Posted: 30 July, 2015

NRL Boss Backs Aboriginal War Dances

NRL chief executive Dave Smith has backed the decision of some of rugby league's indigenous players

Johnathan Thurston of the Indigenous All Stars celebrates with the crowd after his team's win at Skilled Park in 2010 Photo: Getty Images

NRL chief executive Dave Smith has backed the decision of some of rugby league's indigenous players to perform Aboriginal war dances this round in support of AFL star Adam Goodes.

In a united stand against racism across sporting codes, three-time Dally M medallist Johnathan Thurston has already pledged to enact an indigenous routine should he score a try for North Queensland against Canberra on Saturday.

"I've seen on twitter GI [Greg Inglis] ask all the boys that if they score a try to do a war dance or a dance of some sort to show solidarity  and try and stamp out this racism that's starting to steam roll this sport in Australia," Thurston told the Triple M Sydney Grill Team.

While the reigning Dally M medallist is the first to go public, it's understood the move is a talking point for many players.

"For many years the NRL has looked towards the AFL as the leader in sport in the country but I think in this issue the NRL are far beyond the AFL on this and like I said it's very appalling that someone of Adam Goodes stature is copping this," said JT on Triple M Sydney's Grill Team. 

Inglis already has his traditional post-try "Goanna" celebration and if pulled out this weekend, it could well have special meaning.

JT On Triple M

Australian representative Greg Inglis, who has played in all three of the NRL's Indigenous All Stars fixtures, is also ready to join in on the celebrations.

Goodes was granted indefinite leave by the Sydney Swans on Wednesday as he struggles to deal with the barrage of booing he has copped from crowds in recent months.

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Greg Inglis of the Indigenous All Stars celebrates after scoring a try at Cbus Super Stadium in 2015 Photo: Getty Images

Smith took to social media to declare the NRL's stance against racism.

"So proud of GI and JT for supporting @adamroy37 Inclusiveness is crucial to our success as a game and our standing as a nation," he tweeted.

Rabbitohs players on Thursday said they would throw their support behind their skipper if Inglis performs an Aboriginal dance in Sunday's match against Penrith.

"I'll support whatever Greg does," centre Dylan Walker said. - AAP Reports

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Posted: 30 July, 2015

Numbers Show Fifita's NRL Worth To Sharks

If Cronulla do ban Andrew Fifita, it could prove a fatal blow to their finals chances

Andrew Fifita of the Sharks takes on the defence against the Newcastle Knights at Remondis Stadium Photo: Getty Images

If Cronulla do ban Andrew Fifita, it could prove a fatal blow to their finals chances with statistics showing he has rebounded from his NSW axing to be one of the NRL's most-damaging forwards this year.

Fifita's immediate future is at a crossroads after being stood down indefinitely by the Sharks as he and brother David face allegations of abusing a referee last weekend during a Penrith local junior match.

The Sharks won't take into account Fifita's purple patch when handing down their punishment but figures show he's been in bustling form, leading the league's big men in several key attacking categories.

According to Fox Sports Stats, Fifita leads the NRL's props for linebreaks and tries with seven apiece.

He also is ranked third for the game's forwards for metres gained in 2015, running for an average of 157 metres from his 16 games.

Additionally, his 66 tackle busts are the second most of any forward.

His loss would leave a sizeable hole for the rest of the Sharks' pack to fill, averaging 55 minutes, 20.4 possessions, four tackle busts and 23.8 tackles per game.

It must be noted, though, that he has given away the second-most penalties with 19.

The Sharks sit sixth, two wins in front of ninth-placed Canberra, but the next three weeks will have a big say on their top-eight hopes as they face the Warriors (8th), North Queensland (2nd) and Melbourne (5th).

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Andrew Fifita of the Sharks scores a try during the round 22 NRL match against the Newcastle Knights at Remondis Stadium in 2013 Photo: Getty Images

It is understood Penrith and District Junior Rugby League (PDJRL) officials on Thursday met the NRL integrity unit to present their evidence against the Fifita brothers.

