Posted: 6 December, 2016

Beau Ryan's Beautiful Gesture To Dying Girl

This beautiful gesture from former NRL star Beau Ryan... well it just doesn't get any better.

Former Jillaroo and women’s sevens star Mahalia Murphy had been having a hard time with a friend of hers diagnosed with cancer.

She only had hours to live and her wish was to meet rugby league stars Greg Inglis or Beau Ryan.

Murphy put the urgent message up on Facebook and the message somehow got to Beau. Have a look below, including the photo of Beau Ryan in hospital with the sick fan.

Friend: "URGENT REQUEST!!! Any assistance to boost my friend up? She is currently in Prince of Wales hospital and has roughly 4hours to live as she's fighting cancer. She wants Greg Inglis or beau Ryan To come see her. If everyone can share this or get in contact for me this would be much appreciated.

Beau Ryan: "Leaving Shellharbour now. See you in two hours. Tell Her to stay strong."

 

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Posted: 6 December, 2016

Slater Not Set On NRL Return

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Superstar Melbourne fullback Billy Slater says there's no guarantee he will play next year with his shoulder still not back to full strength.

The 33-year-old, who had a second reconstruction after round one in March, is back in pre-season training with the NRL grand finalists.

But he says he won't play again if he's not comfortable with how the injury has recovered.

"It's not 100 per cent yet but hopefully by next year it will be and all things going well I will be out there but there's no guarantees just yet as I haven't done a whole heap of contact work," Slater told AAP.

"If it's not in a position where I feel comfortable with it then I'm not going to be risking it.

"I'm more chance than not of playing but it's hard to say I'm definitely going to play next year because I haven't put it through those tests."

 

After only managing nine matches in two seasons, the Test and Maroons star said he still had the hunger to play beyond next season, when his Storm contract ends.

He filled this year with coaching and media commitments around his rehabilitation as the Storm advanced to the grand final, where they were beaten by Cronulla, but said he would rather still be on the field.

"I still want to play football and that's why I'm training now.

"I really have that hunger and drive to play and still want to play for another year or two and if my shoulder comes good hopefully I can do that."

Slater hasn't set a date to make a decision on his return and would be guided by the improvement in the troublesome joint.

"My surgeon says it's a two year recovery and I'm only eight months into it so by next March I will half way," he said.

"The shoulder will progressively tell me but it's going really well."

Cameron Munster filled the fullback role in Slater's absence with aplomb but he has been ear-marked for a shift to five-eighth following Blake Green's departure to Manly.

Melbourne football manager Frank Ponissi said he believed Slater was just being cautious after only lasting one game in his comeback from 2015 surgery.

"Billy's a bit guarded after going through the disappointment of missing the finals in 2015 and then having a big pre-season and then doing it first game," Ponissi said.

"We would be shocked if he didn't play."

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 10:  Billy Slater of the Storm runs the ball during the round nine NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Melbourne Storm at Pirtek Stadium on May 10, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Billy Slater of the Storm runs the ball Photo: Getty Images

Triple M's Andrew Johns believes we may have seen the last of NRL superstar Billy Slater as a player, having struggled to overcome a serious shoulder injury.

'Joey' Johns told the Triple M Rush Hour he spoke to Billy Slater the other night and it doesn't look like he'll be back.

I spoke to him the other night,” said Andrew Johns, on the Triple M Rush Hour. “He said he may not even play again.” Watch the video below including Peter Sterling's thoughts.

Slater had a season-ending shoulder reconstruction, and his shoulder has given him grief in the past, making the task of returning all the more difficult.

Andrew Johns on Billy Slater

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Posted: 6 December, 2016

More NRL Players Confirmed For BIGGEST EVER Auckland Nines

Eden Park, Auckland Photo: Getty Images

More players have been confirmed to appear at the 2017 NRL Auckland Nines.

Ryan Hoffman (Warriors), Jack Bird (Sharks), Dale Finucane (Storm), Tyrone Peachey (Panthers), Tim Simona (Wests Tigers), Korbin Sims (Knights) and Alex Glenn (Broncos) will play at the annual NRL pre-season tournament on February 4-5 at Eden Park.

Tim Simona of the Wests Tigers Photo: Getty Images

They will join Jarryd Hayne (Titans), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys) and Warriors superstars Shaun Johnson, Issac Luke and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck as names confirmed.

Players from all 16 NRL Clubs will tomorrow reveal their playing strip for the NRL Nines, ahead of the first Rugby League tournament to kick off the 2017 calendar.

