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

League

Newcastle Knights lash Melbourne Storm over Jordan McLean defence

Brad Walter Angry Newcastle officials have hit out at Melbourne over the club's defence of Jordan McLean and questioned why his Storm teammates Jesse and Kenny Bromwich weren't also charged over the tackle on...

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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Forwards buy into the big idea as Roosters grind exhausted Knights to a halt

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Brad Walter Win the game in the first half and score the points in the second. It's a saying as old as rugby league itself, but one that was as relevant as ever at Allianz Stadium yesterday.

No drama here, say Knights

Matt Gidley

Brad Walter NEWCASTLE'S chief executive, Matt Gidley, yesterday assured the ARLC that Nathan Tinkler was committed to the club - but officials believe there are enough safeguards in place to ensure the survival...

Knights set to make offer for Mason

Willie Mason

Brad Walter and Brett Keeble Knights officials are set to make a formal bid for out of favour Sydney Roosters international Willie Mason following a meeting of the club's football committee this morning

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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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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'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 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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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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Melbourne Storm's Jordan McLean to plead not guilty

Big Wednesday: Storm rookie Jordan McLean's case will be heard next week.

Brad Walter Melbourne prop Jordan McLean will plead not guilty to a dangerous throw charge over the tackle that left Newcastle forward Alex McKinnon with spinal damage.

Sonny Bill Williams out for three weeks

Sonny Bill Williams looks up at a replay of his shoulder charge during the match against Souths.

Brad Walter A frustrated Sonny Bill Williams will accept a three-match ban for a shoulder charge in last Thursday night's season opener, denying Sydney Roosters and the NRL of one of the game's biggest drawcards...

Rugby League

Comeback win one of Melbourne Storm's greatest, says Cameron Smith

Cameron Smith.

James Macsmith, Brad Walter Cameron Smith has hailed Melbourne's epic 23-22 round one golden point win over Manly as one of the club's greatest victories.

League

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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League

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

Concussion in NRL: Todd Lowrie praised for cautious approach

Todd Lowrie leaves the field in round one.

Brad Walter Rugby League Players' Association welfare manager Michael Crocker has praised Brisbane forward Todd Lowrie for not returning to the field in last Friday's defeat of the Bulldogs, despite passing a...

Anzac Test curtain-raiser gives women's game a boost

(from left) Malika Moylan (Kempsey), Tanisha Stanton (Macquarie Hills) and Caitlin Moran (Cardiff)

 

All coached by Timana in Yowies women?s team that won the knockout competition

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Brad Walter Dual international Timana Tahu has praised the decision to showcase women's rugby league by staging a match as the curtain-raiser to this year's Anzac Test between Australia and New Zealand in Sydney.

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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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.