The pair have been handed breach notices for 12-month bans from PDJRL games and will defend some of the allegations at a hearing on Tuesday.

The Sharks are waiting to be presented with evidence by the PDJRL with the brothers' fate to be decided by the club board and chief executive Lyall Gorman.

The club will not make a decision on the case before this weekend with Gorman set to travel to Auckland on Friday morning to watch the side take on the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium.

The NRL will wait for the Sharks' determination and will only step in if it deems it inappropriate.

HIGHS AND LOWS:

Andrew Fifita's NRL season by the numbers:

* Games: 16

* Average minutes: 55

* Tries: 7

* Linebreaks: 7

* Average possessions: 20.4

* Tackle busts: 66

* Average tackles: 23.8

* Average missed tackles: 1.4

* Offloads: 28

* Errors: 16

* Penalties: 19

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Posted: 30 July, 2015

Titans Lure Back An Old Friend

Gold Coast will turn to an old friend next year after signing former player Nathan Friend on a one-year deal

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Gold Coast will turn to an old friend next year after signing former player Nathan Friend on a one-year deal.

The 34-year-old hooker will head back to the Titans after four years across the Tasman with the Warriors.

The capture of New Zealand international Issac Luke by the Warriors had always signalled Friend would be seeking a new club for the 2016 NRL season.

A foundation member of the Titans, Friend says helping Gold Coast out of their recent woes was an exciting challenge.

"I have great memories from my five seasons with the Titans, including twice getting to the finals, and I'd love to be a part of getting there again," Friend told the Titans' website.

"Hopefully my experience and determination can be of value and I can help the club move in the right direction."

The Toowoomba product has played 215 games for Brisbane, the Titans and the Warriors since his debut for the Broncos in 2002.

Titans coach Neil Henry says Friend's experience will be useful as he continues to rejuvenate his playing squad.

"Nathan's experience and leadership will be invaluable, especially for our young hookers Kierran Moseley and Karl Lawton," Henry said.

"He is one of the most professional and dedicated players in the NRL and we feel still has a lot to offer the club." - AAP Reports

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Posted: 30 July, 2015

Dan Hunt Calls It Quits

Hunt announced his decision to retire as a result of a career-ending injury

Dan Hunt of the Dragons in 2010 Photo by Getty Images

St George Illawarra Dragons captain Ben Creagh is amongst those to praise retiring-prop Dan Hunt on his career following his his decision to retire from first-grade rugby league on Wednesday.

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Hunt, 28, announced his decision to retire from first-grade rugby league as a result of a career-ending injury suffered during the annual NRL Auckland Nines pre-season competition.

“It is no secret that I have been struggling with injuries throughout my career and unfortunately the injury sustained in pre-season has been career-ending,” said Hunt.

“It has come to the point where my left knee cannot withstand the strain that comes with playing first-grade on a regular basis.

“It is not a decision or day that any rugby league player looks forward too and it has been a difficult time and decision, but after several extensive discussions with both the Club’s Medical Staff as well as various other independent surgeons, this decision is the right one to make for my long-term well-being.” Read the full statement below.

Creagh is joined by a contingent of Dragons players past-and-present who have had the opportunity to play alongside Hunt. Watch the video tribute below.

Dragons Official Statement In Full

St George Illawarra Dragons prop Dan Hunt announced on Wednesday his decision to retire from first-grade rugby league as a result of a career-ending injury suffered during the annual NRL Auckland Nines pre-season competition.

Hunt, 28, sustained a significant knee injury during the tournament that has prevented him from playing any rugby league and due to the injury has been unable to recover.

Hunt has concurred with the opinion of multiple medical practitioners and made the decision to retire from the game.

“It is no secret that I have been struggling with injuries throughout my career and unfortunately the injury sustained in pre-season has been career-ending,” said Hunt.

