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Fensom fired up to face ex-club Canberra

North Queensland coach Paul Green has no concerns about Shaun Fensom's return from a horror broken leg because his NRL comeback is against former club Canberra.

Mason hits out at disrespectful Sea Eagles

Former NSW and Kangaroos forward Willie Mason says Manly's off-field woes are a serious concern for the lack of respect shown to NRL coach Trent Barrett.

Demoted Elgey down on confidence at Titans

KANE ELGEY during a Gold Coast Titans NRL training session at Parkwood in Gold Coast, Australia.

Gold Coast coach Garth Brennan says Kane Elgey's confidence has taken such a hit that he needed to drop him to Queensland Cup.

Cronulla attack set to fire in NRL: coach

Coach SHANE FLANAGAN talks to his players during a Cronulla Sharks NRL training session at Remondis Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan warns his team's attack is about to click after a series of injuries in the opening rounds of the NRL.

No Gold Coast NRL hoodoo for Sharks

FRANK PAUL NUUAUSALA of the Raiders is tackled by Tinirau Arona, Andrew Fifita and Wade Graham of the Sharks during the NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Canberra Raiders at Remondis Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Form has rarely mattered when the Gold Coast face Cronulla in the NRL but the Sharks aren't fussed by only winning two of their past seven against the Titans.

Haas is 'definitely' a Blue: NSWRL boss

Teenage prop Payne Haas has already been claimed by NSW after just one NRL bench stint for Brisbane.

Giant rookie Haas fires on Broncos debut

Coach WAYNE BENNETT watches on during the Brisbane Broncos NRL training session in Brisbane, Australia.

Payne Haas has given a glimpse of his potential with a promising effort in his NRL debut for Brisbane on Thursday night.

I don't want Broncos No.9, says Nikorima

JOSH MCGUIRE passes the ball during the Brisbane Broncos NRL training session in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane utility Kodi Nikorima says he doesn't want the Broncos No.9 jersey with Josh McGuire ruled out indefinitely with an ankle injury.

Eels forwards stopped being a pack: Brown

NATHAN BROWN of the Eels is tackled during the NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Cronulla Sharks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Injured Parramatta lock Nathan Brown admits his pack had stopped working together during their poor start to the NRL season.

Knights brace for Manly backlash in NRL

JAMIE BUHRER of the Sea Eagles runs with the ball during the NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Manly Sea Eagles at Cbus Super Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Newcastle co-captain Jamie Buhrer expects a brutal backlash from his former NRL club Manly after the Sea Eagles' month from hell.

Woods to get one up on NSW Origin rival

AARON WOODS of the Kangaroos runs with the ball during an Australian Kangaroos training session in Melbourne, Australia.

Canterbury's Aaron Woods is not concerned by competition for NSW State of Origin spots but still wants Penrith's Reagan Campbell-Gillard out of the equation.

Broncos blood Haas in thrilling NRL win

Brisbane have blooded teenage prodigy Payne Haas in the Broncos' 24-20 come-from-behind NRL win over South Sydney at ANZ Stadium.

NRL bunker like High Court: Treasurer

LUKE LEWIS of the Sharks celebrates after his 300th NRL match with Federal Treasurer SCOTT MORRISON during the NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Southern Cross Group Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison has become an unlikely critic of the NRL's bunker process.

Knights NRL half told not to copy Pearce

Budding halfback Jack Cogger has been told to back himself and not try to be like Mitchell Pearce ahead of Newcastle's NRL clash with Manly.

Hayne NRL injury not due to being rushed

JARRYD HAYNE takes part in a Parramatta Eels NRL pre-season training session at Old Saleyards Reserve in Sydney, Australia.

Jarryd Hayne is set to for another six weeks on the sidelines with a second hip injury, but he insists he hadn't been rushed back too early for Parramatta.

Raiders hopeful of signing two NRL players

Raiders coach RICKY STUART looks on before the NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Canberra Raiders at Cbus Super Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Canberra might announce two player signings on three-year deals soon, according to Raiders NRL coach Ricky Stuart.

Challenges with Norman a strength: Moses

COREY NORMAN of the Eels in action during the NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Mitchell Moses insists his ability to challenge NRL halves partner Corey Norman is a strength at Parramatta despite rumours of a falling out earlier this year.

Daley in the mix for Kiwi coaching job

LAURIE DALEY speaks with JOSH MORRIS during a New South Wales Blues State of Origin training session in Coffs Harbour, Australia.

Laurie Daley has confirmed his interest in the New Zealand Rugby League coaching job.

NRL announce six foundation touch teams

Newcastle, Parramatta, Wests Tigers, North Queensland, Brisbane and Gold Coast will be the six teams to play in the NRL's inaugural touch football league.

Cleary could handle Origin: Griffin

Head Coach ANTHONY GRIFFIN of the Panthers looks on prior to the NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the New Zealand Warriors at AMI Stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Penrith coach Anthony Griffin says Nathan Cleary would handle being thrown into NSW State of Origin after a comeback from a knee injury.

Hodgson on target for NRL round 16 return

Raiders coach RICKY STUART watches on during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Canterbury Bulldogs at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Canberra coach Ricky Stuart says star hooker Josh Hodgson has started full training with the Raiders as he recovers from ACL surgery.

Penrith must move on from Mansour: Griffin

ANTHONY GRIFFIN, Coach of the Panthers, speaks during a press conference after the NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Penrith Panthers at Southern Cross Group Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Penrith coach Anthony Griffin wants his side to "move on" from the Josh Mansour injury drama after they finally booked facial surgery for the Test winger.

Individual errors costing Titans: Don

ANTHONY DON of the Titans in action during the NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Manly Sea Eagles at Cbus Super Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Gold Coast winger Anthony Don has put his hand up as one of many needing to lift against Cronulla on Saturday.

Manly eye win to move on from NRL drama

Sea Eagles coach TRENT BARRETT during the NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Manly Sea Eagles at Cbus Super Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Manly coach Trent Barrett says a win against Newcastle will help the club move on from the off-field woes stemming out of their Gladstone NRL trip.

Warriors to learn from Storm loss: Kearney

Warriors coach STEPHEN KEARNEY arrives to speak to media during a New Zealand Warriors NRL media session at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Warriors will learn from the 50-10 flogging by NRL champions Melbourne and be better for it, according to their coach Stephen Kearney.

Smith wary of facing Addo-Carr in Origin

CAMERON SMITH of the Storm charges forward during the NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Melbourne Storm at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Queensland skipper Cameron Smith says in-form Storm winger Josh Addo-Carr playing for NSW in the State of Origin is a "scary thought".

Roosters maintain penalty option was right

Roosters coach TRENT ROBINSON watches on during the Sydney Roosters NRL training session at Kippax Lake in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has defended his decision to take a penalty shot at goal when trailing 6-0 in their Anzac Day loss to St George Illawarra.

NRL refs' boss admits Macdonald try wrong

The NRL has admitted to a wrong decision in awarding a try to St George Illawarra winger Nene Macdonald in the Anzac Day clash with the Sydney Roosters.

Storm's Glasby to undergo thumb surgery

Queensland and Melbourne NRL forward Tim Glasby is in doubt for the opening State of Origin match with a fractured thumb and he's set to undergo surgery.

Melbourne show Warriors who's NRL boss

CAMERON SMITH of the Storm charges forward during the NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Melbourne Storm at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Melbourne have made a statement that they won't be handing over their NRL premiership title without a fight, crushing contenders the Warriors 50-10.

Sims to take hard-hitting ways to Origin

TARIQ SIMS of the Dragons looks dejected after a Bulldogs try during the NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

NSW coach Brad Fittler has apparently indicated St George Illawarra's Tariq Sims will earn a State of Origin debut this year after a hard-hitting Anzac Day.

