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

Josh Reynolds' meltdown a case for NRL to consider yellow- and red-card system

Brad Walter The brain explosion that led to Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds facing a third judiciary appearance in six matches was the worst since the one that ended Travis Burns' NRL career two years ago...

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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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Roosters' success gives Canberra Raiders no incentive to develop players

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Brad Walter It was Canberra's last match against Sydney Roosters just 10 days ago that made Raiders officials seriously question the value of the club's $3 million per year investment in junior development.

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

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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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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

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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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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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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Reynolds-Mullen duel could decide NSW Origin five-eighth

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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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NRL representative break should be during the State of Origin series

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Brad Walter The absence of 35 World Cup players from the Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Samoa teams named to play this weekend should convince officials to consider whether the representative break would be...

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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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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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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

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

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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.

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.