Posted: 25 May, 2016

The 7th Tackle - Round 12

Sea Eagles look to ressurrect T-Rex, Morris ain't joshing over Origin snub and more

7th tackle

Channel Seven's rugby league reporter Josh Massoud has teamed up with Triple M to dish the insider league news alongside Liam Cox.

It’s called The 7th Tackle and they run us through the biggest issues in the NRL this week. See below.

Tackle 1 – Sea Eagles look to resurrect extinct T-Rex

Tony Williams is set to make an unexpected return to Manly; with the Bulldogs in talks to off-load him for the remainder of 2016.

As revealed on Seven News last night, Canterbury coach Des Hasler and Sea Eagles supremo Bob Fulton have been in talks about a pre-June 30 transfer for Williams, who is on the outer at Belmore after being dropped to NSW Cup a fortnight ago.

We’re also told Williams was shopped to both the Titans and Wests Tigers in recent weeks.

However, both those clubs have preferred to make other mid-season purchases; closing the door on a player worth $600,000-a-season.

There’s much more chance that Hasler and Fulton’s long-standing relationship can make the switch a reality over the coming week.

Manly have identified a lack of strike on their edges as a concern this season; and are willing to take a gamble on Williams to remedy that short-coming.

There’s also a good chance the club will have more room to move under its salary cap in the coming weeks, with Tom Symonds also set to make a mid-season transfer in the next week. Symonds’ management has been talking with the Sharks, Knights and UK Super League clubs.

tony williams, 7th tackle

Tackle 2 – Morris ain’t Joshing over Origin snub.

The Bulldogs certainly aren’t playing along with NSW’s charades over which two players will get the chop for Origin I.

Centre Josh Morris is part of the 19-man squad, but was nonetheless named in Canterbury’s side to play against Canberra this weekend.

The Bulldogs were the only team to thumb their noses at the Blues; with Wests Tigers (Farah and Woods), St George Illawarra (Dugan and Frizell), North Queensland (Tamou), and Parramatta (Jennings) all omitting their representatives from this weekend’s split round.

Canterbury’s move is a clear protest over the fact that Morris is expected to get the cut, despite being one of the State’s most consistent performers.

Bulldogs coach Des Hasler made a last-ditch plea for Morris to be retained on Sunday, but it appears to have fallen on deaf ears.

Judging by his body language in Coffs Harbour, Morris appears to be equally disillusioned.

Make no mistake, he didn’t want to make the three-day trip north as a shadow player after giving the Blues such fine service.

Morris sat on the end of the team photo with head buried in hands at one stage, and hasn’t appeared as sociable as previous years in camp.

He’ll be flown back to Belmore today. At least he’ll soon have twin brother Brett back on the field for company.

We’re told Brett Morris – who has been out all season after surgical complications with his knee – has ramped-up training in a bid to return by Round 16.

josh morris, 7th tackle

Tackle 3 - Boozey Barba has form with team mates

Ben Barba has re-commenced counselling after his latest bust-up with a team mate.

The push and shove with Sharks winger Sosaia Feki a fortnight ago is at least the third time Barba has been involved in such an incident.

Unsurprisingly, the common denominator is alcohol.

Bulldogs insiders have told us Barba came to blows with Josh Morris during a booze-up toward the end of his time at Belmore.

Just as he did in the wake of the Feki episode, the fullback made a snap return to his hometown of Mackay to get his head straight.

Alcohol was also the deciding factor when Barba came to blows with former Canterbury centre Jamal Idris in the carpark of a hotel in 2009.

While Cronulla have publicly played down the Feki fight – which came amid accusations of cheating over a game of cards – the fact counselling has been arranged indicates the 26-year-old remains in a delicate state.

We’re told he’s already completed three sessions of counselling since the Feki altercation.

Additionally, the birth of his fourth daughter is only a week away. Barba’s parents and the parents of his partner, Ainslie Currie, have both travelled to Sydney from Mackay to support the couple. 

ben barba, 7th tackle

Tackle 4 – Raiders concern over Paulo

The Raiders board wasn’t encouraged when new recruit Junior Paulo posted the now-infamous photo of his Chinese meal with several men on the NSW Police watch list; not to mention a former Nomads bikie gang member.

Canberra officials have been on the phone this week doing further checks on the prop, who they poached from Parramatta on a three-year contract worth $1.8 million.

