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1 hour ago, aj1908 said:

What about that south's junior what a beast. 1 milloon over 3 seasons for a 16 yr old 

To flesh that out...

South Sydney are reportedly set to put forward a lucrative offer to 16-year-old rugby league sensation Joseph Suaalii, even though he won't be able to play in the NRL until 2022.

According to Fox Sports, the Rabbitohs want to seal a "three-year, million-dollar plus" contract with Suaalii on August 1, his 17th birthday, in what is expected to be the richest deal in Aussie sport for a player of his age.

NRL rules dictate however, that Suaalii will not be able to make his debut in the NRL until he is 18 years old.


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The NRL age rule does seem somewhat strange. I understand the reason for having it, but think it could be lowered to 17. Suaali would have to wait 18 months for a debut when observers believe he would already hold his own. 

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Josh Morris is set to start the season at fullback for Cronulla after the Sharks officially rejected his request for an immediate release so he can join brother Brett at the Sydney Roosters.


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1 hour ago, Graham said:

Josh Morris is set to start the season at fullback for Cronulla after the Sharks officially rejected his request for an immediate release so he can join brother Brett at the Sydney Roosters.

Strange move, he’s not a full back. It would be better having Xerri there or move Xerri to the wing to accommodate Morris in the centre but clearly they’re doing everything possible to keep Xerri happy so he stays

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7 hours ago, DoubleD said:

Strange move, he’s not a full back. It would be better having Xerri there or move Xerri to the wing to accommodate Morris in the centre but clearly they’re doing everything possible to keep Xerri happy so he stays

So to be fair Josh deserves better from the club. He realises that they have prioritised other players’ preference and happiness to his. No wonder he wants away to somewhere he’d feel more valued.


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Speaking of Mozzes, I hope BMoz has a good (probably final) year. He's only 11 or 12 tries away from being in top 5 try-scorers of all time.

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Matt Lodge has a partial tear to his ACL. He’ll  have medical attention and physio. It’s not known yet how long he’ll be out.


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33 minutes ago, Graham said:

Matt Lodge has a partial tear to his ACL. He’ll  have medical attention and physio. It’s not known yet how long he’ll be out.

Not a great loss to the game really except for someone for the crowd's to boo.

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On 12/02/2020 at 10:25, DoubleD said:

Strange move, he’s not a full back. It would be better having Xerri there or move Xerri to the wing to accommodate Morris in the centre but clearly they’re doing everything possible to keep Xerri happy so he stays

From what I remember didn't Sharks tell Josh he should look round for other clubs for himself previously? Now that he has found another club they are saying no move.

Anyway couldn't they do with some wriggle room in the salary cap in the months ahead?


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Penrith fullback Dylan Edwards will undergo ankle surgery on today, ruling him out at least the first five rounds of the NRL season.

Caleb Aekins is set to start the NRL season as Penrith’s fullback after Edwards was ruled out for up to two months with a serious ankle injury.

Edwards will go under the knife on Thursday after suffering a syndesmosis tear at training on Tuesday, when his right leg was caught in an awkward position.


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 Newcastle Knights have offered superstar fullback Kalyn Ponga a contract extension to remain in the Hunter until the end of 2023.

Newcastle chairman Phil Gardner told Fox Sports the Knights have tabled Ponga an upgrade and extension for the next four seasons.

Ponga, 21, has scored 17 tries in 40 NRL appearances for the Knights in the last two years.


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A lingering foot problem could force Wests Tigers prop Russell Packer into medical retirement despite still having two years to run on his deal, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The 30-year old will meet with medical experts on Wednesday in a bid to work out the root of his foot issue.

It is believed that he suffered the injury playing in the NSW Canterbury Cup in July. After undergoing surgery, Packer has not taken part in any running sessions and may never be able to play again.

If this happens Tigers would, I expect, want him taken out of their Salary Cap books, as was the case with Burgess and Matulino .


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Rabbitohs halfback Adam Reynolds has been announced as the club’s captain for 2020.

