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  1. "Fuifui Moimoi, Ryan Bailey and Dave Taylor have left Toronto Wolfpack by mutual agreement. This is the brief statement released by the Canadian club just a couple of weeks before they start their Championship campaign. "Former New Zealand and Tonga international Moimoi was a major signing for last year’s promotion campaign from League One. Australian front rower Dave Taylor was one of several significant close season recruits, having previously played for Australia, Queensland and Catalans in Super League. Now coach Paul Rowley must now cope with(out) all three ahead of the club’s first season in the Championship." Wonder if any will end up back in the NRL?
  2. Greg Inglis will line up at fullback for South Sydney in 2018. That’s according to new Rabbitohs coach Anthony Seibold, who ended the speculation that Inglis will move to the centres when he returns from a knee injury. It was recently reported Inglis had been training at centre, and that Alex Johnston would instead wear the No. 1 jumper this year. But the club’s website on Friday confirmed Seibold plans to hand Inglis his old jersey back when he makes his long-awaited NRL return against the Warriors in round one.
  3. Any media rumours that Sezer and DCE would swap places Titans/Manly appear to have been quashed. Sezer has home on Gold Coast and seems settled. The criticism of Sam Thaiday at Broncos has set rumours of him parting with that QLD outfit to move to the Titans where he might be happier and give some experience to the GC side. Thaiday is out of contract at Broncos at the end of this season. Wests Tigers prop Matt Lodge has signed with the club until the end of 2017.
  4. Corey Oates has seen himself moving into the forwards. After training sessions and some time to develop his game, it seems that Wayne Bennett is going to move Oates into the second row at least for a few games at the start of the 2018 season presumably to see how he goes.
  5. Interesting elements in the make up of the design reflecting his career. Not sure the fading of colours to the front works 100%. Still he's been a startlingly good player and deserves a successful testimonial.
  6. Somebody online reckons Is this enough to be a sackable offence? Toronto putting down a marker for its players? Or is there likely to be more to it than that?
  7. Team Photo 1988-89

    Just scanned this team photo from my programme from 1988-89 season programme when Rovers played Salford on 4th December 1988. (Stones Bitter Championship - 1st Division) Not a bad side pictured, though it wasn't the exact side that took to the field that day. Add to the pictured side the players I've begun to list at the foot of the photo and it got even better!
  8. Team Photo 1988-89

    We have official team photos that are now set up pre-season. It would be a good idea to take another on pitch pre Match team photo during the season, especially to catch up with incomers and capture that live match day setting. These photos seem to get more interesting with the passage of time, being as they are both a record, a reminder and something to be proud of. I can see Deryck Fox scurrying and dodging now. That feint to kick through right but actually kicking left was rewarded with points very often and I can picture it now so very clearly.
  9. Team Photo 1988-89

    The one I’d bring back would be Deryck Fox. He was amazingly power packed and could dictate play with some astute passing and creative kicking. He was a hugely reliable goalkicker and could tackle well above his weight. There again I’d rather bring more back!
  10. Team Photo 1988-89

    Yes JC well spotted. You win a notional coconut. Thanks for pointing that out - time is just a blur these days! I've corrected the caption.
  11. Team Photo 1988-89

    Graham Steadman produced some of the most exciting play I ever witnessed. Paul Newlove was I think 17 at that time with a world class career ahead of him. Chris Bibb was creative and nippy and a joy to watch. Ian Smales was big, powerful and fast. Perhaps the most amazing bloke in the side that day was Jeff Grayshon who played on well into his forties! Pete Smith as you mention had style and vision more than most... I could go on... The point being that that year's squad contained a fair number of my all time favourite Rovers' players.
  12. Team Photo 1988-89

