Posted: 24 August, 2016

A Couple More Signings Yet To Be Announced For Parramatta Eels

More good news coming for Parramatta.

Triple M's Peter Sterling spoke to Brad Arthur on his Fox Sports show, Sterlo and what caught his ear was there were a couple of signings that were yet to be announced at Parramatta. Listen to the full audio below.

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Parramatta have made their first major signing after missing out on Jarryd Hayne, with Corey Norman re-signing for three more NRL seasons.

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The Eels announced on Tuesday troubled playmaker Norman had agreed to a deal that would keep him at the club until at least the end of the 2019 season.

"Corey has progressively improved his game over the first three years at the club and, in 2016, showed how valuable his contribution is in the success of our team," coach Brad Arthur said.

"Through today's announcement, Corey has showed his commitment to the future direction of our club and I have no doubt he will play a major role in moving our team forward over the next three years."

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Posted: 24 August, 2016

Top 50 Players In The NRL

It’s a big job but someone’s gotta do it.

Our mates over at nrl.com is doing it’s annual Top 50 players in the NRL list.

And to kick things off they’ve named the players ranked 50 - 41. As you can see below it's a pretty handy list with a number of players making their debut.

50. Lachlan Coote (2015 rank: N/A)
49. Bryce Cartwright (2015 rank: N/A)
48. Josh Mansour (2015 rank: N/A)
47. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (2015 rank: 21)
46. Ben Hunt (2015 rank: 19)
45. Matt Moylan (2015 rank: 27)
44. Adam Reynolds (2015 rank: 36)
43. Josh Jackson (2015 rank: N/A)
42. Issac Luke (2015 rank: 24)
41. Tyson Frizell (2015 rank: N/A)

The rest will be released during the five weeks leading up to the Grand Final on October 2. 

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Posted: 24 August, 2016

"Everyone Hated Jesus": Hayne

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Addressing the media before his first game at fullback this Saturday, Jarryd Hayne had some strong opinions about the media and how the bible has influenced the way he deals with the pressures of being a superstar. Listen to the full audio below.

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“You do read articles and get upset and want to get fired up," said Hayne.

“When you read the bible you realise everyone hated Jesus.

“You’ve got to put that in perspective and realise how much he stood up and was still him.

“He could have easily lost the plot and lost his shit but he kept it together." Listen to the audio below.

Gold Coast fans will get to see Jarryd Hayne at fullback for the first time in Saturday's crucial NRL clash with Penrith.

Titans coach Neil Henry named the ex-NFL player in the No.1 jersey for the first time since he joined the club earlier this month.

“Today’s media, it’s not about factual truths, it’s more leading towards a story or how much they can really blow something up,” Hayne said.

“It’s disappointing and it’s sad but it is what it is. It’d be too long to go through every article or detail."

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Posted: 24 August, 2016

Broncos Star To Cross The Ditch

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Despite being in talks with the Sharks and Titans, there are reports the Warriors may have won the race to snap-up Broncos star Matt Gillett.

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It's been reported by Fox Sports that the Origin back-rower may be squeezed out of Brisbane because of salary cap issues. 

“I might be making the transition across the ditch,” Gillett told Fox Sports, when asked about an overseas move to New Zealand.

“I hope I can stay here (Brisbane) and things work out that way but if not it’s going to move on.”

Alongside NZ, Cronulla and Gold Coast, it's believed Manly has also thrown its hat into the ring to snare the hard-working forward. Gillett's current contract at the Broncos, which ends this season, is understood to be worth around $450,000 a year.

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Posted: 24 August, 2016

Broncos Fine James Roberts Over Drunken Incident

Broncos player James Roberts has been fined $20,000 by the club following a review of his recent off-field behaviour. He’s also been given a personal development plan to keep him on the straight and narrow that includes community service. Read the full statement below.

The Broncos star will be free to play in Friday's match against Melbourne.

Roberts was involved in two seperate incidents recently, including an altercation in early August at the GPO hotel, Brisbane.

