Posted: 7 February, 2016

Gallen Thought Hurrell Would've Got 3-4 Weeks For Trbojevic Incident

Sharks skipper Paul Gallen told Triple M NRL he thought Warriors wrecking ball Konrad Hurrell would have got three-to-four weeks

Warriors Konrad Hurrell escapes sanction for this tackle Photo: Fox Sports screen grab

Sharks skipper Paul Gallen told Triple M NRL he thought Warriors wrecking ball Konrad Hurrell would have got three-to-four weeks for a tackle appearing to knee Manly prop Jake Trbojevic in the head,  at the NRL Auckland Nines on Saturday.

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Hurrell was not charged for the incident in the sides' controversial second pool match at Eden Park on Saturday and has instead been issued a "concerning act" notice by the Match Review Committee.

“There’s no doubt about it, [Jake] had his head on the wrong side but Konrad Hurrell has to get out of lifting his knees in tackles like that,” said Gallen, when viewing the incident live during Triple M’s call of the Auckland Nines.

“He’s going to spend some time on the sideline for that because it will be his second charge.

“Being his second charge in a matter of a 12 month period, [Hurrell's] gonna spend probably three-to-four weeks on the sideline.

“I don’t think [Hurrell] does it intentionally… but it is something he has a habit of doing and he’s just going to have to get out of it." Watch the video below.

Warriors Konrad Hurrell escapes sanction for this tackle Video: Fox Sports Audio: Triple M NRL

Trbojevic Suffered Concussion

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Manly Sea Eagles Jake Trbojevic knocked out Photo: Fox Sports screen grab

Trbojevic had to be escorted from the field in a medicab when he copped a knee to the head when attempting a tackle against the hard-running Warriors player.

Trbojevic, standing in as Manly captain during the tournament, lay motionless on the turf for several minutes as he was attended to by medical staff and has reportedly suffered a concussion.

Last year Hurrell was suspended for three weeks after kneeing Cronulla back-rower Anthony Tupou and breaking his jaw in a similar incident.

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Tags: Konrad Hurrell, Jake Trbojevic, New Zealand Warriors, Auckland Nines

Posted: 7 February, 2016

Roosters Lock Up Jackson Hastings

The Sydney Roosters have re-signed young playmaker Jackson Hastings

Jackson Hastngs of Sydney Roosters Photo: Getty Images

The Sydney Roosters have re-signed young playmaker Jackson Hastings as uncertainty swirls around halfback Mitchell Pearce's NRL future.

Hastings has signed a one-year contract extension which will keep him at the Bondi Junction club until the end of 2017.

After making his debut in the last round of the 2014 season, the 20-year-old son of club great Kevin Hastings enjoyed a breakout 2015 under coach Trent Robinson.

"I'm learning so much from Robbo and all the coaching staff and I'm so happy to stay with the Roosters and work towards building my career here," Hastings said.

He played off the bench for most of last year and performed admirably when asked to start during Pearce's injury-enforced absence during the last few rounds and finals.

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Mitchell Pearce of Sydney Roosters Photo: Getty Images

Pearce's future is under a cloud as the club and NRL investigates his lewd Australia Day video with the NSW Origin half facing the sack.

As Pearce undergoes rehab overseas for his alcohol issues, Hastings is expected to start the NRL season in the halves alongside fellow youngster Jayden Nikorima.

Hastings' re-signing comes shortly after the foundation club secured the services of representative back-rower Boyd Cordner until the end of the 2018 season.

"Jackson is an instinctive half and showed when called on last season why he is one of the game's most promising young players," Roosters recruitment manager Peter O'Sullivan said.

"There's no doubt that his maturity as a footballer is way beyond his years and we look forward to watching his continued development in the coming season."

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Posted: 6 February, 2016

Streaker At Auckland Nines

This ambitious male streaker took his chances

Streaker at Auckland Nines Photo: @antoninac

This ambitious male streaker took his chances by running onto the field during Warriors vs Manly match at the Auckland Nines at Eden Park. Watch the video below.

