Posted: 27 August, 2015

Luke On Report & Sutton Injured In Huge Rabbitohs Defeat

After another shoulder charge, Issac Luke could've play his final game for the Rabbitohs

The South Sydney Rabbitohs may have seen their back to back Premiership dreams dashed in a catastrophic 80 minutes of rugby league.

A 47-12 defeat to the Broncos would've been a tough pill to swallow for Michael McGuire but he also has both injury and suspension concerns heading into the finals.

Greg Inglis was missing after surgery on his troublesome knee and he looks likely to be joined on the sideline by John Sutton who left the field with an ankle injury in the second half.

Issac Luke is another player who could miss a few weeks of action after yet another shoulder charge from the Kiwi, the third time he has been placed on report in just two months and could be suspended for some time.

Luke Keary and Adam Reynolds both showed signs of injury in the huge defeat but appeared to recover to finish the game. However, the Rabbitohs had to finish with just 12 players after what was a good old fashioned battering.

The Broncos were immense throughout scoring multiple try of the season contenders with Ben Hunt crossing three times and both Anthony Milford and Jordan Kahu got braces too.

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Posted: 27 August, 2015

Gal Denies Verbal Altercation With A Young Fan

Paul Gallen will address the media to refute verbal abuse claims against young fan

Paul Gallen has come under scrutiny after a piece written by Paul Crawley in the Daily Telegraph on the Blues and Sharks captain.

The article talks about a recent interaction between Gal and a child after a Sharks game. The father of the child said his son wanted his autograph and said “Paul, can you please sign this for me.’ 

Gallen reportedly "drew a line across the bottom of it." Then he said, ‘F*** this, I haven’t got time for this s***’.” The father said Gallen then threw the magazine back at his son.

Shane Flanagan reportedly saw the interaction and said "I'm really sorry if you want to put your cards in an envelope and send them to me I'll make sure they get signed." However, the boy replied "I don't like Paul Gallen anymore, I don't want to get it signed."

Triple M immediately contacted Gal after reading the story and he is "denying any of that took place and he says there is security footage. He will address it tomorrow in a press conference."

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Posted: 27 August, 2015

Farah "Won't Be Going Anywhere" Says Manager

Farah's manager says the hooker won't be leaving

The future of Robbie Farah has been speculated a lot in the last few days but his manager says his mind is made up.

Brent Read joined the Triple M Rush Hour and the hot topic once again was Robbie Farah and where he will be playing in 2015.

Ready stated he spoke to his manager Sam Ayoub who said "he won't be going anywhere, he will be at Wests Tigers next season."

The journalist from the Australian said "I don't think there's a lot of options out there for Robbie at the moment. We've rung to most clubs in the NRL and they've said they aren't interested in Robbie."

Due to his contract situation at the Tigers another club could take him for "a bargain rate...as low as $300,000" and the Tigers would pay the difference. Farah was "offered to  another club six weeks ago" but nothing came to fruition.

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Posted: 27 August, 2015

Marty 'Kapow' NFL Dream

Martin Taupau has a burning desire to pursue a career in American Football

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Another rugby league player wants to give NFL a crack.

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Channel 7 rugby league reporter Josh Massoud reports Martin Taupau has a burning desire to pursue a career in American Football.

"He can't guarantee he'll be at the Wests Tigers next season," said Massoud.

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Taupau told Channel Seven he'd love to go over there and give it a crack.

"For myself I'm itching to go over there," said Taupau.

"I've given it a lot of thought, I've incorporated a lot of drills they do over there in the NFL with agility.

"I would love to go over there when the combine (college football) starts next year and see how I go up against the best."

He sounds serious! And it's not the first time he's said that. Taupau is still contracted to the Tigers next season. Listen to the full audio below.

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Posted: 27 August, 2015

Joey's Footy Preview - Round 25

Joey and Matty share their tips for the twenty-fifth weekend of footy for 2015.

We're down to the last two rounds of the regular NRL season and there's some great games ahead.

Thursday night's game is an absolute cracker with the Broncos taking on the Rabbitohs.