Johnathan Thurston and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck Photo: Getty Images

Tickets On Sale

Tickets for the 2017 NRL Nines are on sale from Thursday, October 6 through Ticketek. For more go to: www.nrlaucklandnines.com

NRL Auckland Nines Fun Facts

• All 16 NRL clubs together in Auckland

• Featuring 288+ star players

• 31 action packed games

• 9 players per team, 9 minute halves

• NZ $2.6 million dollars + in prize money

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Posted: 6 December, 2016

Sandow Hopeful Of 2017 NRL Return

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Chris Sandow is hopeful of making a return to the NRL in 2017 with at least three clubs believed to be interested in the halfback.

The 27-year-old former Parramatta playmaker is back in Australia after controversially walking out on the final year of his UK Super League contract with Warrington due to homesickness.

Sandow wasn't giving too much away on a possible suitor on Tuesday but St George Illawarra, Melbourne and Canterbury have been mentioned as possible destinations.

"I am not worried about it," he told Sky Sports.

"I have got a good manager and he's been working on that, I am leaving it up to him.

"I am going to wait and see and let you guys wait on that I think."

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Asked to rate his confidence about an NRL return, Sandow said: "I would like to say medium but we just have to wait and see.

"Fingers crossed, that's all I can say."

Sandow sounded upbeat on Tuesday after last week not ruling out retirement.

He said there were no hard feelings with Warrington despite the send-off he received from coach Tony Smith.

The Wolves mentor described the ex-Eels No.7 as "erratic", "a pain" and "unreliable" during his two season Super League stay after Sandow walked out on the club.

Sandow stood by his decision to return home, saying he wanted to be with family following the death of his uncle a year ago.

"Everyone has a reason. Mine was pretty unfortunate, with my family," Sandow said.

"But Warrington are a good club. I don't advise against anyone going and checking out Super League."

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Sandow said he could empathise with James Segeyaro who has walked out on Super League giants Leeds.

The Rhinos plan to sue Segeyaro and have reportedly put a $425,000 transfer fee on his head, hindering an NRL return.

"It's hard (relocating to England)," Sandow said.

"I don't mind the weather and there is a good brand of footy being played - it's just a long way from home.

"I made a lot of close friends over there.

"I just had a few personal issues with family, that's one of the reasons I have come back home."

Sandow's priority is Friday night's charity fight against former NRL bad boy Todd Carney at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion.

"It would be good to knock him out," Sandow said.

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Posted: 6 December, 2016

Des Hasler Announces Key Bulldogs Signing for 2017

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Aiden Tolman has rejected big offers from rival clubs including Newcastle, Parramatta and Souths to re-sign with the Bulldogs until the end of 2020.

This is great news for Canterbury fans with the club attempting to resurrect a somewhat poor end to last season.

The 195 game veteran is part of the Bulldogs senior playing group and is one of the most consistent performers in the competition.

Tolman, 28, joined the club in 2011 after three years in Melbourne. Read the full statement below.

Bulldogs Official Statement

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The Canterbury Bulldogs have added further stability to their squad by extending Aiden Tolman's contract for another three years to keep him with the club until the end of the 2020 season.

Tolman, who has been a cornerstone of the Bulldogs pack and a great team man during his time with the club, is also a key member of the senior leadership group.

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He has proved himself to be a rock at the heart of the Bulldogs pack.

The 28 year old father of three, who is also a club White Ribbon Ambassador, expressed his delight at being able to re-sign with the Bulldogs:

"At the end of the day I'm grateful to be playing this sport and to be part of this great club. I love playing here and always wanted to stay, so I'm happy that we have reached an agreement." Tolman said,

"I really enjoy the set up here and I'm pleased that everything has been sorted out. I'm now looking forward to the season and helping the Bulldogs achieve success on the field."

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Posted: 6 December, 2016

Paul Gallen On Sharks Hefty Segeyaro Gamble

Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan and James Segeyaro Photos: Getty Images

James Segeyaro is facing a hefty lawsuit if he doesn't return to the UK to fulfil his contract agreement with Leeds.

Segeyaro, 26, has been linked to a move to Cronulla but the Rhinos have placed a $425,000 transfer fee on him.

Sharks veteran Paul Gallen told Triple M’s Summer Grill it’s a bit steep.

“I think that would rule a lot of clubs out if they had to pay a $400,000 fee,” said Gallen.

