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

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Rugby League World Cup: Pills and energy drinks 'compromised' New Zealand in final

Brad Walter, David Long New Zealand players will be asked to commit to a code of conduct before the Anzac Test at Allianz Stadium on May 2 after a review of the Kiwis' World Cup campaign found their preparation for the...

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Revealed: Why Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was dumped from the New Zealand Kiwis

Passion: But Jared Waerea-Hargreaves’ stats didn’t stand up.

Brad Walter The failure to transfer his club form with Sydney Roosters to the Test arena is the reason for Jared Waerea-Hargreaves shock axing from the New Zealand team to play Australia at Allianz Stadium on...

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Sleeping pill ban for New Zealand Warriors in wake of World Cup probe

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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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Auckland Nines great for NRL in New Zealand but Warriors not keen to share turf just yet

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Brad Walter Warriors co-owner Eric Watson believes the success of the Nines in Auckland could accelerate the growth of privately run clubs in the premiership but he doesn't believe the NRL should consider two...

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New Zealand selectors resigned to life without Sonny Bill

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Brad Walter New Zealand selectors are preparing to be without Sydney Roosters superstar Sonny Bill Williams for the end of season World Cup and will view his availability for the Kiwis title defence as a bonus.

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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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New Zealand have the depth to match Australia

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Brad Walter No matter how well New Zealand did in the past, critics could argue that few Kiwis would make the Australian team or a World XIII but that is no longer the case and regardless of the result of the...

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New Zealand's epic World Cup victory over England leaves Sonny Bill Williams battered and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves in tears

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Brad Walter Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was in tears after New Zealand's epic 20-18 defeat of England to keep alive the Kiwis' hopes of back-to-back World Cup wins, while Sonny Bill Williams described the semi-final...

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Season may kick off without new TV deal in New Zealand

The Australian Rugby League Commission announced Mr Dave Smith as Chief Executive, Photo: Edwina Pickles. 223rd Nov 2012.

Brad Walter, Steve Kilgallon THE New Zealand broadcast rights are set to be the last piece of a $1.2 billion financial puzzle left to be solved when new NRL chief executive Dave Smith starts work next week, with most players...

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Chiefs coach sure Williams will return to New Zealand

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Brad Walter, Michael Carayannis Chiefs coach Dave Rennie plans to meet Sonny Bill Williams when the Super Rugby champions play in Sydney next week, in an attempt to lure the Roosters star back to New Zealand.

Live blog: Australia v New Zealand

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Brad Walter and Stephen Samuelson Welcome to LeagueHQ's live blog of Australia v New Zealand from Newcastle.

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Kiwi billionaire buys into New Zealand Warriors

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Brad Walter and Aaron Lawton Kiwi billionaire Owen Glenn has taken a stake in the New Zealand Warriors on the eve of the club's opening premiership match of the season on Sunday against Manly at Eden Park.

Pasifika award to give Sam Perrett, Jerome Ropati a taste of UCLA

Sam Perrett is also an an education ambassador at the Bulldogs.

Brad Walter Canterbury fullback Sam Perrett and Warriors centre Jerome Ropati will spend time during the off-season as student athletes at UCLA in Los Angeles after being chosen as the inaugural winners of the...

The next Roger Tuivasa-Sheck or Konrad Hurrell may be lost to rugby union if NYC is scrapped

Prolific scorer: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has scored some spectacular tries for the Roosters.

Brad Walter The scrapping of the under-20s National Youth Competiton would impact heavily on the ability of clubs to convince New Zealand schoolboy rugby union stars to follow the lead of Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and...

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Parramatta Eels star Joseph Paulo's role as US Tomahawks captain under threat as AMNRL bows out

Stars in stripes: Joseph Paulo in action for the US during the Rugby League World Cup last year.

Brad Walter The Rugby League International Federation has been asked to help ensure Parramatta star Joseph Paulo's position as USA Tomahwaks captain does not come under threat and other NRL-based players are not...

Josh Hoffman may have played his last game for Brisbane Broncos

Josh Hoffman of the Broncos receives attention in the second half.

Brad Walter New Zealand Test fullback Josh Hoffman may have played his last game for the Broncos after suffering a broken leg in Thursday night's 42-16 loss to South Sydney at ANZ Stadium.

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Manly Sea Eagles fullback Brett Stewart linked to Canberra Raiders

Capital target ... Manly fullback Brett Stewart

Brad Walter Disgruntled Manly fullback Brett Stewart has been linked with a move to Canberra, but Warriors officials insist they are not pursuing Sea Eagles centre Steve Matai.

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St George Illawarra Dragons too good for Melbourne Storm as Dugan fights off injury scares

Injury scare: Josh Dugan looked to be in trouble after taking a couple of knocks in the first half.

Brad Walter Josh Dugan overcame leg and finger injuries to help St George Illawarra to a victory over Melbourne at WIN Stadium that can only have enhanced the prospects of caretaker coach Paul McGregor being...

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NRL draw's release quickly turns farcical

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Brad Walter The NRL's attempt to turn the release of the draw for the final six rounds into an event ended in embarrassment after the announcement was deferred due to a wrangle between the game's broadcasters...

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James Tamou to use Arthur Beetson as State of Origin motivation

Doing it for Big Artie: NSW prop James Tamou hopes to honour a Queensland Origin great.

Brad Walter As he runs onto a hostile Suncorp Stadium in Wedneday night's Origin series opener, it will be the Maroons greatest hero Arthur Beetson who NSW prop James Tamou draws on for inspiration in his his...