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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.

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On ‎14‎/‎01‎/‎2018 at 6:33 AM, Graham said:

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. 

 

He'll be FB in 2018 that is until his knees go again (I give it 6 rounds tops).

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Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will remain as captain of the New Zealand Warriors, despite Kiwis skipper Adam Blair's arrival, as the club looks to convince the star fullback to extend his tenure at the club.

Tuivasa-Sheck, who was appointed captain of the Warriors last year, played under Blair in the New Zealand team at the recent World Cup but Warriors chief executive Cameron George said coach Stephen Kearney had no plans to change leaders.

"Stephen and I have spoken about it a number of times over the off-season and we have no doubt that Roger is a very suitable and appropriate person to be our captain and lead the club forward. Nothing has changed in my mind," 

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 Jordan Rapana has spent the past week in Canberra’s “fat club”.

Rapana and fellow Kiwi Joseph Tapine were among the remaining Raiders to reunite with the playing group this week following their mandatory six-week break.

But Rapana revealed he had failed to meet a number of targets that resulted in some additional fitness sessions.

“I’m in there with Elliott (Whitehead). I shouldn’t be in there too much longer though. I just missed out on getting out but I’ve got testing again on Friday,” Rapana said.

Raiders coach Ricky Stuart was forced to confront Samoan trio Junior Paulo, Josh Papalii and Joey Leilua last December after they had returned from World Cup duties overweight.

All three are understood to have since come back to near playing weight for the New Year.

“Myself, (Tapine) and a few of the English and Samoan boys, we’re grown men and we knew that we were getting a longer break,” Rapana said.

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Cronulla have joined Manly in pursuit of out-of-favour Newcastle halfback Trent Hodkinson.

With Hodkinson on good money at the Knights and spoiled for option in the halves, the 29-year-old is expected to find a new club in 2018.

The Sea Eagles have made no secret of their desire to bring him back to the club after releasing Blake Green to join the Warriors but the uncertainty around their salary cap has muddied the waters.

Now the Sharks have joined the race for his signature.

Sharks coach Shane Flanagan confirmed to foxsports.com.au that the club has spoken to Hodkinson’s management about signing the former NSW playmaker on a one-year-deal with his team in the market for an experienced back-up to join their roster.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Oates has been spotted training on the left edge for Brisbane, with Channel Seven reporting the versatile giant will be given first shot in the back-row during the opening rounds of the 2018 season.

He played in the forwards up until 2015 when Bennett began to experiment, turning Brisbane's second-fastest player over 40m into a try-scoring machine out wide.

 

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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.

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