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

League

North Queensland Cowboys' defence key to Auckland Nines win over Brisbane Broncos

Tariq Sims

Brad Walter When Johnathan Thurston was rested from North Queensland's squad for the Auckland Nines, bookmakers posted the Cowboys' odds at 25-1 but they - like just about everyone else - had little...

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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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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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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

Cowboys' victim mentality is the real hurdle in premiership chase

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Brad Walter Matt Cecchin and Henry Perenara refereed the second half of Saturday's elimination final aware of the storm that was about to erupt after the seventh tackle try awarded to Cronulla winger Beau Ryan,...

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League

Cowboys play the percentages with salary cap

Johnathan Thurston

Brad Walter Kangaroos stars Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott and James Tamou are to be offered a percentage of North Queensland's salary cap in their next contracts due to the uncertainty about how high it will be.

ASADA: Cowboys are not cleared

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Brad Walter AUSTRALIAN Sport Anti-Doping Authority officials have rejected claims by Cowboys chief executive Peter Jourdain that the club or any North Queensland player involved in the investigation into...

League

Lui's cousin sent out bet tweet: Cowboys

Robert Lui

Brad Walter and Glenn Jackson Robert Lui’s cousin has been revealed as the man responsible for tweeting about betting on the North Queensland match from the halfback’s Twitter account on Saturday night.

League

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...

League

Where will supercoach Wayne Bennett end up next?

Swamped: Wayne Bennett faces the media on Thursday.

Brad Walter Potential destinations for Wayne Bennett.

League

Wayne Bennett says he's interested in returning to St George Illawarra Dragons

Time to go: Wayne Bennett fronts the media in Newcastle on Thursday.

Brad Walter Wayne Bennett has confirmed his interest in returning to St George Illawarra after the seven-times premiership-winning coach threw himself into the market by announcing he would leave Newcastle at...

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League

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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League

Ryan Tandy's sad end to a troubled career

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Brad Walter The sad truth is that Ryan Tandy was never going to be remembered for his rugby league playing ability.

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League

Benji Marshall's signature battle a local derby between Dragons and Sharks

Benji Marshall

Brad Walter Benji Marshall is set to make a decision on Friday between St George Illawarra and Cronulla after the Dragons sensationally re-entered the race to sign the former Wests Tigers playmaker.

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As State of Origin looms, stats show Mitchell Pearce's form has taken a tumble

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Brad Walter NSW playmaker Mitchell Pearce is in the worst form of his career on the eve of State of Origin and ranks at No.15 among all regular halfbacks in the NRL this season.

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League

Paul McGregor gets his first test in Steve Price's shoes

Settling in: New Dragons coach Paul McGregor talks with Gareth Widdop and Benji Marshall during training this week.

Brad Walter McGregor, an inaugural co-captain of the Dragons with Mark Coyne in 1999, will begin his audition for the club's vacant coaching job when he oversees the team for the first time in Monday's night's...

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League

The Canberra Raiders question: What's wrong with the Green Machine?

Troubled times: Ricky Stuart.

Brad Walter When Wests Tigers were initially negotiating to keep James Tedesco, the Raiders weren't the only club they were competing with but once he agreed to terms with the Raiders it effectively became a...

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League

Todd Greenberg says NRL's round 13 rule is still the best system available

No deal: James Tedesco (r) rejected a huge pay-day to stay put.

Chris Barrett and Brad Walter The NRL's head of football Todd Greenberg has defended the competition's under-fire regulations that allowed James Tedesco to back out of a $1.

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$49,000 per junior: Why clubs want the NRL to fund development

Development doesn't come cheap: The Raiders spent seven years developing Anthony Milford and will now lose him for nothing.

Brad Walter St George Illawarra has spent up to $3.5 million developing 70 players currently with other clubs in the NRL, NSW Cup or under-20s National Youth Competition.

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League

Soaring costs raise pressure for a draft to level the field

Wests Tigers chief executive Grant Mayer proposed a development fee system.

Brad Walter South Sydney chief executive Shane Richardson and Newcastle recruitment manager Peter Mulholland believe an external draft would help reduce the massive development costs incurred by some clubs.