Posted: 31 January, 2015

Sharks Injury Blow

Terrible news for Sharks fans with reports young gun Fa'amanu Brown is facing up to five months on the sideline.

Terrible news for Sharks fans with reports young gun Fa'amanu Brown is facing up to five months on the sideline with a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered during their semi-final loss to the Roosters in the Auckland Nines at Eden Park.

"Nu Brown has a torn ACL and is out four to five months," reported Triple M NRL's Steve Mascord.

It's believed he will have surgery on Monday.

The 20-year-old was forced to miss the Auckland Nines final against the Rabbitohs, which Cronulla lost 18-14 in extra time. Listen to the full Triple M NRL highlights at the bottom of the page.

In other injury news, halfback Adam Reynolds has a slight hamstring strain suffered at the final stage of the Auckland Nines final. It's believed to be nothing serious but he will have scans on Monday.

Parramatta, Newcastle Suffer Injuries

Parramatta has confirmed back-rower Ken Edwards has injured his right knee and will have scans on Monday. He is out of the tournament.

He suffered the knock during the Eels 10-12 loss to the Dragons.

Earlier, Parramatta hooker Kaysa Pritchard suffered a pec injury during the Eels opener against the Sea Eagles and is out of the tournament. He will have scans on Monday.

The 20-year-old is the younger brother of Bulldogs forward Frank Pritchard and was named in the Eels Auckland Nines squad as a replacement for Nathan Peats.

"I'll go home, get some scans, see the specialist and go from there," he told News Limited. 

"Hopefully it's not as bad as these injuries can be."

While, new Parramatta recruit Brad Takairangi hurt his ankle and remains in doubt for the rest of the tournament.

Newcastle new signing Carlos Tuimavave limped off after their loss to Parramatta. He suffered an ankle injury and is out of the Auckland Nines.

More to come.

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Posted: 31 January, 2015

Kenny Nagas Robbed

Canberra legend robbed of a try during his first game in 12 seasons

Canberra legend Ken Nagas was a robbed of a try during his first NRL game in 12 seasons against Wests Tigers in the Auckland Nines at Eden Park on Saturday. Watch the video below from the 1.15-minute mark.

The 41-year-old Raiders winger looked set to score for all money before being tackled without the ball by Wests Tigers Pat Richards in the last minute of the game.

Canberra were awarded a penalty but some are saying it should've been a penalty try.

Wests Tigers defended the line and went on to win the game 16-10.

Nagas bagged a double in the 1994 Grand Final against the Bulldogs.

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Posted: 30 January, 2015

Gordie's Nines Tips

Triple M's Gorden Tallis has tipped the three teams that has a shot at taking out the massive tournament

The NRL Auckland Nines is on this weekend, and Triple M's Gorden Tallis has tipped the three teams that has a shot at taking out the massive tournament at Eden Park in Auckland.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN LIVE: Hear all the Auckland Nines action on Triple M.

Gordie’s Tips

1. Warriors

Shaun Johnson was the man that lead the Kiwis to the Four Nations crown and I think he’ll do the same for the Warriors in Auckland.

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Shaun Johnson of the Warriors Photo: Getty Images

2. Cowboys

Defending champions of the Auckland Nines, no Thurston but still a solid side.

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North Queensland Cowboys celebrate winning the 2014 Auckland Nines Photo: Getty Images

3. Wests Tigers

Think the boot of Pat Richards could be a real winner in the format. Watch the video below.

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Matty Johns

Manly

"It’s simple – they win cause they are sending the best team," said Matty Johns, on Triple M Sydney's Grill Team.

Squad: 1. Daly Cherry-Evans (c), 2. Manaia Rudolph, 3. Jayden Hodges, 4. Brayden Wiliame, 5. Tony Satini, 6. Kieran Foran, 7. Clinton Gutherson, 8. Tom Trbojevic, 9.  Peta Hiku, 10. Tom Symonds, 11. Cheyse Blair, 12. James Hasson, 13. Feleti Mateo, 14. Jesse Sene-Lefao, 15. Josh Starling, 16. Michael Chee Kam, 17. Blake Leary, 18. Dunamis Lui

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Daly Cherry-Evans and Kieran Foran will lead Manly to victory Photo: Getty Images

MG

Warriors

"[They] came within a game last year. Shaun Johnson in red hot form and will be stand out this weekend," said MG.

