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

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Canberra Raiders and Gold Coast Titans woes set to scupper expansion plans

Brad Walter Another dismal season in Canberra is raising questions about more than Ricky Stuart 's recent coaching record, with expansion of the NRL now seeming unlikely unless existing clubs fold or re-locate.

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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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The Canberra Raiders question: What's wrong with the Green Machine?

Troubled times: Ricky Stuart.

Brad Walter When Wests Tigers were initially negotiating to keep James Tedesco, the Raiders weren't the only club they were competing with but once he agreed to terms with the Raiders it effectively became a...

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Roosters' success gives Canberra Raiders no incentive to develop players

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Brad Walter It was Canberra's last match against Sydney Roosters just 10 days ago that made Raiders officials seriously question the value of the club's $3 million per year investment in junior development.

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NRL 2014 Preview: Canberra Raiders

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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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Mundine, Raiders in Ferguson's corner

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Brad Walter Anthony Mundine has told Blake Ferguson to give up the booze and vowed to help the troubled Origin star turn his career around after being sacked from the NSW team and suspended indefinitely by the...

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David Furner sacked by Raiders

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Brad Walter Raiders coach David Furner has been sacked, with assistant Andrew Dunneman to take over for the remainder of the season.

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Mundine: Ferguson focussed on Raiders

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Brad Walter Anthony Mundine insists he is unaware of any plan by Blake Ferguson to seek a release from the Raiders and says the troubled NSW Origin star is focused on helping Canberra make the finals 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...

Greg Inglis untouchable as South Sydney Rabbitohs demolish Brisbane Broncos

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Brad Walter Greg Inglis turned on an awesome display of power and skill to help assert South Sydney's position as premiership favourites with their fourth win in 17 days.

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Sam Burgess feared his NRL career with South Sydney was over

No serious damage: Sam Burgess falls awkwardly on his right shoulder during Souths’ win over the Raiders on Monday.

Brad Walter Rugby union-bound South Sydney superstar Sam Burgess admits he thought his NRL career may have been over when he was forced from GIO Stadium on Monday night due to a shoulder injury.

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We'll prove Newcastle Knights coach Wayne Bennett wrong, says Souths' Tom Burgess

Returning: Sam Burgess is set to ne named for the Rabbitohs to face Manly on Friday, a match which brother Tom has pledged will prove his side's title credentials.

Brad Walter Star forwards Sam Burgess and Ben Te'o are set to be named in the South Sydney team to play Manly at the SCG on Friday night in a match Rabbitohs prop Tom Burgess believes will confirm the team's...

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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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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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Todd Carney sacked over vulgar photo incident

Drama-plagued career: Todd Carney of the Sharks is tackled by Ben Hunt of the Broncos on Friday night.

Michael Chammas and Brad Walter Todd Carney's NRL career appears to be over after Cronulla sacked the five-eighth after a photo of him engaging in a vulgar act circulated on social media on Saturday night.

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Todd Carney fiasco: Does rugby league do enough to protect players' welfare?

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Brad Walter As attention turns to Todd Carney's welfare following his dramatic sacking from the Cronulla Sharks, a leading sports administrator asks whether rugby league does enough to help its players.

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Todd Greenberg says NRL's round 13 rule is still the best system available

No deal: James Tedesco (r) rejected a huge pay-day to stay put.

Chris Barrett and Brad Walter The NRL's head of football Todd Greenberg has defended the competition's under-fire regulations that allowed James Tedesco to back out of a $1.

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NRL hearing date set for Trent Elkin's appeal against two-year ban

Former Cronulla strength and conditioning coach Trent Elkin.

Brad Walter Former Cronulla head trainer Trent Elkin is finally set to have an appeal against the two year ban for his role in the supplements program at the club in 2011 heard on June 27.

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$49,000 per junior: Why clubs want the NRL to fund development

Development doesn't come cheap: The Raiders spent seven years developing Anthony Milford and will now lose him for nothing.

Brad Walter St George Illawarra has spent up to $3.5 million developing 70 players currently with other clubs in the NRL, NSW Cup or under-20s National Youth Competition.

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