Posted: 22 April, 2014

Benji Departs Blues Immediately

Benji Marshall has left Super Rugby with immediate effect

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UPDATE

Benji Marshall has departed Super Rugby after being released from his Blues contract with immediate effect on Wednesday. 

The former Wests Tigers superstar is now eyeing a return to the NRL less than a year after walking out on rugby league. 

“My wife and I have really enjoyed our time in New Zealand and I’d like to thank not only the people of Auckland but also New Zealand for the way in which we were embraced coming back here,” Marshall said. 

“I gave rugby a go and it didn’t work out. However I feel like through being at the Blues I was able to find myself again, find some hunger, get fit and on top of that and more importantly I feel like I’ve become a better person.” 

“On the field I certainly wanted to achieve more than how it panned out. It didn’t go that way but in terms of life it did 100 percent.” 

“The Blues gave me the opportunity to be myself and express myself and I feel like I’m leaving as a better player and a better person for it.” 

Earlier on Triple M

According to Greg Martin on Triple M's Grill Team in Brisbane, Benji Marshall is apparently about to join the Brisbane Broncos.

Over the weekend it was reported that the New Zealander would return to the NRL after a failed switch to Super Rugby with the Auckland Blues.

Talks were had with coach John Kirwan who suggested Marshall should drop to the development squad. Benji decided on option 2 - a return to the NRL.

 

Gorden Tallis has had his say on the rumour especially as the Broncos haven't got a specialised six.

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Tags: Brisbane Broncos, Benji Marshall

Posted: 22 April, 2014

Stewart Joins The Rabbitohs

Glenn Stewart will leave the Manly Sea Eagles and join the South Sydney Rabbitohs next season

Glenn Stewart has decided to quit the Manly Sea Eagles at the end of the season. 

Stewart will join the South Sydney Rabbitohs after protracted talks with the Sea Eagles failed to deliver a deal. The Sydney club had significant room in their cap due to the departure of Sam Burgess. 

The back-rower had been involved in almost eight months of negotiations but has eventually called time on his stint at Brookvale. 

Since making his NRL debut in 2003, Stewart has played 184 games and scored 27 tries in more than 11 seasons for the Sea Eagles. 

The 30-year-old has won two premierships with Manly and also claimed the Clive Churchill Medal in 2011. 

“I’ve really enjoyed the times I’ve had at Manly over the past 12 seasons but circumstances at the club have led to me moving on at the end of this year,” Stewart said. 

“I’m really excited about moving onto that next chapter of my career next year and I’m looking forward to the change, and the challenges, that will come with joining the Rabbitohs.” 

“I’m glad to have this sorted out early in the season so that I can now concentrate on finishing off the job I need to do for Manly this year.” 

Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire was rapt to have Stewart at his disposal from next season. 

“Glenn is one of the lynchpins to the extended success the Sea Eagles have had over the past decade and he will bring a lot to our club,” Maguire said. 

“Glenn has achieved a lot throughout his time in the game and the experience that he has at the highest levels on the biggest stage, as well as his leadership qualities, will be invaluable to the young players we have coming through in our squad.” 

“He’s a tough player in attack and defense that can ball-play as well, and we’re looking forward to adding him to our squad during the next pre-season.”

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Tags: Manly Sea Eagles, South Sydney Rabittohs

Posted: 21 April, 2014

Benji To Return To The NRL

SMH Chief Rugby League writer Brad Walter has told Triple M that he expects Benji Marshall to return to the NRL this season

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According to Sydney Morning Herald Chief Rugby League writer, Brad Walter, former Wests Tigers star Benji Marshall is set to return to the NRL this season.

Talks have been held between Marshall and Blues coach John Kirwan and both agreed his switch to rugby union was not working out as they had both hoped.

Marshall has played a212 minutes of game time in eight Super Rugby matches this season, had been prepared to bide his time in the new code but negotiations are now underway to finalise the terms of a release that needs to be sanctioned by the board of New Zealand Rugby Union.

Marshall, 29, is believed to have told manager Martin Tauber to open talks with NRL clubs.

Brad spoke to Triple M and specualtion is begining about which club should snap him up.

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Posted: 21 April, 2014

NRL Star Brett Stewart On DUI Charge

The Manly player has been charged with drink-driving after failing a random breath test on Monday morning

Manly NRL star Brett Stewart is ruing an error of judgement after being charged with drink-driving on Monday morning.

Stewart failed a random breath test after he was pulled over on Pittwater Rd at Warriewood on Sydney northern beaches at around 10am while on his way to meet friends.

After being taken to Mona Vale Police Station, he allegedly recorded a low-range blood alcohol level of 0.079.

"I had a few drinks last night. I went home, went to bed and got up this morning. I thought I was fine and headed off for some breakfast. I got pulled over and I blew low range," Stewart told News Corp as he left the police station.

"I'm really disappointed this has happened. I had no idea I was over the limit.

"There's no way I would have got behind the wheel if I thought there was a problem."

According to the report, Stewart had been drinking with friends in Manly on Easter Sunday night and caught a cab home around 1am.

He will face Manly Local Court on May 7.

Stewart's situation appears similar to that of Newcastle NRL star Willie Mason earlier this year.

Mason was caught drink-driving on his way to training the morning after enjoying Australia Day celebrations.

Mason was disqualified from driving for six months and fined $900 after being found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.09.

Manly have informed the NRL integrity unit of the Stewart incident.

