Posted: 20 August, 2014

Sam Gone For The Season

Bulldogs suffer terrible blow to finals hopes

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Sam Kasiano of Canterbury Bulldogs Photo: Getty Images

In a terrible blow for the Bulldogs finals hopes, Canterbury 'wrecking ball' Sam Kasiano will miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury.

"We can confirm we have a tentative surgery date booked for Thursday," Bulldogs physiotherapist Steve McCullagh told the club's website.

"He's done a good job with the injury and we won't be seeing Sam again this season."

Sam Kasiano Highlights

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Posted: 20 August, 2014

Walters For Broncos

Kevin Walters admits he's in negotiations to follow Wayne Bennett To Brisbane

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Kevin Walters during his playing days with Brisbane Broncos Photo: Getty Images

Kevin Walters has told Triple M he wants to follow Wayne Bennett and join the Brisbane Broncos coaching staff next season.

"I am in negotiations with the Broncos at the moment about next year," said Walters, on Triple M Brisbane's Grill Team. "Obviously I love the club and would like to work back there,"

"Wayne Bennett is going back to Brisbane, as everyone knows, and I would like to be a part of that." Listen to the full audio below.

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Kevin Walters worked under Storm coach Craig Bellamy in Melbourne Photo: Getty Images

The former Broncos and representative player worked under Craig Bellamy at the Melbourne Storm in 2013 before joining the Knights this season as a halves coach.

Walters played 242 first grade games for the Brisbane Broncos alongside 20 games for Australia and 11 for Queensland. He is also on Mal Meninga's coaching staff for the Maroons.

Kevin Walters On Triple M

 

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Tags: Kevin Walters, Brisbane Broncos, Newcastle Knights

Posted: 20 August, 2014

17 Players On Notice

Reports 17 past and present Sharks players have been issued with notices

There are reports 17 past and present Sharks players have now been issued with doping notices over the 2011 supplements program at today's meeting with the NRL and ASADA and now have 10 days to respond.

The Daily Telegraph reports the possible bans range from six months to two years. Triple M has chosen not to name the players for legal reasons.

Meanwhile, the Sharks have released a statement saying "they been advised that five players currently contracted to the club have received ‘show cause’ notices from ASADA.  

"Players have been offered a proposal regarding a possible suspension, which they need to consider before the weekend, with the players to consult with their legal representatives over the next two days in relation to their individual circumstances." Read the full statement below.

A spokesman for the NRL said the code are not in a position to act until the players had returned to ASADA with a response to the show-cause notices.

"It's still very much an ASADA issue at the moment," the spokesman told AAP.

"We can only act or get involved when ASADA give us the go-ahead to issue infraction notices. Until then we can't make a comment as there is nothing we can really say."

Sharks Statement

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The Sharks have been advised that five players currently contracted to the club have received ‘show cause’ notices from ASADA.

Players have been offered a proposal regarding a possible suspension, which they need to consider before the weekend, with the players to consult with their legal representatives over the next two days in relation to their individual circumstances.

The Sharks will continue to act in the best interests of the players and are providing on-going support, both to those issued with the notices as well as others in the club, while solicitors acting for the players will continue to manage the process on their behalf.

At this point in time the Cronulla Sharks Football Club will be making no further comment on any matter relating to the ASADA investigation or today’s developments.

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Earlier On Triple M

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17 past and present Sharks players issues with doping notices Photo: Getty Images

Last week Matty Johns spoke about ASADA and the punishments coming to the Cronulla Sharks. Well, that's exactly what was on the front page of the Herald today.

ASADA's investigation into the Cronulla Sharks could be coming to a head with reports past and present players will be meeting with the anti-doping watchdog and the NRL as early as this week, possibly on Wednesday.

The Herald claims players accused of taking performance enhancing drugs in 2011 will be offered bans of between one and six months and they'll be served during the off season meaning they could miss just four weeks of the 2015 NRL season.

There are 10 players still running around in the NRL and it's understood ASADA's decision to move now comes after the International Olympic Committee warned it would step in due to the 'politicisation' of the anti-doping body.

"If you're a Sharks player, given everything you've gone through… it's not a bad result," said Matty Johns, on Triple M Sydney's Grill Team. Listen to the full audio below.

Matty Johns On Triple M 


Earlier On Triple M

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Cronula Sharks at the centre of ASADA investigation Photo: Getty Images

Triple M's Matty Johns has mail we may have a decision regarding the ASADA investigation next week with some players facing up to a six month ban.

