in just three matches this season, Bulldogs fans have begun a campaign to raise $10,000 to pay the fine imposed on coach Des Hasler...

Fullback uses Hannant's sledge for motivation

Ben Hannant

Brad Walter AFTER cutting down giant Brisbane forward Ben Hannant in one of two try-saving tackles he made yesterday, Canterbury fullback Ben Barba revealed that he had been motivated by the prop declaring,...

Rugby League

Bulldogs win fiery final

Manly's Jason King is placed on report by referee Ashley Klein.

Brad Walter, Sydney Canterbury Bulldogs get the better of Manly in a fiery start to the NRL finals.

Time on Matai's side for late return

Steve Matai

Brad Walter MANLY centre Steve Matai would have been lucky to play again this year after his high tackle on Canterbury winger Sam Perrett on Friday night if a previous suspension hadn’t been wiped from his...

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.

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

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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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My grandson is no grub: Reynolds finds support in likely places

Josh Reynolds

Brad Walter JOSH REYNOLDS'S grandmother admits she cringes that he is nicknamed ''Grub'' and wants people to know the Canterbury five-eighth is completely different off the field.