Hunt masterclass in Dragons' Anzac NRL win

BEN HUNT of the Dragons is tackled during the NRL match between the St George Illawara Dragons and Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Halfback Ben Hunt has starred in St George Illawarra's 24-8 NRL Anzac Day win over the Sydney Roosters.

NRL, Sharks pay tribute to pioneer Abbott

NRL CEO TODD GREENBERG speaks during the 2018 NRL season launch at First Fleet Park in Sydney, Australia.

NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg and Cronulla officials have paid tribute to former administrator Bob Abbott, who has died aged 90.

Holmes still covets Cronulla fullback spot

VALENTINE HOLMES of the Sharks is tackled by JARED WAEREA-HARGREAVES of the Roosters during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Cronulla Sharks at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia.

Cronulla winger Valentine Holmes says he hasn't given up on his dream of wearing the Sharks' coveted No.1 jersey.

Gordon backing dropped Titan Elgey to rise

MICHAEL GORDON of the Eels watches on during a NRL match at TIO Stadium in Darwin, Australia.

Gold Coast fullback Michael Gordon says dropped five-eighth Kane Elgey is an NRL-standard playmaker just down on confidence.

Broncos could blood teen sensation Haas

JOSH MCGUIRE passes the ball during the Brisbane Broncos NRL training session in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane are on the verge of blooding teenage rookie prop Payne Haas in Thursday's NRL clash with South Sydney.

Inglis overcomes pain to reach 250 mark

GREG INGLIS catches a pass during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

South Sydney captain Greg Inglis recalls how he almost quit the game before coming back to be on the cusp of reaching the 250-game milestone.

Cogger ready to step up for Knights

MITCHELL PEARCE of the Knights in the warm up during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Manly Sea Eagles at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

With Mitchell Pearce out for several months with a pec injury, young halfback Jack Cogger has been asked to step up.

NRL round-eight preview panel

South Sydney host Brisbane at ANZ Stadium in Thursday NRL round-eight.

Wallace not jumping at Titans offer

JARROD WALLACE of the Titans runs with the ball during the NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Cronulla Sharks at Cbus Super Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Former Brisbane forward Jarrod Wallace isn't ready to commit to the four-year NRL contract on offer at the Gold Coast Titans.

Titans drop Elgey for defensive lapses

Titans coach GARTH BRENNAN looks on before the NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Canberra Raiders at Cbus Super Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Gold Coast coach Garth Brennan has dropped five-eighth Kane Elgey, with Bryce Cartwright to wear the No.6 for Saturday's NRL clash with Cronulla.

Slammin' Sam vows to change for Souths

SAM BURGESS of the Rabbitohs looks to the replay screen during the round one NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the New Zealand Warriors at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia.

South Sydney star Sam Burgess has told teammates he will change his ways to avoid further suspension from the NRL.

Storm and Warriors Anzac Day preview

Melbourne and the Warriors will meet in their traditional Anzac Day match in Melbourne for the ninth time.

Tigers on alert for rejuvenated Moses

BENJI MARSHALL of the Broncos in action during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Brisbane Broncos at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

Benji Marshall says former Wests Tigers half Mitchell Moses appears to have rediscovered his mojo and Parramatta are ready to put their stamp on the NRL.

Raiders forward denies NRL 'dog act' hit

ELLIOTT WHITEHEAD of the Raiders runs the ball during the NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Canberra Raiders at Belmore Sports Ground in Sydney, Australia.

Canberra's Elliott Whitehead says he doesn't know who Mark Carroll is after the former league star slammed him for a "dog act" in the NRL loss to South Sydney.

Warriors' NRL defence outstanding: Bellamy

Storm head coach CRAIG BELLAMY looks dejected after defeat during the NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Wests Tigers at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Despite having the wood on their opponents in recent Anzac Day clashes, Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy says the current Warriors are defending like no other.

Manly players fined over strip club visit

DALY CHERRY-EVANS of the Sea Eagles passes during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Manly Sea Eagles at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Just days after skipper Daly Cherry-Evans was fined for an altercation with a teammate, Manly have fined four more players for breaking curfew in Gladstone.

Anzac Day clash fits blockbuster billing

St George Illawarra's dominant start to the NRL season and the Sydney Roosters' potential sets the scene for an Anzac Day blockbuster.

Bulldogs' season is a fail so far: Woods

AARON WOODS of the Kangaroos looks on during the Rugby League World Cup Semi Final match between the Australian Kangaroos and Fiji at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Aaron Woods hasn't shirked away from acknowledging the Bulldogs' poor start this NRL season, admitting their 2-5 record is a failure that needs addressing.

Broncos' Thaiday OK as No.9 'just in case'

SAM THAIDAY of the Broncos passes the ball during the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Brisbane Broncos at UOW Jubilee Oval in Sydney, Australia.

Brisbane forward Sam Thaiday has made himself available to fill in as hooker but is almost no chance of being selected there for the NRL clash with Souths.

More Manly NRL players facing fines

DALY CHERRY-EVANS of the Sea Eagles passes during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Manly Sea Eagles at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

A News Corp report claims six more Manly players will cop fines on Tuesday for defying team orders and going on a night out in Gladstone.

Raiders Bateman defends Whitehead for hit

LUKE BATEMAN of the Raiders runs the ball during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the St George Illawarra Dragons at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Canberra lock Luke Bateman has defended his teammate Elliott Whitehead for his hit on Souths prop Tom Burgess, saying it's not his nature to go for a low blow.

Manly take another NRL hit with Parker out

Sea Eagles coach, TRENT BARRETT looks on during the NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Manly Sea Eagles at Pepper Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Young Manly winger Brad Parker has been ruled out for between four to six weeks with a knee injury, adding to Manly's horror month on and off the NRL field.

Cordner gives hope to injured Pearce

BOYD CORDNER of the Blues runs the ball during the State Of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Boyd Cordner says former teammate and close friend Mitchell Pearce is "shattered" after his season-destroying pectoral rupture.

Dragons relish familiarity for Anzac Day

New Dragons coach PAUL MCGREGOR watches over his players during a St George Illawarra Dragons NRL training session at WIN Stadium in Wollongong, Australia.

Having not trained properly since their previous NRL game, the Dragons will rely on this season's most stable side when they take on the Roosters on Anzac Day.

Roosters forwards fit for Anzac Day

SIO SIUA TAUKEIAHO of the Roosters is tackled by the Panthers defence during the NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Sydney Roosters at Pepper Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Jake Friend and Sio Siua Taukeiaho are tipped to beat concussion and knee injuries respectively to play for the Sydney Roosters on Anzac Day.

Harris joins Johnson as wounded Warrior

TOHU HARRIS of New Zealand is tackled by Shannon Boyd (R) of Australia during the Four Nations Final between New Zealand and Australia at Anfield in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

The Warriors will be without former Melbourne forward Tohu Harris - and Shaun Johnson for another week - when they face the Storm on Anzac Day.

Walters backs Munster for Qld No.6

CAMERON MUNSTER of the Storm is tackled during the NRL Qualifying Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the Parramatta Eels at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Queensland coach Kevin Walters has given his strongest indication yet that Cameron Munster has locked up the Maroons No.6 jersey for the State of Origin opener.

Brisbane's Bird needs to regain NRL mojo

JACK BIRD of the Blues receives a pass during the New South Wales State of Origin training session in Coffs Harbour, Australia.

Brisbane recruit Jack Bird says he is not enjoying his footy and reckons Andrew Johns' call that he should be picked for NSW has only added to the pressure.

Storm's Jacks an NRL fan of Warrior Green

RYLEY JACKS of the Storm runs with the ball as he is tackled by the Knights defence during the round six NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Newcastle Knights at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne halfback Ryley Jacks is aiming to get the better of a player he has long admired, Warriors playmaker Blake Green, in the Anzac Day clash.

