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

Board games at Titans as Searle makes way

Brad Walter Titans founder Michael Searle has stood down as chief executive of the Gold Coast Titans

League

Cap rise won't help Titans' bid for Lyon

Manly Sea Eagles vs the North Queensland Cowboys at Allianz Stadium.3. Jamie Lyon on the runPhotography Brendan Espositosmh,14th september,2012

Brad Walter A $1.4 million increase to this year's salary cap is expected to be approved within days by NRL players, but cashed up Gold Coast officials don't believe it will help their bid to entice Jamie Lyon...

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Storm bank on Titans crisis to convince Cronk move is too risky

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 25: Cooper Cronk of the Storm runs with the ball during the round four NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Sydney Roosters at AAMI Park on March 25, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Brad Walter STORM officials believe Gold Coast's financial problems are their only hope of dissuading star halfback Cooper Cronk from finalising a $3.2 million, four-year deal with the Titans this week.

Former Bombers' bid chief turns his focus to Titans' rescue attempt

Gold Coast Titans

Brad Walter BRISBANE BOMBERS bid team founder Bill Rae has emerged as the head of one of two consortiums wanting to buy the financially stricken Gold Coast Titans.

ARLC backs Titans boss in rescue bid

Michael Searle

Brad Walter THE ARL Commission is continuing to back embattled Gold Coast chief executive Michael Searle after he and investors in the club's debt-ridden Centre of Excellence travelled to Sydney for a meeting...

League

Melbourne Storm unhappy at NRL inaction over tackles

Point of contention: The Storm were unhappy at this tackle by Beau Falloon and Nate Myles on Will Chambers.

Chris Barrett and Brad Walter Melbourne Storm officials have written to the NRL seeking clarification on why St George Illawarra forward Jack de Belin and Gold Coast hooker Beau Falloon received lighter punishment than that...

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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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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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Big hit may await Darcy Lussick at judiciary

High shot

Michael Chammas, Adrian Proszenko and Brad Walter Parramatta forward Darcy Lussick faces a potential seven-week ban for his high tackle on Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, his sixth charge in two and a half years.

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Wests Tigers don't have much time to recover

Martin Taupau of the Tigers.

Brad Walter Wests Tigers players will have just two light training sessions this week as they try to recover from playing in Sunday's furnace-like conditions on the Gold Coast in time for Friday night's clash...

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NRL 2014 Preview: Melbourne Storm

Brad Walter NRL 2014 Preview

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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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Rugby Sevens coaches cast eye over Auckland Nines for Rio talent

Flying Knight: Akuila Uate.

Brad Walter Australian Rugby Union Sevens coach Michael O'Connor and his New Zealand counterpart Gordon Tietjens will take more than a passing interest in the inaugural NRL Nines tournament, and admit they could...

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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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League

NRL's modified rules to fundamentally alter the game

Michael Ennis

Brad Walter It was a tactic he championed at St George Illawarra and one that his Newcastle side used more than any other team last season, but Wayne Bennett has applauded the new NRL rule awarding an extra...

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Winning Starts Monday

Roosters-Souths showpiece would be antidote to NRL season poisoned by drugs

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Brad Walter If there is one thing that can save this season from being remembered as the NRL's version of the winter of discontent, it is a Rabbitohs-Roosters grand final.

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Winning Starts Monday

Penalty ploy to slow play should get sin bin

Brad Walter Teams deliberately conceding penalties near their own tryline has joined the leg twist, the "cannonball" and the "crusher" as a tactic being employed across the NRL to slow the game down.

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SIN BIN

According to consensus, Stuart should quit Eels - and fast

Brad Walter As Parramatta prepare to collect their second consecutive wooden spoon, Sin Bin can reveal things are even worse off the field than they are on it.

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Sin Bin

What price loyalty? Two champions bid farewell, but sadly, not on their own terms

Brad Walter It should never be allowed to end this way but unless something changes in the coming days, Matt Bowen - the face of the Cowboys for 14 seasons - will play his final game in North Queensland and...

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Minor premiers lead way in ill-discipline

Roy Asotasi

Brad Walter Minor premiers Sydney Roosters enter the finals series as the most ill-disciplined team for more than a decade after becoming just the third side in history to concede more than 200 penalties in a...

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