Squad: Shaun Johnson, Matthew Allwood, Nathan Friend, Ben Henry, Ryan Hoffman, Solomone Kata, Ngani Laumape, Sam Lisone, Tuimoala Lolohea, Sione Louisi, Suaia Matagi, Ben Matulino, Ken Maumalo, Nathaniel Roache, Bodene Thompson, Sam Tomkins, Chad Townsend, Manu Vatuvei

Gus

Warriors

"Warriors will win. Home ground advantage and they have players who look like they’ll adapt 9’s," said Gus.

More Auckland Nines Tips

Triple M's Ryan Girdler predicts the three teams who will make the biggest impact at the Auckland Nines.

1. Titans

This tournament is all about fitness and speed, which plays to the Titans greatest strength.

“The Gold Coast Titans have got speed with [James] Roberts, [David] Mead and [Will] Zillman and with a guy like big Dave Taylor in the middle they’ll be hard to beat," said Girds.

Squad: Will Zillman, James Roberts, Anthony Don, David Mead, Josh Hoffman, Brad Tighe, Kalifa Faifai Loa, Aidan Sezer, Daniel Mortimer, Christian Hazard, Kierran Moseley, Ryan James, Mark Ioane, Luke Douglas, Lachlan Burr, Kane Elgey, Dave Taylor, Matt Robinson

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David Mead of the Titans makes a break against the Brisbane Broncos last year on the Gold Coast Photo: Getty Images

2. Warriors

Shaun Johnson was the the Player of the Tournament in last year's Nines and having been crowned 2014's player f the year (Golden Boot Award), he'll be full of confidence and ready to lead his team to Nines glory.

As you can see in the video below, this tournament is perfectly suited for the home side's highly skilled and free-flowing style of rugby league.

“Warriors will have the crowd on their side and with Shaun Johnson [they] should go close," he said.

Squad: Shaun Johnson, Matthew Allwood, Nathan Friend, Ben Henry, Ryan Hoffman, Solomone Kata, Ngani Laumape, Sam Lisone, Tuimoala Lolohea, Sione Louisi, Suaia Matagi, Ben Matulino, Ken Maumalo, Nathaniel Roache, Bodene Thompson, Sam Tomkins, Chad Townsend, Manu Vatuvei

3. Panthers

Well, what else would you expect from the former premiership winning Penrith legend.

The Panthers are taking over a young squad, but they are a well-drilled and coached outfit under Ivan Cleary. You can be sure they'll be switched on and will be ready to make every post a winner. Plus while new recruits Apisai Koroisau and Tupou Sopoaga will be keen to impress.

“The Panthers… just because," he said, with a grin.

Squad: Brendan Attwood, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Christian Crichton, Adrian Davis, Joshua Kay, George Jennings, Isaac John, Kevin Kingston, Apisai Koroisau, Sika Manu, Kieran Moss, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Andy Saunders, Chris Smith, Nathan Smith, Will Smith, Tupou Sopoaga, Isaah Yeo

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Isaac John of the Penrith Panthers to make his return from injury at the NRL Nines Photo: Getty Images

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Posted: 30 January, 2015

Auckland Nines Tips

Matty Johns, MG and Gus look into their crystal balls and get some predictions for the Auckland Nines

The Auckland Nines is on this weekend, so Triple M's Matty Johns, Mark Geyer and Gus have looked into their crystal balls to predict who will win the multi-million dollar nine-a-side tournament at Eden Park.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN LIVE: Hear all the Auckland Nines action on Triple M.

Matty Johns

Manly

"It’s simple – they win cause they are sending the best team," said Matty Johns, on Triple M Sydney's Grill Team.

