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

South Sydney Rabbitohs and Brisbane Broncos to be included in expanded World Club Challenge

Brad Walter and Adrian Proszenko Russell Crowe's vision of an expanded World Club Challenge will move a step closer to reality when South Sydney, Brisbane and a third NRL team play the top three Super League clubs in England next...

ASADA pain could end soon for Cronulla Sharks

Season to forget: Dejected Sharks players after conceding another try against Melbourne on Saturday.

Brad Walter After 18 months of anguish and uncertainty, the worst could finally be over for Cronulla officials, players and supporters.

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Cronulla Sharks wary of discount doping bans

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Brad Walter Players involved in the supplement program at Cronulla in 2011 are wary of accepting bans of six months or less as they maintain they never knowingly took any prohibited substances.

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Players look set to take ASADA deal if WADA plays ball

Brad Walter Past and present Cronulla players were seeking assurances on Thursday night that WADA would not appeal if they accepted backdated suspensions for unknowingly taking prohibited substances.

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Cronulla Sharks on the lookout yet again for a major sponsor

Chris Barrett and Brad Walter Cronulla officials will try to convince the top end of town that the club isn't tainted by the stain of the ASADA doping investigation as they again begin the unenviable hunt for a new major sponsor.

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

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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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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...

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Rabbitohs welcome another Burgess bro

Tom Burgess is the latest of four brothers to join the NRL South Sydney Rabbitohs.8th November 2012Photo: Wolter PeetersThe Sydney Morning Herald

Brad Walter TOM BURGESS, the last of the four English brothers to join South Sydney, makes no secret about his ambition with the Rabbitohs next season.

Rhinos' move on Tonga may allow Folau to join Eels

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Brad Walter INTEREST in Willie Tonga from English Super League premiers Leeds might help Parramatta to sign Israel Folau, with the Eels having been told to shed players to accommodate the returning AFL star...

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Injuries rule Slater out of All Stars match

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Brad Walter Melbourne Storm officials say they hope Billy Slater will be fit for the World Club Challenge against Leeds on February 22 after he withdrew from the NRL All Stars match due to a couple of injuries.

Ryan out as overseas group eyes Storm

Brad Walter Former Melbourne Storm director Gerry Ryan believes the Storm could be profitable within three years, but the GreenEDGE cycling boss has ruled out buying the club if a bid by an international...

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Parra, Raiders need to be good sports

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Brad Walter South Sydney needed a prop to overcome their front-row injury crisis midway through the 2011 season, so the Rabbitohs convinced Leeds to release Luke Burgess by paying the Super League club a...

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Sad face: NRL accolade may have tipped Barba

Ben Barba, 2012 Dally M medal winner. Pic Quentin Jones.

Brad Walter IT SHOULD have been one of the biggest honours of his career, but those close to Ben Barba believe the responsibility of launching the NRL season on Wednesday night may have been the catalyst for his...

Winning Starts Monday

Bulldogs jostle for position among elite

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Brad Walter After just three rounds, the NRL has already split into the haves and have nots, and the best chance some teams appear to have of making the finals is if players from Cronulla and Manly are suspended...

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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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Victorious Jillaroos dedicate win to Murray

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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.