Burgess' rap sheet hits 10 matches banned

SAM BURGESS of the Rabbitohs is runs the ball during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Manly Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Sam Burgess has taken an early guilty plea for a high tackle, meaning he will spend another two weeks on the sideline.

Eels forwards hit back at critics

They've been beaten from pillar to post in the opening six weeks of the season, but Parramatta's forwards say they didn't have a chance to fire in the losses.

Fifita 'scared' before win over Panthers

ANDREW FIFITA of the Blues is tackled during game two of the State Of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Andrew Fifita has revealed he almost pulled out of Cronulla's NRL win over Penrith because he was "scared" how his knee would hold up.

NRL high-flyers fall to earth in round 7

JAMES MALONEY of the Sharks runs the ball during the 2016 NRL Grand Final match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Top-four sides Penrith, Wests Tigers and St George Illawarra have suffered losses in round seven of the NRL.

Round seven NRL snapshot

A snapshot of round-seven NRL action.

DCE-Hastings saga no excuse for Manly

Manly slumped to their third straight loss as more questions were asked about the Jackson Hastings and Daly Cherry-Evans saga.

Injury-hit Sharks beat Panthers in NRL

LUKE LEWIS of the Sharks in action during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Cronulla Sharks at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia.

Penrith have shaken off the loss of veteran back-rower Luke Lewis to score a 26-22 NRL win over Penrith at Southern Cross Group Stadium.

Smith wary of ex-Storm playmaker Green

BLAKE GREEN of the Warriors looks to pass during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the New Zealand Warriors at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Melbourne will be on guard on Anzac Day for former Storm five-eighth Blake Green, who's been instrumental in the Warriors' early NRL season success.

Eels turn tables on hapless Manly

Eels head coach BRAD ARTHUR talks to players during a Parramatta Eels NRL training session in Sydney, Australia.

Parramatta produced the biggest NRL turnaround in 16 years against an under-fire Manly to claim their first of the season.

Skipper Smith waiting for Storm NRL offer

CAMERON SMITH of the Storm charges forward during the NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Melbourne Storm at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Melbourne skipper Cameron Smith says he is waiting for an offer from the NRL club before deciding on his playing future, but won't sign if he's not at his best.

Fittler calls for drop-kick rule change

BRAD FITTLER poses during a press conference at the Star announcing his new role as coach of the New South Wales State of Origin team in Sydney, Australia.

NSW State of Origin coach Brad Fittler wants the drop-kick rule changed after it allowed for Billy Slater to score a controversial try for Melbourne.

Hastings determined to learn how to fit in

JACKSON HASTINGS of the Eagles in action during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Manly Sea Eagles at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Exiled NRL player Jackson Hastings has told News Corp that he's determined to learn how to fit in and he's receiving professional help.

Tigers' NRL flat point was coming: Cleary

Tigers coach IVAN CLEARY looks on before the start of the NRL trial match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Wests Tigers at Barlow Park in Cairns, Australia.

After watching his team win five of their opening six games, Wests Tigers coach Ivan Cleary admits a flat spot was inevitable at some point this season.

Pearce out for four months with pec injury

MITCHELL PEARCE of the Knights in the warm up during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Manly Sea Eagles at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

Mitchell Pearce will be unavailable for the majority of the NRL season after scans confirmed a ruptured pectoral muscle.

Brennan slams Titans' 'schoolboy' errors

GARTH BRENNAN speaks to the media after being announced as the new Gold Coast Titans NRL coach at Titans Centre of Excellence in Gold Coast, Australia.

Garth Brennan has blasted his Gold Coast side after they went down 26-14 to North Queensland, a scoreline which flattered the visiting Titans.

Sam Burgess facing up to three-game ban

SAM BURGESS of the Rabbitohs looks to the replay screen during the round one NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the New Zealand Warriors at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia.

South Sydney forward Sam Burgess has been charged for his high shot on Aidan Sezer in the Rabbitohs' NRL win over Canberra, and faces a 2-3 game ban.

Cowboys find NRL form to beat Gold Coast

North Queensland have moved to within two wins of the NRL top eight, ending a five-game losing streak with a 26-14 defeat of Gold Coast in Townsville.

Pearce injury mars Knights miracle NRL win

MITCHELL PEARCE of the Knights in the warm up during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Manly Sea Eagles at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

Newcastle's Shaun Kenny-Dowall has scored in the last minute for a 22-20 NRL win over the Wests Tigers, but a Mitchell Pearce injury has soured celebrations.

Stuart accuses Tom Burgess of diving

Raiders coach RICKY STUART looks on before the NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Canberra Raiders at Cbus Super Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Canberra coach Ricky Stuart has accused South Sydney prop Tom Burgess of lying down in an incident for which Elliott Whitehead was penalised.

Burgess powers Souths to romp over Raiders

SAM BURGESS of the Rabbitohs looks to the replay screen during the round one NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the New Zealand Warriors at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Sam Burgess has starred in South Sydney's 42-22 NRL win over South Sydney on the Central Coast.

Broncos' Lodge cleared of NRL spear tackle

MATTHEW LODGE of the Broncos runs with the ball during the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Brisbane Broncos at UOW Jubilee Oval in Sydney, Australia.

Brisbane prop Matt Lodge will not miss a NRL match despite being charged for a dangerous tackle on Melbourne's Christian Welch.

Cherry-Evans fined over Hastings bust-up

DALY CHERRY-EVANS of the Sea Eagles passes during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Manly Sea Eagles at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Daly Cherry-Evans has been fined following a Manly review of his role in several incidents with teammate Jackson Hastings.

Eels anoint Clint Gutherson as NRL captain

CLINT GUTHERSON of the Eels makes a break during the NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Clint Gutherson will captain Parramatta alongside Tim Mannah and Beau Scott for the rest of the NRL season.

McCullough injury to test Broncos' depth

ANDREW MCCULLOUGH passes the ball during a Brisbane Broncos NRL training session in Brisbane, Australia.

Wayne Bennett says he does not know who will be Brisbane's next hooker after Andrew McCullough suffered an elbow injury in their 34-20 NRL loss to Melbourne.

Smith credits Jacks for Munster's NRL form

CAMERON MUNSTER of the Storm runs with the ball during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Melbourne skipper Cameron Smith says unheralded halfback Ryley Jacks has helped Cameron Munster reclaim form that is worthy of State of Origin selection.

NRL backs controversial Slater try call

The NRL referees boss says the bunker made the right call when they awarded fullback Billy Slater a "drop kick" try in Melbourne's 34-20 win over Brisbane.

Flanagan settles on Sharks' NRL spine

Shane Flanagan says the Cronulla spine which will run out for the NRL clash with Penrith is the one he hopes to use for the rest of the season.

Controversial Slater try in Storm NRL win

BILLY SLATER looks on during the Australian Kangaroos Rugby League World Cup training session at Langlands Park in Brisbane, Australia.

A controversial Billy Slater try has become the main talking point after Melbourne's 34-20 NRL win over Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium.

Warriors end Dragons' winning NRL run

SHAUN JOHNSON of the Warriors kicks his first field goal of the match to bring the scores level during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the New Zealand Warriors at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

The Warriors have come up with a big defensive effort to beat St George Illawarra 20-12 to end the Dragons' winning start to the NRL season.

Souths' Cook not in Origin mix: Seibold

DAMIEN COOK of the Rabbitohs makes a break during the NRL trial match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Wigan at ANZ Stadium Sydney in Sydney, Australia.

South Sydney coach Anthony Seibold says hooker Damien Cook has yet to prove he's ready for State of Origin.

Cowboys must snap out of it: Green

Cowboys coach PAUL GREEN looks on before the start of the NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Brisbane Broncos at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville, Australia.

North Queensland coach Paul Green wasn't in a talkative mood ahead of Saturday's NRL clash with Gold Coast as he looks to end a five-game losing streak.