“That fee goes into your salary cap and you got to pay a fee on top of it… so that’s a big, big transfer fee.”

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TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 16:  James Segeyaro of the Cowboys runs the ball during the round 19 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Wests Tigers at Dairy Farmers Stadium on July 16, 2011 in Townsville, Australia.  (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

James Segeyaro during his days with North Queensland Photos: Getty Images

The 26-year-old is due back in England in January from an extended off-season break, but recently told Australian media he did not want to return to Leeds.

The Rhinos had maintained Segeyaro was not for sale but, on Monday morning, invited offers from NRL clubs for their hooker.

"Leeds Rhinos hooker James Segeyaro's decision to renege on the final two years of his contract to stay in Australia has resulted in the Rhinos' decision to place a valuation of STG250,000 on Segeyaro and to consider legal proceedings against him for breach of contract," the club said in a statement.

"The Rhinos have engaged legal advisers and are currently considering all legal options available to the club in relation to this matter."

Gary Hetherington last week expressed his disappointment over Segeyaro's comments after holding a positive meeting with the player and his manager in Australia.

The Rhinos' chief executive has accepted the club will lose Segeyaro, although not without a fight.

"We take this matter very seriously," said Hetherington. "James' decision has created a big problem for us and created uncertainty throughout our organisation.

"We are aware of the interest in him from a number of NRL clubs but we have our interests to protect as well and need to consider all avenues in this matter."

Segeyaro made a big impact at the Rhinos after joining them, initially on loan, from Penrith in July, helping them win nine of their last 10 matches of the season to comfortably retain their Super League status.

The Papua New Guinea international officially took up a two-year contract in September, removing a get-out clause at the same time, but now looked certain to join a NRL club, with champions Cronulla among the frontrunners for his signature.

Segeyaro joins halfback Chris Sandow, who walked out on Warrington despite having a year left on his contract, in refusing to return from Australia

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Posted: 5 December, 2016

Leeds Might Sue Ex-NRL Hooker James Segeyaro

English Super League club Leeds have put a STG250,000 ($A427,000) valuation on James Segeyaro and are considering legal action over his decision to renege on his contract with the Rhinos to remain in Australia.

The 26-year-old is due back in England in January from an extended off-season break, but recently told Australian media he did not want to return to Leeds.

The Rhinos had maintained Segeyaro was not for sale but, on Monday morning, invited offers from NRL clubs for their hooker.

"Leeds Rhinos hooker James Segeyaro's decision to renege on the final two years of his contract to stay in Australia has resulted in the Rhinos' decision to place a valuation of STG250,000 on Segeyaro and to consider legal proceedings against him for breach of contract," the club said in a statement.

"The Rhinos have engaged legal advisers and are currently considering all legal options available to the club in relation to this matter."

Gary Hetherington last week expressed his disappointment over Segeyaro's comments after holding a positive meeting with the player and his manager in Australia.

The Rhinos' chief executive has accepted the club will lose Segeyaro, although not without a fight.

"We take this matter very seriously," said Hetherington. "James' decision has created a big problem for us and created uncertainty throughout our organisation.

"We are aware of the interest in him from a number of NRL clubs but we have our interests to protect as well and need to consider all avenues in this matter."

Segeyaro made a big impact at the Rhinos after joining them, initially on loan, from Penrith in July, helping them win nine of their last 10 matches of the season to comfortably retain their Super League status.

The Papua New Guinea international officially took up a two-year contract in September, removing a get-out clause at the same time, but now looked certain to join a NRL club, with champions Cronulla among the frontrunners for his signature.

Segeyaro joins halfback Chris Sandow, who walked out on Warrington despite having a year left on his contract, in refusing to return from Australia

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Posted: 5 December, 2016

Meninga Urges Ponga To Stay With Cowboys

The Knights are still hopeful of Ponga being released from the final year of his Cowboys deal after confirming they had signed the teenager on a lucrative four-year contract from 2018.

But Meninga believes Ponga, 18, would gain the development he needed to cope with the intense Newcastle spotlight with another year under Johnathan Thurston, Michael Morgan and Lachlan Coote at North Queensland.

"Kalyn has another year to go with the Cowboys and I think he will really benefit from that," Meninga told Queensland Former Origin Greats website.

"Having another 12 months where he is just a part of a successful machine under (Cowboys coach) Paul Green ... will help his development a lot before he is the one in the spotlight at Newcastle.

"All the publicity, all the hype, and all the talk about the size of his contract means that he will be under pressure to deliver straight away in Newcastle, and that is a lot of pressure for a teenaged kid to handle."