The clip only goes for nine seconds but it gave us a bit of a giggle.

His run came to a halt when he was apprehended by security.

The security guard did a good job of covering up the extra pair of cheeks with a towel.

Streaker At The Auckland Nines

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Posted: 6 February, 2016

Konrad Hurrell In Hot Water After Knocking Out Manly Prop

Warriors Konny Hurrell could be in a bit of trouble for lifting knees in a run, which knocked out the big Manly prop Tom Trbojevic.

Konrad Hurrell in trouble for lifting knees Photo: Fox Sports Twitter

Update: Warriors wrecking ball Konrad Hurrell has escaped sanction for an incident in which he appeared to knee Manly prop Jake Trbojevic in the head at the NRL Auckland Nines on Saturday. Watch the video at the bottom of the page.

Hurrell was not charged for the incident in the sides' controversial second pool match at Eden Park on Saturday and has instead been issued a "concerning act" notice by the Match Review Committee. 

The Sea Eagles were left with a troubling injury toll with Trbojevic (concussion) and Jamie Buhrer (suspected broken jaw) set to take no further part in the tournament. Full story below.

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Warriors Konrad Hurrell could be in a bit of trouble for lifting knees in a run, which knocked out the big Manly prop Jake Trbojevic during the Sea Eagles 15-12 upset win today. Watch the video at the bottom of the page.

Trbojevic had to be escorted from the field in a medicab when he copped a knee to the head when attempting a tackle against the hard-running Warriors player.

Trbojevic, standing in as Manly captain during the tournament, lay motionless on the turf for several minutes as he was attended to by medical staff and has reportedly suffered a concussion.

Last year Hurrell was suspended for three weeks after kneeing Cronulla back-rower Anthony Tupou and breaking his jaw in a similar incident.

After that incident Hurrell was told to change his running style.

Triple M's Paul Gallen said it didn't look intentional, but it's something he has to get out of his game.

"He could spend some time on the sideline for that, especially with it being his second charge [of lifting knees] in 12 months," said Gallen, on Triple M NRL.

"He could be looking at three to four weeks.

"He lifted his knee when he went into the tackle. You can't lift your legs like that." Watch the video below.

Asked about the incident, Manly coach Trent Barrett said: "I didn't really have a look at it, I couldn't comment, no one means to knock someone out."

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Posted: 6 February, 2016

Anasta Scores Brilliant Nines Try

The old dog Braith Anasta proved he's still got it scoring in his first match back for the Roosters at the Auckland Nines

The old dog Braith Anasta proved he's still got it scoring in his first match back for the Roosters at the Auckland Nines. 

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As you can see in the video below, the Roosters skipper scored off his left foot, going straight through the Rabbitohs defence. Absolutely brilliant.

It wasn't enough though, with Souths winning the first round match 14-13.

Full Match Highlights

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Tags: Braith Anasta, Sydney Roosters, South Sydney Rabbitohs

Posted: 6 February, 2016

Auckland Nines Injury List

Here is a list of all the players injured during the 2016 Auckland Nines.

Jayden Hodges goes down Photo: Fox Sports screen grab

It's turning into a costly tournament for Manly with Jayden Hodges appearing to have done his knee during the Sea Eagles clash against the Bulldogs at the Auckland Nines on Sunday.

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The livewire hooker took a left foot step and then fell in a heap with his knee collapsing underneath him.

As you can hear in the audio below, Manly coach Trent Barrett wasn't overly happy with the Nines format.

 Listen to the Trent Barrett audio below.

"It looks like a possible ACL... not a good start to the day," said Barrett, on Triple M NRL.

”You have to come but there’s a reason why you don’t bring your Daly Cherry-Evans’ and Brett Stewarts’ because you can’t afford too.

“It’s dangerous and it’s risky with the back-up factor, the fatigue factor and we’re down to 13 players and the crazy thing is we’ve got another bloke sitting there in Dylan Kelly and he’s not allowed to play.” Listen to the full audio below.

