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Christian covers rugby league for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Cooper Cronk's No. 7 successor might be right under Nick Politis' nose

Cooper Cronk's No. 7 successor might be right under Nick Politis' nose

Forget going to market. Luke Keary reminded the premiers why he could easily loom as Cooper Cronk's halfback replacement with a top first half against Manly.

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Robinson takes aim at Brookvale surface after Brett Morris injury

Robinson takes aim at Brookvale surface after Brett Morris injury

Trent Robinson has called for all grounds to meet certain NRL standards for games to proceed after a Brookvale bog claimed Brett Morris.

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Keary's masterclass in the slush denies Des Hasler a homecoming win
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Keary's masterclass in the slush denies Des Hasler a homecoming win

The Manly coach is still searching for his first win after Luke Keary laid on four first-half tries for the premiers, who lost Brett Morris to a knee injury.

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NSW and Australia coaches test Pangai's loyalty to Tonga

NSW and Australia coaches test Pangai's loyalty to Tonga

Tevita Pangai Jnr will be overlooked for NSW should he choose to play in the mid-year Test for Tonga against New Zealand.

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'I was a ticking time bomb': Foran reveals incredible debt to Eels

'I was a ticking time bomb': Foran reveals incredible debt to Eels

As Kieran Foran's life spiraled out of control in 2016, Parramatta coach Brad Arthur took the troubled No.6 into his own house. Foran will never forget it. But the star five-eighth is in a far better place now.

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Special bond between Bennett and Burgess formed a decade ago

Special bond between Bennett and Burgess formed a decade ago

They've hit it off at Redfern, but the relationship between Wayne Bennett and Sam Burgess started on the Gold Coast nine years ago.

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Benji nominates Marsters to be centre of excellence

Benji nominates Marsters to be centre of excellence

Benji Marshall believes Esan Marsters can develop into the best centre in the game as he tries to stop his giant New Zealand roomie Ken Maumalo.

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‘It’s been a dream of his for so long’: Lam’s tears as son makes debut

‘It’s been a dream of his for so long’: Lam’s tears as son makes debut

Adrian Lam was overcome with emotion when son Lachlan revealed he would be making his NRL debut on Saturday.

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DCE counts on inside knowledge to stop Roosters' strike weapons
MANLY v ROOSTERS

DCE counts on inside knowledge to stop Roosters' strike weapons

Manly star Daly Cherry-Evans knows all about the Roosters' all-star left edge after trying to stop them during opposed sessions with the Australian team.

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The statistic that lays bare Widdop's fullback struggle

The statistic that lays bare Widdop's fullback struggle

Gareth Widdop again struggled in the custodian's role for the Dragons on Thursday night but said he will continue to do what's best for the club.

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When rising star Burns told Souths teammates he wanted GI's position

When rising star Burns told Souths teammates he wanted GI's position

The 22-year-old told teammates after Christmas he wanted to play left centre in the grand final. Souths are just glad he's finally in the right position.

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