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Tags: NRL, Manly Sea Eagles, Brett Stewart

Posted: 19 April, 2014

Greenberg: Green Acted With Class

NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg says Cowboys coach Paul Green “handled himself with class” in the post-match press conference

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 23:  Current Bulldogs CEO Todd Greenberg speaks to the media during an NRL press conference to announce structural changes at Moore Park on April 23, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Following the Cowboys' loss to the Sea Eagles on Good Friday, coach Paul Green demanded an explanation from the NRL after a controversial obstruction ruling went against them. The decision paved the way for a Manly victory.

NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg spoke to Saturday Triple M NRL about both the incident and Green's post-match comments.

Green had said: "That refereeing decision is absolutely bewildering. Someone needs to explain to me what the rule is because, in my opinion, they must have changed the rule. If that is not an obstruction I will walk nude through Pitt Street."

While Green has not been seen in Pitt Street, Greenberg believes Green did not question the integrity of the officials.

“I actually thought Paul Green handled himself with complete class night. He articulated a view point which was strong,” Greenberg told Saturday Triple M NRL. “He never questioned the integrity of the decision-making – certainly the decision-making itself, not the integrity. ”

Earlier on the show, Greenberg spoke specifically about the controversial decisions.

"A public stoning of our match officials won't lead to improved performanaces. We've got to do better and I understand that. We need to get behind them. We need to give them leadership and confidence. We will hold them accountable but hanging them out to dry every time a decision is wrong, especially a close one, is not the answer," he said.

Listen to the full interview below.

Match Report

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Posted: 17 April, 2014

Alex McKinnon Improving

Club says Alex McKinnon is improving. Read the full statement below.

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In some positive news from the Newcastle Knights about Alex McKinnon.

The club says movement in his right arm is improving and he has started to get movement in his left arm as well and can now control an electronic wheelchair.

Alex is out of intensive care and has been transferred to a spinal rehabilitation ward in a Sydney hospital.

Read the full statement below.

Newcastle Official Statement

Alex McKinnon has been transferred from intensive care to a spinal rehabilitation ward in a Sydney hospital as he continues his recovery.

Movement in Alex’s right arm is improving and he has started to get movement in his left arm. Alex is able to control an electronic wheelchair. As previously advised, further regeneration may occur over a two-year time frame.

While there is a long road ahead for Alex, these small improvements continue to lift his spirits, as does the overwhelming amount of support he is receiving.

Alex and his family wish to thank the medical team at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital, for the acute care and treatment following his injury. They also wish to thank the hospital staff currently managing his progress.

The Club will continue to share any appropriate updates on Alex’s condition and again request their privacy be respected.

Previously on Triple M

Newcastle Knights coach Wayne Bennett has opened up about Alex McKinnon, telling our sister station up in Newcastle KOFM how it's been. Listen below.

Newcastle coach Wayne Bennett on KOFM

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Tags: Alex McKinnon, Newcastle Knights, Melbourne Storm

Posted: 16 April, 2014

NRL Gets Tough On Lifting

In a big announcement, the NRL will clamp down on lifting tackles

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NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg Photo: Getty Images

The NRL have announced they are clamping down on the lifting tackle.

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Tags: Shoulder Charge, Lifting Tackles, Alex McKinnon

Posted: 16 April, 2014

Semi And Fui At Easter Show

Parra's cult heroes take a break from the footy to enjoy some rides

Parramatta Eels faves Semi Radradra and Fui Fui Moi Moi take a break from their excellent start to the season, taking control of the camera and going on some rides at the Sydney Royal Easter Show! Watch the video below.

Semi and Fui take control at the Sydney Royal Easter Show Video: www.parraeels.com

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Tags: Parramatta Eels, Fui Fui Moi Moi, Semi Radradra

Posted: 15 April, 2014

Storm Steals Victory

Miracle try or referee blunder? NRL says refs got it wrong

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Miracle try or referee blunder? A frantic try scored by Storm winger Young Yonumaipea after full-time gave the home team a thrilling 28-24 win. (Video: NRL / Audio Triple M)

A frantic try scored by Storm winger Young Yonumaipea after full-time gave the home team a thrilling 28-24 win. Video: NRL / Audio Triple M

The NRL has done a full review of Monday night's Melbourne versus Dragons match finding the referee got it wrong.

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Tags: Melbourne Storm, St George Illawarra Dragons

Posted: 15 April, 2014

Mexico Is A Machine

PNG international makes big impact on debut for Sharks

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Mark catching up with Andrew "Joey" Johns after the game Photo: PNG Hunters Facebook

Sharks new recruit Mark Mexico made his debut for the Sharks in the NSW Cup on the weekend and by all accounts he made an impact, playing 37 minutes and had 14 quality hit ups and 16 tackles.

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Tags: Papua New Guinea, Mark Mexico, Cronulla Sharks

Posted: 14 April, 2014

NRL Judiciary Charges Rd6

Rabbitohs George Burgess and Ben Te'o will miss Friday's match against the Bulldogs

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Ben Te'o of Souths Photo: Getty Images

Two Dragons players have been charged by the judiciary - Joel Thompson for a Dangerous Throw and Mitch Rein for Dangerous Contact. Both can escape suspension with an early guilty plea.

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Tags: Brisbane Broncos, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Canterbury Bulldogs, Gold Coast Titans, Penrith Panthers, New Zealand Warriors

Posted: 14 April, 2014

Cronulla Grab Graham

Some good news for Sharkies fans

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Wade Graham of Cronulla Sharks Photo: Getty Images

Cronulla has signed Wade Graham for another three seasons.

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Tags: Wade Graham, Cronulla Sharks