    Here's the full list of players used that season: Oh and the result that day: The team named in the programme that day was Bibb, Newlove,Lyman, Banks, Smales, Steadman, Deryck Fox, Grayshon, T Clark, K Harrison, Glen Bell, P Hughes, Peter Smith. Subs: J Bastion +1 I was there but can't remember the changes to the side named in the programme.
  13. While these three will have big decisions about their futures, Brian Noble will be looking round to strengthen the transatlantic club as the Championship season is soon to get underway.
  14. Latest... A Brisbane Broncos player has been accused of assulting a woman. He hasn't been named for legal reasons. The claim is that he slapped and man-handled the woman who is known to him. This apparently happened on Sunday night. Broncos have contacted the game's integrity unit to inform them. Police enquiries are ongoing.
  15. Surely Moimoi will retire now won't he, after all he's 38? How sad is that if he goes out on a sacking! Taylor is 29 so will want to carry on. Who will want him as a bloke who had such potential in the game but who has could be accused of not fulfilling it to date?
  16. Speculation seems to relate to some sort of off field bad behaviour. Officially though: Dave Taylor and Fui Fui Moi Moi have both been sacked by Toronto Wolfpack. Club not commenting for legal reasons. They are in Portugal on a preseason camp. Coach Paul Rowley told "They have left the club - that's all I can say".
  17. Before he left Raiders, Canberra did try to keep him. Wonder if they want him back? To some extent that might depend on what's been going on and what the full story is.
  18. Surely this is a big blow to the ambitious club? Taylor, one of the club’s major recruits along with Ashton Sims and Josh McCrone, had only just arrived on a three-year deal worth a reported $1 million. Moimoi played a key role in their promotion into the second tier this season, while Bailey was recently cleared to play on after winning a case against UK Anti-Doping. 'After being given a lifeline by the Raiders, Taylor signed a big-money deal with the Wolfpack, thought to be worth $1million over three years. The forward also had stints at the Broncos, Rabbitohs and Titans, with a brief tenure at Catalans in 2016. Now 29, Taylor made eight appearances for Queensland and one Test for Australia. Moi Moi played 201 NRL games for the Eels, including 2009's Grand Final season. In 2015, the former Tonga and New Zealand representative signed with Leigh Centurions before moving to the Wolfpack and playing 20 matches in 2017.'
  19. The Aussie Foxsports are talking as if all three have been sacked by the Wolfpack after an incident at the pre-season training camp in Portugal. The five-day camp is at the Colina Verde Golf and Sports Resort, a venue used by a number of high-profile sporting teams.
  20. The Mirror here and the Daily Telegraph (UK) both report the news. Dave Taylor’s Toronto Wolfpack career has ended before it began after parting ways with the Canadian rugby league club alongside former Parramatta Eels cult figure Fuifui Moimoi. Taylor left the Canberra Raiders following the 2017 season to pursue an opportunity at the English Championship club. The former NRL pair, alongside forward Ryan Bailey, have parted ways following a pre-season training camp in Portugal. Moimoi was the club’s first major recruit prior to their first English season in 2017, and was joined by Taylor who’s career has been marred by a series of off-field incidents.
  21. Darius Boyd has suffered another hamstring injury in training this week. We are told it was a minor strain to the same leg that a hamstring injury meant he missed a couple of weeks of the Finals last season. Likewise it caused him to miss the World Cup so he could recover. Wayne Bennett is keen to point out that this latest strain is to a different muscle to last time. and says it is not serious. Boyd signed on for another 4 years at Broncos back in October.
  22. Matt Scott to get the keys back

    basically saying ...Matt Scott has recovered from knee surgery and will be back to share the load with Lolo. Also mentions the arrival at Cowboys of Jordan McLean from Storm. Should be a pretty good pack they have.
  23. Does that sound petty? They've made their choice and should stick to it. The idea behind this being presumably that switching back and forth between national teams repeatedly by players undermines the standing of the games and is just a way of some players manipulating the system to their own financial benefit. Should representing your country be a serious committment or should players like Taumololo and Fifita be able to switch in and out of national teams to suit World Cups or themselves and yet switch back their allegiences to say get a place in the Blues (Fifita) team or the Kiwis team (Taumolo) again?
  24. 17th January 2018 Jason Taumalolo is set to shun New Zealand for good after throwing his weight behind Tonga playing a Test in Hawaii. Taumalolo returned to the training paddock in Townsville this week for the first time since last year’s World Cup, where the Dally M Medallist was the centre of controversy when he defected from New Zealand to Tonga. His move, later copied by former Kangaroo Andrew Fifita, helped Tonga qualify for the semi-finals, where they went agonisingly close to beating England. Under the current rules, Taumalolo is permitted to switch his allegiance back to New Zealand, the country of his birth. He has played 10 Tests for the Kiwis. However the North Queensland powerhouse is expected to stick with Tonga, birthplace of his father, and play against Samoa in the mid-season Pacific Test.