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

Anthony Watmough and Jayden Hodges in doubt for next final as Manly Sea Eagles count cost of defeat

Brad Walter Stand-in Manly hooker Jayden Hodges may have played the entire first half of Friday night’s 40-24 finals loss to South Sydney with a serious neck injury.

Manly Sea Eagles hooker Matt Ballin considering early return to help injury crisis

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Brad Walter Manly hooker Matt Ballin may return two weeks ahead of schedule from a fractured tibia to help the Sea Eagles battle an injury crisis in next Saturday night's sudden death final against the winner of...

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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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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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Manly Sea Eagles veteran Glenn Stewart appears increasingly likely to move on

Standing his ground: Glenn Stewart wants Manly to put their best offer on the table.

Brad Walter and Daniel Lane Manly back-rower Glenn Stewart is still waiting on an offer from the Sea Eagles as he edges closer to finishing his career at another club.

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Tight-knit playing group the key to Sea Eagles' finals run

Anthony Watmough

Brad Walter Anthony Watmough says third premiership since 2008 would confirm Manly as one of the greatest teams.

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Steve Menzies, the eager Beaver, back for Manly Sea Eagles in Auckland Nines

SYDNEY, NSW - JUNE 04: Steve Menzies of the Sea Eagles makes a break in his 
300th NRL match during the round 13 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and 
the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at CUA Stadium June 4, 2006 in Sydney, Australia. 
(Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images) 


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Michael Chammas, Brad Walter Manly legend Steve Menzies will come out of retirement to play for the Sea Eagles in the Auckland Nines, and the 40-year-old hasn't closed the door on the possibility of another stint in the NRL.

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Steve Menzies to make comeback for Sea Eagles in Auckland Nines

Michael Chammas and Brad Walter Steve Menzies will come out of retirement to play his first game for the Sea Eagles in almost six years at this weekend's Auckland Nines.

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Sea Eagles in hunt for new prop as merry-go-round fires up

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Brad Walter, Glenn Jackson THE expected departures of Beau Ryan and Chris Heighington to Cronulla could pave the way for Manly prop Brent Kite to join Wests Tigers next season.

Bulldogs want Sea Eagles fans to flock to ANZ clash

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14:  Michael Ennis of the Bulldogs passes the ball during the round seven NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Canterbury Bulldogs at AAMI Park on April 14, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Brad Walter CANTERBURY officials are hoping for a crowd of more than 30,000 for Friday night's grudge match against Manly at ANZ Stadium, but they have questioned whether the Sea Eagles' fans will turn up to...

NRL says please explain after Manly's Jayden Hodges kept playing after injury

All smiles: Jayden Hodges during training on Tuesday.

Brad Walter Manly officials have no concerns about responding to an NRL enquiry about why Jayden Hodges was allowed to play on for 35 minutes after his head contacted Greg Inglis' hip in last Friday night's loss...

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Brett Stewart under injury cloud for Manly's play-offs opener against Souths

Race against the clock: Manly's Brett Stewart.

Brad Walter Brett Stewart is in doubt for Manly's opening finals clash against South Sydney at Allianz Stadium.

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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John Sutton puts team first with move to second row

Team first: John Sutton will shift to the back row to allow Adam Reynolds to play in the halves.

Brad Walter South Sydney captain John Sutton will start in the second row against Manly on Friday night after volunteering to move from his regular five-eighth role to accommodate the return of Adam Reynolds...

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...

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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South Sydney Rabbitohs plan full off-season altitude training camp

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Brad Walter It was meant to improve their endurance and mental toughness. But a two-week altitude training camp in Arizona has also had the benefit of bringing South Sydney halves Adam Reynolds and Luke Keary...

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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...

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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Feathers fly at Manly as player power is put to the test

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Michael Chammas and Brad Walter For so long the ''us against them'' rationale has bred success on the northern beaches, but how far can the competition frontrunners go with the ''us against us'' mentality that is threatening to...