Fergo on the straight and narrow to Origin

BLAKE FERGUSON of the Roosters in action during the round seven NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Sydney Roosters at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

Sydney Roosters winger Blake Ferguson is averaging 186m per game in the NRL this year - almost 20m more than any other player in the league.

Soaring Tigers take NRL bus to Tamworth

Panthers coach IVAN CLEARY speaks to the media during a NRL Finals series press conference at Rugby League Central in Sydney, Australia.

The Wests Tigers will host another "home" game away from one of its traditional venues in Saturday's NRL match against Newcastle.

Brennan questions NRL contract quotas

Titans coach GARTH BRENNAN looks on before the NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Canberra Raiders at Cbus Super Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Gold Coast coach Garth Brennan says he will struggle to fill the 30 top-tier spots at his NRL club before the June 30 deadline without "looking like an idiot".

Bunnies bigger than Burgess: Seibold

SAM BURGESS of the Rabbitohs is runs the ball during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Manly Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

South Sydney coach Anthony Seibold says the Rabbitohs are no longer a one-man team and reliant on Sam Burgess.

Bunnies lock down promising rookie Doueihi

ADAM DOUEIHI of Lebanon runs through to score a try during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Quarter Final match between Tonga and Lebanon at AMI Stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Promising rookie Adam Doueihi has been signed until the end of the 2021 NRL season by South Sydney.

Sharks sweat on trio for Penrith NRL clash

Coach SHANE FLANAGAN talks to his players during a Cronulla Sharks NRL training session at Remondis Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan says key trio Wade Graham, Luke Lewis and Andrew Fifita are chances to line up in their NRL clash with Penrith.

Benji deserves Kiwis consideration: Cleary

BENJI MARSHALL of the Broncos in action during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Brisbane Broncos at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

Wests Tigers coach Ivan Cleary believes Benji Marshall is a chance of earning a recall to the New Zealand side for the Test match in Denver.

You don't fluke NRL zeroes: Roosters coach

Roosters coach TRENT ROBINSON watches on during the Sydney Roosters NRL training session at Kippax Lake in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has hailed his team's defence in their 6-0 shutout win over Canterbury.

Bulldogs are on the improve in NRL: Pay

Bulldogs coach DEAN PAY looks on at the post match media conference at the end of during the NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Canterbury Bulldogs at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville, Australia.

His team may have failed to fire a shot against the Sydney Roosters, but Canterbury coach Dean Pay insists he can see improvement in his team.

Bennett to stick with Bird in halves

Coach WAYNE BENNETT of the Broncos answers questions at a press conference after the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Wayne Bennett admits it was a tough call to relegate Kodi Nikorima to the Brisbane bench but says he has long-term plans for Jack Bird at five-eighth.

Nofoaluma NRL axing woke up the Tigers

DAVID NOFOALUMA of the Tigers is tackled by Siosifa Talakai of the Rabbitohs during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

West Tigers' David Nofoaluma says Ivan Cleary's decision to drop him for the start of the NRL season woke up more than just the outside back.

Roosters shut out Bulldogs in NRL slugfest

TRENT ROBINSON looks on during a Sydney Roosters NRL training session at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

The Sydney Roosters have put in a huge defensive effort to defeat Canterbury 6-0 in their round-seven NRL match at ANZ Stadium.

Dugan eyes Sharks' NRL consistency at back

JOSH DUGAN of Australia passes as he is tackled by JARRTD HAYNE of Fiji during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Semi Final match between the Australian Kangaroos and Fiji at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

A return to Cronulla's preferred spine option for their NRL clash with Penrith should bring consistency back to their attack, according to Josh Dugan.

Warriors lose Johnson for Saints NRL clash

SHAUN JOHNSON of the Kiwis in action during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup match between the New Zealand Kiwis and Tonga at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Shaun Johnson and Solomone Kata have been ruled out of the Warriors' NRL match against competition leaders St George Illawarra because of injury.

Facial blow endangers Mansour's NRL season

JOSH MANSOUR of the Panthers takes on the defence during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Penrith Panthers at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

There are fears Australian and Penrith winger Josh Mansour might miss the rest of the NRL season with facial fractures which require complex surgery.

Parramatta turn aggressive at NRL training

Frustrations from Parramatta's worst start since 1991 have spilled over into their most-physical training session of the NRL season.

Tigers coach Cleary won't change stripes

Tigers coach IVAN CLEARY looks on before the start of the NRL trial match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Wests Tigers at Barlow Park in Cairns, Australia.

Ivan Cleary continues to be king at turning NRL clubs around but his formula to get the best out of the once-struggling West Tigers is nothing new.

Smith didn't want to be a Bronco: Bennett

CAMERON SMITH of Australia kicks during a 2017 Rugby League World Cup match at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Wayne Bennett has revealed he got a bad vibe when he initially sat down with a teenage Cameron Smith and tried to lure him to Brisbane.

Broncos NRL coach Bennett in media walkout

Coach WAYNE BENNETT watches on during the Brisbane Broncos NRL training session in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane NRL coach Wayne Bennett has walked out on a media conference after being quizzed on his future at the Broncos.

Raiders NRL plea to keep Paulo in Canberra

JUNIOR PAULO of the Raiders makes a line break during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Wests Tigers at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Junior Paulo is yet to inform Canberra of a decision about his future despite reports of him signing with Parramatta, according to captain Jarrod Croker.

Warriors' Johnson out of NRL blockbuster

Warriors coach STEPHEN KEARNEY arrives to speak to media during a New Zealand Warriors NRL media session at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Warriors coach Stephen Kearney, who's lost star playmaker Shaun Johnson to injury, has highlighted St George Illawarra's attacking threat in their NRL clash.

Jackson Hastings isn't a bad guy: Robinson

TRENT ROBINSON looks on during a Sydney Roosters NRL training session at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Jackson Hastings' former coach Trent Robinson says the 22-year-old doesn't do much wrong, but says he hasn't fitted well into a team environment in the past.

Robinson defends 'hurt' NRL skipper Friend

Roosters coach TRENT ROBINSON watches on during the Sydney Roosters NRL training session at Kippax Lake in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has come to the defence of Jake Friend, after the NRL co-captain had been booed last week and abused by fans.

Storm's Addo-Carr eyes NSW Origin call-up

JOSH ADDO-CARR of the Storm scores a try during the 2017 NRL Grand Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Melbourne winger Josh Addo-Carr trains alongside the MCG but has never been there so he is hoping his first visit is in a NSW State of Origin jersey.

Knights' Ponga ready for Origin: Brown

Newcastle Knights coach NATHAN BROWN during a Newcastle Knights NRL pre-season training session at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

Newcastle coach Nathan Brown believes Kalyn Ponga's fitness and endurance will hold him in good stead if he makes his State of Origin debut this year.

Tigers sign Esan Marsters to new NRL deal

ESAN MARSTERS of the Tigers is tackled during the NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Manly Sea Eagles at Leichhardt Oval in Sydney, Australia.

The Wests Tigers are have re-signed talented centre Esan Marsters for another two NRL seasons.

NRL round-seven preview panel

Canterbury host the Sydney Roosters to kick off round seven of the NRL.

NRL to learn from Lodge with Carney

NRL CEO TODD GREENBERG speaks during the 2018 NRL season launch at First Fleet Park in Sydney, Australia.

NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg hopes to meet with Todd Carney in the coming weeks with a decision on whether he can return to the game.

NRL launches touch football league

A touch football league encompassing NRL teams in both men's and women's divisions will be launched in May, with matches played as curtain-raisers.

Morris hits back over Burgess dive claim

SAM BURGESS of the Rabbitohs is runs the ball during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Manly Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Veteran Canterbury NRL centre Josh Morris has hit back at South Sydney's Sam Burgess, saying he would never take a dive.