“It has come to the point where my left knee cannot withstand the strain that comes with playing first-grade on a regular basis.

“It is not a decision or day that any rugby league player looks forward too and it has been a difficult time and decision, but after several extensive discussions with both the Club’s Medical Staff as well as various other independent surgeons, this decision is the right one to make for my long-term well-being.”

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Dan Hunt on the burst Photo: Getty Images

The local Dapto Canaries junior made his first-grade debut for the Dragons in the opening round of the 2007 campaign against the Gold Coast Titans and played a total of 150 NRL games.

The NSW Country Origin representative (2011) won several honours over his nine-year career with the Dragons including a Premiership (2010) and World Club Challenge (2011) as well as being named in the Prime Minister’s XIII (2012).

“I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to represent my childhood Club as many times as I have and it feels like only yesterday I put on the jersey for the first time,” said Hunt.

“I arrived here at an early age and had the opportunity to come through the Club’s junior ranks prior to making my debut and cherished every opportunity to wear the Red V when my chance came.

“Winning the Premiership will always be amongst the many highlights of my career and that period of playing rugby league in general is probably my best time playing rugby league overall.

“To be involved in something like that was very special and coupled with the chance of competing months later in the World Club Challenge and playing several representative games are memories that I will never forget.”

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Dan Hunt of the Dragons is congratulated by team mates Dean Young and Stuart Webb after he scored against Parramatta at ANZ Stadium in 2008 Photo: Getty Images

Hunt acknowledged that the decision to retire from the NRL had been made somewhat easier by his preparation for life after rugby league through his ongoing tertiary education and other welfare projects, something that he began in recent years.

The forward completed both his respective Certificate IV in Social Welfare and Certificate IV in Drug, Alcohol and Mental Health last year and was awarded the 2014 Student Award for Family and Community Services at TAFE Illawarra.

He has most recently been appointed to the respective roles of Dragons Education Ambassador as well as NRL State of Mind Ambassador whilst commencing studies for his Diploma of Community Services.

“At the Dragons it has always been instilled upon players from an early age that we need to have a focus on life and a career away from rugby league,” said Hunt.

“I am very fortunate to have had the support and guidance of both the Club and NRL to have undertaken study over recent years to help with this moment.

“As an NRL player there is so much influence you can have on the younger generation and I look forward to pursuing this chapter of my life to give back to the community and rugby league.”

Dragons CEO Peter Doust has commended Hunt on a notable career albeit one that ended in difficult circumstances.

“Dan has been a proud one-club man, a local junior who has represented the Dragons at the highest level for almost a decade and it is unfortunate that his career provided many injury challenges including one that would ultimately force his retirement,” said Doust.

“Dan is to be respected for his contributions to the Dragons both on and off the field and for the way that he has positively faced his challenges over the years.

“Dan's commitment to his studies and passion for helping others will ensure that he makes a positive difference to the lives of the youth that he is committed to helping.

“He has already spent countless hours in this space throughout his times rehabilitating from injury and we are pleased that he has seemingly found a new passion to replace his training and playing.

“We are also happy that younger rugby league players will be the beneficiaries given Dan's decision to remain involved with the game and the Club in this capacity.

"On behalf of everyone at the Dragons I would like to thank Dan for his commitment over the seasons and wish him well for his future.”

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Posted: 30 July, 2015

In-form Bulldogs Due In Doubt

The Bulldogs are likely to be without Frank Pritchard and Curtis Rona for their important clash against the Roosters this Friday night

The Bulldogs are likely to be without Frank Pritchard and Curtis Rona for their important clash against the Roosters at Allianz Stadium this Friday night.

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Hasler revealed second-rower Frank Pritchard (ribs) and winger Curtis Rona (knee) are likely to be sidelined. Corey Thompson and Danny Fualalo are expected to come into the team. 

