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


Warriors coach Matthew Elliott faces the sack

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...


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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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...


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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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.


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


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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Penrith Panthers give indigenous talent a place to call home

Jamal Idris

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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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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Rookie Robinson just one more win away from record books


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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Truth or scare: Sharks told to reveal all to ease pain of bans

GOSFORD, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 28:  Paul Gallen of the Sharks looks on during the round seven NRL match between the Sharks and the Bulldogs at Bluetongue Stadium on April 28, 2013 in Gosford, Australia.  (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Cronulla players have been told they will forfeit the opportunity to seek a reduced six-month suspension for using banned substances if they don't co-operate fully with Australian Sports Anti-Doping...

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How News lost the game

Jon Mannah

Brad Walter MANLY and South Sydney players had just finished a game so brutal that four judiciary charges would stem from it - but the hostilities were put aside when senior members of both teams met afterwards.

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NRL steps into Manly board racist slur dispute

Darrell Williams

Brad Walter Allegations of racism at a recent Manly board meeting may be heard by an independent tribunal after the NRL initiated a disputes process following an official complaint by Sea Eagles director Darrell...

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Stuart is likely to perform dual role

Brad Walter Ricky Stuart has agreed to coach Parramatta for the next three years, but he may still lead NSW's 2013 campaign to prevent Queensland from notching an eighth consecutive Origin series win.


Eels and Blues for Ricky

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Brad Walter RICKY STUART has agreed to coach Parramatta for the next three years, but he could still lead NSW's bid to prevent Queensland from an eighth consecutive Origin series win next year.

Gus thumbs-up sent Eels in pursuit of Sticky

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Brad Walter Sin Bin: Parramatta officials moved quickly to snare Ricky Stuart after Phil Gould recommended him as coach.

Parra could get pick of Origin bunch

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Brad Walter NSWRL directors still consider Ricky Stuart the best candidate to coach the Blues next season and by allowing him to do the job Parramatta will improve their chances of recruiting the Origin halves...


I'm ready to coach Blues to glory: Barrett

nsw rugby league blues assistant coach trent barrett,at a press conference today prior to game two nsw vs qld maroons at sydney olympic stadium homebush.
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Brad Walter Trent Barrett believes he is ready to be the next NSW Origin coach and would have the heavyweight support of Ricky Stuart, Bob Fulton and Phil Gould if he got the job.

Stuart quitting NSW post news to Gallen

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Brad Walter Ricky Stuart's decision to rule himself out as NSW coach next season came as such a shock that Blues captain Paul Gallen claimed to be unaware of the news.