Dragons' bubble won't burst: McGregor

Coach of the Dragons PAUL MCGREGOR looks on during the NRL trial match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and Hull at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

St George Illawarra are in good health ahead of their NRL clash with the Warriors despite reports of illness in the group, Paul McGregor says.

Barrett stands up in Manly dramas

Sea Eagles coach, TRENT BARRETT looks on during the NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Manly Sea Eagles at Pepper Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Trent Barrett has seen his fair share of dramas since arriving at Manly in 2016 but there are few coaches in the NRL better at handling it.

Hastings drama was ticking time bomb

Sea Eagles coach, TRENT BARRETT looks on during the NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Manly Sea Eagles at Pepper Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Manly coach Trent Barrett has fronted the media over the Jackson Hastings affair, confirming he has been dropped to reserve grade due to issues with teammates.

Finch pushes Pearce's Blues Origin hopes

MITCHELL PEARCE of the Knights warms up during the NRL Trial Match between the Newcastle Knights and the Parramatta Eels at Maitland No 1 Showground in Newcastle, Australia.

Former NSW playmaker Brett Finch wants to see Mitchell Pearce keep the Blues' No.7 jersey for this year's State of Origin series.

Benji eyes Kiwi league Test recall

BENJI MARSHALL of the Broncos in action during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Brisbane Broncos at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

West Tigers NRL five-eighth Benji Marshall is determined to return to the New Zealand Test fold after six years in the wilderness.

Reynolds cops NRL shoulder bone fracture

JOSH REYNOLDS of the Bulldogs runs the ball during the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Wests Tigers' Josh Reynolds will miss between 4-6 weeks of the NRL season due to a fractured shoulder bone.

Sin-bins on refs, not Slater: Bellamy

BILLY SLATER looks on during the Australian Kangaroos Rugby League World Cup training session at Langlands Park in Brisbane, Australia.

Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy has reminded NRL fans that referees - not Billy Slater - dictate whether players have committed professional fouls.

Stop NRL games for injuries: Titans' coach

Titans coach GARTH BRENNAN looks on before the NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Canberra Raiders at Cbus Super Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Gold Coast coach Garth Brennan is furious referees had failed to stop play in the Penrith NRL loss, with Mitch Rein being treated for a suspected neck injury.

Numbers tell Eels' sorry NRL story

Parramatta have fallen in almost every key statistical category compared with last year, as they endure their worst start to a season since 1991.

Questions start in halves for Parramatta

SEMI RADRADRA of the Eels is tackled during a NRL match at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Parramatta are getting an extra eight plays per match inside the opposition's 20-metre zone compared with last year, but still have the worst attacking record.

Junior Paulo yet to decide on NRL future

JUNIOR PAULO of the Raiders passes during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Melbourne Storm at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Canberra prop Junior Paulo says he would like to stay at the Raiders despite receiving "several" offers from NRL clubs in Sydney.

Brisbane keep Bird in halves as stars pay

JACK BIRD of the Sharks is tackled during the 2016 NRL Grand Final match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Brisbane's Kodi Nikorima is one of several NRL players relegated to a lesser role in round seven, after a cutthroat afternoon of team changes across the league.

Titans' Peats out up to six weeks in NRL

NATHAN PEATS of the Blues passes during the State Of Origin series at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Gold Coast hooker Nathan Peats will be out for four to six weeks of NRL action after fracturing his ribs in the Titans' NRL loss to Penrith.

Blues eye two-hooker strategy for Origin

Nathan Peats speaks to City coach BRAD FITTLER during a City NSW Origin training session at Leichhardt Oval in Sydney, Australia.

NSW could look at selecting a specialist hooker off the bench for June's State of Origin series opener to try to combat Queensland's Cameron Smith.

NRL Tigers turning back the clock to '05

Panthers coach IVAN CLEARY speaks to the media during a NRL Finals series press conference at Rugby League Central in Sydney, Australia.

Just as they were given little hope in 2005, the Wests Tigers are embracing the lack of expectation this NRL season.

Broncos prop Lodge cleared of broken ribs

MATTHEW LODGE of the Broncos runs with the ball during the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Brisbane Broncos at UOW Jubilee Oval in Sydney, Australia.

Brisbane forward Matt Lodge has been cleared of broken ribs ahead of Friday's NRL clash against Melbourne.

NRL Anzac Day transferred to SCG from 2019

The Anzac Day clash between the Sydney Roosters and St George Illawarra will be played at the SCG from 2019 for the next three years.

Cronk comes to booed Friend's defence

COOPER CRONK of the Roosters catches the ball during the round two NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Cooper Cronk has voiced his support for Sydney Roosters co-captain Jake Friend after he was booed by fans last week during the loss to South Sydney.

Flanagan admits Sharks have missed Maloney

JAMES MALONEY of the Sharks runs the ball during the 2016 NRL Grand Final match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Penrith have been the clear winners of the James Maloney-Matt Moylan swap, and Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan admits he is missing his former five-eighth.

Stuart was right to drop me: Papalii

JOSH PAPALII of the Raiders runs the ball during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Newcastle Knights at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Queensland State of Origin forward Josh Papalii admits Canberra coach Ricky Stuart made the right call by dropping him back to reserve grade.

Dufty's sizzling feet have Dragons firing

MATTHEW DUFTY of the Dragons takes on the defence during the NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Clive Berghofer Stadium in Toowoomba, Australia.

St George Illawarra's Matt Dufty is the smallest fullback in the NRL but he says that's balanced out by his speed.

Brooks comes of age at Tigers in 2018

LUKE BROOKS of the Tigers passes the ball during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Wests Tigers at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

In-form Wests Tigers half Luke Brooks understands why it's hard for people to realise he's still only 23 but he says his still climbing towards his NRL prime.

Roosters' Taukeiaho avoids knee surgery

SIO SIUA TAUKEIAHO of the Roosters is tackled during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Melbourne Storm at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Sio Siua Taukeiaho will not need surgery on his injured left knee, but will still spend a fortnight on the sidelines with cartilage damage.

I'd do anything for NSW: Peachey

TYRONE PEACHEY of the Panthers offloads the ball during the NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Gold Coast Titans in Penrith, Australia.

Penrith's Tyrone Peachey says he will play anywhere on the field if it means earning a NSW State of Origin jumper.

Slater's dive claims split NRL opinion

BILLY SLATER looks on during the Australian Kangaroos Rugby League World Cup training session at Langlands Park in Brisbane, Australia.

Felise Kaufusi has leapt to the defence of Melbourne NRL teammate Billy Slater over allegations the veteran fullback milks penalties and sin-binnings.

Beattie confuses Knights jersey in gaffe

Chairman PETER BEATTIE speaks during a visit in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Village in Gold Coast, Australia.

ARL Commission chairman Peter Beattie has made his second NRL-related gaffe in as many months, misidentifying the Newcastle Knights jersey.

NRL coach Green re-signs with Cowboys

Cowboys Coach PAUL GREEN looks on before the start of the NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Cronulla Sharks at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville, Australia.

North Queensland coach Paul Green has re-signed with the NRL club until at least the end of the 2021 season.

Cut up Cherry-Evans cops Manly fans' boos

DALY CHERRY-EVANS of the Sea Eagles passes during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Manly Sea Eagles at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Manly captain Daly Cherry-Evans accepts fans have a fair choice of if they want to make their feelings known after his team was booed off the field on Sunday.

Marshall proves Cleary's instinct right

BENJI MARSHALL of the Broncos in action during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Brisbane Broncos at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

Benji Marshall and Ivan Cleary didn't know what to expect on the Wests Tigers legend's return to the NRL club, but few could have predicted anything this good.

Ponga would be a 'nightmare', says Fittler

KALYN PONGA of the Cowboys is tackled by Jake Trbojevic of the Sea Eagles during the NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Manly Sea Eagles at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville, Australia.

NSW coach Brad Fittler fears Kalyn Ponga would be a nightmare for the Blues' defence if thrust into State of Origin.