Youngster Shaun Lane will fill the big shoes of Pritchard, who has been in awesome form of late, while the dependable Corey Thompson will come in for Rona. Danny Fualalo to come onto the bench.

Reynolds Learning Despite NRL Bans: Hasler

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Canterbury coach Des Hasler insists repeat offender Josh Reynolds is learning to temper his aggression, despite being suspended for the third time this season.

The fiery five-eighth copped a two-game NRL ban this week for dangerous contact in a chargedown attempt late in last Sunday's loss to Cronulla.

Ahead of Friday night's pivotal clash against the Sydney Roosters, Hasler also revealed second-rower Frank Pritchard (ribs) and winger Curtis Rona (knee) are likely to be sidelined.

Corey Thompson and Danny Fualalo are expected to come into the team.

While Reynolds' incident only drew a grade-one charge from the match review committee, heavy loading meant he will also be forced to sit out next week's match against ladder leaders Brisbane, although he was set to miss 4-6 weeks with a knee injury.

The former NSW pivot missed two games earlier this year due to a dangerous throw in round one, and then also took an enforced holiday on a tripping charge from the City-Country fixture.

Late last year he pleaded guilty to two offences, tripping and dangerous contact, from the same game against the Broncos.

Asked if Reynolds was learning, Hasler said: "He is. You've got look at those suspensions in fairness and in context.

"The only reason why he was suspended on a chargedown - it didn't quite work out and it was grade one - was loading."

Hasler conceded it was disappointing to lose Reynolds, who had been building into strong form in recent weeks.

"I thought (Reynolds') last month has been really solid," Hasler said.

"He's had a tough year, no doubt about that.

"But as a rugby league player, you have those years. He'll be disappointed.

"He's gotten to the stage now where, in line with the rules and loading, that's a consequence."

Hasler said he was pleased that the NRL were reviewing the loading system.

"I think a lot of the coaches have been asking that they look into the grade one. Instead of loading, maybe it becomes a fine," he said.

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Posted: 30 July, 2015

Nathan Brown To Newcastle: 'Let's Talk'

Former Dragons coach Nathan Brown has stuck his hand up for the vacant Newcastle job, saying he'd be 'open to discussions' if the club wanted to talk

Nathan Brown celebrates Super League championship win Photo: Getty Images

Former Dragons coach Nathan Brown has stuck his hand up for the vacant Newcastle job, saying he'd be 'open to discussions' if the club wanted to talk.

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“In my opinion Newcastle need rebuilding,” Brown said, on Sterlo on the Couch.

“Newcastle need to decide who the best coach is for that job. If they decide that is me, I’d happily go and talk to them.

“No one from Newcastle has ever contacted me at all.”

Brown is one of a number of contenders to take over from Rick Stone, who was sacked last week following a string of poor performances. Tim Sheens, Garth Brennan (current Panthers assisant coach), Brett Kimmorley, and co-coaches Shane and Ben Walker have also been named as possible replacements.

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Nathan Brown of the Dragons passes the ball. Brown's playing record - 171 First Grade games, 120 for St George 1992-98 and 51 for St George Illawarra 1999-2001 Photo: Getty Images

The ex-Dragons player is currently at the Storm, working as a coaching consultant providing feedback and his expertise to head coach Craig Bellamy.

He was previously spent six years in the UK Super League - Huddersfield (2009-2012) and St Helens 2013-201), which included winning the 2014 Super League championship. He was contracted for 2015, however he had a get-out clause if he got a coaching job in the NRL.

Brown became the youngest coach in the NRL when he took over the Dragons in 2003. During his first season, he was fined $5,000 by the NRL for slapping skipper Trent Barrett across the cheek on the sideline, having become frustrated with the team's on-field efforts.

In 2005, he coached the Dragons to second place, losing the preliminary final to the eventual premiers, Wests Tigers.

In 2008 he was replaced by Wayne Bennett and signed with English Super League club Huddersfield, taking them to the 2009 Challenge Cup Final and winning the 2014 Super League championship.

