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


Banned Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan's Salford role could test NRL's resolve

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...


Bobbie Goulding jnr looks to succeed where dad failed

Bobbie Goulding jnr, son of British rugby league great Bobbie Goulding.

Brad Walter Bobbie Goulding jnr was only given 10 days notice before flying out to join Newtown this season but the English halfback believes he is better prepared to forge a succesful career in Australia than...

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NZ-bound Sam Tomkins still the enemy for Kiwis

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Brad Walter The closest contact Sam Tomkins has had with any of his new Warriors teammates in the New Zealand team was being followed on Twitter by Shaun Johnson, and the star England fullback has been...

Victorious Jillaroos dedicate win to Murray


Brad Walter and Fairfax NZ The Australian Jillaroos have dedicated their victory in the World Cup final to former coach Graham Murray after beating New Zealand for the first time in the tournament decider.


Video ref blunders not confined to cricket

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Brad Walter Even if Panthers prop Mose Masoe hadn't put the match officials in Sunday's Penrith-Newcastle clash on report, their performance will come under scrutiny from NRL referees boss Daniel Anderson.

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Graham Murray dead after life support switched off

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Brad Walter Tributes are pouring in from around the rugby league world for former NSW Origin coach Graham Murray, who passed away aged 58.


Graham Murray was a mate to everyone

Brad Walter The day after Bob Millward sacked him from his first coaching job, Graham Murray met the Illawarra Steelers founder for a beer and the pair remained close friends.

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Eels have fresh vacancy to fill

Andrew Webster, Eels NYC coach Picture: Parramatta Eels

Brad Walter Parramatta has lost another member of their coaching staff after under 20s coach Andrew Webster quit the club to take up the same position with Wests Tigers.

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Three Burgess brothers named in England World Cup squad

Brad Walter South Sydney's Burgess twins, George and Thomas, will join brother Sam in the England squad for the upcoming World Cup but sibling Luke has missed out.


Sonny Bill Williams declares himself available for New Zealand Kiwis World Cup squad


Brad Walter Sonny Bill Williams is set to provide a huge boost to New Zealand's World Cup defence - and the tournament itself - after making himself available for the Kiwis.

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How Roos can rule the world again

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Brad Walter The Kangaroos boast an experienced and settled squad which appears to have more depth and be better balanced than England or New Zealand.

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Dragons directors to consider replacement for Price

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Brad Walter ST George Illawarra directors are set to discuss Brad Arthur as a possible replacement for Steve Price at a board meeting on Tuesday, but no decision on the coaching job is expected.

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Six of the best proposed for expanded club challenge

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Brad Walter The World Club Challenge is set to be expanded to six teams under a proposal that would also result in three NRL sides playing a warm-up match each against a Super League club.

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Burgess keen to call Australia home

Sam Burgess

Brad Walter SAM BURGESS enjoys playing in the NRL with South Sydney so much that he is planning to become an Australian citizen so he can live here after he retires.

Hasler gets his man - ref gig goes to Archer

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Brad Walter Tony Archer has been appointed to control a Canterbury match for the first time in more than two years on Sunday after Bulldogs coach Des Hasler alerted referees bosses Bill Harrigan and Stuart Raper...

Johnson eyes sevens ticket to Rio

Brad Walter Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson has put his hand up for the 2016 Olympics - and New Zealand rugby sevens coach Gordon Tietjens believes he would be a great asset to the Kiwis' gold medal hopes.

It all adds up for Toovs

Brad Walter IT WOULD have been understandable if Geoff Toovey had wanted to make a big impression when he took Manly to England for February's World Club Challenge against Leeds but even as he prepared for his...

The man with the plan: Toovey brings his skills in business to the game

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Brad Walter IT WOULD have been understandable if Geoff Toovey had wanted to make an impression when he took Manly to England for February's World Club Challenge against Leeds but even as he prepared for his...

What happens in Vegas means players should stay well away from Vegas, officials say

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Brad Walter League officials feel it would be inappropriate to publicly warn about the dangers of end-of-season trips away in the wake of AFL player John McCarthy's tragic death in Las Vegas, but privately clubs...

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Sheens to take pay cut if he stays on

Tim Sheens.

Brad Walter Tim Sheens is expected to take a pay cut if he accepts a new undefined role at Wests Tigers after the club yesterday confirmed it would appoint a new coach for next season.