Meninga admitted he was surprised Ponga had signed with a rebuilding Newcastle after Melbourne were reportedly also vying with North Queensland for his services.

The national coach said the Knights now had to repay the faith by ensuring they helped Ponga cope with the intense spotlight once he arrived at Newcastle.

"That is why Newcastle are under pressure here as well ... how they handle his development as a player," Meninga said.

"It is going to be a juggling act for the Knights but they have to get it right.

"They need to think of Kalyn's long term development and try to protect him as much as they can from the pressure and expectations that are going to be on him.

"I think his transition to a first grade player would have been much easier at a club like the Cowboys or Melbourne."

Ponga signed the lucrative Knights deal after playing just two NRL games for the Cowboys.

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Posted: 5 December, 2016

How Your Team Will Line-Up In Round One

The team at NRL.com have put together a list of how your team will line-up in Round One. See below.

For more go to: http://www.nrl.com

Sharks vs Broncos

Sharks

1. Valentine Holmes, 2. Sosaia Feki, 3. Jack Bird, 4. Ricky Leutele, 5. Gerard Beale, 6. James Maloney, 7. Chad Townsend, 8. Andrew Fifita, 9. Manaia Cherrington, 10. Matt Prior, 11. Luke Lewis, 12. Wade Graham, 13. Paul Gallen. Interchange: 14. Tony Williams, 15. Jayson Bukuya, 16. Chris Heighington, 17. Sam Tagataese.

Broncos

1. Darius Boyd, 2. Corey Oates, 3. James Roberts, 4. Jordan Kahu 5. David Mead, 6. Anthony Milford, 7. Ben Hunt, 8. Adam Blair, 9. Andrew McCullough, 10. Josh McGuire, 11. Matt Gillett, 12. Alex Glenn, 13. Jai Arrow. Interchange: 14. Kodi Nikorima, 15. Tevita Pangai Jr., 16. Joe Ofahengaue, 17. Sam Thaiday.

Bulldogs vs Storm

Bulldogs

1. Will Hopoate, 2. Brett Morris, 3. Josh Morris, 4. Kerrod Holland, 5. Richard Kennar, 6. Josh Reynolds, 7. Moses Mbye, 8. James Graham, 9. Michael Lichaa, 10. Aiden Tolman, 11. Josh Jackson, 12. Greg Eastwood, 13. David Klemmer. Interchange: 14. Sam Kasiano, 15. Danny Fualalo, 16. Raymond Faitala-Mariner, 17. Adam Elliott.

Storm

1. Billy Slater, 2. Suliasi Vunivalu, 3. Cheyse Blair, 4. Will Chambers, 5. Josh Addo-Carr, 6. Cameron Munster, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Cameron Smith, 10. Jordan McLean, 11. Kenny Bromwich, 12. Tohu Harris, 13. Dale Finucane. Interchange: 14. Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 15. Tim Glasby, 16. Christian Welch, 17. Slade Griffin.

Rabbitohs vs Wests Tigers

Rabbitohs

1. Greg Inglis, 2. Alex Johnston, 3. Bryson Goodwin, 4. Hymel Hunt, 5. Aaron Gray, 6. Cody Walker, 7. Adam Reynolds, 8. Tom Burgess, 9. Robbie Farah, 10. Robbie Rochow, 11. Kyle Turner, 12. John Sutton, 13. Sam Burgess. Interchange: 14. George Burgess, 15. Damien Cook, 16. Jason Clark, 17. Zane Musgrove.

Wests Tigers

1. James Tedesco, 2. David Nofoaluma, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 4. Tim Simona, 5. Jordan Rankin, 6. Mitchell Moses, 7. Luke Brooks, 8. Aaron Woods, 9. Matt Ballin, 10. Sauaso Sue, 11. Chris Lawrence, 12. Josh Aloiai, 13. Elijah Taylor. Interchange: 14. Jacob Liddle, 15. Ava Seumanufagai, 16. Tim Grant, 17. Jamal Idris.

Dragons vs Panthers

Panthers

1. Matt Moylan, 2. Waqa Blake, 3. Dean Whare, 4. Peta Hiku, 5. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 6. Te Maire Martin, 7. Nathan Cleary, 8. Leilani Latu, 9. Peter Wallace, 10. James Tamou, 11. Bryce Cartwright, 12. Isaah Yeo, 13. Trent Merrin. Interchange: 14. Tim Browne, 15. Tyrone Peachey, 16. Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 17. James Fisher-Harris.