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Posted: 30 July, 2015

Chris Sandow Farewells Parramatta Eels Teammates At Parramatta Cafe

The cheeky halfback says goodbye after four years at struggling club

Chris Sandow says goodbye to his former teammates at a Parramatta cafe Photo: Brad Takairangi Instagram

Chris Sandow farewelled teammates at a Parramatta cafe on Wednesday, saying goodbye after four years at the struggling club.

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Sandow was due to fly out to England on Monday but some visa issues delayed all that, giving him the chance to catch up with Eels captain Tim Mannah, Corey Norman, Will Hopoate and Brad Takairangi.

“It was definitely good to see him, I’ve been good mates with him for a long time, he’s off to enjoy a new chapter, and everyone wished him the best,’’ Mannah told The Daily Telegraph.

“He’s a hard guy to read, he’s always chirpy and bouncing around, and he was the same today."

Sandow will join Warrington on a two-year deal reportedly with up to $450K per season.

“It was difficult at the end for him (at the Eels). He was going to leave at the end of the year anyway and it has probably worked out best for all parties," said Warrington boss Simon Moran in the UK..

“There’s no denying his talent and so we’ll look forward to him putting on the primrose and blue.".

 

 

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Posted: 29 July, 2015

Montage Of Sterlo's Frustration Whilst Calling Parra

We had to play you this… poor Sterlo had to sit through his Parramatta Eels on Monday night

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We had to play this on Triple M's Rush Hour… poor Sterlo had to sit through our call of Parramatta Eels on Monday night, copping a 46-4 trouncing against the Cowboys at 1300 Smiles stadium in Townsville.

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As you can see in the video below, he was as professional as always but have a listen. Poor Sterlo.

"They are a mentally weak football team," exclaimed Sterlo, on Triple M NRL's Monday Night Football. Watch the video above. 

And now next Monday Triple M will have to call Parramatta and the Gold Coast Titans.

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Posted: 29 July, 2015

Ben And Shane Walker Want To Coach Knights

Ipswich Jets co-coaches have transformed Queensland Club side with their radical, "left-field" style of rugby league.

Ipswich Jets co-coaches Ben and Shane Walker look on Photo: QLD Cup website

Following the sacking of Newcastle coach Rick Stone, a number of names are being thrown around as potential successors, including Nathan Brown, Garth Brennan and former Broncos coach Anthony Griffin.

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The latest one are Ipswich Jets co-coaches Ben and Shane Walker, who have transformed the Queensland Club side from wooden-spooners to finals contenders with their radical, "left-field" style of rugby league. Watch the video below.

“I’m not sure how Newcastle feel, but we are interested in the job and we’re putting our hands up for it," Ben Walker told The Daily Telegraph.

Newcastle has great synergies to the Jets. They are working-class, rugby league towns, the people of Newcastle love their rugby league and they would embrace the style that we play.

I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever our methods would work in the NRL. We’d love a chance with the Knights because the way we coach would work better in the NRL than it does at Ipswich.”

Their radical philosophy has made them one of the hardest teams to defend, with a focus on tiring opponents out rather than completions and 'time in possession'. Watch the video below.

Ipswich Jets Radical Playing Style

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Ben and Shane Walker's Playing Career

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Posted: 29 July, 2015

Tooves: We're Gonna Miss You

We're gonna have some great memories of the great club legend

Sacked as Manly coach on Tuesday, Geoff Toovey will see out the rest of the season but won't see out the last year of his contract with Trent Barrett taking over at Brookvale from 2016. Watch our video tribute below.

However, a lot of Manly fans are disappointed with the way this club legend has been treated, both on and off the field.

Matty Johns said he understood fans feelings because they absolutely loved the club legend.

"Toughness is probably one of the most admirable qualities one can have - toughness and perseverance and grittiness," said Matty Johns, on Triple M Sydney's Grill Team.

