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

Winning Starts Monday

Steve Price was not right but timing is for push to bring Wayne Bennett back to Dragons

Brad Walter The race to sign Wayne Bennett as coach is now on in earnest following St George Illawarrra's decision to end the reign of his successor, Steve Price, just days after Nathan Tinkler's departure from...

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Paul McGregor gets his first test in Steve Price's shoes

Settling in: New Dragons coach Paul McGregor talks with Gareth Widdop and Benji Marshall during training this week.

Brad Walter McGregor, an inaugural co-captain of the Dragons with Mark Coyne in 1999, will begin his audition for the club's vacant coaching job when he oversees the team for the first time in Monday's night's...

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St George Illawarra Dragons must fire soon or Steve Price will be feeling the heat

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Brad Walter It is too early for suggestions that St George Illawarra coach Steve Price has only six weeks to save his job, but if his players don't show greater commitment in the opening premiership matches, the...

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St George Illawarra coach Steve Price critical of 10-metre ruling

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Brad Walter St George Illawarra coach Steve Price has questioned the consistency of the 10-metre rule in Friday night's 36-20 loss to Brisbane and suggested that opposition teams were taking advantage of new...

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Steve Price survives Dragons coaching review

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Brad Walter St George Illawarra coach Steve Price will remain in the job next season after a review of the club’s coaching structure.

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St George Illawarra Dragons run out of puff as pressure gets too much

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Brad Walter Pressure makes people act differently and on Sunday the Dragons went away from the the way they had been playing under Paul McGregor's coaching reign as they all but slipped out of top eight...

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Winning Starts Monday

Paul McGregor will be the next St George Illawarra coach in a move that will heal divisions in the joint venture

In the box seat: With Wayne Bennett returning to Brisbane, Paul McGregor looks certain to be appointed the full-time St George Illawarra coach.

Brad Walter Paul McGregor is set to become the next St George Illawarra coach in a move that will help prevent divisions from widening within the joint venture.

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St George Illawarra set to move on Wayne Bennett

Knight shift: Wayne Bennett will leave Newcastle at the end of the season.

Brad Walter St George Illawarra chief executive Peter Doust is expected to meet Wayne Bennett early next week to discuss the possibility of the seven-times premiership winning coach returning to the club next...

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Where will supercoach Wayne Bennett end up next?

Swamped: Wayne Bennett faces the media on Thursday.

Brad Walter Potential destinations for Wayne Bennett.

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Wayne Bennett says he's interested in returning to St George Illawarra Dragons

Time to go: Wayne Bennett fronts the media in Newcastle on Thursday.

Brad Walter Wayne Bennett has confirmed his interest in returning to St George Illawarra after the seven-times premiership-winning coach threw himself into the market by announcing he would leave Newcastle at...

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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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Paul McGregor takes pride in Dragons' hard centre

Brad Walter Just six weeks ago their forwards were considered "soft" but St George Illawarra haven't conceded a try through the middle of the field under the coaching of Paul McGregor.

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St George Illawarra Dragons too good for Melbourne Storm as Dugan fights off injury scares

Injury scare: Josh Dugan looked to be in trouble after taking a couple of knocks in the first half.

Brad Walter Josh Dugan overcame leg and finger injuries to help St George Illawarra to a victory over Melbourne at WIN Stadium that can only have enhanced the prospects of caretaker coach Paul McGregor being...

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Paul McGregor puts fire back into St George Illawarra Dragons' belly

No distractions: Dragons coach Paul McGregor isn't letting his uncertain future cloud his work.

Brad Walter Paul McGregor still refuses to put his hand up to coach St George Illawarra next season but that doesn't mean that he isn't interested in the job.

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New Cronulla Sharks sponsor motivated by club's sacking of Todd Carney

Victory: Jonathan Wright is hoisted high by his Sharks teammates after his last-minute match-winning tackle.

Brad Walter The chief executive of Cronulla's new major sponsor has revealed that he approached the Sharks last week in support of their decision to sack five-eighth Todd Carney - and the tough stance on...

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St George Illawarra Dragons expected to explore NRL coaching options

Dragons coach Steve Price's position is being reviewed by club management.

Brad Walter Dragons officials have confirmed they have begun reviewing the team's recent performances in a move expected to lead to a decision on the future of coach Steve Price.

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New St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor tells players to get on with job

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Brad Walter After receiving the blessing of sacked St George Illawarra coach Steve Price to take on his job, Paul McGregor delivered some home truths to the Dragons players at a meeting ahead of their first...

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State of Origin recall gives Josh Dugan last laugh with NSW Blues

Main focus: Josh Dugan is surrounded by reporters at Tuesday's team announcement.

Brad Walter What Josh Dugan initially shrugged off as a joke has led to the Dragons star being recalled by NSW coach Laurie Daley to play opposite Queensland star Greg Inglis at centre in Origin II at ANZ...

Dragons sure Marshall will soon be sporting a Red V

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Brad Walter St George Illawarra officials are confident a dispute with Wests Tigers over Benji Marshall’s contract will not prevent the former New Zealand skipper from playing next weekend, but he might not...

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Sydney Roosters not crowing after Anzac day romp, just warming up for shot at back-to-back NRL titles

Unstoppable: Aidan Guerra opens the scoring for the Roosters.

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters players vowed they still had plenty of room for improvement after getting their premiership defence back on track with a crushing 34-14 defeat of St George Illawarra in the annual...