Joey's backing the Broncos who've stayed down in Sydney to train after their last match.

Then following that is another big one in the Sea Eagles taking on the Roosters

Manly are just handing in there but the Roosters aren't looking great without Jennings, Waerea-Hargreaves and Pearce.

With that in mind Joey's going for Manly at home to take this one out.

One of the games of the season (for Knights fans at least) is the Knights oldboys match this weekend which, as Matty and Joey know is a great day where, "the old players get to breathe grog all over the new players as they run onto the field".

It's Kurt Gidley's last game and there be a lot of emotion so Joey's smelling an upset for the Knights to take it out over the Bulldogs - they're also Joey's special of the week.

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Posted: 27 August, 2015

Wests Tigers Offered Robbie Farah To Another Club

Brent Read from the Australian says the Wests Tigers club has been shopping him around for at least six weeks

Robbie Farah fronts Wests Tigers press conference Photo: Twitter

The Wests Tigers have told Robbie Farah he's allowed to shop himself around despite having two years t run on his contract.

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Brent Read from The Australian says the Wests Tigers club has been shopping him around for at least six weeks.

"I spoke to [Souths coach] Michael Maguire today and Michael Maguire said no. He respects Robbie as a player but he's invested in Cameron Mcinnes and Paul Carter so they won't be making a pursuit of Robbie Farah," said Read, on Triple M's Rush Hour.

Read said this had been going on for a while and there had been moves behind the scenes but Robbie didn't know about it.

"I wrote a piece about six weeks ago that the Tigers had salary cap problems and I can tell you at the time the reason I wrote that was I know that Robbie had been offered to another club, that was six weeks ago. And that club said 'no, we haven't got room for Robbie, we don't want him'," he said.

"I don't think Robbie knew about it. The idea was they would go out… and find an offer somewhere, come back to Robbie, and it was done with the club's knowledge, and come back to Robbie and say 'Robbie, got this deal, it's a great deal and you should take it'.

"But it appears he hasn't been able to find a deal. There's interest in England but he doesn't want to go to England.

"The story was actually going to come out that he'd been shopped around and the club just headed that off and put a statement out."

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Coach Jason Taylor believes Wests Tigers future lies in young guns Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses Photo: Getty Images

Read also said from a footy perspective Robbie and coach Jason Taylor are not on the same page. Listen to the full audio below.

"Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses haven't kicked on and there's a view that maybe that's partially because Robbie Farah's there... running the show," he said.

"Brooks and Moses are on massive money next year… and [the club] wanna say 'this is your football team, show us what you can do with it." Listen to the full audio below.

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Posted: 27 August, 2015

Storm Set To Announce New Slater Deal

Melbourne are expected to announce on Thursday that star fullback Billy Slater has signed a two-year contract extension.

According to News Corp Australia, Slater struck the deal on Wednesday following lengthy negotiations with the Storm, where he has played since 2003 after being taken on as a 19-year-old.

It would keep the veteran at the club until the end of the 2017 NRL season, when he will be 34, and likely finish his career as a one-club NRL player alongside skipper Cameron Smith.

The club have called a press conference for 10am on Thursday. AAP Reports

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Posted: 27 August, 2015

Arthur Reportedly Set To Sue Parramatta

Parramatta's off-field woes have taken a new turn

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Parramatta's off-field woes have taken a new turn with coach Brad Arthur reported to be considering legal action against the NRL club.

According to Fairfax Media, Arthur and his management are looking at their options after the Eels allegedly reneged on a signed contract to extend and upgrade his existing deal.

The club announced it had re-signed Arthur until 2017 in November, but it was to terms less lucrative than those originally agreed to with chairman Steve Sharp.

The report said Arthur raised the issue of the discrepancy and the matter came to a head in February where he demanded a new contract be delivered amid fears he would walk out on the club.

Star signing Kieran Foran, who joins the club for the 2016 season, has a clause in his contract that offers him a get-out clause should Arthur leave the club.

