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

League

Parramatta Eels forward Darcy Lussick facing six-week ban

Brad Walter Parramatta forward Darcy Lussick faces a six-match ban after being charged with a grade-four reckless high tackle for his shot on Sydney Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves on the weekend.

League

NRL plays waiting game on 18th man proposal for concussion

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Brad Walter and Michael Carayannis NRL clubs and officials want to wait until the impact of the game’s new concussion policy becomes clearer before considering a recommendation by doctors to introduce an 18th man as a replacement for...

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League

Italy set to suffer in flawed World Cup draw

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Brad Walter Italy's 32-16 defeat of Wales has highlighted an inherent flaw in the World Cup draw which must be corrected before the next tournament as changes to the eligibility rules will ensure the emerging...

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League

Parramatta ready to start hunt for Stuart successor

Outgoing Parramatta coach Ricky Stuart

Brad Walter Parramatta directors will draw up a short-list of potential replacements for Ricky Stuart on Monday as they begin interviewing applicants for the football and leagues club chief executive roles, and...

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How they rated: City Origin

Brad Walter How the NSW City players rated.

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Speculation over fallen Mannah leaves family, friends simmering

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Brad Walter Parramatta players were so furious at speculation linking the recurrence of Jon Mannah's Hodgkin's lymphoma with a supplements program at Cronulla in 2011 they demanded the club issue a statement on...

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League

Size matters as Daley sorts out Blues

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Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley must resolve the dilemma of whether to match the size of Queensland's forwards by picking four props or opting for more mobile back-rowers as he attempts to finalise his team...

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Doust wants Morris back in the Red V

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Brad Walter St George Illawarra chief executive Peter Doust has confirmed the club still hopes to reunite the Morris twins and revealed the reason Josh left was because Wayne Bennett didn’t think he would become...

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League

Dragons move fast to hold on to Dugan

Josh Dugan

Brad Walter, Adrian Proszenko, Michael Carayannis St George Illawarra officials are in talks to sign Josh Dugan beyond this season after a stunning return to the NRL in which the sacked Canberra fullback has firmly forced his way into Origin...

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Stuart fronts for Blues job

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Brad Walter BLUES coach Ricky Stuart will meet the NSW Rugby League board today to discuss this year's series and whether he keeps the job next season.

AFL

American holiday got it moving

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Brad Walter, Adrian Proszenko A US holiday with good friends Jarryd Hayne, Tim Mannah and Joseph Paulo sowed the seeds for Israel Folau's return to the NRL next season with Parramatta.

League

Players seek salary cap rise as union talks continue

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Brad Walter NRL players want the salary cap for next season to be more than the $5 million ceiling agreed to by clubs and the ARL Commission and are also seeking a five-year collective bargaining agreement.

It's almost a deal - Folau set to sign with Eels

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Brad Walter, Adrian Proszenko A US holiday with good friends Jarryd Hayne, Tim Mannah and Joseph Paulo may have sowed the seeds for Israel Folau's return to the NRL next season.

Stuart thanks AFL stint for making Izzy an even bigger star

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Brad Walter ISRAEL FOLAU'S stint in AFL could make him the most marketable player in the NRL, with private sponsors set to stick with the former Greater Western Sydney star when he joins Parramatta next season.

Stars call for release of $200m future fund to end cap dispute

Brad Walter PLAYERS and clubs are set to pressure the ARL Commission to release cash from a proposed $200 million future fund to help meet salary cap increases after a three-hour meeting, involving some of the...

Rugby League

$3 million Eels deal comes too late to retain Folau

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Brad Walter NRL salary cap auditor Ian Schubert's approval of a deal for Israel Folau to join Parramatta next season has come too late, with the former AFL convert turning his back on a return to the code to...

League

Eels deal comes too late to sign Folau

Union man? ... Israel Folau.

Brad Walter NRL salary cap auditor Ian Schubert's approval of a deal for Israel Folau to join Parramatta next season came too late for the Eels after the former AFL convert turned his back on the club - although...

Grant: We tried our best to land Folau

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Brad Walter ARL COMMISSION chairman John Grant has defended the NRL's role in the Israel Folau saga as the former Test and Origin star prepares to reveal why he turned his back on a return to league to play...

League

Williams and Grant thrown a lifeline to push for Blues

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Brad Walter NSW officials hope forwards Tony Williams and Tim Grant will use the City-Country match to play themselves back into form before the coming State of Origin series.

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Winning Starts Monday

Should Hayne be centre of attention for Origin?

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Brad Walter Is Jarryd Hayne the man to stop Greg Inglis in State of Origin?

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