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

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Bobbie Goulding jnr looks to succeed where dad failed

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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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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Eels have fresh vacancy to fill

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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.

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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...

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

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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.

Sheens tipped for new role

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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.

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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...