Roberts was refused drinks and an argument broke out, with Roberts spitting in the face of one of the managers.

This followed reports that Roberts was involved in an incident at Brisbane pub, the Normanby.

Broncos Official Statement

The player welfare of James Roberts is the top priority in a complete personal development plan for the player that will be instigated after collaboration and consultation with the NRL and Rugby League Players Association.

The solution was proposed and has now been agreed to by the NRL after the true factual evidence of recent reported incidents was ascertained by their integrity unit.

While not arrested, Roberts was issued a fine for public nuisance in Brisbane earlier this month, a fact the Broncos advised the NRL of well before there was any public knowledge of the incident.

Roberts was also fined $20,000 over the matter today.

The framework for a complete personal development and wellbeing plan for the player has been outlined and agreed to, and will require sustained effort from Roberts, his management, the Broncos’ club and coaching staff.

This plan will include personal undertakings, community service on designated player days off, and a consistent review and updating of the program, which can be overviewed by the NRL and NRLPA. Broncos’ chief executive Paul White said the club was determined to obtain positive outcomes from the incident for both the player and the community.

“We informed the NRL of this matter before it became public and have continued to provide them any and all assistance in their investigation,” said White.

“This will be a total plan for James’ development and wellbeing, and will have high regard for both the issues of the past and what we are hoping for going into the future.
“Going back to provide benefit to the community is an appropriate way to acknowledge a breach of community standards.

“This is not just a punishment, but about forward development for James and a way for him to gain some grounding and provide assistance to the Broncos’ well-documented community activities.”

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Posted: 24 August, 2016

Sharks To Wear Unique Battlefield Themed Jersey To Help Them Actually Win A Game

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The Sharks will take to the field in a brand new jersey for Saturday's penultimate round clash against Sydney Roosters at Southern Cross Group Stadium.

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The Sharks will wear a “uniquely designed jersey, featuring key elements of the upcoming Battlefield 1 game (available on Xbox and Playstation)” which fans, including these ones spotted on www.reddit.com, are hoping will help Cronulla recapture their sublime mid-season form.

Three successive defeats have the Sharks in danger of relinquishing their hold on a vital top-two spot, despite one of their most successful regular seasons ever.

Cronulla players dejected after another loss Photo: Getty Images

Cronulla crashed to a winless month in Monday's loss to South Sydney, after a draw with Gold Coast and defeats to Canberra and St George Illawarra.

The Sharks mid-season run made them one of the NRL's hunted and plenty of pundits have enjoyed witnessing their recent dip in form.

Retiring rake Michael Ennis is aware some would take a perverse enjoyment in Cronulla's premiership drought continuing this season.

"We have a lot of experience in the side and it is important we help the younger guys at times like these about blocking out the noise," Ennis told AAP.

"We know what we need to do, not what everyone else out there wants us to do. It is going to come from within the group."

Honesty would also be crucial in turning the Sharks fortunes around, he felt.

"We just have to be openly honest and look at what is going wrong," Ennis said.

"You don't just become a bad footy side in three weeks.

"We need to make sure we go back to what we were doing well through the middle of the season and that was executing better."

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 21:  Paul Gallen of the Sharks reacts after a Storm try during the round three NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Cronulla Sharks at AAMI Park on March 21, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Paul Gallen returns for Cronulla Photo: Getty Images

The Sharks have missed big forwards Paul Gallen and Sam Tagataese over the past fortnight.

Gallen will return from a calf in Saturday's penultimate round clash against Sydney Roosters at Southern Cross Group Stadium.

Winger Sosaia Feki comes back from one match out with a groin strain.

"I dread five-day turnarounds sometimes but this one I think we need to get straight back into it," Ennis said.

About Battlefield

For latest info and updates about the new game go to: www.battlefield.com/en-au

Battlefield 1 is out October 21 on Xbox One, Origin™ for PC and PlayStation®4.

