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  1. Canterbury forward Greg Eastwood is yet to receive approval to play this season following a serious heart scare that has restricted him to light duties. Bulldogs officials confirmed Eastwood hadn’t been given the green light for 2018 and will be monitored after he underwent surgery to correct an abnormal heart rate, which occurred while he was driving to training prior to Christmas. He still aims to continue his career, but he’s still being assessed. I’m only 30 and I’ve still got a bit to offer so that is what I’ll be pushing for. “I’ll build up with a bit of cardio for the next couple of weeks and then I’ll see the doctor again after Christmas and hopefully he gives me the all-clear. “But anything to do with the heart is pretty scary — you need it to live. “The club have been really good though. They have made sure I’ve looked after my health before footy and whatever I need to do they let me do it. That has been greatly appreciated.”
  2. Penrith coach Anthony Griffin has allayed concerns Tyrone Peachey could be headed to Gold Coast, declaring the versatile star is key to the Panthers’ upcoming NRL season. Peachey has recently been linked with a move to the Titans despite having a further two years left on an extension announced back in 2016. The 26-year-old’s management is reported to have already initiated talks with the Titans, who will this year be coached by former Panthers assistant mentor Garth Brennan. Brennan this week denied the club had held talks with Peachey, citing contract rules that prevent clubs from negotiating with players who have more than one year left on their deal.
  3. He went on to say that he was growing home sick and that his family is a huge contributing factor in the matter, saying "when you think about it, 4 years is a long time, I get reminded about that by my family, who are asking me when I'm coming home." Kelly played in the NRL for Cronulla and most recently the Gold Coast Titans, they will likely be favourites to sign Kelly if he chooses to return, Manly are also still in search of a halfback too. Kelly has said that he will see out the season with the Black and White's but then tough decisions will have to be made, if Hull do lose him, it will be a massive blow to both Hull and Super League.
  4. Albert Kelly has revealed that he his weighing up his options on a return to Australia. Kelly spoke to the League Express after Hull FC's loss to local rivals Hull Kingston Rovers, in a preseason friendly, stating "I know I'm going to have to make a tough decision on whether I end up staying or going."
  5. It was the secret stadium sleep-out that could inspire the Roosters to the NRL’s greatest prize. Roosters last week slept on the hallowed turf at Alliance Stadium in a determined bid to turn their home ground into a rugby league fortress. Thirty players and 16 members of the football staff vowed to make Allianz Stadium the most feared away trip in rugby league in an extraordinary pre-season bonding camp that forced the players to sleep in driving rain. Shunning the stock-standard pre-season trip to the Central Coast, Roosters coach Trent Robinson ordered his team to spend the night on the playing surface with nothing more than a pillow and a sleeping bag. Attempting to inspire his team to become unbeatable at home, Robinson asked each of his players to point out a spot on the ground where they had forged an unforgettable memory. The players told tales of tackles, tries and towering torpedo bombs. Since making it their home in 1988 with a first-up loss to the Dragons, the Roosters have only won 60 per cent of their matches at the ground formerly known as the Sydney Football Stadium. Robinson and the team are hoping to win all their home matches this year and erase the hurt of the 29-16 preliminary final loss to the Cowboys last year. “We want it to become our own fortress,’’ said a Roosters player. ‘‘We want to make it a place that nobody wants to play.’’ The players dined on barbecued Steggles chickens before exchanging their Allianz war stories. At 10pm the floodlights went out, with the team rising at 7am to train.
  6. Greg Inglis is set to make a full-time switch to the centres for South Sydney. As we know, he's been a fullback for 7 years His role at No 1 is rumoured will end this year with him returning to the position which saw him rise to fame in. Returning from the injury that sidelined him from round one last year, Inglis has spent the summer training at centre with Alex Johnston moved to fullback. New coach Anthony Siebold will make the positional call in a bid to extend Inglis’ career.
  7. Hock

    https://www.pontefractandcastlefordexpress.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/featherstone-rovers/hock-linked-with-featherstone-who-are-set-to-announce-new-signing-1-8956028
  8. Sharks to blood young play maker

    In the UK a recent example is Mark Aston, Sheffield coach, who had his son Cory Aston. At 22 he’s still to really come good. “The 22-year old joined the Rhinos from Sheffield Eagles where his father, Mark Aston, had coached him. The Rhinos beat off competition from other Super League clubs to sign the youngster last year. The half-back has made over 75 appearances in the Championship for Sheffield, Featherstone Rovers and Bradford Bulls. In 2017, however, chances at Leeds were hard to come by for Aston and he spent the season on loan with Featherstone and Bradford.” He didn’t establish himself with us hence he moved on to Bradford. Leeds have sold him on to Castleford where his Dad’s friend Daryl Powell is of course coach. If anyone can bring Cory on, it’ll be Daryl.
  9. Good luck to Jeff. I’d heard of Queanbeyan before. Odd name Queanbeyan, how did that name come about? We had a player at Featherstone come to us from Queanbeyan Blues. Josh Weedon stayed with us two seasons before moving on.
  10. It's getting enough fixtures that can be difficult. It seems few clubs will be running a reserve side. Then there's clubs who do and find they are struggling - who can't raise a team and cancel... It needs a requirement for clubs to run a reserve team for it to be successful, or at least 9 or 10 clubs committed for a whole season.
  11. Well that's it then, Premier Sports are out of the NRL 2018 picture literally. Found this summary of the latest situation today here: https://www.rugbyleagueontv.com/contracts What it says: (The likely cost is not necessarily 100% accurate but gives and idea of a likely sort of cost) Premier Sports rights to NRL Coverage ended at the end of the 2017 season. They do not hold any rights for the 2018 season. From 2018 the NRL are now offering the Fox League Channel from Australia to worldwide viewers via a streaming service at watchnrl.com, that will stream every game live. The cost of this is likely to be £22 a month BUT if you pay for an annual subscription in one lump sum (£125) this will bring the cost down to an equivalent of £10.40 per month*. In addition to the online partnership, Fox have been given the option to sell on games to TV Broadcasters also. Its expected that Sky Sports will get this option and show some NRL games per week (three of the eight I'd expect) with the rest on the streaming service. *Price Estimates are based on the cost of Aussie Rules Equivalent watchafl.com.au.
  12. Early Programmes

    https://www.nrl.com/operations/the-game/rugby-league-museum/
  13. This was posted on Facebook by the National Rugby League Museum. Fascinating: