Posted: 23 July, 2014

Shepherd Gets The Nod

James Shepherd will coach the Sharks for the remainder of the season

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James Shepherd of Cronulla Sharks Photo: @RugbyLeagueNews

Cronulla has officially given James Shepherd the job of coaching the Sharks for the final seven matches of the 2014 season.

Shepherd took over from Peter Sharp, who resigned three weeks ago. He said it was an honour to lead the Sharks and was keen to "finish our season on a positive note."

“Over the past few weeks the senior players have been excellent and with their continued support we will come together to try to win as many games as possible over the next seven weeks to finish our season on a positive note," he said. Read the full statement below.

Sharks Official Statement

The Sharks Board of Directors has confirmed that James Shepherd will continue in the role of NRL head coach for the remainder of 2014.

In the position in an interim capacity since the resignation of Peter Sharp three weeks ago, Shepherd will now officially assume the role for the final seven matches of the season.

In making the announcement Sharks Chairman Damian Keogh was confident Shepherd had the coaching ability and respect of the playing group to capably handle the role.

“James has expressed a willingness to step into the role and is familiar with the players, staff and the systems here at the club so his appointment will result in minimal disruption,” Keogh said.

“He is an accomplished coach who we have every confidence in and he has the backing of the senior playing group.

“It has been a challenging season for all concerned, with James now our third NRL coach, added to the fact that we have been without key players such as Gallen, Lewis and Fifita for much of the year and have battled a massive injury toll.

“Through it all James has gone about his business very competently and with a minimum of fuss and we have no doubt he will continue to be able to do that for our remaining games this year,” Keogh added.

In accepting the appointment Shepherd was grateful of the chance being afforded him and was looking to do all he could in helping the Sharks finish a difficult season strongly.

“I’m privileged to have been given this opportunity,” Shepherd began. “Having been at the club a number of years now I’m happy here and comfortable with the playing group.

“Over the past few weeks the senior players have been excellent and with their continued support we will come together to try to win as many games as possible over the next seven weeks to finish our season on a positive note.” 

Elevated into a fulltime assistant role with the Sharks at the beginning of the 2014 season, Shepherd had previously been in charge of the clubs NYC squad, guiding the Sharks under 20’s to within one game of the 2011 Grand Final.

As a player, Shepherd represented the Sydney Roosters in a handful of games in the top grade, as well as in over 100 lower grade games for the Roosters and the North Sydney Bears.

Shepherd will begin in the official role of head coach for this weekends’ match against the Penrith Panthers in Bathurst and will be supported by currently injured Sharks NRL player John Morris who will operate in an assistant’s capacity.

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Posted: 23 July, 2014

Getting To The Game: Panthers V Sharks

Here's what you need to know if you are heading to Bathurst this weekend

The Penrith Panthers will take their home game against the Cronulla Sharks to the Bathurst this Saturday.

This is the first-time a top-line rugby league match will be played at Carrington Park since the City Country fixture back in 2001.

brett kimmorley, country, bathurstCountry Half Brett Kimmorley in 2001 Photo: Getty Images

What's On?

All three grades will feature at the venue, as the Panthers look to put on a show in front of their regional fans.

The Holden Cup match between Penrith and Cronulla will kick-off the action at 10:40am.

The VB NSW Cup game will follow at 12:40pm, before the main game gets underway at 3pm.

Transport

Carrington Park is right in the middle of Bathurst with buses and country-link trains easily accessible for those getting to the game.

The Good stuff

Panthers members, including those from Bathurst, will get the chance to meet their players at functions before and after the game.

Kids under four will get in free.

Panthers co-captain Peter Wallace returns from injury as Penrith looks to return to the winner's circle.

peter wallace 628, penrith panthers, halfback, captainPanthers captain Peter Wallace will return this weekend Photo: Getty Images

This is the first of five games the 'Mountain Men' will take to the venue over the next five years.

Triple M will be calling the game from 3pm, with the pre-game show to air from 12pm.

For more info, visit ticketek.com.au

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Tags: Penrith Panthers, Country Rugby League, Cronulla Sharks, Bathurst

Posted: 23 July, 2014

Reserve Grader Uses Witch's Hat As A Weapon

A country RL player has been given 15 years for striking with witch's hat

Son of a witch!

A country rugby league player has been banned for 15 years for allegedly attacking a referee with a witch's hat, reports Rugby League Week.

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The Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League (NRRRL) judiciary charged the man, who can not be named, for "attacking a match official with a weapon".

The 29-year-old became the recipient of the longest banned in the competition's history.

NRRRL President said the actions of the Northern United player were unacceptable.

“We discussed the incident for a considerable amount of time. The bottom line is we don’t [stand for] that sort of behaviour in our competition," Rix told RLW.

The suspension could be reduced if the player himself becomes an official!

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Tags: Traffic cone, Witch's Hat

Posted: 23 July, 2014

Dwyer Donations In Round 21

A portion of every ticket to the Tigers Storm game will go to Simon Dwyer

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Former Tigers forward Simon Dwyer will receive $5 from every adult ticket and family pass sold at Wests' game against the Storm in Round 21.

After the success of the NRL's Rise For Alex Round, the game has taken a stronger stance to ensure players are compensated for horrific injuries.

Dwyer told the Macarthur Advertiser the NRL has been too slow to react in this area.

"The game says it is looking out for us but it's not.

"If there are no players there are no games. We are the ones putting our bodies on the line and ultimately we are not getting compensated for career-ending injuries," a frustrated Dwyer told the Macarthur Advertiser.

The Alex Mckinnon Foundation received over $1 million last week but Dwyer says Mckinnon isn't the only one whose life has suffered because of rugby league.

The 25-year-old had his NRL career cut short after suffering nerve damage in a tackle against the Canterbury Bulldogs in 2011.

Dwyer still wears a sling three years later.

The back-rower has been involved with the Tigers since his injury, with his contract to expire at season's end.

Next Friday week, August 1, the rugby league community will band together for The Roar For a Cause: Tribute to Simon Dwyer event to be held at Wests Leagues Club, Leumeah.

Tickets will be $120, for more info call 4915 2345 or visit proticket.com.au.

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Tags: Simon Dwyer, RiseForAlex, Wests Tigers, Melbourne Storm

Posted: 23 July, 2014

Matt Parish Leaves Canberra

Raiders assistant coach Matt Parish to leave club for family reasons

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Matt Parish Photo: Getty Images

More breaking news, this time involving the Canberra Raiders with the announcement that assistant coach Matt Parish has sought an early release from his contract to return to Sydney for family reasons.

“Both parties agreed it was important for this to happen now to minimise the disruption to the team and maximise the chances of Matt securing his coaching future and the Raiders finding a suitable replacement," said club boss Don Furner . Read the full statement below.

The departing assistant coach has served an impressive apprenticeship at both NSW and club level.

Parish was an assistant to Blues coach Laurie Daley, with Parish on the market, could the two be on their way to the Dragons? 

The Newcastle Knights job is still available, with the club no closer in making a decision.

Earlier, it was reported outgoing Broncos coach Anthony Griffin was linked to join the coaching staff at the Raiders.

Raiders Official Statement

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Matt Parish Photo: Canberra Raiders official website

Canberra Raiders Assistant Coach Matt Parish will leave the club this week, after both the Raiders and Parish mutually agreed to part ways today.

After this year’s Origin series, Parish had informed the Raiders that he would not be part of the Coaching staff for the 2015 season, as he had a desire to live closer to his family.

Parish was on contract until the end of the 2016 season, but both the Raiders and Parish felt leaving now would give both the Raiders a chance to find his replacement and Parish a better chance to find employment for 2015.

Raiders CEO Don Furner said the decision was in the best interest of both parties.

“Matt sought an early release from the final year of his contract for family reasons and the Raiders were sympathetic to that request,” Furner said. 

“Both parties agreed it was important for this to happen now to minimise the disruption to the team and maximise the chances of Matt securing his coaching future and the Raiders finding a suitable replacement.

“Matt has been a fantastic asset for us this season and we wish him all the best for his future in the game.”

Parish thanked the Raiders for their understanding and wished the club all the best in the future.

"I've really enjoyed my time here at the Raiders," Parish said. "There are great people at the club from the administration to the players and coaching staff and I have no doubt that what Ricky is implementing here will see the Raiders return to an NRL powerhouse."

The Raiders will begin looking for Matt’s replacement immediately.

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Posted: 23 July, 2014

Darius Boyd Admitted To Mental Health Clinic

Newcastle Knights player Darius Boyd has been admitted to a mental health clinic

Newcastle Knights player Darius Boyd has been admitted to a mental health clinic. There is no timeframe on his return to the football. Read the full statement below.

"We are ensuring Darius gets the best possible care and treatment at this time," CEO Matt Gidley said on Wednesday.

"Depression is a serious illness in our society and we are pleased Darius has taken the first step in his recovery by acknowledging he needs help.

Earlier, claims emerged that Darius Boyd caused $1,500 worth of damage to a hotel room.

The Daily Telegraph claims management at the Hunter Valley hotel didn't take further action after Boyd called to apologise.

Meanwhile, coach Wayne Bennett says he's spoken to Darius Boyd about the hotel incident. Listen to the full interview below.

Wayne Bennett On Darius Boyd

 

Official Statement

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Darius Boyd of Newcastle Knights Photo: Getty Images

Newcastle Knights fullback Darius Boyd has been admitted to a mental health clinic in order to seek treatment for depression.

"We are ensuring Darius gets the best possible care and treatment at this time," CEO Matt Gidley said on Wednesday.

"Depression is a serious illness in our society and we are pleased Darius has taken the first step in his recovery by acknowledging he needs help.

"Football is secondary at this point, it is important Darius' focus is entirely on his treatment.”
 
There is no timeframe on Boyd's return to football.

Media are requested to respect Boyd's privacy at this time. The Club will provide any appropriate updates in consultation with Boyd.

Official Links

If you or someone you know needs emotional support, please contact Lifeline via https://www.lifeline.org.au or 13 11 14

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Tags: Darius Boyd, Newcastle Knights

Posted: 23 July, 2014

Anthony Griffin To Raiders?

The NRL coaching merry-go-round continues

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The NRL coaching merry-go-round continues with talk that Canberra could be a possible destination for outgoing Broncos coach Anthony Griffin under Ricky Stuart next year.

It's believed this isn't the first time Griffin has been linked to the Raiders, having been offered a position as an assistant to ex-coach David Furner in 2009.

"You always consider good employees and good candidates and he’s a terrific bloke and a terrific coach. Nothing’s out of the question," Canberra boss Don Furner told The Australian.

Anthony Griffin got the punt from Brisbane on Monday and will finish up at the end of the year with Wayne Bennett taking over from 2015.

Griffin has been at the Broncos for seven years, with four of those as head coach.

Meanwhile, current Raiders kicking coach Brett Kimmorley has expressed interest in coaching Newcastle.

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Tags: Anthony Griffin, Brisbane Broncos, Canberra Raiders, Brett Kimmorley

Posted: 22 July, 2014

Parra Wants Origin Pair

Matty Johns says Cherry-Evans and Watmough linked to big money deals

Triple M's Matty Johns has given us the inside scoop on speculation surrounding Manly players Steve Matai, Brett Stewart, Anthony Watmough and Daly Cherry-Evans. The latter two linked to big-money deals with Parramatta.

Matty believes "you don't ask for a release unless you're going to walk straight out and into [another club]." Story and full audio below.

Daly Cherry-Evans

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Daly Cherry-Evans of Manly Sea Eagles Photo: Getty Images

"Well, they're [Parramatta] saying they're gonna offer him a million dollars a year for four years. That's not enough. They won't get him for that," said Matty Johns, on Triple M's Grill Team

"I honestly believe you start at $1.2 million. [That would put him up there with] Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston."

Anthony Watmough

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Anthony Watmough of Manly Sea Eagles Photo: Getty Images

"Anthony Watmough is on close to a million dollars next year [because] he's on a back-ended contract, so wherever Anthony Watmough is going they're offering huge money and my mail is it's Parramatta… [they're] keen to sign Anthony Watmough," said Matty.

Steve Matai

The Warriors are after Steve Matai. He has been one of the best 'value-for-money' signings Manly has ever made and I think at the end of the day he'll be granted a release.

"He's given great service to the cub and he's been offered huge deal at the Warriors."

Brett Stewart

"The 'Dogs are desperate for a fullback. I think Brett Stewart that's where he'll end up. If he's granted a release that's where he'll end up, at the 'Dogs. Whether they give him a release or not I'm not sure but he's such an integral part."

Matty Johns On Triple M

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Tags: Anthony Watmough, Daly Cherry-Evans, Steve Matai, Brett Stewart, Manly Sea Eagles, Parramatta Eels, Canterbury Bulldogs, New Zealand Warriors

Posted: 22 July, 2014

Darius Avoids Media... Again

The Newcastle star was up to his old tricks, as speculation begins on where he'll play next season

Photo: The Newcastle Herald / @brettkeeble

Darius Boyd was up to his old tricks at a Knights recovery session on Monday, avoiding the media as speculation intensifies on where he'll play next year, having reportedly told Newcastle he wants out of the final year of his contract.

The Newcastle and Origin player has followed coach Wayne Bennett from the Broncos to the Dragons and then the Knights. And now with Wayne announcing his return to Brisbane next season, he's expected to exit as well. But where?

