Friday, August 22, 2014
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Cronulla & Flanagan accept NRL penalty

Cronulla Sharks and Shane Flanagan have accepted the penalties imposed on them by the NRL in relation to the administration of their club. The Sharks have been fined $1 million, of which $400,000 is suspended subject to the club satisfying governance changes and compliance with the NRL rules. Flanagan’s registration has been suspended for 12 months or until he satisfies ... Read More »

James Roberts sacked by Penrith Panthers

Penrith Panthers celebrating Grand Final success in 2006. ©ActionPhotographics

Penrith back James Roberts has had his career thrown into doubt, after he was sacked by the Panthers on Friday. Roberts – who was shown the door by South Sydney for repeated incidents off the field in 2012 – was given an opportunity by the Panthers to resurrect his career, but they have now shown him the door. The club ... Read More »

Sonny Bill ‘devastated’ by shoulder charge ban

Sonny Bill Williams. ©Action

Sydney Roosters star Sonny Bill Williams has been banned for three weeks for a shoulder charge on George Burgess and is said to be devastated at letting his team down. The New Zealand international was punished with a grade two offence in the Roosters’ opening-round loss to the Rabbitohs last week. He will miss the next three rounds of the ... Read More »

Cleary leaves Kiwi post, Morrison could replace him

Dewsbury boss Glenn Morrison. ©RLPhotos

Penrith Panthers boss Ivan Cleary has left his post as assistant with the New Zealand national side, potentially paving the way for Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison to get some international experience. Morrison applied for the head coaching role and got to the final four before Stephen Kearney was reappointed. Cleary, 43, told Australian told Radio Sport’s D’Arcy Waldegrave that ... Read More »

Kiwi coach Kearney hails Luke, Glenn and Taumalolo

Issac Luke (middle) taking on the Australian defence at RLWC2013. ©RLPhotos

New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney has praised three Kiwi stars after watching them impress during the first round of the 2014 NRL season. Hooker Isaac Luke, and second-rowers Alex Glenn and Jason Taumalolo stood out for the 41-year-old, who was reappointed as national coach last month and assists at Brisbane Broncos. He said: “I thought there were some great performances ... Read More »

Ben Barba receives apology for racist attack

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An 18-year-old Australian has personally apologised to Ben Barba for a racist post on the Brisbane Broncos star’s Instagram account. The man called Barba to apologise and express his remorse at his actions. “I appreciate that people can make mistakes and I accept the apology offered,” Barba said. “I was once a teenager and made mistakes. I believe as long ... Read More »

Andrew Fifita to join Canterbury Bulldogs

Andrew Fifita representing Australia at the RLWC2013. ©RLPhotos

Cronulla star Andrew Fifita has confirmed he will join Canterbury Bulldogs on a four-year deal at the end of 2014. The Australian test prop, 24, told his team-mates of the move after Monday’s loss to Gold Coast Titans and is said to have broken down in tears. He was made a multi-million dollar, four-year offer by the rich Bulldogs and ... Read More »

Match report: Cronulla Sharks 12-18 Gold Coast Titans

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In a nutshell A 72nd minute try from full-back William Zillman was enough to give Gold Coast Titans a winning start to the 2014 NRL season. How it unfolded First half: Luke Douglas plays his 195th straight NRL game, now the record holder; not the start Gold Coast wanted – they knock on 10m short of Cronulla line; Titans’ Beau ... Read More »

Match report: Eels steal Tomkins’ thunder in NRL opener

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In a Nutshell Parramatta did Sam Tomkins no favours on his NRL debut, with Eels stars Semi Radradra and Vai Toutai both scoring hat-tricks as they eased to a 36-16 victory at Pirtek Stadium How it unfolded The Eels scored an early try from Fiji World Cup winger Radradra, and then Radradra set up a second for Jarryd Hayne, with ... Read More »

Match report: Widdop leads Dragons to victory

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In a Nutshell Gareth Widdop was the key man for St George Illawarra Dragons, as they defeated Wests Tigers 44-24 at ANZ Stadium in the opening round of the 2014 Premiership How it unfolded Widdop kicked eight goals and had a hand in four of the Dragons’ seven tries, as they overcame an 18-6 deficit after 20 minutes. The Tigers ... Read More »