Trent Barrett Blows Up on Triple M

On Saturday, Manly's Jamie Buhrer has suffered a suspected broken jaw, while prop Jake Trbojevic has copped a concussion following a sickening tackle involving Warriors Konrad Hurrell. Watch the video here. 

"Jamie Buhrer has a possible broken jaw. He will undergo scans," confirmed Manly.

Injury Concerns For Souths Star

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Alex Johnston of Rabbitohs Photo: Getty Images

Meanwhile, there are reports South Sydney's Alex Johnston may have suffered a tear to AC joint in his shoulder.

Souths Sydney international Alex Johnston suffered the shoulder injury during the Rabbitohs 14-13 win over arch rivals Roosters at the Auckland Nines.

At this stage the speedy back is hoping to avoid any serious injury, however Channel Seven rugby league reporter Josh Massoud says Johnston will be "going for scans on [his] shoulder to determine extent of tear to AC joint."

Souths medical staff are yet to confirm if whether he'll take any further part in the tournament.

Alex Johnston Looking Sharp In Nines Before Injury

Wests Tigers Duo Injured

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Tyler Cassel playing Holden Cup last year against the Cowboys Photo: Getty Images

Wests Tigers Tyler Cassel has copped a really unlucky break, having been ruled out for the remainder of the Auckland Nines with concussion.

"Impressive early too, tough break," said Wests Tigers staff.

The 20-year-old back-rower joined the Wests Tigers full-time NRL squad this year, after a stint in Holden Cup.

Meanwhile, skipper Chris Lawrence has a corked hip and remains unlikely to play again today.

“It’s a bit sore,” Lawrence said. “I just copped a knee when I dived on the ball. I don’t think its anything too serious. (The medical staff) just said stay off and put some ice on it," Lawrence told foxsports.com

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Posted: 6 February, 2016

Listen Live: Auckland Nines

Click here to listen live to Triple M's coverage of the Auckland Nines

Rugby League is back on Triple M. It all starts with the Auckland Nines. We've got every match from all 16 NRL teams battling for more than $2 million in prize money.

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The Rabbitohs won the title last year. Who will take the 2016 title this season?

Triple M NRL call team includes Wendell Sailor, Paul Gallen and more as we call all the action this weekend.

The Auckland Nines - Live and in full on Triple M and via the Triple M NRL App.

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Auckland Nines Draw

Piha: St George Illawarra Dragons, Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Gold Coast Titans, Canberra Raiders.

Rangitoto: Newcastle Knights, North Queensland Cowboys, Penrith Panthers, Wests Tigers.

Waiheke: Sydney Roosters, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Parramatta Eels, Melbourne Storm.

Hunua: Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, New Zealand Warriors, Brisbane Broncos.

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2016 NRL Auckland Nines Draw Photo: NRL

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Posted: 5 February, 2016

Sutton Hits Back At Souths Rumours

South Sydney back-rower John Sutton has rubbished rumours of unrest at Redfern

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South Sydney back-rower John Sutton has rubbished rumours of unrest at Redfern and has promised to present a united front during their NRL Auckland Nines defence.

The Rabbitohs were forced to shoot down suggestions halfback Adam Reynolds had asked for a release while five-eighth Luke Keary stormed out of an earlier team bonding camp after a heated argument with club owner Russell Crowe.

There is growing speculation about the future of both at Redfern as back-up playmaker Cody Walker's stocks continue to rise with the club opening up contract extension negotiations with the former Queensland Cup player of the year.

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Sam Burgess Photo: Getty Images

While it's been reported superstar forward Sam Burgess' return has created a schism, Sutton says suggestions of discontent within Michael Maguire's unit are inflated.

"That's just all rumours, I never read the papers because of all the bull****," Sutton said.

"But everyone is sweet at training and it doesn't affect us."

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Cody Walker Photo: Getty Images

Walker played a leading hand for the Rabbitohs' feeder team North Sydney in their unlikely run to last year's NSW Cup finals and he will have a chance to shine at this weekend's Auckland Nines.

