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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Winning Starts Monday

Ricky Stuart must share some of the blame for Eels' woes but wasn't equipped to do the job

Brad Walter After being hailed as the best Parramatta coach since Jack Gibson when he signed a three year deal, Ricky Stuart's departure is set to be met with a bitter response from players, officials and fans...

Cronulla Sharks to ensure Shane Flanagan is more accountable when he returns from ban

Shane Flanagan

Brad Walter Suspended Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan must agree to be more accountable to the club's board before returning to the job, under a new structure aimed at ensuring the Sharks never again expose their...

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League

We'll prove Newcastle Knights coach Wayne Bennett wrong, says Souths' Tom Burgess

Returning: Sam Burgess is set to ne named for the Rabbitohs to face Manly on Friday, a match which brother Tom has pledged will prove his side's title credentials.

Brad Walter Star forwards Sam Burgess and Ben Te'o are set to be named in the South Sydney team to play Manly at the SCG on Friday night in a match Rabbitohs prop Tom Burgess believes will confirm the team's...

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Canberra Raiders and Gold Coast Titans woes set to scupper expansion plans

Canberra Raiders

Brad Walter Another dismal season in Canberra is raising questions about more than Ricky Stuart 's recent coaching record, with expansion of the NRL now seeming unlikely unless existing clubs fold or re-locate.

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'Wayne Bennett clause' could cap spending on NRL coaches

Bennett

Brad Walter The NRL is considering a salary cap for football department spending in a move that may impact on the amount of money clubs can pay big-name coaches such as Wayne Bennett.

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Winning Starts Monday

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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Winning Starts Monday

James Maloney could suffer if Mitchell Pearce is banned from State of Origin

Brad Walter If the allegations against Mitchell Pearce are proved and he is rubbed out of the opening State of Origin match, NSW is likely to have a new five-eighth as well as halfback when the team is announced...

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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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Todd Greenberg says NRL's round 13 rule is still the best system available

No deal: James Tedesco (r) rejected a huge pay-day to stay put.

Chris Barrett and Brad Walter The NRL's head of football Todd Greenberg has defended the competition's under-fire regulations that allowed James Tedesco to back out of a $1.

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St George Illawarra favourites to sign North Queensland Cowboys forward Tariq Sims

Hankering for home: Cowboys forward Tariq Sims.

Brad Walter St George Illawarra are early favourites to lure North Queensland forward Tariq Sims home after the NSW Origin prospect told Cowboys officials he was considering asking for a release.

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Reece Robinson and Travis Robinson urge Goannas not to give up on NRL dream

Travis Robinson

Brad Walter Travis and Reece Robinson are encouraging First Nation Goannas players to use next weekend's match against Newcastle to push for an NRL contract, after the twins struggled to secure their own careers.

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Arthur set to get nod at Eels after edging out Taylor

Brad Arthur

Brad Walter, Michael Carayannis Manly assistant coach Brad Arthur is set to return to Parramatta in the top job, with an announcement expected as soon as Monday.

Parramatta Eels directors close in on Jason Taylor for top job

Jason Taylor

Brad Walter A vote of Parramatta directors is expected to confirm Jason Taylor as the next Eels coach within days.

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NRL referees boss Daniel Anderson won't join Parramatta Eels before finishing Rugby League World Cup duties

Daniel Anderson

Brad Walter NRL referees boss Daniel Anderson has given an undertaking he will fulfil his commitments at the coming World Cup before joining Parramatta in the newly created role of general manager of football.

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NRL 2014 Preview: Canberra Raiders

Brad Walter NRL 2014 Preview

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Jarryd Hayne welcomes Brad Arthur's appointment as Eels coach

Jarryd Hayne

Brad Walter Parramatta superstar Jarryd Hayne has endorsed the appointment of Manly assistant Brad Arthur as the Eels' new coach.

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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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SIN BIN

Even Anderson a little shirty about Thaiday row

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Brad Walter Broncos captain Sam Thaiday received unexpected support over his grabbing at the shirt of referee Adam Devcich last Friday night, with NRL referees boss Daniel Anderson saying before he was even...

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Fisticuffs could derail winning Origin campaign, warns Gallen

Paul Gallen

Brad Walter NSW players have been told to ignore baiting from their Queensland rivals on Wednesday night to ensure they don't get sin-binned and damage the team's chances of ending seven years of Origin...

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Blues coach hamstrung by Hayne's recovery

Jarryd Hayne

Glenn Jackson, Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley may not finalise Jarryd Hayne's position for the State of Origin decider until after Parramatta's clash with Manly on Monday night, when the fullback hopes to make his comeback...

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