Dragons

1. Josh Dugan, 2. Nene Macdonald, 3. Euan Aitken, 4. Taane Milne, 5. Jason Nightingale, 6. Gareth Widdop, 7. Drew Hutchison, 8. Paul Vaughan, 9. Cameron McInnes, 10. Leeson Ah Mau, 11. Tyson Frizell, 12. Joel Thompson, 13. Jack de Belin. Interchange: 14. Russell Packer, 15. Tariq Sims, 16. Jacob Host, 17. Jake Marketo.

Cowboys vs Raiders

Cowboys

1. Lachlan Coote, 2. Kyle Feldt, 3. Justin O'Neill, 4. Kane Linnett, 5. Antonio Winterstein, 6. Michael Morgan, 7. Johnathan Thurston, 8. Matt Scott, 9. Jake Granville, 10. Scott Bolton, 11. Gavin Cooper, 12. Ethan Lowe, 13. Jason Taumalolo. Interchange: 14. Ben Hampton, 15. Coen Hess, 16. Sam Hoare, 17. John Asiata

Raiders

1. Jack Wighton, 2. Edrick Lee, 3. Jarrod Croker, 4. Joey Leilua, 5. Jordan Rapana, 6. Blake Austin, 7. Aidan Sezer, 8. Junior Paulo, 9. Josh Hodgson, 10. Shannon Boyd, 11. Josh Papalii, 12. Elliott Whitehead, 13. Sia Soliola. Interchange: 14. Kurt Baptiste, 15. Joe Tapine, 16. Luke Bateman, 17. Clay Priest.

Titans vs Roosters

Titans

1. Jarryd Hayne, 2. Anthony Don, 3. Konrad Hurrell, 4. Dan Sarginson, 5. John Olive, 6. Kane Elgey, 7. Ashley Taylor, 8. Ryan James, 9. Nathan Peats, 10. Jarrod Wallace, 11. Kevin Proctor, 12. Chris McQueen, 13. Agnatius Paasi. Interchange: 14. Tyrone Roberts, 15. David Shillington, 16. Zeb Taia, 17. Leivaha Pulu.

Sydney Roosters

1. Michael Gordon, 2. Latrell Mitchell, 3. Blake Ferguson, 4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 5. Daniel Tupou, 6. Luke Keary, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 9. Jake Friend, 10. Dylan Napa, 11. Boyd Cordner, 12. Mitchell Aubusson, 13. Isaac Liu. Interchange: 14. Connor Watson, 15. Aidan Guerra, 16. Kane Evans, 17. Zane Tetevano.

Warriors vs Knights

Warriors

1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 2. David Fusitu'a, 3. Solomone Kata, 4. Tuimoala Lolohea 5. Manu Vatuvei, 6. Kieran Foran, 7. Shaun Johnson, 8. Jacob Lillyman, 9. Issac Luke, 10. Ben Matulino, 11. Ryan Hoffman, 12. Bodene Thompson, 13. Simon Mannering. Interchange: 14. Jazz Tevaga, 15. Albert Vete, 16. Charlie Gubb, 17. Sam Lisone.

Knights

1. Nathan Ross, 2. Ken Sio, 3. Dane Gagai, 4. Peter Mata'utia, 5. Chanel Mata'utia, 6. Jarrod Mullen, 7. Trent Hodkinson, 8. Sam Mataora, 9. Rory Kostjasyn, 10. Daniel Saifiti, 11. Sione Mata'utia, 12. Mitch Barnett, 13. Jamie Buhrer. Interchange: 14. Danny Levi, 15. Jacob Saifiti, 16. Korbin Sims, 17. Pauli Pauli.

Sea Eagles vs Eels

Sea Eagles

1. Tom Trbojevic, 2. Jorge Taufua, 3. Dylan Walker, 4. Matthew Wright, 5. Akuila Uate, 6. Blake Green, 7. Daly Cherry-Evans, 8. Darcy Lussick, 9. Matt Parcell, 10. Nate Myles, 11. Lewis Brown, 12. Martin Taupau, 13. Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: 14. Apisai Koroisau, 15. Brenton Lawrence, 16. Addin Fonua-Blake, 17. Curtis Sironen.