He is likely to receive a NRL call-up for round one with Keary out suspended and is pushing for a place in their starting XIII.

"He had a great season at the Bears and he was knocking on the door for first grade," Sutton said.

"He's trained really hard in the pre-season and I'm excited to see what he can do. He's got a good chance with the Nines and the trials.

"He's one of those players that, even standing still with the ball, he can make something out of nothing."

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Posted: 5 February, 2016

Roosters Boyd Cordner Out For Three Months

Sydney Roosters back-rower Boyd Cordner will reportedly miss the first three months.

Sydney Roosters back-rower Boyd Cordner will reportedly miss the first three months of the NRL season because of a pectoral injury.

The Seven Network reported a "shattered" Cordner had confirmed he faced a lengthy stint on the sidelines just 24 hours after re-signing with the Roosters for another two years.

It is not known how Cordner suffered the injury but it is believed to have happened at training. The Roosters are yet to confirm the setback.

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Losing the NSW State of Origin back-rower - considered a future Roosters captain - would be another body blow for the NRL club, still reeling from the fallout over Mitchell Pearce's Australia Day bender video.

Playmaker Pearce is at an overseas rehabilitation clinic after being suspended indefinitely.

The Roosters were also rocked by strike centre Michael Jennings' off-season departure to Parramatta.

Utility Mitchell Aubusson is tipped to step up into the starting back-row for Cordner.

Only a day earlier, Cordner had been buzzing over his contract extension.

"It's a weight off the shoulders," he told Roosters TV on Thursday.

"I'm looking to start off the year really strong, playing some consistent footy and see where that takes us.

"I was actually looking forward to a run at the (NRL Auckland) Nines but it wasn't to be so I will be sitting back and cheering on the Roosters boys."

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Posted: 5 February, 2016

Reports Six More Maroons To Be Suspended

Queensland have stood down an additional six players for this year's State of Origin series.

Ben Hunt of Brisbane Broncos Photo: Getty Images

Queensland have stood down an additional six players for this year's State of Origin series.

Brisbane trio Anthony Milford, Ben Hunt and Jarrod Wallace, the Roosters' Dylan Napa, Canberra's Edrick Lee and Penrith recruit Chris Grevsmuhl have all been slapped with 12-month bans from the side after breaking curfew during a recent Emerging Maroon camp in Brisbane.

Cronulla's Valentine Holmes and Melbourne's Cameron Munster had previously been sanctioned for their part in the episode.

Triple M's Rush Hour will have more on this story on tonight's show at 6pm.

Maroons Official Statement

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Dylan Napa of Sydney Roosters Photo: Getty Images

QRL Managing Director Robert Moore today confirmed Maroons coach Kevin Walters had completed interviews with players who attended the Emerging Origin camp.

In addition to the sanctions issued to Valentine Holmes and Cameron Munster on Monday, a further six players will be excluded from representative programs and Origin selection for the next 12 months.

The players are Anthony Milford, Jarrod Wallace, Ben Hunt, Dylan Napa, Edrick Lee and Chris Grevsmuhl.

Chris Grevsmuhl of Rabbitohs Photo: Getty Images

Moore today explained the process that led to the final outcome.

“Our initial focus was on Valentine Holmes because of the involvement of the NRL Integrity Unit,” Moore said.

“As we suspected, there were other players who broke curfew and we have now gone through a process of interviewing players. Due to pre-season commitments, we’ve only been able to finalise that today.

“To the players’ credit, they’ve come forward and because of the importance we place on our QAS Emerging Origin program, they will receive the same sanction as Cameron Munster.”

Moore said in light of the sanction imposed on Valentine Holmes by Cronulla and his ongoing commitment to working with the club’s Welfare and Education team, the QRL would apply no further sanction in addition to his 12 month ban.