"I'm hearing next week there will be infraction notices handed out. I'm hearing there could be as many as seventeen [players], however only a few of those are still playing in the NRL, [the rest] are scattered in the UK Super League and probably some are retired," said Matty, on Triple M Sydney's Grill Team.

"Now I've heard [the charges will be] 'guilty of unwittingly taking a banned substance' and on top of that they're gonna take into account how long and drawn out this process has been and the toll that it's taken on individuals.

"I hear there's going to be a six-month suspension of which only a month will be served in season, so let's say, for instance, if they are handed out next week then the suspension could start the day the season ends, which means once the season starts again next year they've only got a month to serve." Listen to the full interview below.

Matty Johns On Triple M

 

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NRL Won't Back Down

Suspended NRL player Sandor Earl still facing serious doping allegations.

Earlier On Triple M

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NRL Boss Dave Smith Photo: www.nrl.com

In March 2013, NRL Boss David Smith and NRL chairman John Grant gave a joint press conference, launching an ASADA investigation into drugs in Australian sport.

ASADA had advised the NRL it would request interviews with 31 players.

"This is not about clubs," said the NRL at the time.

"The interview process will take approximately 4-6 weeks. We will not stand down any player until an infraction notice is issued."

Since then former Raiders and Panthers player Sandor Earl has been the only player stood down in the NRL.


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Tags: ASADA, Cronulla Sharks

Posted: 20 August, 2014

Fui Left Out Of Eels Squad

Reports Eels cult hero walks out of training session

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Not good news for off-contract cult figure Fuifui Moimoi who has been left out of the Eels squad for their last home game against Manly on Friday night.

The Daily Telegraph has reported the 34-year-old 110kg prop failed to finish an Eels training session on Tuesday, having walked out unhappy with coach Brad Arthur's decision to not pick him for the Eels final home game at Pirtek Stadium.

Parramatta do have a special celebration planned for Friday's game against Manly, where they will pay tribute to Fui, Ben Smith and Willie Tonga. The latter two having confirmed they're leaving Parramatta at the end of the season. It's believed Fui will still attend.

Moimoi has been named to play for Wenworthville in the NSW Cup at Sportingbet Stadium on Saturday.

Indeed, Fuifui is adored out west for his powerful runs and Tongan heritage.

You'd be forgiven for thinking the big fella spends more time at the hairdressers than on the training paddock but you could never fault his effort on the field, especially when taking up the ball! Watch the video below.

FuiFui Highlights

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Posted: 19 August, 2014

Dane Happy At Knights

Newcastle Knights reject reports he wants to follow Wayne Bennett to Brisbane

Newcastle has rejected reports boom centre Dane Gagai wants to follow coach Wayne Bennett to Brisbane. Read the full Newcastle statement below.

In a story in today's Courier Mail it was reported Gagai wanted to join Brisbane in 2016.

However, the Knights have rejected this saying "Dane is happy at the Knights."

“This story about Dane wanting to leave is incorrect and is driven solely by the media,” coach Wayne Bennett said on Tuesday.

“[He] will be playing here next season."

Dane Gagai, 23, is currently on contract with the Knights until the end of next season.

He was sacked by Brisbane two years ago following an off-field incident.

Knights Official Statement

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Dane Gagai of Newcastle Knights Photo: Getty Images

Newcastle Knights’ centre Dane Gagai is contracted to the Club until the end of season 2015 and will remain at the Club, despite media reports suggesting otherwise.

“This story about Dane wanting to leave is incorrect and is driven solely by the media,” coach Wayne Bennett said on Tuesday.

“Dane is happy at the Knights and will be playing here next season.

“ABC’s Craig Hamilton actually questioned me after Sunday’s game about the suggestion that I was taking Dane to Brisbane.

“I answered categorically he wasn’t going to Brisbane, yet it continues to be reported.

“It is disappointing for the Club, for Dane and for the supporters and hopefully this sets the record straight.”

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Posted: 19 August, 2014

Rugby League Brainiacs

Here are 14 of the smartest fellas in the NRL

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Jason Nightingale of St George Illawarra Dragons recognised for deeds off the field Photo: Getty Images

Meet the rugby league brainiacs! Where rugby league players are recognised for their achievements in higher education and the workplace.