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Posted: 24 August, 2016

Sea Eagles Endorse Lyon Successor

Manly pair Jamie Buhrer and Jake Trbojevic have been backed by teammates to usher in a new era as captains of the club next season.

A fresh start awaits at Brookvale after injured skipper Jamie Lyon conceded his NRL career is over, while fellow veterans Brett Stewart and Steve Matai face uncertain futures.

But star halfback Daly Cherry-Evans insists Sea Eagles are in good hands, endorsing both Buhrer and Trbojevic to succeed Lyon together in 2017 and beyond.

"I'd be a big advocate for them to be our co-captains next year," Cherry-Evans said.

"I definitely feel a sense of security knowing if Jamie Lyon is not running me out, that I've got two people that are very well respected amongst this playing group to lead us out."

A final decision on who takes over Lyon's role won't be made until the new year, however coach Trent Barrett is wary of placing too much burden on the 22-year-old Trbojevic.

The local junior has yet to reach the 50-game milestone.

"He is still only young and I won't be throwing him to the wolves either. There's still some really good older heads in the club," Barrett said.

"I don't have a preferred model (but) I think the co-captain model does work well when you've got a young bloke, like we have this year with Jamie and Jake."

Jake Buhrer's Length-Of-The-Field Try

Buhrer, 26, said he is proud to have co-led the team in Lyon's absence this year as it had been a childhood dream to skipper his favourite club.

"I suppose I only came on due to Steve Matai and (Stewart) missing a lot of time this year," he said.

"But it's something that I'm extremely proud of, something I've enjoyed to do. And if I get the chance the next two weeks, I'll look to make the most of it."

Trbojevic was initially nervous when he was handed a leadership role mid-season but paid tribute to Lyon for helping him adjust to his new duties.

The hard-working forward, together with brother and fullback Tom, is regarded as a cornerstone of the team over the coming years.

"When I was first a bit nervous, he said, `It makes you a better player, being captain'," Trbojevic said.

"I thought it was going to be pretty hard, but the first few games I quite enjoyed it. It was a cool experience.

"We've got heaps of leaders in the team. It made it a bit easier because they'd help you out."

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Posted: 24 August, 2016

Historic Announcement For Women's Rugby League In NSW

Samantha Bremner of the Jillaroos is tackled during the Women's international Rugby League Test match Photo: Getty Images

The NSW Rugby League today announced the formation of a new female competition, the Tarsha Gale Nines, to run alongside the Junior Representative Leagues, from 2017.

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NSWRL Chairman and former Bulldogs legend George Peponis revealed the creation of the nine-week Under-18s nine-a-side tournament next year.

Named after the former Australian and NSW captain in the 1990s, the game-leading tournament will develop the best of the best in the age group as NSWRL push towards an elite female league.

“The NSWRL is very excited by the opportunity this provides for female Rugby League players in NSW,” Dr George Peponis said.

“Women play a huge role in the game of Rugby League – and the NSWRL is proud of its ever-increasing commitment to grow the game across this great state.”

A five-year plan to introduce a complete women’s representative pathways program in NSW will target an under-16s Junior Representative Competition in 2018 and an Elite Seniors Competition in 2019, with a view to launch a competition in line with the Intrust Super Premiership NSW in the next three to five years.

The NSWRL has broken new ground in 2016 with new competitions providing more opportunities to female players – and a significant increase in resources provided to female pathway programs.

For the first time in its history, the Sydney Metropolitan Women’s Competition has featured two divisions, while the Sydney Combined Competition has featured girls competitions in 13-15 years and 16-18 years for the first time.

With increased resources being allocated to Women’s Rugby League in NSW over a number of years, these efforts finally came to a head with an historic NSW victory in the 2016 Women’s Interstate Challenge.

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Posted: 24 August, 2016

Newcastle To Host NRL All Stars

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In some massive news for rugby league fans in Newcastle, the city will host next year’s NRL All Stars clash.

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Hunter Stadium will be the venue for the annual pre-season clash between the Indigenous All Stars and World All Stars on February 10.