Kevin Walters Interviewed In Auckland

Earlier On Triple M

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Valentine Holmes of Cronulla Sharks Photo: Getty Images

Earlier, despite a report claiming up to 10 Emerging Origin players defied new coach Kevin Walters, Queensland Rugby League boss Peter Betros considered their probe into a curfew controversy closed.

Valentine Holmes and Cameron Munster copped 12-month bans from the QRL for breaking curfew at the weekend Emerging Origin camp in Brisbane.

Holmes was dumped from Cronulla's Auckland Nines squad when it emerged he was also fined for public nuisance and obstructing police on Sunday morning.

The incident is being investigated by the NRL Integrity Unit.

It was initially reported another four players also broke curfew and were being quizzed by the QRL.

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Anthony Milford of Brisbane Broncos Photo: Getty Images

Fox Sports and Nine Network identified the four players as Anthony Milford and Brisbane teammate Jarrod Wallace, Newcastle's Korbin Sims and Sydney Roosters prop Dylan Napa.

But a News Corp report claimed a total of 10 ignored Walters' orders and left the camp without permission on Saturday night to party in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley nightclub precinct.

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Posted: 5 February, 2016

Hayne Joins Fiji Rugby Team For Traditional Song

Jarryd Hayne has surprised the Fiji rugby sevens team with a guest appearance at the launch of a new bar in Sydney.

Jarryd Hayne with Fiji Rugby Sevens team Photo: Triple M

Jarryd Hayne has surprised the Fiji rugby sevens team with a guest appearance at the launch of a new bar in Sydney.

The San Francisco 49er, who represented the nation at a rugby league World Cup, also joined in on a rendition of traditional Fijian hymn Oqo Noqu Masu (This Is My Prayer). Watch the video below.

Jarryd Hayne with Fiji Rugby Sevens team Video: Triple M

He was presented with a Fiji sevens jersey which had his name on the back and the No.38.

The hymn is sung regularly as a bonding mechanism by Fijian teams, Hayne told reporters on Friday.

"It's a very special song," he said.

Hayne, who is half-Fijian and half-Australia, wished the Pacific Island-based side well for the Sydney Sevens tournament beginning on Saturday.

The NFL player looks back on the five weeks spent with the Fijian rugby league side in 2008 as a defining time in his career.

"I'll always remember that and it's definitely made me the person I am today," he said.

"It was only four or five short weeks that could really impact someone's life."

The former Parramatta star backed Fiji, who were last seaon's world sevens series winners, to be in the race for a gold medal at this year's Rio Olympics.

He said it would be a significant achievement for the nation which has never won an Olympic medal.

"They're probably the favourites," he said.

"If they put themselves in the position, it'd be huge for them."

Fiji currently sits second on 2015/16 overall sevens ladder.

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Posted: 5 February, 2016

Million Dollar Bonus Offered For Nines

The NRL is considering an offer from the organisers of the Auckland Nines to award a $1 million bonus

Cowboys celebrate Auckland Nines win in 2014 Photo: Getty Images

The NRL is considering an offer from the organisers of the Auckland Nines to award a $1 million bonus to any side that can win the pre-season tournament and premiership in the same year.

Duco Events has put forward a proposal to the NRL for a massive bonus to be paid should any team be able to complete the double in the same year.

The company have offered to put the money up in a move designed to encourage clubs to name their strongest possible squads for the Nines.

While some clubs have sent over their superstars, others such as Canterbury have been criticised for sending over a weak contingent and accused of not taking the tournament seriously.

The event already offers a $2.25 million prize pool but organisers want a bigger inducement to make it one of the showpiece events of the rugby league calendar.

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Rabbitohs celebrate Auckland Nines win in 2015 Photo: Getty Images

An NRL spokesperson said while the concept could not be introduced for the 2016 season, it's something they were willing to consider for future years.

Over the last two seasons, the winners of the Nines have also won a premiership, only not in the same year.

North Queensland won the inaugural Nines in 2014 before beating Brisbane in last year's grand final, while South Sydney broke their 42-year premiership drought in 2014 and went on to take out the Nines in the following pre-season.

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