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

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From left field, the secrets that give top teams the edge over rivals

Brad Walter At half-time in the match against Wests Tigers at Bluetongue Stadium, Manly five-eighth Kieran Foran was shown on the Channel Nine coverage looking closely at a laptop in the Sea Eagles dressing room.

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Sam Burgess and James Graham are the best of mates and the fiercest of rivals

Friends and enemies: Sam Burgess and James Graham line up for England in 2010.

Brad Walter With Sam Burgess having been granted a release from South Sydney at the end of the season to play rugby union, last year's World Cup semi-final at Wembley was almost certainly the last time he and...

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Sam Burgess comes to grips with public's lingering perception

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Brad Walter South Sydney forward Sam Burgess regrets the ‘‘squirrel grip’’ on Melbourne’s Will Chambers that he believes tarnished his image.

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NRL warned not to leave Campbelltown for other codes

Jim Marsden.

Brad Walter Former Wests Magpies chairman Jim Marsden has warned the NRL not to leave Campbelltown to rival codes, as the game’s governing body refused to guarantee Wests Tigers would continue playing in...

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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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Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter calls on fans to back team

Clinical: Martin Taupau of the Tigers goes into contact.

Brad Walter Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter has called on fans to get behind the in-form team after a crowd of just 6,456 attended Saturday night's match at Campbelltown Stadium.

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Luke Brooks says Wests Tigers can cover for injury to Robbie Farah

Strength in depth: the Tigers believe they have the roster to compete at the top this year.

Brad Walter Boom Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooks believes the club has the depth to cover for the loss of skipper Robbie Farah after he was taken to Campbelltown Hospital with a dislocated elbow.

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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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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 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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Melbourne Storm unhappy at NRL inaction over tackles

Point of contention: The Storm were unhappy at this tackle by Beau Falloon and Nate Myles on Will Chambers.

Chris Barrett and Brad Walter Melbourne Storm officials have written to the NRL seeking clarification on why St George Illawarra forward Jack de Belin and Gold Coast hooker Beau Falloon received lighter punishment than that...

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Chairman Bill Wavish feels the heat as pressure builds on New Zealand Warriors to turn fortunes around

New coach Andrew McFadden has inherited a Warriors team in turmoil.

Brad Walter Warriors chairman Bill Wavish has conceded his head is on the chopping block, along with that of acting coach Andrew McFadden, if the team fails to make the finals.

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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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Concussion rules: NRL haven't cleared Bulldogs over James Graham incident

Under a cloud: Canterbury’s James Graham scores against Melbourne in his controversial round-four appearance after suffering a heavy hit.

Brad Walter The NRL is looking into whether the Bulldogs breached the new concussion rules by not removing English prop James Graham from the field immediately after a heavy tackle in their round four win over...

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Warriors appoint Andrew McFadden as interim coach

Warriors coach Matthew Elliott.

Brad Walter The Warriors have announced the appointment of Andrew McFadden as acting coach following the departure of Matthew Elliott with immediate effect.

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Storm unlikely to appeal Jordan McLean ban

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Brad Walter Storm officials are unlikely to risk Jordan McLean receiving an increased suspension by appealing against the seven-match ban imposed last week by the NRL judiciary over the lifting tackle on Alex...

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Andrew Fifita looks set to sign with Cronulla Sharks and sue Canterbury Bulldogs

Sharks prop Andrew Fifita is set to finally re-sign with Cronulla.

Brad Walter Test prop Andrew Fifita may sue Canterbury for up to $3.4 million after his lawyers issued the club with legal documents over the failed four-year deal to join the Bulldogs next season.

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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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Manly Sea Eagles veteran Glenn Stewart appears increasingly likely to move on

Standing his ground: Glenn Stewart wants Manly to put their best offer on the table.

Brad Walter and Daniel Lane Manly back-rower Glenn Stewart is still waiting on an offer from the Sea Eagles as he edges closer to finishing his career at another club.

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Jordan McLean's actions in Alex McKinnon tackle were not 'significant' cause of injury, panel decides

Brad Walter Melbourne forward Jordan McLean had an additional four matches added to his suspension for the tackle that left Alex McKinnon with spinal damage because the NRL judiciary panel considered his actions...