Squad: 1. Daly Cherry-Evans (c), 2. Manaia Rudolph, 3. Jayden Hodges, 4. Brayden Wiliame, 5. Tony Satini, 6. Kieran Foran, 7. Clinton Gutherson, 8. Tom Trbojevic, 9.  Peta Hiku, 10. Tom Symonds, 11. Cheyse Blair, 12. James Hasson, 13. Feleti Mateo, 14. Jesse Sene-Lefao, 15. Josh Starling, 16. Michael Chee Kam, 17. Blake Leary, 18. Dunamis Lui

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Daly Cherry-Evans and Kieran Foran will lead Manly to victory Photo: Getty Images

MG

Warriors

"[They] came within a game last year. Shaun Johnson in red hot form and will be stand out this weekend," said MG.

Squad: Shaun Johnson, Matthew Allwood, Nathan Friend, Ben Henry, Ryan Hoffman, Solomone Kata, Ngani Laumape, Sam Lisone, Tuimoala Lolohea, Sione Louisi, Suaia Matagi, Ben Matulino, Ken Maumalo, Nathaniel Roache, Bodene Thompson, Sam Tomkins, Chad Townsend, Manu Vatuvei

Gus

Warriors

"Warriors will win. Home ground advantage and they have players who look like they’ll adapt 9’s," said Gus.

More Auckland Nines Tips

Triple M's Ryan Girdler predicts the three teams who will make the biggest impact at the Auckland Nines.

1. Titans

This tournament is all about fitness and speed, which plays to the Titans greatest strength.

“The Gold Coast Titans have got speed with [James] Roberts, [David] Mead and [Will] Zillman and with a guy like big Dave Taylor in the middle they’ll be hard to beat," said Girds.

Squad: Will Zillman, James Roberts, Anthony Don, David Mead, Josh Hoffman, Brad Tighe, Kalifa Faifai Loa, Aidan Sezer, Daniel Mortimer, Christian Hazard, Kierran Moseley, Ryan James, Mark Ioane, Luke Douglas, Lachlan Burr, Kane Elgey, Dave Taylor, Matt Robinson

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David Mead of the Titans makes a break against the Brisbane Broncos last year on the Gold Coast Photo: Getty Images

2. Warriors

Shaun Johnson was the the Player of the Tournament in last year's Nines and having been crowned 2014's player f the year (Golden Boot Award), he'll be full of confidence and ready to lead his team to Nines glory.

As you can see in the video below, this tournament is perfectly suited for the home side's highly skilled and free-flowing style of rugby league.

“Warriors will have the crowd on their side and with Shaun Johnson [they] should go close," he said.

Squad: Shaun Johnson, Matthew Allwood, Nathan Friend, Ben Henry, Ryan Hoffman, Solomone Kata, Ngani Laumape, Sam Lisone, Tuimoala Lolohea, Sione Louisi, Suaia Matagi, Ben Matulino, Ken Maumalo, Nathaniel Roache, Bodene Thompson, Sam Tomkins, Chad Townsend, Manu Vatuvei

3. Panthers

Well, what else would you expect from the former premiership winning Penrith legend.

The Panthers are taking over a young squad, but they are a well-drilled and coached outfit under Ivan Cleary. You can be sure they'll be switched on and will be ready to make every post a winner. Plus while new recruits Apisai Koroisau and Tupou Sopoaga will be keen to impress.

“The Panthers… just because," he said, with a grin.

Squad: Brendan Attwood, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Christian Crichton, Adrian Davis, Joshua Kay, George Jennings, Isaac John, Kevin Kingston, Apisai Koroisau, Sika Manu, Kieran Moss, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Andy Saunders, Chris Smith, Nathan Smith, Will Smith, Tupou Sopoaga, Isaah Yeo

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Isaac John of the Penrith Panthers to make his return from injury at the NRL Nines Photo: Getty Images

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Saturday, 31 January

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Posted: 30 January, 2015

NRL Bring Back In Goal Touch Judges

If successful, it'll be interesting to see if they are re-introduced into the NRL

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The NRL has announced their match officials for the Auckland Nines.

But in an interesting development they've brought back In Goal Touch Judges!

We haven't seen these match officials since the early 90s, where they were used in place of the video referee system to assist the referee in his decision making.

If successful, it'll be interesting to see if they are re-introduced into the NRL.