The Newcastle Herald reported today: "The Canberra Raiders had emerged as favourites to sign the enigmatic Queenslander, who has told Knights players and officials in recent weeks that he will not see out the final year of his four-year contract."

However, Canberra boss Don Furner has hosed down those rumours, saying the club has "‘absolutely no interest in him at all. We haven’t spoken to him or anyone about him.’’

More to come.

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Posted: 22 July, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Matai Wants Out

In a Triple M exclusive, Steve Matai admits he's asked for a release

Manly coach Geoff Toovey is trying to hose down rumours that star players Anthony Watmough, Brett Stewart and Steve Matai have all asked for releases.

Geoff Toovey On Triple M

Following the sides 21-12 win over the St George Illawarra Dragons on Monday night, Matai has confirmed to Triple M NRL that he wants out but 'Choc' Watmough is refusing to rule it out while Stewart is yet to comment.

Steve Matai

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Anthony Watmough looking elsewhere? Photo: Getty Images

Steve Matai: "Yeah there is [truth to those rumours], I've sort of spoken to the club but that's something we're looking after and hopefully everything gets sorted soon," he told Triple M NRL. Full audio below.

Anthony Watmough

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Anthony Watmough looking elsewhere? Photo: Getty Images

Anthony Watmough: "Those rumours have been floating around for a few weeks, we're just worrying about playing footy," he told Triple M NRL, on him wanting a release. Full audio below.

Watmough And Steve Matai

Matty Johns On Brett Stewart

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Manly's Brett Stewart Photo: Getty Images

Matty Johns has told the Triple M Grill Team if Stewart does go he believes he'll join former coach Des Hasler at the Bulldogs.

"I think Brett Stewart that's where he'll end up. If he's granted a release that's where he'll end up, at the 'Dogs. Whether they give him a release or not I'm not sure but he's such an integral part," said Matty Johns.

Matty Johns On Triple M

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Tags: Manly Sea Eagles, Steve Matai, Anthony Watmough, Brett Stewart

Posted: 21 July, 2014

Tuqiri Suspended For Crusher

Lote Tuqiri will miss one week for crusher tackle on Jarryd Hayne

Lote Tuqiri will miss one week for his crusher tackle on Parramatta's Jarryd Hayne.

Seven other players escaped suspension, all of them taking the early guility plea.

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Lote Tuqiri on report for crusher tackle on Jarryd Hayne.

Earlier On Triple M

The following players have been charged with offences from Round 19, including Rabbitohs winger Lote Tuqiri for a crusher tackle on Parramatta's Jarryd Hayne. See the video below.

Meanwhile, others on report include Joseph Paulo (Eels), Sika Manu (Panthers) and Manu Vatuvei (Warriors) all charged with a Grade One High Tackle.

While four players were charged during the Wests Tigers v Bulldogs match including Trent Hodkinson (Grade One Dangerous Throw) and Josh Jackson (Tripping) for Canterbury and  Blake Austin (Careless High Tackle) and Corey Thompson (Dangerous Throw) for the Wests Tigers.

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Tags: Wests Tigers, Canterbury Bulldogs, Parramatta Eels, South Sydney Rabbitohs, NRL Judiciary

Posted: 21 July, 2014

Parra' Stadium Parking Mess

Rabs has called for police to marshall cars out of Parra' Stadium

parramatta stadium, parramatta eels, parkingParramatta Stadium crowd  Photo: Getty Images

The parking outside Parramatta Stadium is a mess.

The Triple M Dead Set Legends said they were stunned by the lack of authority and direction for passengers who left the Parramatta Eels and South Sydney game on Friday night.

"If you get tied up in the carpark at Parramatta you could be there for an hour," Ray Warren said on Triple M's Dead Set Legends.

"I've never seen a policeman on duty at the junction of O'Connell [Street] and Victoria Rd."

Triple M NRL's Sterlo agreed with Rabs saying what he experienced leaving the ground was unacceptable.

"You come out to a set of lights at a stadium and there were eight different lines of traffic trying to come into two lanes without any control," Sterling said.

Listen to Rabs and Sterlo on leaving Parramatta last night


Rabs
, Sterlo and Dan agreed parking was still one of the deterrants for people not coming to the footy despite crowds being up.

Caller Lisa said closing the car park is also closed when other codes use the ground.


Caller Kate says pedestrians need to take some of the blame as they don't follow road rules when around the traffic congestion


What's the problem?

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Tags: Parramatta Eels, Parking, Dead Set Legends