This is not the first time this column has made reference to the company surrounding Paulo – and it’s one of the main reasons why the decision was made to leave Sydney at the end of this year.

That’s why the photo didn’t come as a surprise to us; he’s previously been asked to remove other social media posts that would’ve raised the interest of authorities.

We were more surprised to see Corey Norman and James Segeyaro at the table; despite the fact the Silverwater housemates are two of the NRL’s most prolific social butterflies.

We’re told Norman was invited to the dinner as a thank you for letting at least one of the men into the Eels dressing room a few weeks earlier; and that Segeyaro decided to tag along.

The man who introduced Norman to the dinner party has no criminal past or links; but was the same person who later claimed ownership of the container of pills that were seized from The Star Casino.

Both players – also off-contract at their clubs - are now set to suffer as well.

There appears no chance that Penrith will re-sign Segeyaro. Expect him to look for options in the UK, with the hooker market well and truly flooded.

The Eels are deep in talks to retain Norman, but wearing hearing the proposed value of his three-year extension is going backwards. It’s now said to be around $580,000 a season.

junior paulo, 7th tackle

Tackle 5 – D-Day looms for Tigers cubs

The clock is ticking for Wests Tigers duo Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses to exercise their options to stay with the joint venture.

We understand the pair have until Monday week – the end of Round 13 – to take up a further season worth $550,000 a piece.

If they allow the deadline to lapse, the Tigers will then be free to purchase another set of halves and have already identified Melbourne’s Blake Green as their Plan B.

We keep getting told that Brooks and Moses have waited so long because they are anxious to learn the future of coach Jason Taylor.

Both players have experienced difficulty adjusting to Taylor’s style, and despite the coach relaxing his structures this year, still haven’t produced their best football.

The Tigers have been trying to convince both to take pay cuts next year, in exchange for a further season on their contract.

We still expect them to re-sign, but Tigers fans are entitled to be feeling nervous with the deadline just 11 days away. 

 

Tackle 6 – Friendly fire for Hastings

There’s more than on-field form behind the dumping of young Rooster Jackson Hastings to NSW Cup last week.

While the 20-year-old’s performances haven’t been consistent enough, he’s certainly not the only Rooster to deserve the axe on that count.

Supporters believe he’s been singled out as a convenient scapegoat because of his age, and more significantly, his willingness to give senior players blunt advice.

Skipper Jake Friend has copped more than one spray this season for not giving Hastings enough ball on the right edge.

Hastings might have a valid point about Friend’s passing game; but it hasn’t been appreciated by the club’s solid core of leaders.

Less popular has been the opinion of his old man, Kevin.

The Roosters legend vented about his son’s axing on social media last week.

Neither team mates nor coaching staff were impressed and those sentiments have been passed-on to Hastings.

It will be interesting to see where the Roosters go next with Hastings, who only signed a one-year extension in February.

The club originally wanted to keep him for two more seasons, but whether he lasts until the end of 2017 now remains to be seen.

Tackle 7 – UK crowing for Roosters coach

Still at Bondi and the Roosters have lost their share of assistant coaches over the past few years, most notably Paul Green and Jason Taylor.

Now we hear Pommy import Steve McNamara is also being wooed to leave the club.

Sacked as Great Britain coach in favour of Wayne Bennett earlier this year, McNamara has fielded interest to return home to the mother country, with Hull KR sounding him out to replace interim coach James Webster.

The Roosters tell us McNamara is happily settled in Sydney after joining the Tricolours more than two years ago. However, we are told his wife feels differently and is missing the UK.

McNamara was raised in the industrial Humberside town, but began his playing career with KR’s cross-town rivals, Hull FC.

His loyalties are still with FC; meaning McNamara might find it uncomfortable coaching the enemy.

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Tags: The 7th Tackle, Canterbury Bulldogs, Wests Tigers, Parramatta Eels, Sydney Roosters, Cronulla Sharks, Canberra Raiders, Manly Sea Eagles

Posted: 25 May, 2016

Parramatta Release Statement On Corey Norman

“Clearly this is a serious development that will now be factored into the club’s ongoing investigation,” Parramatta Eels said.

Parramatta Eels Official Statement

The Parramatta Eels are aware of a court attendance notice provided to Corey Norman this afternoon by the NSW Police.

“Clearly this is a serious development that will now be factored into the club’s ongoing investigation,” Parramatta Eels director Geoff Gerard said.