He takes over the role from the retired Sam Burgess


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 Kalyn Ponga has reportedly been offered a record four-year, $4.5 million deal by the Knights that includes to allow him to play for the All Blacks at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Fox Sports’ chief rugby league reporter James Hooper broke the story last week that Newcastle had tabled Ponga an upgrade and extension for the next four seasons.

But The Sydney Morning Herald reported Tuesday that the offer includes a final year option in Ponga's favour should he decide he wants to try his hand at rugby union at the RWC in France.

“I’d be really surprised if the All Blacks weren’t talking to him now, that’s the kind of talent we are talking about here,” Newcastle chief executive Philip Gardner told The Herald.

“He could play for the All Blacks, the Wallabies, or he may end up going to Japan or Europe. We genuinely want the best for the young man and while ever he wants to play rugby league, we want him to play here at Newcastle in an environment he enjoys.


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Best wishes to Cameron King. Such a shame he has copped a nasty knee injury that will keep him out all 2020 season. This as he was hoping to restablish himself in the NRL after such a good season last year at Featherstone Rovers.


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1 hour ago, Graham said:

 Kalyn Ponga has reportedly been offered a record four-year, $4.5 million deal by the Knights that includes to allow him to play for the All Blacks at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Fox Sports’ chief rugby league reporter James Hooper broke the story last week that Newcastle had tabled Ponga an upgrade and extension for the next four seasons.

But The Sydney Morning Herald reported Tuesday that the offer includes a final year option in Ponga's favour should he decide he wants to try his hand at rugby union at the RWC in France.

“I’d be really surprised if the All Blacks weren’t talking to him now, that’s the kind of talent we are talking about here,” Newcastle chief executive Philip Gardner told The Herald.

“He could play for the All Blacks, the Wallabies, or he may end up going to Japan or Europe. We genuinely want the best for the young man and while ever he wants to play rugby league, we want him to play here at Newcastle in an environment he enjoys.

Not a fan of such arrangements 

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23 minutes ago, DoubleD said:

Not a fan of such arrangements 

Neither am I, but at least it has all been worked out above board, so if he does decide to waste his talent, he won't have to do what the Judas Weasel did.


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2 hours ago, DoubleD said:

Not a fan of such arrangements 

Must agree . Sounds like complete desperation , we’ll do anything you want just don’t go 

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28 minutes ago, DavidM said:

Must agree . Sounds like complete desperation , we’ll do anything you want just don’t go 

As well it makes our sport looks desperate and that we’re not attractive enough on our own to be able to keep players 

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1 hour ago, DavidM said:

Must agree . Sounds like complete desperation , we’ll do anything you want just don’t go 

Apparently there’s a clause in his contract where once a month everyone at the club will bend over and he can kick them all up the erm .... fundamentals.

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Sad case of Jarrod Mullen...

He’s been found guilt of drug dealing but has been spared jail.

Seems he has plunged the depths trying to feed his habit having got hooked.

He says he wants to try NRL again.


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55 minutes ago, Graham said:

Sad case of Jarrod Mullen...

He’s been found guilt of drug dealing but has been spared jail.

Seems he has plunged the depths trying to feed his habit having got hooked.

He says he wants to try NRL again.

I refuse to throw in the easy line about going to SL . I simply refuse 

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3 hours ago, Graham said:

Sad case of Jarrod Mullen...

He’s been found guilt of drug dealing but has been spared jail.

Seems he has plunged the depths trying to feed his habit having got hooked.

He says he wants to try NRL again.

 

2 hours ago, DavidM said:

I refuse to throw in the easy line about going to SL . I simply refuse 

Not likely, he’s nearly 33 and will be nearly 34 when his ban is up

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The Warriors’ front-row stocks are at wafer-thin levels after prop Jackson Frei was ruled out for the NRL season with a torn ACL ligament.

Former Sydney Roosters junior Frei, 22, was likely to make his first-grade debut next month, but the club confirmed the serious knee injury suffered early in last Saturday’s trial against Melbourne ended all hopes.


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