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

League

Tohu Harris set for Kiwis recall

Brad Walter Melbourne forward Tohu Harris, the player who had to make way for Sonny Bill Williams at last year's World Cup, is set to replace the Sydney Roosters superstar in the New Zealand squad for next...

League

Brisbane Broncos coach Anthony Griffin says attack still needs to improve

Work in progress: Broncos halfback Ben Hunt.

Brad Walter Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin believes his team's attack will continue to improve after halfback Ben Hunt steered the Broncos to a 36-20 win against St George Illawarra.

League

Brisbane Broncos end St George Illawarra's perfect record

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Brad Walter Senior Brisbane players believe the Broncos have confirmed their standing as premiership contenders after inflicting St George Illawarra's first defeat to deny the Dragons the best start to a season...

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League

Horse trading: News look to cut Broncos loose

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Brad Walter, Phil Lutton NEWS LTD may consider selling its majority stake in the Brisbane Broncos in a historic move as the media company continues its strategic exit from rugby league.

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Dragons are all huff and puff as Hodges sparks Broncos

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Brad Walter Justin Hodges played only 40 minutes but his class was the difference in Brisbane's gutsy defeat of St George Illawarra at WIN Stadium on Friday.

Rugby League

Dugan bucked by Broncos after rant

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Brad Walter St George Illawarra seems to be Josh Dugan's only remaining option.

League

Broncos end Dugan talks after star's latest tirade

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Brad Walter St George Illawarra appear to be Josh Dugan's only remaining option after the Broncos terminated negotiations with the sacked Canberra star following an Instagram tirade in which he told a Raiders...

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League

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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League

The Fifita effect: Collapse of Bulldogs deal pricks NRL transfer bubble

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Brad Walter The collapse of Andrew Fifita's deal with Canterbury has returned balance to the transfer market and highlighted why players' contract details should be listed publicly.

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League

Robbie Farah injured as Wests Tigers defeat Cowboys

Captain's knock: Robbie Farah crosses for a try in the Tigers win over the Cowboys.

Brad Walter Skipper Robbie Farah dislocated his elbow as Wests Tigers continued their impressive start to the season with a 16-4 win over North Queensland in what may have been one of the joint-venture club's...

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League

St George Illawarra coach Steve Price critical of 10-metre ruling

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Brad Walter St George Illawarra coach Steve Price has questioned the consistency of the 10-metre rule in Friday night's 36-20 loss to Brisbane and suggested that opposition teams were taking advantage of new...

League

NRL to rule on concussion breaches

Head knocks: James Graham returned from an earlier knock to score a try for Canterbury in Perth on Saturday night.

Brad Walter The NRL is this week expected to decide whether any clubs have breached the new rules on concussion after requesting explanations from Canterbury, Parramatta and Penrith over incidents in the opening...

League

Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire not giving up on premiership

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Brad Walter South Sydney coach Michael Maguire has said it is too early to write off his team's premiership hopes but admitted their last two performances may have been the worst since he took over in 2012.

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League

Sam Burgess denies South Sydney Rabbitohs are a team divided

Faster game: Raiders players move in to tackle Sam Burgess.

Brad Walter Sam Burgess said the feeling at South Sydney had not changed from last year despite the Rabbitohs falling to their third consecutive defeat in a lacklustre and error-riddled performance against...

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League

RLPA backs moves for 18th man as concussion debate continues

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Brad Walter Issue of teams having 18th man has resurfaced in wake of NRL's new concussion guidelines

League

Cameron Smith stays with Melbourne Storm

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Brad Walter Australian captain Cameron Smith is set to surpass Darren Lockyer's record for the most NRL games after signing a new four-year deal with Melbourne Storm.

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League

Big hit may await Darcy Lussick at judiciary

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Michael Chammas, Adrian Proszenko and Brad Walter Parramatta forward Darcy Lussick faces a potential seven-week ban for his high tackle on Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, his sixth charge in two and a half years.

League

George Burgess on track to become league's first million-dollar prop

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Brad Walter Canterbury's $850,000 per season splurge on Andrew Fifita is set to pave the way for George Burgess to become the NRL's first $1 million prop.

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League

Fifita signing a fast reaction to new rule interpretations

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Brad Walter Canterbury's recruitment of Cronulla prop Andrew Fifita and hooker Michael Lichaa is the first reaction to the new rule interpretations introduced in the NRL this season.

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League

Collingwood CEO Gary Pert says Magpies a black and white example for NRL

Thrived: Collingwood are a major force in Australian sport.

Brad Walter Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert has advised NRL clubs that growing memberships and crowds are crucial to their long-term financial sustainability.