“The club will continue to work closely with the NRL and relevant authorities throughout this process.”

“In accordance to the values of this football club, we will offer Corey the presumption of innocence and the opportunity to respond to the charges contained in today’s notice.”

“Importantly, we will continue to offer Corey all of the support and welfare resources available to everyone in the Eels family.”

 

Corey Norman Charged

Parramatta NRL star Corey Norman has been charged with drug offences following an investigation into MDMA capsules allegedly seized from the player at Sydney's The Star casino.

Norman was with a group of men who were stopped outside the entrance of the casino late on Friday night for a security check.

Police say a 25-year-old man is set to face Downing Centre Local Court on July 13 charged with possess prohibited drug and possess prescribed restricted substance.

Watch the full report and see the holding statement below.

Corey Norman Holding Statement

Shortly before 11pm last Friday 20th May, 2016, a 25-year-old man was searched by security officers as he entered a venue in Pyrmont Rd, Pyrmont. The man allegedly produced a small container holding tablets and capsules which were confiscated by security.

Police from Sydney CITY LAC were contacted and an investigation was commenced.

An analysis of the capsules returned a positive result for MDMA and the tablets were confirmed as prescribed restricted substance.

25-year-old man has been charged by way of a future court attendance notice. with possess prohibited drug and possess prescribed restricted substance. Due to appear at Downing Centre LC on Wednesday 13 July 2016. 

NRL Stars Issued Warnings By NRL, Police

NRL stars Corey Norman, Junior Paulo and James Segeyaro have been issued warnings by police about keeping in company with convicted criminals.

Norman was linked to a police investigation involving suspected drugs at The Star Casino last Friday night.

This warning came after Fairfax Media published the below photo of the players having dinner at a chinese restaurant at The Star Casino with convicted offenders.

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Photo: Junior Paulo instagram

Earlier On Triple M

corey norman

Eels superstar Corey Norman was involved in a police drug investigation at the Star Casino on Friday night. See the full report below.

Norman was in the company of several men, one of whom was caught carrying a bag of pills by a metal detector at the venue.

A report from a NSW Police representative said that the police are continuing to look into the matter.

"Shortly before 11pm on Friday 20th May a 25-year-old man was searched by security officers as he entered a venue," the NSW Police spokesman said.

"The man allegedly produced a small container holding several capsules. He was spoken to by security officers but allowed to leave. 

"Police were subsequently contacted and officers from Sydney City Local Area Command continue with their enquiries in to the matter."

Norman is yet to be interviewed by the police.

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Tags: Parramatta Eels, Corey Norman

Posted: 25 May, 2016

Reports Corey Norman Caught With MDMA

Parramatta NRL star Corey Norman has been charged with drug offences following an investigation into MDMA capsules allegedly seized from the player at Sydney's The Star casino.

Norman was with a group of men who were stopped outside the entrance of the casino late on Friday night for a security check.

Police say a 25-year-old man is set to face Downing Centre Local Court on July 13 charged with possess prohibited drug and possess prescribed restricted substance.

It's believed Norman will continue to play for Parramatta until the court hearing. Read the full Parramatta Eels statement here. 

Watch the full report and see the holding statement below.

Corey Norman Holding Statement

Shortly before 11pm last Friday 20th May, 2016, a 25-year-old man was searched by security officers as he entered a venue in Pyrmont Rd, Pyrmont. The man allegedly produced a small container holding tablets and capsules which were confiscated by security.

Police from Sydney CITY LAC were contacted and an investigation was commenced.

An analysis of the capsules returned a positive result for MDMA and the tablets were confirmed as prescribed restricted substance.

25-year-old man has been charged by way of a future court attendance notice. with possess prohibited drug and possess prescribed restricted substance. Due to appear at Downing Centre LC on Wednesday 13 July 2016. 

NRL Stars Issued Warnings By NRL, Police

NRL stars Corey Norman, Junior Paulo and James Segeyaro have been issued warnings by police about keeping in company with convicted criminals.

Norman was linked to a police investigation involving suspected drugs at The Star Casino last Friday night.

This warning came after Fairfax Media published the below photo of the players having dinner at a chinese restaurant at The Star Casino with convicted offenders.

junior paulo instagram

Photo: Junior Paulo instagram

Earlier On Triple M

corey norman

Eels superstar Corey Norman was involved in a police drug investigation at the Star Casino on Friday night. See the full report below.