It's understood Arthur wants the matter resolved amicably out of court and has left it in the hands of his manager Chris Orr who believes he may have no other choice to ensure his client isn't left out of pocket.

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NSW centre Will Hopoate has already taken Supreme Court action against Parramatta after they allegedly failed to honour a contract extension he was offered, and signed, earlier this year.

The new deal guarantees Hopoate a salary of $570,000 on the salary cap, plus a marquee allowance of $100,000 and third-party arrangements if they can be negotiated.

The Eels are baulking at paying the hefty price after Hopoate's form dropped, but the 23-year-old's management believes the contract is binding.

Parramatta are also facing being docked four points next season with the NRL investigating the club over salary cap breaches. AAP Reports

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Posted: 26 August, 2015

Farah Joins Long List Of Exiting Tigers

Robbie Farah is set to join a long line of quality players shown the door by Wests Tigers

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Robbie Farah is set to join a long line of quality players shown the door by Wests Tigers.

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Farah has been informed he is unwanted beyond this season by the troubled club, who are currently sitting last on the NRL ladder.

The skipper's impasse with the joint venture is almost certain to see him exit Concord at the end of the year, with coach Jason Taylor claiming the move has been made to offset salary cap dramas.

But the Tigers have a long history of letting quality players go, who then move on to succeed at other NRL clubs.

At the top of that list this year has been Canberra playmaker Blake Austin, who has put in a string off eye-catching performances to put himself in the frame for NSW State of Origin selection next season.

Austin was let go by the Tigers at the end of 2014, despite still being under contract.

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Blake Austin playing for Wests Tigers last season Photo: Getty Images

Another player who has gone on to bigger and better things is Melbourne winger Marika Koroibete.

The Fijian winger was also under contract at Concord but allowed to go elsewhere last season.

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Marika Koroibete on the burst for Wests Tigers Photo: Getty Images

Andrew Fifita represents another poor retention tale. The Cronulla forward has gone on to represent NSW and Australia since leaving the joint venture.

And Fifita had some advice for Farah on Wednesday.

"It's ok @robbiefarah you might as well join the sharks lol, we got all your mates at the club anyway #upupcronulla #loveagoodjoke," Fifita tweeted, referring to the likes of his twin brother David, backrower Chris Heighington and three-quarter Blake Ayshford who have all done well, thanks very much, since shifting from Concord to the Shire.

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Andrew Fifita of the Tigers celebrates his try against the Canberra Raiders in 2011 in Canberra Photo: Getty Images

Premiership winner Benji Marshall was also seen as surplus to requirements by the Tigers. But after an ill-fated liaison with rugby union, the livewire playmaker has been reborn with St George Illawarra and moved them to within touching distance of the finals.

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Benji Marshall farewells Wests Tigers Photo: Getty Images

Adam Blair struggled in his time with the Tigers but has become a genuine game-breaking forward under Wayne Bennett at the Broncos this year.

Beau Ryan, Tim Moltzen and Bryce Gibbs are other notables who have been given their marching orders by the club.

Robbie Farah on Being Told He'll Play Reserve Grade

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West Tigers skipper Robbie Farah says he's been told he'll be playing reserve grade next NRL season if he chooses to stay after being granted permission to look for another club.

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Posted: 26 August, 2015

Farah Told He'll Play Reserve Grade

Robbie Farah has dropped a bombshell during the press conference at Wests Tigers today

Robbie Farah fronts the media at Concord Oval Photo: Twitter

West Tigers skipper Robbie Farah says he's been told he'll be playing reserve grade next NRL season if he chooses to stay after being granted permission to look for another club. Watch the video below.

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Farah Disappointed To Be Told To Look Elsewhere

Farah, who has been at the Tigers since 2003, was disappointed to be told by coach Jason Taylor on Tuesday he was free to play elsewhere next season but said he wouldn't be leaving without a fight.

"It has to be on my terms as well," said Farah, who still has two years to run on his contract.

However the 31-year-old feared fans might have to watch him play at Henson Park next season should he decide to stay.

"It's not nice," he said.

