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Brad Walter

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


Blues spurred by the echoes of 2005

Glenn Jackson, Michael Carayannis, Daniel Lane, Chris Barrett, Brad Walter NSW's class of '13 recall where they were the last time the Blues won a State of Origin series.

State of Origin

Dugan, Ennis in the frame to replace injured Blues duo

Josh Dugan

Brad Walter Josh Dugan and Michael Ennis are believed to have been earmarked as the standby players to replace injured NSW duo Jarryd Hayne and Robbie Farah in Origin II at Suncorp Stadium on June 26.

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Winning Starts Monday

Fortune favoured Blues - this time

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Brad Walter Forget the moral outrage over the rights and wrongs of Paul Gallen punching Nate Myles in last Wednesday night's State of Origin.

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Board games at Titans as Searle makes way

Brad Walter Titans founder Michael Searle has stood down as chief executive of the Gold Coast Titans


Dogs to fight Hasler's ref slur fine

Des Hasler

Brad Walter CANTERBURY will fight a $10,000 fine against coach Des Hasler after the Bulldogs coach was accused of using a false account of an on-field discussion between match officials to imply that decisions...

Hasler gets his man - ref gig goes to Archer

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Brad Walter Tony Archer has been appointed to control a Canterbury match for the first time in more than two years on Sunday after Bulldogs coach Des Hasler alerted referees bosses Bill Harrigan and Stuart Raper...

Challenge system before rules panel


Brad Walter AN NFL-style ''challenge system'' enabling coaches or captains to contest refereeing decisions is set to be trialled after a meeting of the game's Rules Advisory Committee today.


On-field challenges to trial in under-20s

Brad Walter Captains will be allowed unlimited challenges to refereeing decisions under an NFL-style system to be trialled before the end of the season - as long as those challenges are proved correct.

Rugby league

Toyota Cup trial spell for captain's challenge


Brad Walter CAPTAINS will be allowed unlimited challenges to refereeing decisions under an NFL-style system to be trialled before the end of the season – as long as those challenges are proved correct.

Harrigan bid to clear obstruction chaos

Josh Reynolds

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

Rugby league

Marshall available for Storm match

Benji Marshall

Brad Walter WESTS TIGERS playmaker Benji Marshall is free to play in Saturday night's must-win clash with Melbourne after pleading guilty to a dangerous contact charge.

Inu rockets from cast-off to one-off

Krisnan Inu

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.

CEO hunt on backburner as ARLC tackles tasks

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Brad Walter ARL Commission chairman John Grant has indicated that the appointment of a new chief executive may not be far away but, five months after David Gallop's resignation, it is no longer the most pressing...


On-schedule Mick's no hurry Potter

Mick Potter

Glenn Jackson, Brad Walter HE was announced as Wests Tigers coach less than a fortnight ago, yet after taking charge of his first training session with his new club, Mick Potter insisted the pre-season was ''on schedule''.

Little doubt there'll be no benefit rule next year


Brad Walter THE controversial benefit-of-the-doubt rule is set to be scrapped after the appointment of a new refereeing structure headed by former Parramatta and Warriors coach Daniel Anderson.

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.

Rugby league

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.