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

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Setu finds a new mission with the Storm

Lagi Setu

Brad Walter With Lagi Setu restricted to one hour of internet access a month and no phone calls while serving a Mormon mission, negotiations for his return to the NRL were more drawn out than most.

Mission accomplished: Storm win the race to sign Setu

Lagi Setu

Brad Walter WITH Lagi Setu restricted to one hour of internet access a month and no phone calls while serving a Mormon mission, negotiations for his return to the NRL were more drawn out than most before the...

Pritchard realises he is on collision course with Hasler if timing is out

Bulldogs training

Brad Walter CANTERBURY forward Frank Pritchard believes rival players have begun deliberately colliding with him when he runs as a decoy in attack to try and get a penalty for obstruction.

Sweetest of victories opens door for everyone to move on

Brad Walter Winning the grand final means Storm captain Cameron Smith and his teammates will no longer have to answer questions about whether a premiership would make up for the ones taken away for salary cap...

Storm clears past with untainted premiership

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Brad Walter Winning the grand final means Storm captain Cameron Smith and his team-mates will no longer have to answer questions about whether a premiership would make up for the ones taken away for salary cap...

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Complex eligibility rules weaken homegrown clash

Brad Walter The plight of Cronulla prop Andrew Fifita has helped highlight why league’s representative eligibility rules will always be problematic and how the City-Country match is losing its relevance.

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Reynolds keeps his head down as Bulldogs turn attention to Williams

Josh Reynolds?

Brad Walter CANTERBURY five-eighth Josh Reynolds insists he was never concerned about the prospect of Manly star Kieran Foran taking his position as the Bulldogs shift their focus to other recruitment targets.

Sin Bin

SBW's Japanese deal gives Chooks little to crow about

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Brad Walter With Sydney Roosters re-signing forwards Aidan Guerra and Tinirau Arona, fans are beginning to question whether the club has given up on luring Sonny Bill Williams back to the NRL next season - and...

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.

Chooks' Mitchell wants to go home to roost

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Brad Walter Sydney Roosters hooker Anthony Mitchell is sweating on a release from the club next week, without which his planned return home to North Queensland is likely to fall over.

Running for their lives from an uncertain future

Tim Moltzen

Brad Walter and Brett Keeble MORE than 50 NRL stars will be playing for their futures in coming weeks as clubs finalise their rosters for next season, including some players under contract for next year and beyond.

Gould takes long view and builds up Panthers' junior ranks

Phil Gould.

Brad Walter WHEN Phil Gould declared his first priority at Penrith was to strengthen the club's junior stocks, not even recruitment and development manager Jim Jones expected that the most successful NSW coach...

Winning Starts Monday

Heat won with big three - can the Storm?

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Brad Walter "I know Craig [Bellamy] still believes you can build a team around three players but I think we are starting to see the problems if you do".

Is three really the magic number for Melbourne?

Brad Walter 'I know Craig [Bellamy] still believes you can build a team around three players, but I think we are starting to see the problems if you do.''

Live blog: Australia v New Zealand

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Brad Walter and Stephen Samuelson Welcome to LeagueHQ's live blog of Australia v New Zealand from Newcastle.

U20 Origin clash latest weapon in war of the west

State of Origin trophy?

Brad Walter RUGBY league's push to maintain its standing as the No.1 football code in western Sydney is set to receive a boost with the decision to play the first under-20s State of Origin match at Penrith.