"[He] was probably the toughest footballer we'd ever seen."

Matty had this great story about the cheeky little halfback , which really epitomised the toughness of the bloke.

"On the day of a State of Origin and he [went to his dentist] and said 'I've got an agonising pain' and the dentist said 'you gotta get it out'."

The only probably was is if he was given the anaesthetic it'll make him too groggy to play Origin that night.

"[Toovey] said 'No, just drag it out!'."

Meanwhile, past Manly greats like Mal Cochrane and Cliff Lyons were signatories of a strongly-worded statement, criticising the way 'Tooves' was treated. CLICK HERE to read the full statement.

One thing's for sure, we gonna have some memories of the great Tooves. Watch the video below.

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Posted: 29 July, 2015

Bromwich Found Not Guilty Of Biting Dugan

Jesse Bromwich was found not guilty at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night of biting Josh Dugan

Melbourne prop Jesse Bromwich accused of biting St George Illawarra star Josh Dugan Photo: YouTube screen grab Video: YouTube

Jesse Bromwich was found not guilty at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night of biting Josh Dugan.

The judiciary panel of Bob Lindner, Mal Cochrane and Don McKinnon took just three minutes to reach their verdict after a hearing that lasted an hour and a half.

The Melbourne prop is free to play in Friday's round-21 fixture against Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval.

"I'm just relieved to get the result," Bromwich said after the verdict was read out.

"I'm happy they gave me a fair hearing. I never felt guilty and I will move forward to this Friday night."

The panel accepted Bromwich's version of events over the incident in the 69th minute of the Storm's clash with St George Illawarra on Saturday at Napier.

In giving evidence, the Kiwi international asserted he was having trouble breathing as a result of a medical condition, as Dugan wrapped his right arm around Bromwich's face while he lay on the ground.

According to a medical report tendered to the hearing, Bromwich had surgery on a broken nose on June 30, which left him breathing with difficulty through his nose, especially when he was tired.

Bromwich asserted any pressure Dugan felt on his biceps was him attempting to breathe.

"I definitely didn't bite him," Bromwich told the hearing.

"I have been playing rugby league for a long time and I have never bitten anyone before. I play the game hard but fair and biting is just dirty. I don't know what he felt but I didn't bite him."

In giving evidence, Dugan admitted he was doing "ground work", or wrestling, on Bromwich in a bid to slow down the Kiwi international's play the ball. However, he was adamant Bromwich bit him.

"I know what a bite feels like," Dugan said.

Dugan reeled out of the tackle visibly irate and, in the following few tackles, repeatedly attempted to gain the attention of referee Matt Cecchin to alert him of his concerns he had been bitten.

The NSW fullback said he could see "a red mark, an outline of saliva, an outline of the mouth" on his arm.

However, in his match report, Cecchin said: "I didn't see any mark, which could be due to the player's tattoos".

Bromwich's defence counsel Nick Ghabar seized on Cecchin's remarks in his closing statement and on Dugan's evidence that the Storm star perhaps couldn't breathe.

Cecchin said the evidence was "inconclusive" and, as such, the panel couldn't find his client guilty.

Prosecutor Peter McGrath's claims that it was "not an extravagant bite", but a bite nonetheless, were dismissed by the panel. - AAP Reports

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Jesse Bromwich could be hit with one of the NRL's biggest ever suspensions when he fronts the judiciary on Wednesday night to defend himself against allegations of biting.

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Melbourne prop Bromwich is accused of biting St George Illawarra star Josh Dugan in the 69th minute of the Storm's win over the Dragons in Napier on Saturday.

The New Zealand international has had his dangerous contact referred straight to the judiciary.

Dugan will appear at the judiciary to testify against Bromwich.

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Melbourne prop Jesse Bromwich accused of biting Josh Dugan. Watch from the 2.40-minute mark Video: YouTube

James Graham Biting Incident

 

The last player found guilty of biting was Canterbury prop James Graham in the 2012 grand final loss to the Storm.

