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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Aiden Guerra set for Kangaroos berth as absences force Tim Sheens' hand

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters second-rower Aiden Guerra is set to be rewarded for a standout season with selection in the Australian squad for the end-of-season Four Nations tournament.

Rugby League World Cup 2013: Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens taking no risk with injured players for opener

Team photo session for  the Kangaroos

Brad Walter Coach Tim Sheens says any Kangaroos player requiring a painkilling needle will be rested from the opening World Cup match against England on October 26.

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Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens on high alert for English revival

Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens

Brad Walter Australian coach Tim Sheens and his players have vowed not to underestimate England in Saturday's World Cup opener after the host nation's shock loss to Italy in a warm-up match at Salford City...

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Tim Sheens could slot in at Cronulla Sharks if Shane Flanagan goes down

Tim Sheens.

Brad Walter Australian coach Tim Sheens is a likely target for Cronulla if coach Shane Flanagan receives a similar ban to the one imposed on Essendon's James Hird after ASADA tables its report into drug...

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World Cup: Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens wary of slow start

Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens

Brad Walter Australian coach Tim Sheens has been worried about this weekend's opening World Cup game against England for 19 months.

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Jarryd Hayne all set to play for Fiji in Rugby League World Cup, then Tim Sheens called

Australia's Jarryd Hayne is tackled by US player Matthew Petersen, during the World Cup Rugby League quarterfinal match at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham Wales, Saturday Nov. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Martin Rickett/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

Brad Walter Jarryd Hayne agreed to turn his back on Fiji and play for Australia at the World Cup only after being guaranteed he would be given the chance to force his way into the Kangaroos starting line-up.

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Sydney Roosters prop Dylan Napa and Canterbury Bulldogs' David Klemmer loom as Four Nations bolters

Rep bolter?: Sydney Roosters forward Dylan Napa may play himself into a Four Nations spot in the coming weeks.

Brad Walter Rookie Sydney Roosters prop Dylan Napa will have the opportunity to push for a shock Australian call-up when he returns from suspension in Friday night's preliminary final against South Sydney at ANZ...

Plans to sack Mick Potter backfire as support grows for embattled coach

Getting on with the show: Robbie Farah.

Brad Walter and Michael Carayannis The internal divisions at Wests Tigers over plans to sack Mick Potter may unite the club behind him, with support growing for the embattled coach to retain his job beyond this season.

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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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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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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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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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Warriors coach Matthew Elliott faces the sack

Axe looming: NZ Warriors coach Matthew Elliott.

Brad Walter Matthew Elliott is set to be the first NRL coach sacked this season, with Warriors owners Eric Watson and Owen Glenn understood to have run out of patience after Saturday night's 37-6 loss to...

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NRL considers tougher laws on dangerous throws

Over the top: The Melbourne Storm questioned why no action was taken against Beau Falloon for this tackle on Sunday.

Brad Walter The NRL's competition committee will next month consider changing the definition of a dangerous throw so that players performing a tackle such as the one made by Gold Coast hooker Beau Falloon no...

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Sheens dumps Fifita and Papalii, shocked by Kiwis selections

Dropped: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

Brad Walter After announcing three changes to his World Cup winning Australian team, Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens admitted he knew little of new Kiwis hooker Siliva Havili or some of the other members of a New...

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Out of favour Andrew Fifita unlikely to be recalled for State of Origin II

Andrew Fifita

Brad Walter Test prop Andrew Fifita is at long odds to win his place back in the NSW Origin squad for Origin II unless there is an injury, due to concerns over whether he will fit into the new Blues culture.

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Billy Slater pushes rehab to make World Cup final

Billy Slater

Brad Walter Billy Slater has been running at 15km/h on a treadmill but the star fullback admits time could beat him in his race to be fit for the World Cup final at Old Trafford next Saturday.

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Rugby League World Cup: Kangaroos and Kiwis face injury dilemmas

Billy Slater

Brad Walter Australian coach Tim Sheens and his New Zealand counterpart Stephen Kearney may be forced to make early decisions on the fitness of their injured stars as World Cup rules need them to name squads 48...

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