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


Banned Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan's Salford role could test NRL's resolve

Brad Walter Salford owner Marwan Koukash's bold declaration that he wanted to sign Benji Marshall in the same week he announced Shane Flanagan was joining the club has raised the question of how the NRL would...


Andrew Fifita looks set to sign with Cronulla Sharks and sue Canterbury Bulldogs

Sharks prop Andrew Fifita is set to finally re-sign with Cronulla.

Brad Walter Test prop Andrew Fifita may sue Canterbury for up to $3.4 million after his lawyers issued the club with legal documents over the failed four-year deal to join the Bulldogs next season.

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Bulldogs are inflating player market, says Sharks chairman

Going: Andrew Fifita has signed with the Bulldogs.

Brad Walter Cronulla chairman Damian Keogh has accused Canterbury of inflating the player market and called for changes to the NRL transfer system after losing Andrew Fifita and Michael Lichaa to the Bulldogs on...

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Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan must do plenty of work to return to helm

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Brad Walter Even if Shane Flanagan is successful in clearing his name through the courts, the suspended Cronulla coach remains unlikely to be in charge of the Sharks this season.

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Sharks prop Andrew Fifita breaks down after telling teammates of Canterbury Bulldogs switch

Andrew Fifita

Brad Walter, Daniel Lane Test prop Andrew Fifita broke down and cried after Monday night's loss to Gold Coast as he told Cronulla team-mates the reasons he had accepted a four year $3.4 million deal with Canterbury.

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NRL 2014 Preview: Cronulla Sharks

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Cronulla Sharks extra keen to get Todd Carney back after Jeff Robson injured

06.02.14 New Cronulla Sharks recruit Blake Ayshford training at Remondis stadium with the Peter Sharp coached squad. Picture John Veage

Brad Walter Cronulla officials are sweating on star playmaker Todd Carney overcoming a hamstring injury for round one after halfback Jeff Robson was ruled out with multiple facial fractures suffered in Saturday...

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Cronulla Sharks sweat on Todd Carney injury for first round of NRL

Todd Carney

Brad Walter, Michael Chammas Cronulla playmaker Todd Carney is in doubt for the opening match of the season after the Sharks' all-out bid to win the $380,000 prizemoney on offer to the victors of the NRL Nines in Auckland...

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Tim Sheens could slot in at Cronulla Sharks if Shane Flanagan goes down

Tim Sheens.

Brad Walter Australian coach Tim Sheens is a likely target for Cronulla if coach Shane Flanagan receives a similar ban to the one imposed on Essendon's James Hird after ASADA tables its report into drug...

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Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan suspended for a year by NRL as club fined $1 million

Shane Flanagan

Brad Walter Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan has been suspended by the NRL for 12 months, and the club fined $1 million as part of an investigation by the NRL's Integrity Unit.

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Trent Elkin singled out as main culprit in Cronulla Sharks supplements scandal

Trent Elkin

Brad Walter Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan has paid the price for his blind faith in former head trainer Trent Elkin after the pair were the only members of the Sharks 2011 staff sanctioned by the NRL over the...


NRL rejects call to ban Sharks from finals as Bombers face September axe

Sharks players

Brad Walter NRL officials have rejected calls to banish Cronulla from the upcoming finals series and will deal with any fallout from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigation after the season is...

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Finals rivals fear Sharks will muddy waters if permitted to contest play-offs


Brad Walter Rival clubs believe the integrity of the NRL finals will be tarnished if Cronulla are allowed to take part with doping allegations hanging over their head.

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Seeing double: Fifita twins rejoicing as Sharks sign up David


Brad Walter Cronulla fans can look forward to the sight of two Fifita brothers in the club's forward pack in the run to the finals after the Sharks signed Andrew's twin David for the remainder of the season.

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Sharks say drug probe won't dull finals focus


Brad Walter Cronulla players and officials believe the club is better placed to cope with the upcoming round of Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority interviews than earlier in the season and are determined...

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Sharks sensed Dragons couldn't hold on

Brad Walter Cronulla players have revealed that comments by St George Illawarra players as they packed into a 79th-minute scrum near the Sharks' line had convinced them they were going to snatch an unlikely...


Bomber-like charges a sign of things to come for Sharks


Brad Walter Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan and other members of his staff in 2011, including current Parramatta head trainer Trent Elkin, are likely to face charges similar to those laid against their Essendon...

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NRL to weigh in to stand-off between Sharks and ASADA

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Brad Walter, Michael Carayannis NRL chief executive Dave Smith will review a transcript of Wade Graham's interview with ASADA investigators in a bid to resolve a legal dispute over the refusal of Cronulla Sharks players to dob in...

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Truth or scare: Sharks told to reveal all to ease pain of bans

GOSFORD, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 28:  Paul Gallen of the Sharks looks on during the round seven NRL match between the Sharks and the Bulldogs at Bluetongue Stadium on April 28, 2013 in Gosford, Australia.  (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Cronulla players have been told they will forfeit the opportunity to seek a reduced six-month suspension for using banned substances if they don't co-operate fully with Australian Sports Anti-Doping...

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Sharks in the spotlight but others should be sweating

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Brad Walter Cronulla players have been the focus of allegations of performance-enhancing drug use in the NRL, but they may be the ones with the least to worry about after the Australian Sports Anti-Doping...

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