Norman was in the company of several men, one of whom was caught carrying a bag of pills by a metal detector at the venue.

A report from a NSW Police representative said that the police are continuing to look into the matter.

"Shortly before 11pm on Friday 20th May a 25-year-old man was searched by security officers as he entered a venue," the NSW Police spokesman said.

"The man allegedly produced a small container holding several capsules. He was spoken to by security officers but allowed to leave. 

"Police were subsequently contacted and officers from Sydney City Local Area Command continue with their enquiries in to the matter."

Norman is yet to be interviewed by the police.

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Posted: 25 May, 2016

60 Minutes In Trouble... Again

12 months since Triple M caught 60 Minutes out, Cameron Smith will receive an apology

There are reports that Maroons skipper Cameron Smith will break camp tonight to appear on the Channel Nine Footy Show.

It's understood he'll receive an apology for the way he was portrayed in a Channel Nine story on Alex McKinnon almost a year ago. 

Its believed Footy Show host Paul Vautin will read out the apology.

It’s been 12 months since Triple M caught the 60 Minutes program out with unedited vision and audio, showing the real conversation Cameron Smith had with the referee after that Alex McKinnon tackle. Watch the video below.

Channel Nine's 60 Minutes edited out this quote when they showed Alex McKinnon the vision - "It's unfortunate and I don't want see that happen anytime in our game."

In the interview Alex is also led to believe Cameron has been arguing with the ref throughout the eight minutes he's been on the field.

However, as you can see in the video below, Cameron Smith does not talk to the referee until Alex McKinnon has left the field.

Unedited Vision Of Cameron Smith's Conversation With Ref

Cameron Smith declined an offer by the Nine Network to respond to McKinnon's scathing criticism of the Queensland and Test skipper following a tackle that left him in a wheelchair with a severe spinal injury.

In the story the ex-Newcastle forward told the channel's 60 Minutes program he was upset over on-field comments Smith made to referees following the tackle in March last year that left him in a wheelchair with a severe spinal injury.

It's understood Smith was upset he was not given the opportunity to defend himself on the initial program.

McKinnon and Smith have since spoken.

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Posted: 25 May, 2016

Woods Could Be Next NSW Skipper

Aaron Woods has emerged as a leading contender to be the next long-term NSW State of Origin captain.

Aaron Woods of Wests Tigers and NSW Photo: Getty Images

Aaron Woods has emerged as a leading contender to be the next long-term NSW State of Origin captain.

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The question of Paul Gallen's successor will loom large over the 2016 Origin series, with his dominating presence to leave a large void when he exits following his sixth series at the Blues' helm.

Robbie Farah has captained the Blues in Gallen's absence due to injury in that time.

But Farah is 33 next year and could join a host of other stars to call quits on representative football at the end of 2017, leaving him as just a possible short-term fix as Blues captain.

Blues insiders have been impressed by 25-year-old Woods' leadership within the NSW team.

The bearded prop has also impressed in his leadership role at Wests Tigers since taking over the captaincy from Farah at the NRL club this year.

He has cemented his place in the NSW team over the past three years and is now in prime position to become a long-term leader of the state.

Greg Bird, 31, missed last year's series due to suspension but has been a mainstay of the Blues line-up for several years.

He has played 15 matches since 2007.

Bird has previously captained Gold Coast and could be another option as a short-term skipper, given he is nearing the end of his career.

"Hopefully if I am still around next year, I will still have a leadership role like I do now," Bird said.

"But I am not focused on the captaincy at the moment.

"After missing last year I am only focused on putting in a good performance, getting my teammates to do the same and hopefully winning the series this year."

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Tags: Aaron Woods, NSW Blues, State Of Origin

Posted: 25 May, 2016

Life Support Switched Off For Teen Player

The family of a teenage footballer has made the heartbreaking decision to switch off his life support

Lui Polimeni (right) with Bruce Barrett, father of former player and Manly coach Trent Barrett Photo: www.cootamundraherald.com.au

The family of a teenage footballer has made the heartbreaking decision to switch off his life support after he collapsed on the field during a rugby league match in southern NSW.

The 15-year-old reportedly suffered massive stroke symptoms while playing for the Gundagai Tigers on Sunday and was airlifted to Canberra Hospital.

The club posted on its Facebook page on Wednesday that Lui Polimeni "fought a great battle but was not able to recover".

