Posted: 27 September, 2016

Jamal Idris Is Back!

Former Origin centre Jamal Idris is set for a shock return to the NRL after agreeing to a one-year deal with Wests Tigers, reports Channel Nine news. Watch the video below.

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Jamal Idris could be in line for an NRL return with the Wests Tigers.

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The former CanterburyGold Coast and Penrith centre has met with the Tigers chief executiveJustin Pascoe to discuss his future, as he aims to return to the game in 2017.

Pascoe was Idris' CEO at Penrith before he headed to the Tigers last year, while Idris hasn't played the game since departing the Panthers at the start of the year for personal reasons.

"I understand the power and potential that Jamal has," Pascoe told Fox Sports.

"He's still a young man and if talks continue, he'll be a welcomed addition."

Idris, 26, has spent most the past year travelling, but has played one Test and one Origin and recently claimed he was ready to come back to the NRL.

It's also reported that he has attracted interest from South Sydney and North Queensland.

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Posted: 27 September, 2016

Aussie Players Mobbed By Fans Running Onto The Field

Watch the amazing scenes as the crowd runs onto the field at the NFS after the Prime Minister's XIII v PNG game on the weekend.

Image: @mrchrisnico

Mal Meninga's men have put on an emphatic display in the PMXIII, defeating the PNG side 58 - 0.

In front of 20, 000 locals, the match had to be played in quarters due to the stifling heat.

It's been a big game from Greg Inglis, who is clearly a fan favourite. 

And he did the Goanna.

“Mate, I’ve had more requests for this than tickets to the game. Can you ask Greg if he scores to do The Goanna. The crowd will go berserk,’’ Mark Mom, NRL staff member in PNG, said.

Semi Radradra also scored in the first half, and was carried off after a big hit from David Loko later in the game.

Tries: Ferguson x2, Moses, Frizell, Dugan x 2, GI x 2, Radradra.

Some snapshots of the big moments

 

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Posted: 27 September, 2016

Paul Vaughan Linked To Dragons

Paul Vaughan Photo: Getty Images

There are reports Paul Vaughan is about to sign a deal with the St George Illawarra Dragons.

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Vaughan, 25, is still under contract with the Raiders for 2017 but there is a very real possibility he could be playing in the Red V next year.

Rugby League Week’s The Mole said: “The deal is very close to being done with both parties just looking to finalise a few details. The move is expected to be announced in the coming days.”

Paul Vaughan Photo: Getty Images

The hard-working back-rower will be an enormous boost for the Dragons, who already have a very tough forward pack.

The Dragons recently signed South Sydney discard Cameron McInnes alongside Titans flyer Nene MacDonald. They also re-signed Origin back-rower Tyson Frizell.

There are also whispers of the Dragons meeting troubled footy star Todd Carney.

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Tags: Canberra Raiders, St George Illawarra Dragons

Posted: 27 September, 2016

NRL To Consider Judiciary Points Re-Think

An increase in judiciary points for NRL grand finals and State of Origin games is one of a number of proposals that could be put in front of the ARL Commission next month.

Ahead of Sunday's decider between Melbourne and Cronulla, players can dream about the real possibility of not having to miss the biggest games of the year for small indiscretions.

It means finals games and Origin matches could be worth more in a system that currently banishes any player for any 100-point total accrued in the judiciary system.

"That's been presented, but we've got another formal meeting to discuss all the options available to us," NRL head of football Brian Canavan told AAP.

"That was presented at the last meeting, which was six weeks ago. We just decided to wait until the end of the season before we actually start throwing proposals at the Commission."

Photo: Getty Images

The success of the lone extra-time game in the North Queensland-Brisbane semi- final is also considered a success, and the merits of it returning to the regular season will be debated.

The governing body has only changed to extra time for golden point in this year's finals series.

"We had a great one to look at in the finals," Canavan said.

"Generally speaking, the teams and the public have received it very well.

I couldn't imagine there'd be much negativity surrounding that change for finals ongoing.

"As for bringing it into the regular season, that's up for debate. That part goes down to the competition committee. We'll have that meeting in November."

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Tags: North Queensland Cowboys

Posted: 27 September, 2016

Storm's Billy Slater Close To Grand Final

Billy Slater Photo: Getty Images

Billy Slater came achingly close to playing in Melbourne's NRL grand final, with his surgeon almost giving him the green light.

The superstar fullback was hopeful of being cleared to play in the Storm's charge through the finals with his troublesome shoulder feeling good.

But Storm football manager Frank Ponissi said the surgeon decided to err on the side of caution with the 33-year-old, who had a second reconstruction after round one in March.

"He went to see his surgeon last month because he was feeling great within himself and had started training so he decided to ask the question," Ponissi told SEN radio on Tuesday.