The All Stars concept began in 2010 and it’s always been played in Queensland, in either Brisbane or the Gold Coast.

It's the second representative coup for Newcastle this year, having hosted the ANZAC Test Match earlier this season.

Tickets On Sale

Tickets go on sale today to the match to be played on Friday, 10 February at Hunter Stadium.

NRL club member ticket prices go on sale from 1pm today and would start at $10, with general public tickets on sale from Monday 29 August.

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NRL Indigenous vs World All Stars 2016 Highlights

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Posted: 24 August, 2016

NRL Boss Won't Remove Golden Point

Coaches seem to hate it but clearly NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg is a fan of the game's golden-point system.

Greenberg laughed off claims from Canterbury coach Des Hasler that the system was going to be overhauled at the end of the season.

Instead the league's boss said golden point brought an extra level of excitement to the game which added to the spectacle.

"Des Hasler doesn't make those decisions. The NRL does," Greenberg said.

"I'll listen very closely to Des as I'll listen very closely to all of the coaches. We're in the business of entertainment.

"Golden point has provided a number of entertaining finishes to the end of the season. We've had more golden point games in 2016 than ever before."

Greenberg noted changes had already been made for this year's finals series where a period of extra-time will be played before golden point.

One aspect of the game which is set for review though is the judiciary system.

Greenberg concedes the system creates confusion for fans through inconsistent penalties and gradings and it needs to be looked at.

"I think you will see some change going into 2017 but I'm not sure what (that change) will be," he said.

"I understand fans get frustrated but it's no new news to us that they get frustrated because there are difficulties in the system with loading and carry over points. It's a complex system.

"Where we can provide simplicity into that, we will, but be mindful that we're there to protect the players' interests on the field."

Why Fans Love Golden Point

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Posted: 24 August, 2016

Dave Taylor Is Looking At Significant Time For Eye Gouging

It doesn't look good for Dave

In the UK Super League, Dave Taylor is looking at significant time on the sidelines for eye gouging during Catalans 44-nil loss to Hull FC.

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As you can see in the video below, it doesn’t look good for Dave with the player he allegedly gouged, he came up with his eye half-closed and there was blood coming out the side of the eye.

He’s looking at a 10 week suspension.

Dave Taylor Alleged Eye Gouge And Spear Tackle

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Posted: 24 August, 2016

Norman Signs Three-Year Deal With Eels

Corey Norman celebrates a try with teammates Photo: Getty Images

Parramatta have made their first major signing after missing out on Jarryd Hayne, with Corey Norman re-signing for three more NRL seasons.

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The Eels announced on Tuesday troubled playmaker Norman had agreed to a deal that would keep him at the club until at least the end of the 2019 season.

"Corey has progressively improved his game over the first three years at the club and, in 2016, showed how valuable his contribution is in the success of our team," coach Brad Arthur said.

"Through today's announcement, Corey has showed his commitment to the future direction of our club and I have no doubt he will play a major role in moving our team forward over the next three years."

Sterlo's Thoughts On Norman Signing

Hayne Turns His Back On Eels; Parramatta Set To Announce More Signings

Jarryd Hayne Photo: Getty Images

Hayne turned his back on a return to the Eels earlier this month when he signed a two-year deal with Gold Coast.

Eels chairman Max Donnelly said the club were set to announce more player re-signings in coming days after finally sorting out their salary-cap woes.

"The club now has a clearer picture of its salary-cap position, allowing it to finalise a number of player negotiations that had been placed on hold over the past couple of months," Donnelly said.

"We have been pleased with how Corey has responded to the personal challenges of this year and we look forward to his contribution to the club's success over the next three years."

Corey Norman of Parramatta Photo: Getty Images

Norman had been one of the Eels' stars in a troubled year for the club who were docked 12 premiership points and fined $1 million for rorting the salary cap.

Norman is serving an eight-match ban for off-field indiscretions.

He has played 64 games for the Eels since moving from Brisbane for the 2014 season.

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