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

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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...

Board games at Titans as Searle makes way

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

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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

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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...

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St George Illawarra set to move on Wayne Bennett

Knight shift: Wayne Bennett will leave Newcastle at the end of the season.

Brad Walter St George Illawarra chief executive Peter Doust is expected to meet Wayne Bennett early next week to discuss the possibility of the seven-times premiership winning coach returning to the club next...

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Where will supercoach Wayne Bennett end up next?

Swamped: Wayne Bennett faces the media on Thursday.

Brad Walter Potential destinations for Wayne Bennett.

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Paul McGregor should get job ahead of Wayne Bennett: St George Illawarra Dragons director

Respected: Interim Dragons coach Paul McGregor instructs his players during training at WIN Stadium.

Brad Walter St George Illawarra director Sean O'Connor has spoken out in support of caretaker coach Paul McGregor being appointed to the job full-time and believes he would be a better option than Wayne Bennett.

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Trent Hodkinson's terrific try up there with John Aloisi's goal at the field of dreams

Trent Hodkinson celebrates the only try of the second State of Origin match.

Brad Walter It’s over. NSW’s 6-4 victory in Origin II was far from pretty but Trent Hodkinson’s winning try is set to be remembered alongside John Aloisi’s goal against Uruguay as the greatest post-Olympic...

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Demise and dissent on the field directly linked to lack of accountability off it

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Brad Walter Mark down April 2 as the date when Cronulla's 2014 premiership hopes effectively ended after the Sharks announced that suspended coach Shane Flanagan would rejoin the club next season on a new three...

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Greg Bird could miss State of Origin series after lifting tackle

Greg Bird

Brad Walter Greg Bird must decide whether to risk missing the entire State of Origin series for NSW by challenging a judiciary charge after becoming the first high-profile victim of the NRL’s crackdown on...

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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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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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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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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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City-Country clash to decide Mitchell Pearce's NSW scrum-base partner

Selection battle: Incumbent James Maloney is no certainty to start as the Blues No.6.

Brad Walter Up to six NSW five-eighth contenders are set to battle it out for the No.6 jersey in the City-Country clash, with Blues coach Laurie Daley planning to rest players considered certain selections to...

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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

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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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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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NRL 2014 Preview: Melbourne Storm

Brad Walter NRL 2014 Preview

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