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Posted: 25 May, 2016

Warriors Let Go Konrad Hurrell

The Warriors have confirmed centre Konrad Hurrell has today been released from his contract.

Warriors wrecking ball Konrad Hurrell has been released by the New Zealand Warriors.

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Hurrell, 24, said he had mixed emotions at first about leaving the Warriors but was now excited as he looked forward to the rest of his career. 

“I will always be thankful to the Warriors for all they have done for me and the way they have helped me develop as a rugby league player,” he said.

It's believed he will link up with the Gold Coast Titans in a deal with over a million dollars, according to reports earlier this year.

"Konrad Hurrell looks certain to join Gold Coast this season, but won't leave the New Zealand Warriors until his Kiwi citizenship is done in a few months,” revealed Josh Massoud from the 7th Tackle.

"Warriors in talks for Titans to take on final three years of Hurrell's contract, starting in a few months. Worth just over $1M."

Earlier On Triple M

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The Warriors have confirmed centre Konrad Hurrell has today been released from his contract.

The 24-year-old Hurrell, who was contracted to the end of the 2018 season, leaves the club after making 71 NRL appearances since his debut in 2012.

“After discussions between Konrad, his management (Inventus Sports) and us we’ve reached a mutual agreement for him to be released now,” said Vodafone Warriors managing director Jim Doyle.

“We would like to thank Konrad for his contribution since coming into our development system. He has been a popular member of the club and we wish him all the best for the future.”

Hurrell said he had mixed emotions at first about leaving the Warriors but was now excited as he looked forward to the rest of his career. 

“I will always be thankful to the Vodafone Warriors for all they have done for me and the way they have helped me develop as a rugby league player,” he said.

“I’m grateful to all the boys I have played alongside, all the people at the club and also the members and fans.”

Hurrell made three NRL appearances this year, the last of them against Manly on April 3.

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Posted: 25 May, 2016

Matty Johns Confident NSW Can Win Origin Opener

Matty says we are overlooking a couple of things

Everyone is writing NSW off but Matty Johns believes Queensland is beatable.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN LIVE: Hear all the NRL and Origin action live on Triple M.

Matty told the Triple M Grill Team there are obvious dangers in the Maroons side that was announced last night, but we are overlooking a couple of things. Listen to the full audio below.

NSW squad

Greg Bird (Titans), Boyd Cordner (Roosters), Josh Dugan (Dragons), Robbie Farah (Wests Tigers), Blake Ferguson (Roosters), Andrew Fifita (Sharks), Tyson Frizell (Dragons), Paul Gallen (Sharks), Josh Jackson (Bulldogs), Michael Jennings (Eels), David Klemmer (Bulldogs), James Maloney (Sharks), Josh Mansour (Panthers), Josh Morris (Bulldogs), Matt Moylan (Panthers), Adam Reynolds (Rabbitohs), James Tamou (Cowboys), Dylan Walker (Sea Eagles), Aaron Woods (Wests Tigers). Development player: TBC after Bryce Cartwright (Panthers) was ruled out through injury.

QLD squad

1. Darius Boyd (Broncos) 2. Corey Oates (Broncos) 3. Greg Inglis (Rabbitohs) 4. Justin O’Neill (Cowboys) 5. Dane Gagai (Knights) 6. Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys) 7. Cooper Cronk (Storm) 8. Matt Scott (Cowboys) 9. Cameron Smith (c) (Storm) 10. Nate Myles (Sea Eagles) 11. Matt Gillett (Broncos) 12. Sam Thaiday (Broncos) 13. Corey Parker (Broncos) Interchange: 14. Michael Morgan (Cowboys) 15. Josh McGuire (Broncos) 16. Aidan Guerra (Roosters) 17. Josh Papalii (Raiders)

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Tags: NSW Blues, Queensland Maroons, State Of Origin, State Of Origin 2016

Posted: 25 May, 2016

Players Warned

NRL stars Corey Norman, Junior Paulo and James Segeyaro have been issued warnings by police

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said today all players and officials are on notice to choose their friends and associates wisely.

He said players should take very seriously the warnings issued by the Organised Crime Squad under Section 93X of the Crimes Act.

“This reflects poorly on the players involved and is a bad look for the game,” Mr Greenberg said.

“I would expect those who have received warnings to take them very seriously,” Mr Greenberg said.

“The penalties for ignoring a warning are severe and we fully support the police in the action they have taken.”

