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

Plans to sack Mick Potter backfire as support grows for embattled coach

Brad Walter and Michael Carayannis The internal divisions at Wests Tigers over plans to sack Mick Potter may unite the club behind him, with support growing for the embattled coach to retain his job beyond this season.

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Braith Anasta's future hangs in the balance

Tough times: Braith Anasta is attended to by a Tigers trainer on Sunday

Brad Walter Former Test five-eighth Braith Anasta will visit a surgeon on Wednesday to discuss whether he can play on with a torn biceps or undergo what would effectively be career-ending surgery.

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NRL teams told it's all right to push in scrums

Beneficiary: Sam Tomkins picked up the ball and had a free run to the line after the Warriors' scrum took the Eels by surprise.

Brad Walter NRL teams have been given the green light to push in scrums after the Warriors successfully revived the tactic to score a try in last Saturday night's 48-0 romp against Parramatta at Mt Smart Stadium.

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State of Origin III: Josh Morris to return for game three

Josh Morris hasn't played since injuring his posterior cruciate ligament in Origin I.

Brad Walter Canterbury centre Josh Morris passed a fitness test on Monday to secure his return to the NSW team for Origin III at Suncorp Stadium next Wednesday night.

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Cutting players down to size pays dividends for Blues and clubs

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Brad Walter Todd Carney's sacking from Cronulla is the latest indication that player power is on the wane, with NSW, Penrith and the Sharks all benefiting from a tough stance on ill discipline by big-name stars.

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NRL weighs up rookie draft as tensions rise over junior development

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Brad Walter A rookie draft is being considered by the NRL and will be discussed further by a new panel set up to review the salary cap each season.

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Issac Luke hopeful of avoiding shoulder surgery

Brad Walter Issac Luke is confident he does not require surgery on his injured left shoulder but South Sydney officials are resigned to being without their inspirational hooker for up to 10 matches.

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NRL to rule on concussion breaches

Head knocks: James Graham returned from an earlier knock to score a try for Canterbury in Perth on Saturday night.

Brad Walter The NRL is this week expected to decide whether any clubs have breached the new rules on concussion after requesting explanations from Canterbury, Parramatta and Penrith over incidents in the opening...

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Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire not giving up on premiership

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Brad Walter South Sydney coach Michael Maguire has said it is too early to write off his team's premiership hopes but admitted their last two performances may have been the worst since he took over in 2012.

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Sam Burgess denies South Sydney Rabbitohs are a team divided

Faster game: Raiders players move in to tackle Sam Burgess.

Brad Walter Sam Burgess said the feeling at South Sydney had not changed from last year despite the Rabbitohs falling to their third consecutive defeat in a lacklustre and error-riddled performance against...

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Warriors coach Matthew Elliott faces the sack

Axe looming: NZ Warriors coach Matthew Elliott.

Brad Walter Matthew Elliott is set to be the first NRL coach sacked this season, with Warriors owners Eric Watson and Owen Glenn understood to have run out of patience after Saturday night's 37-6 loss to...

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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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Why the NRL needs representative footy

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Brad Walter The biggest point of difference between the NRL and AFL is representative football and, for rugby league to become more than the No.

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State of Origin: The words that inspired NSW's success

Phil Gould speaks to his troops after the game one victory in 2004.

Brad Walter, Michael Carayannis and Michael Chammas A newspaper column by NSW’s most successful State of Origin coach Phil Gould and some stirring half-time words from star fullback Jarryd Hayne and rookie prop Aaron Woods helped inspire the Blues to...

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Penrith Panthers give indigenous talent a place to call home

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Brad Walter Penrith may have missed out on Johnathan Thurston but they still aim to rival the Cowboys and South Sydney as a club known for fostering Aboriginal talent.

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Sleeping pill ban for New Zealand Warriors in wake of World Cup probe

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Brad Walter Warriors players have been banned from taking sleeping pills while other NRL clubs are setting strict guidelines about the use of prescription drugs in the wake of allegations that Kiwi players mixed...

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Rookie Robinson just one more win away from record books

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Brad Walter After cheering their team to a sixth grand final appearance since 2000, jubilant Sydney Roosters fans turned to the back of the Allianz Stadium and applauded rookie coach Trent Robinson.

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Eels' coaches caught in a vicious cycle of the board's creation

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Brad Walter Jason Taylor may have dodged a bullet when he missed out on the Eels coaching job. The creation of a general manager of football role being as much an acknowledgement that coaches aren't guaranteed...

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Potter reckons he could weave magic as Tigers coach

:     BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Bradford coach Mick Potter       during the Stobart Superleague match between Bradford Bulls and London       Broncos at Odsal Stadium on July 8, 2012 in Bradford, England. (Photo by       Gareth Copley/Getty Images) potter.jpg

Brad Walter SUPER LEAGUE coach of the year Michael Potter has expressed an interest in the vacant Wests Tigers job after returning home to Australia.

Galvin shown the door after brutal assault on delivery driver

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Brad Walter, Glenn Jackson PENRITH have sacked under-20s player Jake Galvin for his part in a vicious assault on a 77-year-old Pizza Hut delivery driver.