Graham was hit with a 12-game ban, the equal third longest suspension in NRL history.

A similar ban would rub Bromwich out of the rest of the NRL season and the Kiwi's end of season tour to Europe.

LONGEST NRL SUSPENSIONS

July 2004: Danny Williams, striking, 18 matches

March 2005: John Hopoate, striking, 17 matches

August 2004: Clint Newton, striking, 12 matches

March 2001: John Hopoate, contrary conduct, 12 matches

July 2012: Travis Burns, intentional high tackle, 12 matches

September 2012: James Graham, contrary conduct - biting, 12 matches

March 2003: Luke O'Donnell, striking, 11 matches

April 2002: Tim Maddison, striking, 10 matches

April 2004: Greg Bird, striking, 10 matches

August 2005: Luke MacDougall, grade five dangerous throw, 10 matches

May 1998: Josh Stuart, intentional high tackle, 10 matches

June 2006: Lopini Paea, grade five dangerous throw, 10 matches

NRL players charge with biting

Round 2, 2001: Chris Beattie (Cronulla) - guilty, two weeks

Round 21, 2002: Luke Bailey (St George Illawarra) - exonerated

Round 14, 2006: Fuifui Moimoi (Parramatta) - exonerated

Round 21, 2007: Brad Morrin (Canterbury) - guilty, eight weeks

Round 3, 2008: Jarrad Saffy (St George Illawarra) - exonerated

Round 23, 2009: William Zillman (Gold Coast) - guilty, 4 weeks

Round 23, 2010: Scott Bolton (North Queensland) - exonerated

Grand final, 2012: James Graham (Canterbury) - guilty, 12 weeks

Source: Fox Sports Stats

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Posted: 28 July, 2015

Cowboys Salary Cap Drama

NRL clears Cowboys of allegations they may have breached the salary cap

UPDATE: North Queensland have no case to answer in regard to allegations of salary cap rorting made against them, the NRL says.

NRL officials say they have already conducted a review into allegations raised in regard to possible salary cap irregularities at the club, and will only reopen an investigation if further information becomes available.

Fairfax Media on Tuesday raised a series of claims in regard to property deals involving Cowboys players.

According to the investigation, 10 Cowboys players purchased vacant blocks of land and apartments from Laurence Lancini, former chairman of the North Queensland rugby league club.

The purchase of the properties could, if proven, contravene salary cap rules. However there is no suggestion individual players have broken rules.

On Tuesday afternoon the NRL released a statement saying "salary cap auditors had already reviewed some of the matters raised about the Cowboys today and had determined no further action was required."

The NRL's head of integrity, Nick Weeks, under whose auspices salary cap operations fall, said new information would need to be presented if the Cowboys were to be investigated further.

"As any new information becomes available it will be reviewed by the auditors," Weeks said in the statement. Full story below.  

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In some explosive allegations, there is a report the North Queensland Cowboys may have breached the salary cap.

The Sydney Morning Herald’s Kate McClymont, who famously caught the Bulldogs in 2002 and then had some claims about Parramatta's secret player payments last week, said there was an investigation going on involving 10 Cowboys players and third party deals.

"Questions have been raised as to whether the property deals constitute a breach of the salary cap rules. There is no suggestion that individual players have broken rules," read the report.

If the rumours are true this could be a terrible blow for the Cowboys as any team found breaching the salary cap could lose points or face heavy fines. Sitting second on the table, they were being tipped as favourites to win their first ever premiership this year.

They were playing with a real sense of destiny, with skipper Johnathan Thurston just in a different league to everybody else.

They've had a terrible run of luck during the past finals series, being on the wrong end of a number of controversial refereeing decisions.

Triple M's Dan Ginnane talked about the allegations involving North Queensland Cowboys players revealed in the Sydney Morning Herald article. Listen to the full audio below.

Dan Ginnane On Triple M

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