Match Officials

SATURDAY 31ST JANUARY 2015

10.30AM - EELS V SEA EAGLES - Ben Cummins (referee)
10.55AM - KNIGHTS V DRAGONS - Grant Atkins
11.20AM - STORM V COWBOYS - David Munro
11.45AM - PANTHERS V RABBITOHS - Peter Gough
12.20PM - TIGERS V RAIDERS - Adam Devcich
12.45PM - TITANS V WARRIORS - Gavin Reynolds
1.10PM - ROOSTERS V BRONCOS - Alan Shortall
1.35PM - BULLDOGS V SHARKS - Chris Butler
2.00PM - NZ V AUST (WOMEN) - Belinda Sleeman
2.25PM - EELS V KNIGHTS - Chris Sutton
2.50PM - SEA EAGLES V DRAGONS - Matt Noyen
3.15PM - STORM V PANTHERS - Matt Cecchin
3.40PM - COWBOYS V RABBITOHS - Alan Shortall
4.15PM - TIGERS V TITANS - Jon Stone
4.40PM - RAIDERS V WARRIORS - Jared Maxwell
5.05PM - ROOSTERS V BULLDOGS - Gavin Reynolds
5.30PM - BRONCOS V SHARKS - Gavin Badger

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Posted: 30 January, 2015

Dragons Want Napa

Reports St George Illawarra want the big-hitting forward

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The Daily Telegraph has reported the Dragons want Roosters big-hitting forward Dylan Napa.

Despite being contracted to the Sydney Roosters until the end of this season, St George Illawarra are very keen on the 22-year-old to bolster their forward stocks. See his big ht on Sharks skipper Paul Gallen below.

Napa made his debut with the Roosters in 2013 and is seen as a future State of Origin player. He played three tests for the Cook Islands and represented the Prime Ministers XIII in 2014.

Meanwhile, Dragons and Origin star Trent Merrin's future remains uncertain, but it's believed he'll make a decision before Round one of the NRL season.

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Posted: 30 January, 2015

NRL Season Launch

Matty Johns said it was a nice touch having it in Auckland to coincide with the NRL Nines

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Gavin Cooper, Cameron Smith, Josh Morris, Greg Inglis, Simon Mannering and Johnathan Thurston hold their respective trophies at the 2015 NRL season launch in Auckland Photo: Getty Images

The NRL was officially launched last night ahead of this weekend's Auckland Nines and it all went off without a hitch.

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

Triple M's Matty Johns said it was a nice touch having it in Auckland to coincide with the NRL Nines.

"It was giving a nod to New Zealand and what they've done on the international stage but also as far as the Nines is concerned and the Warriors," he said, on Triple M Sydney's Grill Team.

"It's a great tournament and well done to the NRL for taking the initiative and launching it over there. It was superb."

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We saw Brad Fittler and Steve Menzies last year, and this time around it's Ken Nagas (Raiders) and Matt King (Rabbitohs). Can we expect Matty and Mark Geyer to make a comeback next year?

"Maybe me and Matty," MG joked, on Triple M Sydney's Grill Team.

"Absolutely not," laughed Matty. "I just can't run anymore! If you wanna play Nines the one thing you gotta be able to do is run and I can't do that.

"But Kenny Nagas will go okay."

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Posted: 29 January, 2015

Nines 2015 Predictions

Triple M's Ryan Girdler looks into his crystal ball, predicting his top three teams

The NRL Auckland Nines is on again this weekend, so Triple M's Ryan Girdler has looked into his crystal ball, predicting the three teams who have the best chance of taking out the nine-a-side tournament at Eden Park in Auckland.

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

1. Titans

This tournament is all about fitness and speed, which plays to the Titans greatest strength.

“The Gold Coast Titans have got speed with [James] Roberts, [David] Mead and [Will] Zillman and with a guy like big Dave Taylor in the middle they’ll be hard to beat," said Girds.

