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

Winning Starts Monday

The graduate: Mr Robinson is the new Wayne Bennett

Brad Walter For Wayne Bennett, a record eighth premiership with a third NRL club could be worth $1 million in bonuses from Newcastle owner Nathan Tinkler.

League

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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St George Illawarra favourites to sign North Queensland Cowboys forward Tariq Sims

Hankering for home: Cowboys forward Tariq Sims.

Brad Walter St George Illawarra are early favourites to lure North Queensland forward Tariq Sims home after the NSW Origin prospect told Cowboys officials he was considering asking for a release.

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NRL to consider ban on lifting tackles in wake of Alex McKinnon injury

Dragons forward Jack De Belin, who could be in trouble with the NRL judiciary when charges are announced on Monday, dumps South Sydney back-rower Kyle Turner into the SCG turf on Saturday night.

Brad Walter The NRL will consider outlawing all lifting tackles in a bid to prevent another incident like the one which has ended the caereer of Newcastle forward Alex McKinnon but has ruled out a ban on three...

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St George Illawarra's Brett Morris reveals the secret to his breath-taking try

Brett Morris

Brad Walter Hours spent practising leaping and diving from spring-loaded floorboards at a Wollongong gym helped Brett Morris score the try that his famous father Steve describes as the best he has seen.

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'We just have to hope for the best for him': Alex McKinnon's rugby league career over following sickening neck injury

Alex McKinnon

Brad Walter The rugby league world was united in support for Alex McKinnon after confirmation the young Newcastle forward’s career had been ended by a spinal injury suffered in a tackle the NRL match review...

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NRL plays waiting game on 18th man proposal for concussion

Knock: Tyrone Roberts

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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NRL's concussion crackdown means utility players are more important than ever

Man in demand: St Helens utility Lance Hohaia has been sounded out about returning to the NRL.

Brad Walter Versatile footballers have never been more valuable since the NRL's concussion crackdown.

League

Sleeping pill ban for New Zealand Warriors in wake of World Cup probe

Warriors

Brad Walter Warriors players have been banned from taking sleeping pills while other NRL clubs are setting strict guidelines about the use of prescription drugs in the wake of allegations that Kiwi players mixed...

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League

NRL club doctors add support for Warriors' drugs stance

John Mayhew

Brad Walter NRL doctors have applauded the Warriors' decision to ban their players from using sleeping pills and believe it demonstrates that clubs are now taking health and welfare issues more seriously.

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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League

Reece Robinson and Travis Robinson urge Goannas not to give up on NRL dream

Travis Robinson

Brad Walter Travis and Reece Robinson are encouraging First Nation Goannas players to use next weekend's match against Newcastle to push for an NRL contract, after the twins struggled to secure their own careers.

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Michael Maguire signs new deal to coach South Sydney until 2017

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 20:  Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire looks on during a South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL training session at Redfern Oval on June 20, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Brad Walter South Sydney coach Michael Maguire has ended speculation about his future by agreeing to a new three-year deal with the club.

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South Sydney lock in Michael Maguire as NRL title push looms

Michael Maguire

Brad Walter With coach Michael Maguire having re-signed, a net profit of more than $1 million and a projected 30,000 members before the start of the season in four weeks, all that remains for South Sydney is...

League

Eels' coaches caught in a vicious cycle of the board's creation

Brad Walter dinkus

Brad Walter Jason Taylor may have dodged a bullet when he missed out on the Eels coaching job. The creation of a general manager of football role being as much an acknowledgement that coaches aren't guaranteed...

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Pursuit of Chase aborted due to cap inclusion, Dragons boss tells members

Rangi Chase

Brad Walter St George Illawarra chief executive Peter Doust told a members' forum the reason the Dragons hadn't been able to sign England halfback Rangi Chase was because the money he had earned in Super League...

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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

Experienced recruits introduce culture of winning to Knights' department of youth

Willie Mason.

Brad Walter The way Knights officials tell it, Wayne Bennett's decision to recruit one of the oldest teams in premiership history is actually about the club's youth.

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Rugby League

Mason the go-between

Willie Mason

Brad Walter Newcastle insiders reveal veteran forward's role in turning around Knights' fortunes.