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

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

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...

Sydney Roosters’ escape sets up a huge clash with arch-rivals

Brad Walter More than 60,000 fans are expected to pack ANZ Stadium next Friday night for the biggest game between arch-rivals Sydney Roosters and South Sydney in 76 years.

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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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South Sydney Rabbitohs keep quiet about quest to break drought

Quietly does it: South Sydney players haven't been in the mood to discuss their preliminary final woes.

Brad Walter South Sydney players have made a pact not to publicly discuss the team's elimination in the past two preliminary finals, the club's 43-year premiership drought or the possibility of a historic NRL...

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...

Roosters forward Dylan Napa set to contest charge to save his season

Grade two charge: Dylan Napa.

Brad Walter and Michael Carayannis Sydney Roosters prop Dylan Napa is likely to contest a grade two shoulder charge on South Sydney captain John Sutton that threatens to end his season.

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Sydney Roosters ready to play South Sydney Rabbitohs again in opening week of finals

Going nowhere: Lote Tuqiri is closed down on Thursday night.

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has admitted he planned for Thursday night's match against South Sydney with the thought that the two teams were likely to meet again in next weekend’s...

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Roosters stretched as Aidan Guerra and Dylan Napa go on report

In hot water: Dylan Napa.

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters’ forward depth is set to be further tested in the finals after lock Aidan Guerra and prop Dylan Napa were placed on report in Thursday night's 22-18 win over South Sydney at...

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Sydney Roosters timing their premiership defence perfectly

Brad Walter Winning an NRL premiership is more like a marathon than a sprint, and if the Sydney Roosters appear to have timed their run at back-to-back titles to perfection that is because they planned it that...

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Sydney Roosters to pay price for overstepping the mark, says Trent Robinson

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Brad Walter Sydney Roosters will be without suspended forwards Aidan Guerra and Dylan Napa for the opening weekend of finals matches after coach Trent Robinson admitted the pair had gone too far in their bid to...

Sydney Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce hits high note on finals eve

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Brad Walter After leading Sydney Roosters to premiership glory last year, star halfback Mitchell Pearce appears to again be hitting top form at the right time of the season following Saturday night's 24-12...

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Sydney Roosters keep minor premiership hopes alive with victory over Melbourne Storm

Flying Rooster: Sonny Bill Williams attacks the line.

Brad Walter A remarkable defensive effort against Melbourne has kept Sydney Roosters' hopes of back-to-back minor premiership titles alive and set up a virtual play-off with arch rivals South Sydney next...

We have to learn from loss to Sydney Roosters, says Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy

Let down: Storm captain Billy Slater feels the pain of another Roosters try.

Brad Walter Melbourne captain Cameron Smith admitted the Storm may be playing for their season against Brisbane on Friday night after crashing 24-12 to Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium.

Sydney Roosters set to sign Catalans halfback Scott Dureau

Brad Walter Former Newcastle halfback Scott Dureau is set to join Sydney Roosters for the remainder of the season on a loan deal from French Super League club Catalans.

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Roosters coach Trent Robinson unhappy his team turned down late penalty-goal shot

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Brad Walter Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has expressed disappointment the premiers ignored an instruction to go for penalty goal late in their 9-8 defeat by a gritty Canterbury side at Allianz Stadium on...

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Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson praises Sonny Bill Williams

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Brad Walter Sonny Bill Williams earned praised from Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson for his return performance from suspension as the premiers suffered consecutive losses in matches where they have conceded...

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Sydney Roosters not crowing after Anzac day romp, just warming up for shot at back-to-back NRL titles

Unstoppable: Aidan Guerra opens the scoring for the Roosters.

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters players vowed they still had plenty of room for improvement after getting their premiership defence back on track with a crushing 34-14 defeat of St George Illawarra in the annual...

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James Maloney presses State of Origin claim as Sydney Roosters demolish Wests Tigers

Too easy: Michael Jennings goes over for the Roosters in what was a comfortable win over the Tigers.

Brad Walter Sonny Bill Williams may have helped play James Maloney into a Sydney Roosters-dominated NSW backline as the premiers crushed a luckless Wests Tigers 30-6 at Allianz Stadium on Friday night.

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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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WINNING STARTS MONDAY

Roosters strut their focus on development with pride

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters are the first club to commit to a new NRL strategy of formalising a secondary affiliation with an area outside their traditional territory in a move the premiers believe further...

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