Squad: Will Zillman, James Roberts, Anthony Don, David Mead, Josh Hoffman, Brad Tighe, Kalifa Faifai Loa, Aidan Sezer, Daniel Mortimer, Christian Hazard, Kierran Moseley, Ryan James, Mark Ioane, Luke Douglas, Lachlan Burr, Kane Elgey, Dave Taylor, Matt Robinson

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David Mead of the Titans makes a break against the Brisbane Broncos last year on the Gold Coast Photo: Getty Images

2. Warriors

Shaun Johnson was the the Player of the Tournament in last year's Nines and having been crowned 2014's player f the year (Golden Boot Award), he'll be full of confidence and ready to lead his team to Nines glory.

As you can see in the video below, this tournament is perfectly suited for the home side's highly skilled and free-flowing style of rugby league.

“Warriors will have the crowd on their side and with Shaun Johnson [they] should go close," he said.

Squad: Shaun Johnson, Matthew Allwood, Nathan Friend, Ben Henry, Ryan Hoffman, Solomone Kata, Ngani Laumape, Sam Lisone, Tuimoala Lolohea, Sione Louisi, Suaia Matagi, Ben Matulino, Ken Maumalo, Nathaniel Roache, Bodene Thompson, Sam Tomkins, Chad Townsend, Manu Vatuvei

3. Panthers

Well, what else would you expect from the former premiership winning Penrith legend.

The Panthers are taking over a young squad, but they are a well-drilled and coached outfit under Ivan Cleary. You can be sure they'll be switched on and will be ready to make every post a winner. Plus while new recruits Apisai Koroisau and Tupou Sopoaga will be keen to impress.

“The Panthers… just because," he said, with a grin.

Squad: Brendan Attwood, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Christian Crichton, Adrian Davis, Joshua Kay, George Jennings, Isaac John, Kevin Kingston, Apisai Koroisau, Sika Manu, Kieran Moss, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Andy Saunders, Chris Smith, Nathan Smith, Will Smith, Tupou Sopoaga, Isaah Yeo

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Isaac John of the Penrith Panthers to make his return from injury at the NRL Nines Photo: Getty Images

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Posted: 29 January, 2015

NRL Stand-Alone Rep Round

Get all your official information for the NRL international stand alone representative round

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International Rugby League will return to Queensland this year with Brisbane and the Gold Coast set to host a blockbuster stand-alone weekend of representative rugby league in May.

In a huge coup for NRL fans in Queensland, Suncorp Stadium will host the Trans-Tasman Test between Australia and New Zealand on Friday May 1.

The Test is the only international match between the Kangaroos and the Kiwis in 2015 and will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli.

May 1 also sees the Australian Jillaroos take on the NZ Kiwi Ferns at Suncorp Stadium, while Pacific powerhouses Samoa, Fiji, Tonga and Papua New Guinea will be part of a triple-header at Gold Coast’s Cbus Super Stadium on Saturday May 2.

The first match on Saturday night (May 2) will feature the Junior Kangaroos against the Junior Kiwis.

The PNG Kumuls will then take on Fiji Bati, before Samoa return to the international stage following their successful Four Nations campaign against traditional rivals Tonga.

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Posted: 29 January, 2015

NRL Rule Change For 2015

Matty Johns says coaches influencing rule changes is bad for the game

Triple M's Matty Johns says the NRL have a problem, having two current coaches - Trent Robinson and Wayne Bennett - on the competition committee.

Bennett was keen to get the wrestle out of the game, so the NRL have put in a rule saying once players make a tackle they have to simultaneously let go of the attacking player.

Matty Johns doesn't have a problem with the rule, but he believes coaches influencing rule changes is bad for the game and self-interest will rule.

"Coaches are ruthless competitors who are interested in nothing other than getting two points week-in and week-out," said Matty, on Triple M Sydney's Grill Team. Listen to the full audio below.

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NRL Introduce Rule Change

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Broncos head coach Wayne Bennett says rule change is good for the game Photo: Getty Images

A lot of coaches have expressed their anger at the NRL's latest rule change, but Brisbane's Wayne Bennett is not one of them.

Broncos Assistant coach Kevin Walters explained why this change is good for the game, telling Triple M Brisbane's Grill Team it will help stop wrestling taking over the game.

"In the past, each defender that's in the tackle gets their turn to move off the tackle so they just go 'one by one'. But now they've all got to go at once," Walters said.