Brent Tate (Cowboys), David Shillington (Raiders), Jason Nightingale (Dragons) and Jeremy Latimore (Panthers) have joined two-time team members Ryan Hoffman (Storm) and Robbie Rochow (Knights) as part of the 2014 NRL-RLPA Academic Team of the Year.

Aaron Rockley (Broncos) has been named the inaugural NRL Tradesman of the Year while Sam Perrett (Bulldogs) and Jerome Ropati (Warriors) are the first players to receive the NRL Pasifika Academic Excellence Award.

Brent Tate said that he could not emphasise the importance of workplace training and study.

“For me, having a conversation with Wayne Bennett a few years ago made me realise the importance of getting an education,” Tate said.

“It was not long after that I started to get the wheels in motion in terms of studying.

“As a result I am feeling more prepared to enter the workforce when I approach the back end of my career.”

2014 NRL-RLPA ACADEMIC TEAM OF THE YEAR

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Jeremy Latimore of Penrith Panthers Photo: Getty Images

Broncos - Todd Lowrie - Cert IV in Project Management & Cert IV in Small Business Capital Training Institute & Arouni Tech
Bulldogs - Dale Finucane - Bachelor of Health and Movement, Australian College of Physical Education
Raiders - David Shillington - Bachelor of Business Diploma of Business, University of Canberra
Cowboys - Brent Tate - Cert IV Frontline Management, Cert IV Small Business Skill 360
Sea Eagles Tom Symonds Graduated Bachelor of Health Exercise Science - University of NSW
Sea Eagles - Brenton Lawrence - Bachelor of Arts in International studies (completed), Certificates III and IV in Training, Australian Institute of Workforce Development
Storm - Ryan Hoffman Bachelor of Business, Open Universities
Knights - Robbie Rochow Degree in Civil Engineering University of Newcastle
Panthers - Jeremy Latimore Bachelor of Commerce University of Wollongong, Panthers Education Ambassador
Panthers - Ryan Simpkins Diploma in Hydraulics Design Qualified Plumber, St Leonards Tafe
Rabbitohs - Jason Clark Cert III Fitness and Cert IV in Small Business, Australian Institute of Fitness & Elite training company, Qualified Apprentice Carpenter
Dragons - Jason Nightingale Bachelor of Business Degree, University of Wollongong, International NRL Player
Warriors - Siliva Havili Bachelor of Health Science – Podiatry, Auckland University of Technology

NRL PASIFIKA ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD

Warriors - Jerome Ropati
Diploma in Business & Bachelor of Health, Auckland University of Technology
NZ University Blues Award winner 2008
Warriors Education Committee Member & Ambassador
Warrior Reading programme Captain
Deacon Youth Leader of local church since 2007
Husband and father of three
2003-2014 - NZ Warriors 145 games

Bulldogs - Sam Perrett
Diploma in Management - Cert IV Building and Construction
Qualified Builder
Owns and runs Construction Company
“Trade- Up with the NRL” Apprentice mentor.
NRL Education Ambassador 2012/2013/2014
NRL Pasifika Players Advisory group
11th season as an NRL player
Husband and father of 4
Has played over 200 NRL games
19 Test Matches for NZ

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Tags: Brent Tate, Sam Perrett, Jeremy Latimore, Dale Finucane, Todd Lowrie, Brenton Lawrence

Posted: 19 August, 2014

Mark Mexico Spear Tackle

Has the Sharks cult hero played his last game in Australia?

What about this for a tackle?

Cronulla Sharks and PNG import Mark Mexico may have played his last game in Australia, having been placed on report for a spear tackle during their clash against the Wyong Roos in the NSW Cup at Remondis Stadium last Saturday.

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Sharks and Kumuls cult hero may have played his last game in Australia

Sharks Mark Mexico placed on report for spear tackle against Wyong Roos at Remondis Stadium last Saturday Video: Triple M Note: The video contains no audio.

As you can see in the video above, the tearaway forward nearly took a divot out of the ground with the poor bloke's head!

Since making his debut for the Sharks in the NSW Cup earlier this year, Mark Mexico has become a bit of a cult hero with his strong charges. 

It remains to be seen if the Sharks decide to keep him on for next season.

Earlier: Andrew Johns with Mark Mexico

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Triple M's Andrew Johns with Mark Mexico earlier this year Photo: Triple M

Earlier, Triple M's Andrew Johns had nothing but great things to say about the Sharkies new recruit.

