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

Inu rockets from cast-off to one-off

Brad Walter KRISNAN INU has vowed to repay Des Hasler for the faith he showed in him when he signed the goalkicking centre mid-season by helping Canterbury win a premiership on Sunday.


Harrigan, Raper axed for Origin denials

Bill Harrigan

Brad Walter, Adrian Proszenko Bill Harrigan and Stuart Raper's refusal to concede match officials got controversial decisions wrong in State of Origin led to the sacking of the referees bosses yesterday.

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Harrigan lays down law on decoys

Bill Harrigan

Brad Walter NRL REFEREES boss Bill Harrigan believes that no match official should be in any doubt about the obstruction rule after a two-and-a-half hour meeting yesterday with all referees and video referees to...

Harrigan bid to clear obstruction chaos

Josh Reynolds

Brad Walter ''Gentlemen, we have put this DVD together to hopefully dispel confusion around obstruction calls.''

Blues teammates should have been involved in fray, declares Stuart

Origin biffo.

Brad Walter, Chris Barrett NSW coach Ricky Stuart last night admitted he was disappointed at Michael Jennings for being sin-binned - but then declared that more of his teammates should have been involved in the fight.

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Referees' boss Harrigan furious at Stuart's try concession claim

Harrigan and Stuart

Brad Walter Referees' boss Bill Harrigan has denied telling NSW coach Ricky Stuart that Greg Inglis's match-winning try for Queensland in last night's State of Origin should not have been awarded.

Gallop sees Harrigan after try fallout

David Gallop

Brad Walter THE ARL Commission chief executive, David Gallop, will meet with referees bosses Bill Harrigan and Stuart Raper as the fallout from Wednesday night's Origin series opener continues, with NSW Rugby...

Camera doesn't lie: the evidence Stuart will lay on the table for Gallop

2:08 Scott & Harrison lying in the     ruck:        2:22 Slater Leg Pull ?Wheelbarrow?:            9:50 Hayne Punch:            11:24 Smith Flop #1            11:44 Pearce Late Tackle. I have put in two photos, the     first one shows that the ball    has clearly been kicked and photo two shows the     indiscretion.                12:46 Thaiday Lying in the Ruck            12:47 Thaiday Leg Pull (Same tackle as     above)            16:38 Thaiday blocked B.Stewart?s kick     chase            18:11 Matt Scott Flop Photo 1        18:11 Matt Scott Flop Photo 2            30:43 Harrison Holding. It is a long, long tackle. No     penalty.                49:10 Ash Harrison high shot on Hayne.            49:12 Slater Leg Twist on Hayne. Keep in mind it is in     the SAME TACKLE as above.            55:33 Smith Flop tackle photo 1        55:33 Smith Flop tackle photo 2            64:47 Crock blocwing Hayne?s run. Blatant.            image008.jpg

Brad Walter THESE are the photos NSW coach Ricky Stuart is expected to table at a meeting with ARLC boss David Gallop as evidence that the refereeing in Origin I contributed to the Blues' controversial loss.

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The three-headed monster that is swallowing the NRL

Brad Walter dinkus

Brad Walter Forget AFL, Super Rugby or even the A-League, the biggest rival to the NRL competition is State of Origin.

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Robinson too lenient, referees bosses admit

Jason Robinson

Brad Walter REFEREE bosses Bill Harrigan and Stuart Raper last night told ARL Commission chief executive David Gallop they stood by the controversial Greg Inglis try in Origin I, but admitted Jason Robinson...

Meeting about referees still high on Stuart agenda despite sudden exit

Ricky Stuart

Brad Walter NSW coach Ricky Stuart still expects to discuss the refereeing in State of Origin with senior NRL officials after having a meeting scheduled with outgoing chief executive David Gallop on the subject.


Backs are against the wall after Blues blew forward momentum


Brad Walter If NSW are to have any chance of preventing Queensland from sealing a record seventh consecutive series win in Origin II, Blues players have to hear what their coach Ricky Stuart told journalists at...

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War of words fires up Origin stars for fight


Brad Walter BLUES coach Ricky Stuart and his Queensland counterpart Mal Meninga will use outspoken comments made by the other to help motivate their players for tonight's Origin clash at ANZ Stadium.

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Emotional temperature set to rise for Origin decider

SUNSHINE COAST, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 30:  Mal Meninga calls out to his players during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session at Hyatt Coolum on June 30, 2011 in Sunshine Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Queensland may not go as far as exhuming the body of the late great Arthur Beetson and sitting him on the sideline next Wednesday night but the Blues need to prepare for them to use every other stunt...

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Junior Stuart sticks with dad to run Blues

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Brad Walter It's not just NSW players and officials who want Ricky Stuart to stay on as coach - his son Jackson is also keen for the 45-year-old former premiership winning player and coach to do the job again.

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