"It's going to speed up the play-the-ball and speed up the game and [there will be] less wrestling, which I think Wayne Bennett is very keen on."

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Rule change will eliminate the 'gang-tackle' says Broncos assistant coach Kevvie Walters Photo: Getty Images

Walters said it will get rid of the three and four man gang tackle where attacking players would just get smashed.

"What's been happening over the past couple of years, the wrestle has really taken over the game," he said.

"I worked at the Melbourne Storm, and I don't want to be too hard on them, but they have changed the way they do things." Listen to the full audio below. 

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Earlier On Triple M

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James Graham of the Bulldogs is tackled during the 2014 NRL Grand Final match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Sydney Photo: Getty Images

NRL coaches are angry about the latest rule change and are threatening to boycott their next conference in protest.

The Daily Telegraph reports it's basically a change in the “interpretation” around the release of the tackled player.

The rule now states: “the player in possession shall be immediately released ... by all defenders”.

It's understood this rule is designed to reduce the wrestle, stopping defenders from turning attackers on their back.

Coaches Were Not Told Of Rule Change

One coach said they were up in arms over not being consulted over the change.

“The NRL stressed how important it was for all of us to attend the last one," an NRL coach told The Daily Telegraph.

“They told us there would be no changes this year. Then a couple of days before Christmas we get an email telling us this."

Rule Impossible To Enforce, Says Coach

Another coach said the new rule will be impossible to enforce and will encourage more one-out, dummy half running and less offloads.

“The difference last year was if you had three guys in a tackle they could release separately," an NRL coach told The Daily Telegraph.

“For instance, the legs man could get up and go and then the other two blokes would let go. Or you could have two blokes let go up top and the other hold on.

Now all three have to release at the same time. If you put three into a tackle on a big man they will more or less all be laying on the ground when the ball is played, which goes back to the old Super League — big man for scoot."

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Posted: 29 January, 2015

Wests Tigers Prop Arrested

Prop Matt Lodge has been stood down from training after being arrested earlier this month.

Wests Tigers prop Matt Lodge has been stood down from training after being arrested earlier this month.

The NRL Integrity Unit is investigating the alleged altercation which took place at a Kings Cross nightclub. It's believed he was arrested after refusing to leave the nightclub.

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Matt Lodge of the Tigers in action during the round 24 match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium in 2014 Photo: Getty Images

"Wests Tigers can confirm that Matthew Lodge has been charged by the NSW Police following an altercation in the early hours of Sunday 11 January 2015," said Wests Tigers.

"Lodge was stood down from training for one week due to a breach of Club protocol and further punishment will be considered once the NRL Integrity Unit has concluded investigating the matter." Read the full statement below.

This is the 20-year-old's first season with Wests Tigers, having joined the club from the Melbourne Storm.

It's not the first time he's been in trouble with the NRL, having been sanctioned last year for wearing a wristband with the word c*** written on it while playing for the Blues Under-20s State of Origin. Watch the video below from the 3.15-minute mark.

Matt Lodge sent off during the State of Origin U/20s Video: YouTube

Wests Tigers Official Statement

Wests Tigers can confirm that Matthew Lodge has been charged by the NSW Police following an altercation in the early hours of Sunday 11 January 2015.

The Club finds Lodge’s actions unacceptable and is cooperating fully with the NRL Integrity Unit.

Lodge was stood down from training for one week due to a breach of Club protocol and further punishment will be considered once the NRL Integrity Unit has concluded investigating the matter.

Wests Tigers will make no further comment at this time.

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Posted: 27 January, 2015

Lewis Ruled Out Of Nines

Sharks Nines skipper ruled out with knee injury

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Some breaking news out of the Sharks sheds, with Luke Lewis having been ruled out of the NRL Auckland Nines with a knee injury.

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

Lewis was named as Cronulla captain for the tournament in Auckland.

It's reported Sharks coaching staff were unwilling to risk Lewis doing further damage.

Wade Graham will now skipper the side.

Meanwhile, Sam Tagatese has also been ruled out with a groin injury.

Massive prop Saulala Houma, who weighs in 122 kg, will come in his place, making his debut for the Sharks.

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