Penrith's Maloney back to haunt Cronulla

JAMES MALONEY of the Sharks runs the ball during the 2016 NRL Grand Final match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Penrith half James Maloney will face former NRL club Cronulla for the first time in round seven.

Panthers off to best start in 19 years

JOSH MANSOUR of the Panthers takes on the defence during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Penrith Panthers at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

By winning five of their first six, Penrith have recorded their best start to an NRL season since 1999.

NRL round six snapshot

A close look at all the action from round six of the NRL.

Brooks turns it on as Tigers smash Manly

Luke Brooks has put on arguably the best half of football by an NRL player all year to help the Wests Tigers flog Manly 38-12 at Lottoland.

Maloney fires Panthers past Titans

JAMES MALONEY of the Sharks runs the ball during the 2016 NRL Grand Final match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

James Maloney has starred in Penrith's 35-12 NRL win over the Gold Coast at Panthers Stadium on Sunday.

League greats urge Slater to stop diving

BILLY SLATER looks on during the Australian Kangaroos Rugby League World Cup training session at Langlands Park in Brisbane, Australia.

Melbourne superstar Billy Slater has come under fire, with league greats calling on him to stop diving to milk penalties and sin-bins in the NRL.

Fittler urges Green to commit to Cowboys

Nathan Peats speaks to City coach BRAD FITTLER during a City NSW Origin training session at Leichhardt Oval in Sydney, Australia.

Rugby league great Brad Fittler says Paul Green's next challenge is to be successful coaching North Queensland without champion halfback Johnathan Thurston.

Sharks' Gallen to miss up to six NRL games

PAUL GALLEN of the Sharks warms up during the NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Southern Cross Group Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Scans have revealed Cronulla veteran Paul Gallen has suffered a grade two medial ligament tear and will be sidelined for four to six weeks.

NRL to take big games to Victoria

The NRL will take a host of big games to Melbourne after securing a deal with the Victorian state government for a centre of excellence.

Lodge contract must pay US victims: NRL

MATTHEW LODGE of the Tigers is tackled during the NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the North Queensland Cowboys at Campbelltown Sports Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

The NRL says it won't register Broncos prop Matt Lodge's new contract unless it includes compensation payments he owes the victims of his New York rampage.

Sterling challenges Eels to defy history

Eels head coach BRAD ARTHUR talks to players during a Parramatta Eels NRL training session in Sydney, Australia.

Parramatta legend Peter Sterling isn't giving up on the Eels just yet, challenging the NRL cellar dwellers to dig in after a dire none-from-six start to 2018.

Cowboys ponder changes after 5th NRL loss

Cowboys Coach PAUL GREEN looks on before the start of the NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Cronulla Sharks at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville, Australia.

Personnel changes could be among the considerations at North Queensland following their loss to Canterbury, which was their fifth straight this NRL season.

Warriors seek to rebound against Dragons

BLAKE GREEN of the Warriors in action during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the New Zealand Warriors at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

The Warriors, smarting from their first defeat of the year, know they can't afford to lose the physical battle when they host NRL leaders St George Illawarra.

Canberra win, Parramatta go 0-6 in NRL

Parramatta have slumped to a 0-6 NRL record after losing 18-2 to Canberra at GIO Stadium.

Dogs hand Cowboys fifth straight NRL loss

JOHNATHAN THURSTON smiles during a Queensland Maroons training session at Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort in Brisbane, Australia.

North Queensland have fallen to their fifth consecutive NRL loss, with Canterbury beating the Cowboys 27-10, but Johnathan Thurston insists all is not lost.

Broncos ends Warriors' winning NRL start

JAMAYNE ISAAKO of the Broncos is tackled during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Brisbane Broncos at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

Brisbane, with Jamayne Isaako scoring the first two tries of his NRL career, have ended the Warriors' unbeaten start to 2018 with a 27-18 win.

NRL club moves made me stronger: Maloney

JAMES MALONEY of the Sharks runs the ball during the 2016 NRL Grand Final match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

James Maloney has played grand finals at more clubs in the halves than any other NRL playmaker, and he says his game continues to be better for the moves.

Koroisau's time to rake in NRL highlights

APISAI KOROISAU of the Sea Eagles in action during the NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Manly Sea Eagles at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Apisai Koroisau can follow in the footsteps of fellow NSW State of Origin hooking aspirants with a strong NRL showing against the Wests Tigers.

Reynolds to boost Tigers' NRL energy level

JOSH REYNOLDS of the Bulldogs runs the ball during the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Josh Reynolds was presented with his first Wests Tigers jersey five weeks ago but will finally run out for the club in the NRL against Manly.

Storm deliver NRL defence lesson: Brown

Newcastle Knights coach NATHAN BROWN during a Newcastle Knights NRL pre-season training session at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

Newcastle coach Nathan Brown says Melbourne have given his side a lesson in defence in the Storm's 40-14 win in their NRL clash.

Dragons ready to embrace NRL rep period

GARETH WIDDOP of the Dragons in action during the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at UOW Jubilee Oval in Sydney, Australia.

The representative period destroyed St George Illawarra's season last year, but coach Paul McGregor wants his unbeaten players to be rewarded in 2018.

Fifita cleared but Sharks face shortage

PAUL GALLEN of the Sharks in action during the warm up during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

Cronulla might still be without four big-name forwards for their NRL clash with Penrith, even with Andrew Fifita being cleared of a serious knee injury.

Storm's Smith hails Jacks' maturity in NRL

BRODIE CROFT of the Storm scores a try during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Melbourne Storm at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

New Melbourne halfback Ryley Jacks has impressed his skipper, Cameron Smith, who says he brings more maturity to NRL games than Brodie Croft.

Dragons thumping adds to Sharks' NRL woes

FRANK PAUL NUUAUSALA of the Raiders is tackled by Tinirau Arona, Andrew Fifita and Wade Graham of the Sharks during the NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Canberra Raiders at Remondis Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

St George Illawarra have scored their sixth straight win to start the NRL season, thumping an injury-plagued Cronulla at WIN Stadium.

Fifita's knee leads Sharks' NRL concerns

ANDREW FIFITA of the Blues is tackled during game two of the State Of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Paul Gallen and Andrew Fifita could face long stints on the NRL sidelines with knee injuries, while Wade Graham and Luke Lewis have also been hurt for Cronulla.

Storm score 7 tries to roll Knights in NRL

CRAIG BELLAMY speaks to media during a Melbourne Storm NRL media announcement at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne's attack was back to its best as the NRL defending champions scored seven tries for a 40-14 NRL win over Newcastle at AAMI Park.

New Vic league and touch base planned

A Victorian Rugby League State Centre is planned for Melbourne's west after a $12 million pledge from the state government.

NRL transfers - some fire and some flail

Among the big-name NRL transfers, some have fired in the opening rounds and others have failed to hit the mark.

Warriors wary of stumbling Broncos

BLAKE GREEN of the Warriors looks to pass during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the New Zealand Warriors at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Warriors star Blake Green says history shows struggling Brisbane are likely to bounce back in their NRL clash on Saturday.

Thurston out to prove NRL doubters wrong

JOHNATHAN THURSTON smiles during a Queensland Maroons training session at Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort in Brisbane, Australia.

Johnathan Thurston will be out to answer his critics in North Queensland's NRL clash with Canterbury.

Lussick released from Manly NRL contract

DARCY LUSSICK of the Sea Eagles is tackled during the NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Manly Sea Eagles at Cbus Super Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Prop Darcy Lussick has signed with the Toronto Wolfpack after being granted a release from his NRL contract by Manly.

Bulldogs face up to NRL salary cap battle

Canterbury coach Dean Pay admits he knew of the NRL club's salary cap situation when he took over late last year.

