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


Nathan Hindmarsh to retire

Brad Walter Parramatta captain Nathan Hindmarsh will retire at the end of the season.


NSW Blues greats enjoy festive spirit in hostile territory for State of Origin opener

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Brad Walter Caxton Street was once so hostile for anyone from NSW that police banned the Blues team bus from driving down the road on the way to Suncorp Stadium, but with the Maroons domination it is more like a...

It's almost a deal - Folau set to sign with Eels

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Brad Walter, Adrian Proszenko A US holiday with good friends Jarryd Hayne, Tim Mannah and Joseph Paulo may have sowed the seeds for Israel Folau's return to the NRL next season.

New NRL campaign presents united front to tackle bullying

Canterbury Bankstown  Bulldogs and The Melbourne Storm at the Grand Final 2012 Breakfast prior to this weekends NRL Grand Final at ANZ Stadium Sydney.Des Hasler coach of the bulldogs at the NRL Grand Final breakfastPhotography Brendan Espositosmh,27th September,2012

Brad Walter IT IS a method used by two-time premiership-winning coach Des Hasler with his players at Manly and Canterbury, and now the NRL has adopted the ''drop-a-note box'' as part of their anti-bullying...

Winning Starts Monday

The graduate: Mr Robinson is the new Wayne Bennett

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Brad Walter For Wayne Bennett, a record eighth premiership with a third NRL club could be worth $1 million in bonuses from Newcastle owner Nathan Tinkler.

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Kearney: Pressure compromised who I am

NRL. Paramatta Eels. Parramatta coach Stephen Kearney quits as Head Coach at the Eels. press conference with captain Nathan Hindmarsh.Friday 20th July, 2012SMH SPORT pics by anthony johnson

Brad Walter IN THE end, Stephen Kearney had to make the decision the Parramatta board seemed reluctant to do, and brought his two-year tenure as coach to an end.

Stuart left with few options after Eels secure Moimoi's signature

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Brad Walter RICKY STUART has little room to move as he tries to improve Parramatta's roster for next season because the re-signing of Fuifui Moimoi has left few players off contract in the league's last-placed...

Dodgy decoys aren't the only trick in Doggies' bag

canterbury bulldogs vs the parramatta eels at anz stadium tonightBen Barba on the burstphotography brendan espositosmh,13th july,2012

Brad Walter IF IT looked like boys against men for much of the match at ANZ Stadium last night, that's because it effectively was.

Rabbitohs respond to Maguire's home truths

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Brad Walter NOT even Russell Crowe could steal the limelight from Greg Inglis at ANZ Stadium yesterday.

Best No.1? Giant GI proving a big hit

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Brad Walter ASK Greg Inglis about his tendency to try and run over opponents rather than beat them with footwork like most players that wear the No.

Storm won't accept shield in Tigers' den

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Brad Walter Interim ARLC chief executive Shane Mattiske will present the JJ Giltinan Shield to Canterbury tomorrow night if they beat Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium, but Melboure officials have made it clear...

Next year can't come too soon for also-rans

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.

Winning Starts Monday

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

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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Blockbuster campaign is a highway to sell

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Brad Walter As the AFL trumpeted a first-up television ratings win in the battle for western Sydney, the NRL yesterday unveiled a $500,000 outdoor advertising campaign that should leave no one in doubt about...

Stuart sticks with Mannah for leadership qualities

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Brad Walter Parramatta prop Tim Mannah is tipped to be one of first players picked for NSW this season. Besides captain Paul Gallen, Penrith back-rower Luke Lewis and Newcastle utility Kurt Gidley, Sin Bin has...

Absence of Eels veterans offers glimpse of a bright future

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Brad Walter Parramatta fans were given a glimpse of the future last night and, with the exception of Jarryd Hayne suffering a recurrence of his knee injury - and the result - they would have liked what they saw.

Sponsor backs Kearney over five-year haul

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 22:  Eels coach Stephen Kearney gestures during a Parramatta Eels NRL training session at Parramatta Stadium on March 22, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt Blyth/Getty Images)

Brad Walter PARRAMATTA coach Stephen Kearney has been backed by the club's major sponsor, Pirtek, to fulfil a five-year plan the company expects will result in premiership success by 2015.

A state of Parralysis: abject Eels hit new low in derby demolition


Brad Walter IT'S hard to know how good Penrith were last night, because Parramatta were so bad.


Parramatta are a wreck without the Hayne train


Brad Walter It is not just what Jarryd Hayne does that means the difference between winning and losing for Parramatta, it is the influence he has on his teammates.

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Sandow dragged as coach loses patience

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 08:  Chris Sandow of the Eels looks dejected during the round six NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Parramatta Eels at Hunter Stadium on April 8, 2012 in Newcastle, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Brad Walter PARRAMATTA coach Stephen Kearney finally ran out of patience with star recruit Chris Sandow yesterday, taking him from the field with the game in the balance 10 minutes before full-time.