"The surgeon gave him a glowing report but stopped short of giving him the green light to play in September this year.

"It would have been an interesting selection dilemma for Craig (Bellamy)."

Cameron Munster Photo: Getty Images

While Bellamy wants Slater to play on next year, it would have been very tough to shift Cameron Munster out of the No.1 jersey.

Munster is set to play five-eighth next season following the departure of Blake Green to Manly, but has proved himself one of the game's most best fullbacks in Slater's absence.

He was one of the Storm's best in their preliminary final win over Canberra, setting up their crucial second-half try.

Slater can take some credit for that with Munster, playing in his first grand final, saying the veteran was happy to give him and his fellow backs advice.

He said Slater was in the changeroom at halftime against Canberra, fine-tuning their play.

 

Munster, 22, said Slater had an eye for pin-pointing the "little things in our game that make a big difference".

"Whenever Bill's got an opinion everyone listens and respects it because his call is usually the right one," Munster said.

"He helped us a lot on the weekend, coming in and telling us what he sees at the back.

"I'm going to be looking for him to help me out a bit in the grand final because it's going to be a big stage with a lot of emotion and he's more than happy to help out the team so I'm very lucky to have him around me."

Despite competing for same position, Munster said he wished Slater was in the line-up.

"All the boys would love him to be playing, including me," he said.

"I'd be grateful to be playing alongside Billy in a grand final."

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Tags: Melbourne Storm

Posted: 27 September, 2016

Triple M's Dally M Team Of The Year

BJ Leilua of the Raiders Photo: Getty Images

Rugby League's night of nights will take place tomorrow night with the race for Dally M Player of the Year being one of the closest in years.

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But that's not the only prize up for grabs, with the positional awards to be announced as well as coach vying for individual crowns.

We asked Triple M listeners to take a punt on who will take out the major prizes.

As you can see in the list below, there are some special names on this list. 

Triple M’s Dally M Team of the Year

Fullback: James Tedesco (Wests Tigers)
Winger: Jordan Rapana (Raiders)
Centre: Joey Leilua (Raiders)
5/8: James Maloney (Sharks)
Halfback: Cooper Cronk (Storm)
Lock: Jason Taumalolo (Cowboys)
Second Row: Josh Papalii (Raiders)
Hooker: Josh Hodgson (Raiders)
Prop: Jesse Bromwich (Storm)

Coach of the Year: Ricky Stuart (Raiders)

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Posted: 27 September, 2016

Teams Named For Grand Final Decider

Cooper Cronk and James Maloney Photo: Getty Images

Here are the team lists for this year's NRL grand final.

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Storm

1. Cameron Munster 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Will Chambers 4. Cheyse Blair 5. Marika Koroibete 6. Blake Green 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Jordan McLean 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Tohu Harris 13. Dale Finucane Interchange: 14. Kenneath Bromwich 15. Tim Glasby 16. Christian Welch 17. Ben Hampton 18. Young Tonumaipea 19. Slade Griffin 20. Matt White 21. Felise Kaufusi 22. Ryan Morgan

Sharks

1. Ben Barba 2 .Sosaia Feki 3. Jack Bird 4. Ricky Leutele 5. Valentine Holmes 6.. James Maloney 7. Chad Townsend 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Michael Ennis 10. Matt Prior 11. Luke Lewis 12. Wade Graham 13. Paul Gallen (c) Interchange: 14. Gerard Beale 15. Chris Heighington 16. Sam Tagataese 17. Jayson Bukuya 18. Kurt Capewell 21. Joseph Paulo

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NRL Referees

Matt Cecchin Photo: Getty Images

Matt Cecchin and Ben Cummins have been appointed to referee this year's NRL grand final.

Cecchin has been named despite being called out by the NRL for a wrong conversion placement in last week's preliminary final in Melbourne.

Cecchin is the lead referee, which will suit Cronulla. The Sharks have not lost a match under Cecchin this year, while Melbourne has a 50% win/loss record under Cecchin.

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Tags: Cronulla Sharks, Melbourne Storm

Posted: 27 September, 2016

Matt Scott Does A Shoey On Mad Monday

Meanwhile in QLD.

What is it with shoes at the moment?

The Cowboys celebrated Mad Monday with a few beers that ended up with big prop Matt Scott drinking a beer from a shoe. Watch the video below.

Maybe it really does make the beer taste better? Or maybe it's just the XXXX!

Also, many fans have commented on "the guns" on Matt Scott! His arms are massive!!

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Tags: North Queensland Cowboys

Posted: 27 September, 2016

Titans Confirm Jarryd Hayne Is Having A Baby

Jarryd Hayne Photo: Getty Images

Jarryd Hayne... wow! Hasn't he had a whirlwind three months.