"He's made of granite... and could be a cult figure," Joey told Triple M NRL. Listen below.

Andrew Johns On Mark Mexico

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Posted: 19 August, 2014

Ricky Stuart Under Pressure?

Paul Kent reveals who was behind the Terry Campese story and if Ricky Stuart is under pressure

Ricky Stuart and captain Brett White following the match against the St George Illawarra Dragons at GIO Stadium Canberra Video: Canberra Raiders official website

Ricky Stuart was very upset after slumping to another defeat, having lost to the Dragons 34-16. It was the first time they lost to the Dragons in 13 years.

Paul Kent from The Daily Telegraph is close to Ricky and he told Triple M NRL about the coach's state of mind and how he was particularly unhappy with a report in Friday's Daily Telegraph saying he had cut loyal clubman Terry Campese for next season.

We've printed the best bits of the interview below. Listen to the full audio at the bottom of the article.

Who was behind the Terry Campese story?

"It comes from Terry Campese's manager, Jim Madigan, who is now trying to put heat on the Raiders for their decision for basically deciding to move Terry Campese on," said Paul Kent.

Where do the Raiders go from here?

"I'm going out into the junior market, buying as many good kids, and I'm paying overs," he said. "I'm getting the Australian schoolboys halfback, five-eighth, hooker and fullback.

"The other thing I would do: I don't think you can go out and buy marquee players anymore, the salary cap's are too difficult."

Is Ricky Stuart under pressure?

"No he's not… because they realise where the club is at. The problem the Raiders have is that the highest-paid players at the club [are] Terry Campese, who's gone probably one season too many because [of] injuries, David Shillington, who I think has had quite a good season and Tom Learoyd-Lars (in NSW Cup). They all signed their contracts when they were Australian players.

"If I'm Ricky, I'm finding the best young coaches in the game... the best coaches who aren't in the first grade job.

"Let's have a look what he had at the Roosters - you had Phil Gould overseeing it, John Cartwight, Ivan Cleary and Shane Flanagan."

Matt Johns And Paul Kent On Ricky Stuart

 

Canberra Cut Favourite Son?

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Terry Campese of Canberra Raiders Photo: Getty Images

Long serving half Terry Campese has reportedly been cut from the Canberra Raiders NRL side for next season.

Despite having a year to go on a 500,000 a year deal, the Raiders are believed to have told the ageing playmaker his services are no longer required.

To make matters worse, Canberra has booked a move for him to take up an offer with the UK Super League club Hull FC, meaning he may have to send next year playing NSW Cup for Mounties.

“We did make an inquiry about Terry Campese earlier this year, because we were looking for an experienced halfback for 2015," Hull’s football manager and former New Zealand Warriors player Motu Tony told The Daily Telegraph.

“We were told that he would not be released early, and we’re now full up for playmakers after signing Leon Price and Mark Snade.”

It's believed coach Ricky Stuart and Raiders boss Don Furner blocked the move because the offer came soonafter Anthony Milford announced he was joining Brisbane next season.

Since making his debut in 2004, Terry Campese has played 138 games for Canberra. In 2008 he played one test for Australia and the following year represented NSW in one match.

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Tags: Canberra Raiders, Ricky Stuart

Posted: 19 August, 2014

Wests Tigers Injury Woes

Keith Lulia out for the rest of the NRL season with a broken neck

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Wests Tigers Keith Lulia Photo: Getty Images

The Wests Tigers injury woes continue with Keith Lulia out for the rest of the NRL season with a broken neck.

In a statement on the Wests Tigers website, Lulia suffered the injury in the Round 22 loss to North Queensland, resulting in his late withdrawal from Saturday’s match against the Roosters.

After consulting with a specialist, Lulia received an estimated recovery time of eight to 12 weeks.

Wests Tigers Injury List

Keith Lulia (neck – season, recovery 8-12 weeks)
Aaron Woods (knee – update later this week)
Dene Halatau (hamstring – update later this week)
Pat Richards (hamstring – indefinite)
James Tedesco (knee – indefinite)
Tim Moltzen (knee – indefinite)
Braith Anasta (bicep – indefinite)
Tim Simona (knee – Round 26)
David Nofoaluma (knee – season)
Liam Fulton (concussion – retired)

Keith Lulia Injured In This Match

Wests Tigers Keith Lulia injured during their match against North Queensland in Townsville in Round 22 Video: YouTube / Fox Sports

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Posted: 18 August, 2014

Paul Green Turns Red-Faced Over Sin-Bin

Cowboys coach has blasted the refs for sin-binning winger Matt Wright

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North Queensland Cowboys coach Paul Green has questioned the referees' decision to send winger Matt Wright to the sin-bin at a crucial time of the game.