Eels

1. Bevan French, 2. Josh Hoffman, 3. Michael Jennings, 4. Brad Takairangi, 5. Semi Radradra, 6. Clinton Gutherson, 7. Corey Norman, 8. Tim Mannah, 9. Isaac De Gois, 10. Nathan Brown, 11. Manu Ma'u, 12. Beau Scott, 13. Tepai Moeroa. Interchange: 14. Kaysa Pritchard, 15. Kenny Edwards, 16. Sosaia Vave, 17. Frank Pritchard.

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Posted: 5 December, 2016

Boyd Wins Massive Award; Favourite To Take Over From Parker As Broncos Skipper

Darius Boyd on the burst Photo: Getty Images

Darius Boyd has been named the Ron McAuliffe Medal winner as Queensland's State of Origin player of the year.

And Brisbane great Willie Carne believes Boyd should also receive another honour - the Broncos' captaincy.

Boyd, 29, was a revelation when he stepped up in the Maroons' No.1 jersey for the first time in 2016 in the absence of injured Billy Slater.

He received the prestigious medal after Corey Parker was awarded the Maroons' honour last year.

Darius Boyd representing Australia Photo: Getty Images

Carne believes Boyd should also take over from Parker as Brisbane skipper.

Boyd has been shortlisted by Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett for the captaincy along with ex-skipper Sam Thaiday and hooker Andrew McCullough following Parker's 2016 retirement.

"I think he is the perfect fit as captain," Carne told AAP.

"Broncos captains have always been players who have led by example and that is what Darius does.

"He might come across as a quietly spoken bloke at the best of times.

"But he has a heap of experience and gets out there and does it.

"It would be a good call."

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Darius Boyd during his days at Newcastle Photo: Getty Images

Boyd is favourite for the Brisbane captaincy which is set to be unveiled in January by Bennett.

It would cap a remarkable turnaround for the once-troubled NRL star.

Boyd quit Newcastle in 2014 and was treated for depression before being sidelined with a torn achilles on his return to the Broncos in 2015.

Now healthy on and off the field, Boyd has returned to his career-best form of 2010 when he was Dally M fullback of the year and a premiership-winning Clive Churchill Medallist.

Boyd, named Brisbane's best and fairest this season, has been shortlisted for the Golden Boot Award as the world's best rugby league player.

Boyd was passed over for the Brisbane captaincy 12 months ago after claiming he "wasn't ready".

Boyd was also fearful that being named captain would prompt speculation he received preferential treatment from Bennett, the coach under whom he had played his entire career.

But Carne said Boyd's captaincy claims were now undeniable.

"He has had an amazing year," Carne said.

"Sure, Wayne (Bennett) can do whatever he wants as coach and Boyd has played under Wayne his whole career.

"But I don't think Wayne has ever favoured him over anyone else at his clubs.

"The fact is, the kid can play.

"And he has learned a lot in the past year about himself.

"I think he is ready."

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Posted: 5 December, 2016

Things Footy Players Never Say

Turns out the younger brother of Kiwi superstar Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is a bloody talented individual too… both on and off the field.

His name is Johnny. He's 20-years-old. He has the same fancy footwork as his brother, but, as you can see in the video below, he’s a gun behind the camera and a bit of a funny bastard too. Watch the video below.

Things Footy Players Never Say

Things Footy Players Never say! 🏃🏽😂 P.s - Yes people I'm aware that everyone is different 🙌🏽😂

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Some of Johnny Tuivasa-Sheck’s Finest Work

2016 #RegularSeason Is OVER 😱.. bring on the #FINALS !! 💪🏾😤 Time to fine a Gymnastics Team 😂

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Posted: 5 December, 2016

Roosters Brand New Jersey Looks Exactly Like Another NRL Club

Ladies and gentlemen. The Sydney Roosters will wear a brand new jersey for the NRL Auckland Nines, and it looks a lot like another NRL club… we’re thinking the Gold Coast Titans! See below.

"The jersey pays tribute to the Roosters history, featuring the famous Tricolours red, white and blue - with a modern twist," said the Roosters via their website.

"The traditional navy blue of the Roosters jersey has been replaced with Bondi blue, as a tribute to the famous Eastern Suburbs beach."

Gold Coast Titans NRL jersey Photo: Getty Images

NRL Auckland Nines Tournament Details

The 2017 Auckland Nines is at Eden Park on Saturday, Feb 4 and Sunday, Feb 5, 2017.

The two-day tournament kicks off the NRL pre-season schedule.

Tickets On Sale

Tickets will be available for the two days of the tournament while children’s tickets in most areas will be half-price. Book now through nrl.com/tickets.

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