Raiders silence their NRL critics: Stuart

Raiders coach RICKY STUART watches on during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Canterbury Bulldogs at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Canberra coach Ricky Stuart says the Raiders have silenced critics of their fitness levels after a courageous NRL win despite multiple injuries.

Broncos' Gillett played with neck fracture

MATT GILLETT of Australia runs the ball during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Semi Final match between the Australian Kangaroos and Fiji at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

It's been revealed Brisbane back-rower Matt Gillett played through the pain of a fractured neck for four NRL rounds.

Gutherson's 'energy' a boost for NRL Eels

Eels head coach BRAD ARTHUR talks to players during a Parramatta Eels NRL training session in Sydney, Australia.

The return of star Parramatta fullback Clint Gutherson has given the NRL club an extra spark, according to Eels coach Brad Arthur.

Burgess bros discuss Denver with Souths

Tom Burgess says he and his brothers have been told by South Sydney they are happy for any of the selected trio to head to Denver for the mid-year Test.

Cook delivering on ambitious NRL promise

DAMIEN COOK of the Rabbitohs makes a break during the NRL trial match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Wigan at ANZ Stadium Sydney in Sydney, Australia.

Damien Cook has gone from bench hooker to form No.9 of the NRL in just a year, but it is just the beginning judging by his earlier State of Origin declarations.

Roosters concerned over exposed NRL middle

BOYD CORDNER during the New South Wales Blues State of Origin team photograph at Salt Beach in Kingscliff, Australia.

The Sydney Roosters' middle had a night to forget in defence against South Sydney, while another member of their NRL pack has been left waiting on scans.

Inglis bounces back as Souths beat rivals

Greg Inglis has helped South Sydney move into the NRL's top eight with a 26-14 win over arch-rivals the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium.

Broncos' Gillett has neck fracture: report

MATT GILLETT of the Broncos looks to pass during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane NRL forward Matt Gillett will reportedly miss up to three months with a fractured neck.

NZRL confident on NRL players for USA Test

The New Zealand Rugby League is confident NRL clubs will support its push to have the best Kiwi players made available for June's Denver Test.

Manly's Turbo declares ankle 100 per cent

TOM TRBOJEVIC of Australia celebrates scoring a try during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup match between Australia and Lebanon at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Manly superstar Tom Trbojevic has declared his ankle 100 per cent healed and ready for Sunday's NRL clash against the Wests Tigers.

Widdop's flying start to the NRL season

GARETH WIDDOP of the Dragons in action during the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Newcastle Knights at WIN Stadium in Wollongong, Australia.

Statistics show that St George-Illawarra five-eighth Gareth Widdop deserves to be spoken about as the form player of the NRL this year.

Moylan's our best fullback: Flanagan

MATTHEW MOYLAN of the Sharks runs the ball during the NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Southern Cross Group Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan is hoping star recruit Matt Moylan can answer the Sharks' fullback woes against St George Illawarra on Friday night.

Winning Warriors' NRL crowd numbers surge

The Warriors' promising start to the NRL season has significantly boosted their crowd figures.

NRL Dragons embracing State of Origin hype

Coach of the Dragons PAUL MCGREGOR looks on during the NRL trial match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and Hull at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor has encouraged his charges to have the confidence to put up their hands for State of Origin selection.

Storm NRL players put on notice to lift

BRODIE CROFT of the Storm scores a try during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Melbourne Storm at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy has put his players on notice, saying more may be sent to the NRL club's feeder side if their attitude doesn't improve.

Roosters give up drink in title pursuit

TRENT ROBINSON looks on during a Sydney Roosters NRL training session at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has revealed form winger Blake Ferguson isn't the only player in his side to swear off alcohol in pursuit of title glory.

No surprise if Broncos drop me: Thaiday

SAM THAIDAY of the Broncos watches on during the 2017 NRL Finals Series Launch at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Brisbane veteran Sam Thaiday says he wouldn't be surprised if he's dropped by coach Wayne Bennett.

Morgan wants 'a clinic' from Thurston

MICHAEL MORGAN of the Cowboys kicks a field goal during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Cronulla Sharks and the North Queensland Cowboys at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

North Queensland half Michael Morgan hopes Cowboys teammate Johnathan Thurston 'puts on a clinic' after being critiqued as playing one NRL season too many.

Good luck trying to stop Cronk: Robinson

COOPER CRONK of the Roosters passes the ball during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Newcastle Knights at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson says good luck to Souths trying to stop star playmaker Cooper Cronk in Thursday night's first NRL Heritage Round derby.

Bird a chance to fill Broncos halves spot

JACK BIRD of the Blues receives a pass during the New South Wales State of Origin training session in Coffs Harbour, Australia.

Brisbane could move star recruit Jack Bird to the halves for Saturday's NRL clash with the Warriors after Kodi Nikorima suffered a corked thigh.

Eels playmaker Norman denies Moses rift

COREY NORMAN of the Eels beats the tackles of Jack Stockwell (L) and Sione Mata'utia-Leifi of the Knights during the match between the Parramatta Eels and the Newcastle Knights in the 2015 Auckland Nines at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand.

Parramatta playmaker Corey Norman has denied he isn't seeing eye to eye with halves partner Mitchell Moses following their 0-5 start to the NRL season.

Benji deserves Kiwis Test return: Reynolds

JOSH REYNOLDS of the Bulldogs runs the ball during the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Wests Tigers playmaker Josh Reynolds says Benji Marshall deserves to return to the New Zealand Test team.

Inglis not ready to discuss racial slur

GREG INGLIS of the Rabbitohs watches the ball before scoring a try during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium in Australia.

Greg Inglis says he will one day speak about the racial abuse he copped last month, but he is not yet ready to discuss the incident publicly.

Raiders stick by Wighton after court date

JACK WIGHTON of the Raiders runs with the ball during the NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Canberra Raiders at Cbus Super Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Canberra is sticking by fullback Jack Wighton after his court appearance and he will play for the Raiders in the NRL against Parramatta.

Dragons making me a better player: Hunt

BEN HUNT of the Broncos runs with the ball during a NRL match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia

Ben Hunt has helped turn St George-Illawarra into undefeated NRL ladder leaders, but he says the club has made him a more complete player too.

Coote back to start for NRL Cowboys

LACHLAN COOTE of the Cowboys passes the ball during the NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the North Queensland Cowbpys at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

After two games regaining fitness in the Queensland Cup, North Queensland fullback Lachlan Coote has been named to start for the Cowboys in the NRL.

Wighton in for Raiders ahead of court date

JACK WIGHTON of the Raiders runs the ball during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the St George Illawarra Dragons at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Jack Wighton has been named in Canberra's NRL side as he prepares to face the ACT Magistrates Court on nine charges on Wednesday.

Croft pays price for Storm's slow start

DANE GAGAI of the Kangaroos runs with the ball during an Australian Kangaroos training session in Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne have dropped young halfback Brodie Croft for Friday night's NRL clash with Newcastle after their worst start to a season since 2004.

Bronco Boyd dodges Bennett-Brown NRL feud

DARIUS BOYD of the Broncos is challenged by Blake Green of the Storm during the NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Brisbane NRL fullback Darius Boyd has dodged questions about the feud between coach Wayne Bennett and Newcastle mentor Nathan Brown.

Inglis happy to keep calling centre home

GREG INGLIS of the Rabbitohs watches the ball before scoring a try during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium in Australia.

Greg Inglis' NRL involvement is significantly down as he returns from a serious knee injury at centre for South Sydney, but the veteran is happy to stay there.

Too early for call on Storm era: Glasby

TIM GLASBY of the Storm is tackled during the NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Melbourne Storm in Gold Coast, Australia.

Melbourne's Tim Glasby says it's premature to write off the chances of the Storm defending their NRL title with the team confident of turning their form around.