Titans boss Graham Annesley has confirmed the Gold Coast superstar Jarryd Hayne is expecting his firct child, having confirmed the news to News Corp.

However, he would not go into further detail.

“We never comment on players’ private lives,” said Annesley.

Reports are Hayne met the lady, Amellia Bonnici, 25, on instagram in early 2016 before he moved to the US to chase his NRL dream.

"According to a source, 'after finding out she was expecting, the 25-year-old was worried about telling Hayne because they weren’t officially dating',” said MG, on the Triple M Grill Team. Listen to the full audio below.

The Grill Team on Hayne's Big News

 

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The are rumours Jarryd Hayne is expecting his first child.

According to New Idea magazine, the NRL superstar is having a baby with friend Amellia Bonnici, 25. It's believed she is due at the end of the year.

"He told Amellia he wanted her to have the baby and would be there for her no matter what they decided to do about their relationship," an anonymous source told New Idea.

Amellia Bonnici Photo: Amellia Bonnici MySpace

While its understood another source close to family said: "They have welcomed Amellia into their family with open arms and can't wait to meet the little one."

Jarryd Hayne is yet to comment on the news.

Hayne signed with the Gold Coast Titans midway through this season, having returned from a one-year stint with the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL.

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Posted: 27 September, 2016

DECIDED: Whistleblowers For NRL Grand Final

Matt Cecchin and Ben Cummins have been appointed to referee this year's NRL grand final

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Cecchin has been named despite being called out by the NRL for a wrong conversion placement in last week's preliminary final in Melbourne.

"They refereed as a combination in the finals series last year and are a proven combination in big games," referees' boss Tony Archer said.

Cecchin is the lead referee, which will suit Cronulla. The Sharks have not lost a match under Cecchin this year, while Melbourne has a 50% win/loss record under Cecchin.

Cecchin

Cronulla unbeaten under Cecchin, winning four from four. 
Melbourne have lost 50% of games, having won three and lost three. 

Cummins

Cronulla have won two out of five games this year.
Melbourne haven't lost under Cummins as lead referee.

Cecchin refereed in the 2011 Grand Final, while Cummins will be officiating in his fourth decider.

The match officials for the Grand Final are:

Lead Referee: Matt Cecchin
Assist Referee: Ben Cummins
Senior Review Official: Bernard Sutton
Review Officials: Luke Patten and Ashley Klein
Touch Judges: Jeff Younis and Brett Suttor
Standby Referee: Gerard Sutton
Standby Touch Judge: Chris Butler

Meanwhile, Cronulla and Melbourne will announce their Grand Final squads later today with the Sharks expected to have an extended squad to allow Sam Tagaetese and Joseph Paulo to have another run on Thursday.

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Posted: 27 September, 2016

Social Media Reacts To Cameron Smith Incident Involving Jarrod Croker

Melbourne Storm captain has come under fire.

Photo: Fox Sports screen grab

Anyone else see what Cameron Smith did to Jarrod Croker after Cooper Cronk scored? That’s what a section of fans were asking after an incident last Saturday night.

Melbourne Storm captain came under fire on social media for an on-field incident involving Raiders skipper Jarrod Croker during the preliminary final at AAMI Park.

As you can see in the video below, Cameron Smith can be seen making contact with Jarrod Croker’s badly injured leg.

The incident did not warrant any action from NRL match officials, but fans on social media thought otherwise.

Melbourne have dismissed claims they play dirty in the ruck area and were recently forced to defend their wrestling tactics following allegations by North Queensland that it injured three players during their recent qualifying final.

Video: Fox Sports

Social Media

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Tags: Canberra Raiders, Melbourne Storm

Posted: 27 September, 2016

Kimmorley Backs The Sharks For NRL Grand Final

Sharks AND Storm Great Reveals Why He's Backing 'The Shire'

Storm and Sharks legend Brett Kimmorley has revealed which camp he’ll be supporting come Sunday's NRL Grand Final. 

Kimmorley played for both clubs, even winning a premiership with the Storm, but he's revealed to Triple M's Marto and Ed, when the teams run out at ANZ Stadium on Sunday night, he'll be on the Sharks bandwagon.

"I think the fact I played there for seven years, and so that was most of my career there," he said.

"All my kids have got Sharks jerseys, they’ve come out of the woodwork, and they’ve all jumped on the bandwagon."

Kimmorley said some of his former team mates are still playing at the Sharks and he’d love to see them win a grand final ring after waiting so long.

"I’d love to see Cronulla certainly win that grand final. I’d love to see Michael Ennis get a chance to celebrate his retirement in fair way because he missed the Bulldogs' grand final, unfortunately the year he was going to leave them."



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