"Whether they mean it or not (playing reserve grade) I'm not too sure. Whether it's just trying to get me to go, I'm not too sure. But if I stay I guess we'll find out."

Farah said he had a feeling for the past few weeks the news was coming due to the club's well-publicised salary cap issues.

However he was disappointed to have been told so late in the season, when other clubs' playing rosters are mostly full. Watch the video below.

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One possible landing spot is with South Sydney, where brother Eddie works with the medical staff.

"South Sydney is a great club, great history, they're premiers at the moment. A massive club with a great roster," he said.

"I won't rule anything out at the moment, but it's disrespectful for me to be talking about other clubs at the moment while I'm wearing the Wests Tigers colours."

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Farah, whose plays his final home game at Campbelltown on Sunday, described being denied a farewell at Leichhardt Oval as being a "dagger to the heart."

"That's one of the biggest things, actually, I'm disappointed about," he said.

"I love that place so much. Not to have one last game there and a farewell to the fans is a dagger in my heart. That's what's probably hurt me a lot.

"But it is what it is. I'm not the first person, I won't be the last. I've just got to get on with it."

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Posted: 26 August, 2015

Tigers Fans Outraged By Farah Cut

Wests Tigers fans and players are furious with the club's decision to cut skipper Robbie Farah due to salary cap issues

Wests Tigers fans and players are furious with the club's decision to cut skipper Robbie Farah due to salary cap issues.

The NRL club announced on Tuesday they were giving the NSW and Tigers star permission to negotiate with other NRL clubs for next season.

"Mate I will not be renewing my membership, can't handle how the club is being run! A club legend deserves better than this!" said @LankyprawnBurns.

"That's why they can shove membership. No communication with fans," said @jasonk83.

Bryce Gibbs and Tigers halfback Tim Moltzen, who recently signed with the Manly Sea Eagles for 2016, shared their anger in a tweet.

"I've witnessed the blood, sweat & tears from @robbiefarah whilst wearing the jersey. Never has let down the emblem. Pity it doesn't go both ways," he said.

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But Ex-NRL player Matthew Johns said this was an opportunity for the Tigers to enter a new era as a club, drawing upon similarities to when the Knights dropped him in 2000.

"I went through the same thing myself at the Knights. I was at the club for 10-11 years ... I look back on it now and they made the right decision," Johns said on The Triple M Grill Team.

"When they let me go they won the competition next year ... this is about the Tigers starting a new era and at the same time relieving some of this salary cap problem."

Early reports tip Farah to move to the South Sydney Rabbitohs to replace hooker Issac Luke, and where his brother Eddie Farah is head physio.

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Posted: 26 August, 2015

Souths Favourite To Sign Robbie Farah?

Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah looks like he will be parting ways with the club

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He might have two years to run on his contract but Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah looks like he will be parting ways with the club.

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The 31-year-old has been given permission to look elsewhere next year due to salary cap dramas. Read the full Wests Tigers statement below.

Channel 7 rugby league reporter Josh Massoud believes "South Sydney is the favourite to sign Robbie Farah. He will join his brother physio Eddie and replace Issac Luke."

Meanwhile, Matty Johns has told the Triple M Grill Team Farah leaving is just what the Tigers need.

"It gives them the opportunity to revitalise the playing group and start the next era," said Matty.

"At the moment the Tigers look like a club stuck in-between two eras."

Wests Tigers Official Statement On Robbie Farah

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Wests Tigers has tonight confirmed that Captain Robbie Farah has been granted permission to investigate opportunities to continue his playing career at another Club following the 2015 NRL season.

Farah has been a key member of the Wests Tigers playing squad since making his debut in 2003 and has made an invaluable contribution to the Club both on and off the field in that time.

The decision was not made lightly but ultimately allows the Club a chance to restructure the football team to allow for future success.

Farah has played 236 games for Wests Tigers since making his debut for the Club in 2003, was a member of the 2005 Premiership winning team and inducted as a Wests Tigers Life Member in 2013.

The Club intends on treating Farah with the upmost respect during this process and will make no further comment until his playing future is decided.

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