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Brad Walter is sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

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Canberra Raiders and Gold Coast Titans woes set to scupper expansion plans

Brad Walter Another dismal season in Canberra is raising questions about more than Ricky Stuart 's recent coaching record, with expansion of the NRL now seeming unlikely unless existing clubs fold or re-locate.

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Gold Coast Titans overhaul as coach John Cartwright and founder Michael Searle step down

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Brad Walter Titans founder Michael Searle and the only man to have coached the club, John Cartwright, have stood down from their roles in a bid to help ensure Gold Coast’s long-term viability.

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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

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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...

Johnathan Thurston named RLPA player of the year

Brad Walter North Queensland captain Johnathan Thurston will head into Friday night's elimination final against Sydney Roosters with renewed confidence after being voted by his peers as the best player at club...

ASADA pain could end soon for Cronulla Sharks

Season to forget: Dejected Sharks players after conceding another try against Melbourne on Saturday.

Brad Walter After 18 months of anguish and uncertainty, the worst could finally be over for Cronulla officials, players and supporters.

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Why NRL clubs want more Sunday afternoon matches

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Brad Walter If the upcoming clash between Canterbury and South Sydney was played on a Sunday afternoon, officials believe it could draw a crowd of about 50,000 at ANZ Stadium but the chances of such a game being...

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Cronulla Sharks players accept doping bans

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Brad Walter Cronulla captain Paul Gallen is one of 10 current NRL players to accept an ASADA deal which would result in a 12-month ban, back-dated to November 2013 for their involvement in the supplements...

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Michael Ennis admits Canterbury Bulldogs need more discipline

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Brad Walter Canterbury captain Michael Ennis has shrugged off his on-field clashes with referees as a sign of his "competitive side" but admits a lack of discipline has been letting the Bulldogs down in recent...

Trent Robinson's call to cut interchanges to reduce wrestling scourge has merit

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Brad Walter Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has again showed why he is fast emerging as one of the best thinkers in the NRL by suggesting a reduction in the number of interchanges to eight as a solution to...

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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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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.

Obeid family members wanted to become directors of Parramatta Eels

Keen on the Eels: Eddie Obeid.

Adrian Proszenko, Kate McClymont and Brad Walter Parramatta officials were in talks with the Obeids about the prospect of some family members becoming Eels directors prior to patriarch Eddie being found guilty of corruption by the ICAC.

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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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Sheens dumps Fifita and Papalii, shocked by Kiwis selections

Dropped: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

Brad Walter After announcing three changes to his World Cup winning Australian team, Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens admitted he knew little of new Kiwis hooker Siliva Havili or some of the other members of a New...

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