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

League

Cronulla Sharks extra keen to get Todd Carney back after Jeff Robson injured

Brad Walter Cronulla officials are sweating on star playmaker Todd Carney overcoming a hamstring injury for round one after halfback Jeff Robson was ruled out with multiple facial fractures suffered in Saturday...

Cronulla Sharks sweat on Todd Carney injury for first round of NRL

Todd Carney

Brad Walter, Michael Chammas Cronulla playmaker Todd Carney is in doubt for the opening match of the season after the Sharks' all-out bid to win the $380,000 prizemoney on offer to the victors of the NRL Nines in Auckland...

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League

Banned Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan's Salford role could test NRL's resolve

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Brad Walter Salford owner Marwan Koukash's bold declaration that he wanted to sign Benji Marshall in the same week he announced Shane Flanagan was joining the club has raised the question of how the NRL would...

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League

Bulldogs are inflating player market, says Sharks chairman

Going: Andrew Fifita has signed with the Bulldogs.

Brad Walter Cronulla chairman Damian Keogh has accused Canterbury of inflating the player market and called for changes to the NRL transfer system after losing Andrew Fifita and Michael Lichaa to the Bulldogs on...

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NRL 2014 Preview: Cronulla Sharks

Brad Walter NRL 2014 Preview

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State of Origin: Laurie Daley considers centre role for Jarryd Hayne

Jarryd Hayne

Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley believes Jarryd Hayne has outgrown the wing and revealed the Paramatta superstar would be chosen as either a centre or fullback for this year's Origin series.

League

Auckland Nines: Logistics take centre field before first kick-off

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Brad Walter It is a $1 million logistical exercise never attempted before, and it is not until you arrive at Auckland airport that it becomes obvious how much money and time has gone into ensuring the NRL Nines...

League

Auckland Nines: South Sydney five-eighth Luke Keary injury puts Rabbitohs plans into disarray

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Michael Chammas, Brad Walter South Sydney's Luke Keary and Manly's David Williams face extended periods on the sideline after the Auckland Nines claimed some big-name casualties on day two of the tournament.

League

NRL's modified rules to fundamentally alter the game

Michael Ennis

Brad Walter It was a tactic he championed at St George Illawarra and one that his Newcastle side used more than any other team last season, but Wayne Bennett has applauded the new NRL rule awarding an extra...

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Sonny Bill Williams in tears after being named player of year

Sonny Bill Williams.

Brad Walter Sonny Bill Williams was in tears after his New Zealand teammates paid tribute to him by performing an impromptu haka at the Rugby League International Federation awards after the Sydney Roosters...

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Reynolds, Sutton top rankings

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 24:  Adam Reynolds completes a drill during a South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL training session at Redfern Oval on April 24, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Brad Walter South Sydney's Adam Reynolds and John Sutton are ranked the No.1 halfback and five-eighth in the NRL, ahead of any of the playmakers who featured in State of Origin.

League

Penrith stumble with the finals in sight

Ivan Cleary

Brad Walter Penrith coach Ivan Cleary has conceded his team's finals chances have taken a significant hit after crashing 38-10 to Cronulla on Sunday at Remondis Stadium.

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Boxing

Sharks sensed Dragons couldn't hold on

Brad Walter Cronulla players have revealed that comments by St George Illawarra players as they packed into a 79th-minute scrum near the Sharks' line had convinced them they were going to snatch an unlikely...

League

Fifita steals win in the Steel City

Andrew Fifita

Brad Walter Is there nothing Andrew Fifita can't do after the giant prop showed the skills of a halfback and the pace of an outside back to keep Cronulla's top four hopes alive with a match winning try in the...

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League

Carney's Cronulla circling for Fergo raid

Todd Carney and Blake Ferguson

Glenn Jackson, Brad Walter Blake Ferguson did not attend Canberra's match against Manly on Sunday due to a family matter and received permission to do so from Raiders chief executive Don Furner.

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Rugby League

Referee error beats Cowboys

Collared: North Queensland's Jason Taumalolo is tackled by Cronulla Sharks players at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.

Brad Walter Refereeing errors again help end Cowboys' season, with Sharks getting seventh-tackle try.

League

Widdop's recovery has Storm thinking

Gareth Widdop

Brad Walter, Michael Chammas Injured playmakers Brett Finch and Gareth Widdop are locked in a battle to extend their careers with Melbourne until the end of the season, with Storm coach Craig Bellamy unlikely to use both if they...

League

No thanks, chief: Henry rejects Smith's apology

Cowboys

Brad Walter Departing coach Neil Henry rejected a personal apology from NRL chief executive Dave Smith after refereeing errors again helped to end North Queensland's season when Cronulla winger Beau Ryan scored...

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League

RLPA players' player gong for Thurston

Johnathan Thurston with ARL commissioner Chris Sarra at Suncorp Stadium

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Brad Walter North Queensland captain Johnathan Thurston has received some consolation for his team's controversial elimination from the finals after winning the Rugby League Players' Association players' player...

Winning Starts Monday

Representative weekend should be open season for transfers

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Brad Walter After being starved of NRL action for a week, imagine how much interest Dragons fans would have in Thursday's game against Sydney Roosters if their side included Gareth Widdop, Joel Thompson, Rangi...

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