Earlier On Triple M

NRL stars Corey Norman, Junior Paulo and James Segeyaro have been issued warnings by police about keeping in company with convicted criminals.

Norman was linked to a police investigation involving suspected drugs at The Star Casino last Friday night.

Under Section 93 of the Crimes Act 1900 it is against the law to “habitually consort” with convicted criminals ”after having been given an official warning".

This warning came after Fairfax Media published the below photo of the players having dinner at a chinese restaurant at The Star Casino with convicted offenders.

Earlier, Parramatta coach Brad Arthur said Norman was feeling “alright”, but admitted the incident had been a distraction in the lead-up to Monday night’s crucial match against Melbourne.

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Tags: Parramatta Eels, Corey Norman, Junior Paulo, Penrith Panthers, James Segeyaro

Posted: 24 May, 2016

QLD Origin Team Announced

Read the full list here!

Kevy Walters just fronted media at the XXXX Queensland Maroons Series Launch and named his team for Origin 1!

Full Players List Game 1

NAME

NRL CLUB

ORIGIN NUMBER

1.      Darius Boyd  

Brisbane Broncos

166

2.      Corey Oates 

Brisbane Broncos 

183

3.      Greg Inglis 

South Sydney Rabbitohs

152

4.      Justin O’Neill 

North Queensland Cowboys

184

5.      Dane Gagai 

Newcastle Knights

182

6.      Johnathan Thurston 

North Queensland Cowboys

148

7.      Cooper Cronk 

Melbourne Storm

168

8.      Matt Scott 

North Queensland Cowboys

155

9.      Cameron Smith (c)

Melbourne Storm

140

10.  Nate Myles 

Manly Sea Eagles

158

11.  Matt Gillett

Brisbane Broncos

173

12.  Sam Thaiday

Brisbane Broncos

157

13.  Corey Parker 

Brisbane Broncos

146

14.  Michael Morgan

North Queensland Cowboys

181

15.  Josh McGuire

Brisbane Broncos

180

16.  Aidan Guerra

Sydney Roosters 

178

17.  Josh Papalii 

Canberra Raiders

177

 Earlier...

LIVE from Queensland Maroons Series Launch our Triple M Brisbane insider revealed there's been a late change in selection.

Aidan Guerra has been named on the bench and Sam Thaiday will start in the back row making it an all Brisbane Broncos back row.

 

Triple M's Dobbo and Gorden Tallis gave Brisbane's Marto and Ed the inside word last week as to who they suspect will be on the team. 

 Check out the leaked team here and watch this space for the full list to be announced shortly. 

Watch the interactive live stream via QRL now!

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Posted: 24 May, 2016

Sutton, Cummins To Referee Origin

Referees boss Tony Archer said Sutton and Cummins deserved to referee the opening Origin match following their performances this season

Ben Cummins Photo: Getty Images

Gerard Sutton and Ben Cummins will referee State of Origin I at ANZ Stadium next Wednesday.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN LIVE: Hear all the NRL action live on Triple M.

Referees boss Tony Archer said Sutton and Cummins deserved to referee the opening Origin match following their performances this season, as well as all three State of Origins in 2015.

“They have been the two leading referees in the NRL competition and deserve their selections,” Mr Archer said.

“This will be Ben’s 12th Origin appearance and Gerard’s 5th. They handled last year’s series really well and will be supported by two in-form and experienced touch judges. I am confident all officials will perform well next Wednesday night.”

The match officials for the opening Holden State of Origin match, on June 1, are:

Referee: Gerard Sutton

Assist Referee: Ben Cummins

Touch Judges: Nick Beashel, Jeff Younis

Senior Review Official: Bernard Sutton

Review Officials: Luke Patten, Ashley Klein

Standby Referee: Gavin Badger

Standby Touch Judge: Michael Wise

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Posted: 24 May, 2016

Don't Focus On The Haters, Tim

The NSW Blues team announcement was MC-ed by Channel Nine’s Tim Gilbert and it got a bit weird at the end.

The Blues team for the Origin opener Photo: Getty Images

Yesterday the NSW Blues team was announced and they had the big launch at The Star in Sydney.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN LIVE: Hear all the NRL and Origin action live on Triple M.

It was MC-ed by Channel Nine’s Tim Gilbert and it got a bit weird at the end.

To start with Robbie Farah was named at the end while everything else was in alphabetical order. And then Tim Gilbert got on and started hammering people on twitter. Listen to the audio below.

 

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