The Panthers capitalised on a the 12-man Cowboys as they scored a try to extend their lead.

"I had a big problem with it, I really don't think the ref knew what was going on because if it was a ten-minute sin-bin for Matt Wright for holding him down then he shouldn't have let the play the ball happen," a frustrated Green told Triple M's Verdict.

"Instead Soward got up and played the ball and Morgan knocked the ball down and then he sent him off for ten minutes, I wasn't real happy with that one."

Listen to Paul Green on Triple M


Triple M NRL's Bill Harrigan agreed with Green's assessment of the referee in the sin-binning incident saying he saw some "confusion".

The Panthers emerged 23-22 winners which sees them consolidate their position in the Top 4.

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Tags: North Queensland Cowboys, Paul Green

Posted: 18 August, 2014

Match Wrap: Panthers V Cowboys

Penrith continued to defy their critics with gutsy win over the Cowboys

Triple M NRL - The Verdict

Peter Sterling, Andrew Johns, Bill Harrigan and Dan Ginnane wrap up the close 23 - 22 win by the Panthers thanks to Matt Moylan's golden point kick last night at Centrebet Stadium. Listen to the full audio below.

 

Match Report

It was the final game of Close The Gap round and that's exactly what the Cowboys had in mind for their Top 4 hosts.

An injury-ravaged Penrith Panthers were the next target for North Queensland, in search of their fifth straight win.

North Queensland finished their first set with a mid-field bomb which was spilled by Josh Mansour in the second minute.

Cowboys centre Kane Linnett made the Panthers pay four tackles later as he crashed over to open the scoring. Cowboys 4-0.

Penrith's first set-of-six came in the seventh minute and the 'Mountain Men' didn't take long to make the most of it with Soward crossing for one of the tries of the year.

Soward crabbed across field, throwing four dummies, before linking with his winger Watene-Zelezniak who swerved to break the line and passed back to Soward to score in the corner.

With the Cowboys' attacking potency, Penrith didn't waste their chance to level the scores through a penalty goal in front of the posts in the 17th minute.

The Panthers five-eighth doubled his try tally in the 27th minute as he jinked past some tired North Queensland forwards to cross next to the sticks.

Penrith made it 16 unanswered points when Jeremy Latimore capitalised on an attacking bomb in the Cowboys red-zone six minutes from the interval.

The Cowboys snagged one just before the break with Glenn Hall the recipient of some Gavin Cooper brillance.

Both sides traded tries after the break before Matt Wright produced a long range effort which may be a contender for try-of-the-year.

JT had a kick from the sideline to take the lead 10 minutes from full-time but was unsuccessful.

With the teams locked at 22-22, the game was forced into extra-time.

Panthers fullback Matt Moylan kept a cool-head to slot home a field-goal to win the game for Penrith.

The loss puts the Cowboys back in the Top 8 log-jam.

Penrith didn't escape injury-free with star hooker James Segeyaro succumbing to an ankle injury he previously suffered according to the coach.

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Tags: Penrith Panthers, North Queensland Cowboys, Close The Gap

Posted: 18 August, 2014

Late Changes: Panthers V Cowboys

Three changes to the Cowboys and Panthers' sides named earlier in the week for tonight's battle

Three changes to the Cowboys and Panthers teams named earlier in the week as the side's press their Top 4 claims.

Cowboys

North Queensland Cowboys hardman Tariq Sims will miss tonight's clash after pleading guilty to a crusher tackle earlier in the week.

Gavin Cooper will start in his place with emerging backrower Ethan Lowe coming onto the bench.

Panthers

Boom winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak will come into the Panthers side this evening after veteran finisher David Simmons pulled out.

Panthers backrower Isaah Yeo has also been ruled out and will be replaced by former Tiger Ben Murdoch-Masila who will debut for the club.

Yeo made his debut in the centres this season but has been forced into the middle due to the Penrith injury toll.

Tyrone Peachey, Bryce Cartwright and Elijah Taylor are among those who won't come back in 2014 but thast hasn't stopped the Panthers' charge to the finals.

Penrith sits third with the Cowboys clipping at their heels after four straight wins.

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