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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Josh Mansour set to stay with Penrith Panthers

Brad Walter NSW Origin hopeful Josh Mansour is set to stay with Penrith after rejecting an offer to join Canberra next season.

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Penrith Panthers give indigenous talent a place to call home

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Brad Walter Penrith may have missed out on Johnathan Thurston but they still aim to rival the Cowboys and South Sydney as a club known for fostering Aboriginal talent.

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Warriors warned that loss to Panthers was no laughing matter

PENRITH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18:  Lewis Brown of the Panthers is tackled during the round 10 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the New Zealand Warriors at Centrebet Stadium on May 18, 2013 in Penrith, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Warriors players have received a dressing down after some were seen on television smiling and laughing at full time in Saturday night's record 62-6 loss to Penrith.

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Homesick Taylor signs with Gold Coast before sinking boot into Panthers

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Brad Walter, Adrian Proszenko AFTER winding back the clock to his childhood days as a five-eighth in yesterday's win over Penrith, Test forward Dave Taylor told his South Sydney teammates he was leaving to join the Titans next...

Western Sydney Panthers? Gould's taking no chances

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Brad Walter Penrith supremo Phil Gould said the club had lodged a trademark application for ''Western Sydney Panthers'' as a ''safeguard'' for the future and has no plans to change its name.

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Jennings not selected for Panthers

Michael Jennings

Brad Walter NSW Origin centre Michael Jennings has again been left out of the Penrith side named for Sunday's match against Manly at CentreBet Stadium.

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Panthers want released players' pay exempt to to keep AFL war chest in black

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Brad Walter PENRITH officials have asked the ARL Commission for massive salary cap relief to ensure they don't become a weak link in the battle with AFL for western Sydney.

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Panthers bolter sent straight to the front line for Blues

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Brad Walter PENRITH prop Tim Grant and Manly backrower Anthony Watmough are the new faces in the NSW team named for Origin II at ANZ Stadium on June 13.

Gould takes long view and builds up Panthers' junior ranks

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Brad Walter WHEN Phil Gould declared his first priority at Penrith was to strengthen the club's junior stocks, not even recruitment and development manager Jim Jones expected that the most successful NSW coach...

Coaches share same goal, but difference in pressure is vast

Brad Walter The NRL's coaches' call left little doubt as to which of this weekend's preliminary final matches carries the most pressure for those involved.

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Sydney Roosters prop Dylan Napa and Canterbury Bulldogs' David Klemmer loom as Four Nations bolters

Rep bolter?: Sydney Roosters forward Dylan Napa may play himself into a Four Nations spot in the coming weeks.

Brad Walter Rookie Sydney Roosters prop Dylan Napa will have the opportunity to push for a shock Australian call-up when he returns from suspension in Friday night's preliminary final against South Sydney at ANZ...

North Queensland Cowboys coach Paul Green's inside knowledge a concern for Sydney Roosters

Prior knowledge: Cowboys coach Paul Green was at the Roosters last year when they took out the NRL premiership. The two sides lock horns on Friday.

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters players admit North Queensland coach Paul Green knows exactly how they play from his time with the premiers last season and predict that Friday night's semi-final at Allianz Stadium...

How Sydney Roosters' Mitchell Pearce became the NRL's No.1 halfback

On a roll: Roosters playmaker Mitchell Pearce.

Brad Walter Mitchell Pearce readily admits the nightclub incident that cost the Sydney Roosters star his place in this year NSW Origin team was a catalyst for him becoming the No.

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Penrith secure fourth: Brisbane make finals, Warriors bow out

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Brad Walter Brisbane players and officials cheered Penrith to victory over the Warriors on Sunday night but the result is bad news for Manly fullback Brett Stewart in his race to be fit for the Sea Eagles...

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St George Illawarra Dragons run out of puff as pressure gets too much

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Brad Walter Pressure makes people act differently and on Sunday the Dragons went away from the the way they had been playing under Paul McGregor's coaching reign as they all but slipped out of top eight...

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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 Reynolds' meltdown a case for NRL to consider yellow- and red-card system

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Brad Walter The brain explosion that led to Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds facing a third judiciary appearance in six matches was the worst since the one that ended Travis Burns' NRL career two years ago...

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League

NRL's Rise For Alex McKinnon appeal nets more than $1.1 million

Emotional time: Alex McKinnon wipes away a tear during his homecoming at Hunter Stadium on Sunday.

Brad Walter NRL supporters have donated more than $1.1 million for injured Newcastle forward Alex McKinnon, after a bucket appeal and the sale of wristbands at Hunter Stadium on Sunday raised $30,000 alone.

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Glenn Stewart, Anthony Watmough waiting in the wings to help Sea Eagles soar into finals

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Brad Walter Manly hope to have Glenn Stewart back from an ankle injury before the finals and could soon be at full strength for the first time this season as they charge towards a third grand final appearance in...

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Braith Anasta's future hangs in the balance

Tough times: Braith Anasta is attended to by a Tigers trainer on Sunday

Brad Walter Former Test five-eighth Braith Anasta will visit a surgeon on Wednesday to discuss whether he can play on with a torn biceps or undergo what would effectively be career-ending surgery.