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

Dangerous tackles spark calls for referees to send more players off

Brad Walter Referees have been encouraged to send players off for any incident which jeopordises the safety of an opponent after NRL officials expressed concern over a number of dangerous tackles in last...

League

Manly Sea Eagles fullback Brett Stewart linked to Canberra Raiders

Capital target ... Manly fullback Brett Stewart

Brad Walter Disgruntled Manly fullback Brett Stewart has been linked with a move to Canberra, but Warriors officials insist they are not pursuing Sea Eagles centre Steve Matai.

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League

Feathers fly at Manly as player power is put to the test

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Michael Chammas and Brad Walter For so long the ''us against them'' rationale has bred success on the northern beaches, but how far can the competition frontrunners go with the ''us against us'' mentality that is threatening to...

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...

League

Glenn Stewart, Anthony Watmough waiting in the wings to help Sea Eagles soar into finals

Anthony Watmough

Brad Walter Manly hope to have Glenn Stewart back from an ankle injury before the finals and could soon be at full strength for the first time this season as they charge towards a third grand final appearance in...

League

Josh Dugan eyes future Test selection at right centre

Future in the centres: St George Illawarra star Josh Dugan.

Brad Walter St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor believes Josh Dugan is the best right centre in the game after making a successful switch from fullback that could eventually earn him an Australian Test...

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Winning Starts Monday

NRL stops the clock, and the golden point

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Brad Walter The NRL's decision to stop the clock when the ball is out of play in the last five minutes of games has not only resulted in grandstand finishes to matches, but may also spell the end of golden point.

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League

Parramatta Eels captain Jarryd Hayne won't be sanctioned by NRL over referee comments

Parramatta co-captain Jarryd Hayne remonstrates with referee Jared Maxwell at Brookvale Oval on Sunday.

Brad Walter Parramatta skipper Jarryd Hayne has been cleared of any breach of NRL rules for his criticism of the match officials in Sunday's last minute loss to Manly at Brookvale Oval.

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League

Anthony Milford tug-of-war set to continue after Samoa qualify for Four Nations

Carrot: Anthony Milford was pressured into playing for Queensland's Under-20s rather than Samoa as he was told it would improve his chances of playing State of Origin.

Brad Walter Anthony Milford is set to be the subject of another tug-of-war at the end of the season as Samoa officials call on NRL clubs to allow them to field their strongest possible team in the Four Nations.

League

NRL won't change video ref process

Jorge Taufua

Brad Walter Calls for the NRL to revert to video referees making decisions on tries without input from the on-field officials are set to fall on deaf ears after a review of all procedures at the end of the...

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League

Galuvao tipped for stunning finals return

Joe Galuvao

Brad Walter More than five months after suffering what was initially described as a career-ending Achilles injury, Joe Galuvao has emerged as a potential shock selection for Manly in Sunday night's grand final...

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League

Manly deserve more respect for sustained success, says Kite

Brent Kite

Brad Walter Manly players claim the Sea Eagles are aiming for their fourth grand final win in seven years after the Storm were stripped of the 2007 premiership, and believe they deserve greater recognition for...

League

Now we wait to see if SBW saunters off into the sunset

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Brad Walter Even if Sonny Bill Williams now walks away from the NRL for a second time, all fans - and not just Sydney Roosters supporters - should celebrate the fact he came back to show off his remarkable...

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Winning Starts Monday

Clive Churchill Medal furore raises questions that need to be answered

Daly Cherry-Evans.

Brad Walter Would the Australian selectors ever award the Clive Churchill Medal to a player aligned to another Test-playing nation or were 25 per cent of the stars in Sunday night's NRL grand final ineligible?

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Rugby League

Bulldogs win fiery final

Manly's Jason King is placed on report by referee Ashley Klein.

Brad Walter, Sydney Canterbury Bulldogs get the better of Manly in a fiery start to the NRL finals.

Time on Matai's side for late return

Steve Matai

Brad Walter MANLY centre Steve Matai would have been lucky to play again this year after his high tackle on Canterbury winger Sam Perrett on Friday night if a previous suspension hadn’t been wiped from his...

Maguire includes standbys in plans

Michael Maguire

Brad Walter SOUTH SYDNEY coach Michael Maguire has placed players on standby for injured pair Nathan Merritt and Jason Clark as the pair race the clock to be fit for Saturday night's elimination final against...

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

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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.

Sin Bin

Benji's injury saves Kiwi selectors from having to toe the line

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Brad Walter Benji Marshall's toe injury may have saved the New Zealand selectors from another tough decision about the Wests Tigers star.

League

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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