Dogs skipper beats NRL ban for high tackle

RYAN JAMES of the Titans looks to make a pass despite the tackle of Brock Lamb of the Knights during the NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Newcastle Knights at Cbus Super Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Josh Jackson has avoided a two-week suspension at the NRL judiciary after having a dangerous contact charge downgraded.

Brown sorry for verbal attack on Bennett

Newcastle Knights coach NATHAN BROWN during a Newcastle Knights NRL pre-season training session at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

Newcastle coach Nathan Brown has apologised for comments targeting his Brisbane counterpart Wayne Bennett's personal life.

Simplicity key to Ferguson's Roosters form

NENE MACDONALD of the Titans is tackled by Blake Ferguson of the Roosters during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Gold Coast Titans at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia.

Sydney Roosters winger Blake Ferguson has started the NRL season as the game's most damaging ball runner.

Gutherson poised to return for Eels in NRL

CLINT GUTHERSON of the Eels is tackled during the NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Parramatta fullback Clint Gutherson is poised to make his return from injury in the Eels' NRL clash with Canberra.

Panthers' Blake out for at least a month

WAQA BLAKE of the Panthers runs the ball during the NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Wests Tigers at Pepper Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Penrith centre Waqa Blake is out for at least a month after suffering an ankle injury in Sunday's NRL win over Parramatta.

Knights winger throws support behind Brown

NATHAN ROSS of the Knights in acction during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

Newcastle winger Nathan Ross has come out in support of coach Nathan Brown amidst his war of words with Broncos coach Wayne Bennett.

NRL Dragons facing State of Origin drain

Coach of the Dragons PAUL MCGREGOR looks on during the NRL trial match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and Hull at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

They might be undefeated through the first five NRL rounds but St George Illawarra face a State of Origin drain they haven't felt since 2011.

Tedesco primed for Bunnies showdown

JAMES TEDESCO during a New South Wales Blues State of Origin Training Session in Kingscliff, Australia.

Sydney Roosters recruit James Tedesco will line up in his first NRL derby against South Sydney on Thursday night.

Dogs' Jackson rolls dice at NRL judiciary

JOSH JACKSON walks out for the New South Wales Blues State of Origin captain's run at Cbus Super Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Canterbury skipper Josh Jackson is contesting a dangerous contact charge at the NRL judiciary on Tuesday night,. risking missing two weeks.

Blue-chip Maloney shines as Panthers chief

NATHAN CLEARY of the Panthers makes a run during the NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Penrith Panthers at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Nathan Cleary's injury could have been a make-or-break moment in James Maloney's State of Origin hopes but the ex-Shark has made sure it will be the former.

Nervous Parramatta face burden of history

Eels head coach BRAD ARTHUR talks to players during a Parramatta Eels NRL training session in Sydney, Australia.

Parramatta's nervous attack is stuck between a rock and a hard place as they desperately strive to overcome 19 years of NRL history to turn their season around.

Storm bumped out of NRL's top-eight bubble

TODD CARNEY of the Sharks looks on during the NRL match between the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and the Wests Tigers at Remondis Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Melbourne are out of the NRL's top eight for the first time since round 16, 2014 - the same weekend Todd Carney was sacked for the bubbler incident at Cronulla.

NRL round five snapshot

A close look at all the action from round five of the NRL.

DCE asks teammates to lift him to Origin

DALY CHERRY-EVANS of the Sea Eagles passes during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Manly Sea Eagles at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

If Manly string together some wins, Daly Cherry-Evans' chances of regaining his Queensland State of Origin jersey will only improve.

Panthers keep Eels winless in NRL

Parramatta had the best of the attacking opportunities but still couldn't get their first win of the NRL season against Penrith at ANZ Stadium.

Arrow stars as Titans upset Manly

JAI ARROW of the Titans charges forward during the NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Gold Coast Titans at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Jai Arrow has scored two tries to lead the Gold Coast to a 32-20 NRL win over Manly in Gladstone.

NRL backs refs to keep checking numbers

Referee MATT CECCHIN awards a penalty to the Sharks during the NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Melbourne Storm at Southern Cross Group Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Audio of referee Matt Cecchin checking "numbers" with his match-day coach has raised eyebrows, but the NRL wants the dialogue to continue.

Ponga enters Maroons Origin consideration

KALYN PONGA of the Cowboys is tackled by Jake Trbojevic of the Sea Eagles during the NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Manly Sea Eagles at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville, Australia.

Newcastle fullback Kalyn Ponga has entered Queensland State of Origin contention after starring in Saturday's 15-10 NRL win over Brisbane.

Broncos have lost confidence: Bennett

Coach WAYNE BENNETT of the Broncos answers questions at a press conference after the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett admits his side have lost confidence following their 15-10 loss to Newcastle on Saturday.

NRL won't act on Brown's Bennett sledge

Newcastle Knights coach NATHAN BROWN during a Newcastle Knights NRL pre-season training session at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

The NRL has refused to act after Newcastle coach Nathan Brown launched a vicious verbal attack at Brisbane counterpart Wayne Bennett.

Warriors showing their potential: Thurston

North Queensland co-captain Johnathan Thurston says the Warriors are starting to play to their potential, adding defensive strength to their attacking skills.

Brown takes aim at Bennett as Knights win

Newcastle Knights coach NATHAN BROWN during a Newcastle Knights NRL pre-season training session at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

Newcastle coach Nathan Brown has fired a vicious shot at Brisbane's Wayne Bennett following his side's 15-10 NRL win.

Warriors beat Cowboys for five in a row

The Warriors have repelled a North Queensland comeback to prevail 22-12 and extend their winning start to the NRL season to five matches.

Tigers kick off foundation in call to arms

Wests Tigers have launched their own foundation, allowing fans to donate money to the club's football department as well community and heritage programs.

Tigers spoil Bellamy's NRL milestone game

BENJI MARSHALL of the Broncos runs the ball during the 2017 Auckland Nines match at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand.

A Benji Marshall field goal has carried the Wests Tigers to an 11-10 win over Melbourne in Auckland.

Moses' gigantic task against NRL Panthers

MITCHELL MOSES of the Eels in action during the NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Parramatta half Mitchell Moses has the unenviable task of stopping Penrith giant Viliame Kikau in their NRL western Sydney derby.

Life's good again for Elgey at Titans

KANE ELGEY during a Gold Coast Titans NRL training session at Parkwood in Gold Coast, Australia.

Confidence player Kane Elgey is on an upward swing of form after he helped the Gold Coast beat Brisbane in the NRL, coach Garth Brennan said.

Sims puts his hand up for Origin

St George Illawarra back-rower Tariq Sims says he's ready to make the step up to the State of Origin arena this year.

McGregor holds tongue on obstruction call

Coach of the Dragons PAUL MCGREGOR looks on during the NRL trial match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and Hull at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor has held his tongue when asked about Nene MacDonald's controversial no-try in Friday's win over South Sydney.

Cronulla's clunkiness not due to changes

Coach SHANE FLANAGAN talks to his players during a Cronulla Sharks NRL training session at Remondis Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan says his misfiring attack is not a product of the side fielding five different spines in as many weeks.

Storm see touch of themselves in Warriors

CRAIG BELLAMY speaks to media during a Melbourne Storm NRL media announcement at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Storm coach Craig Bellamy says he has watched with pride how ex-Melbourne players and fitness coach Alex Corvo have helped turn around the struggling Warriors.

Dragons hold on after Souths NRL fightback

St George Illawarra have held off a South Sydney fightback to maintain their unbeaten start to the NRL season.

Roosters forwards power way to NRL victory

COOPER CRONK of the Roosters passes the ball during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Newcastle Knights at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney Roosters' forwards starred as they helped the NRL club to a 28-10 win over Cronulla at Southern Cross Group Stadium.

Tigers sack Milne for NRL drugs offence

The Wests Tigers have sacked outside back Taane Milne for a second strike under the NRL's illicit drugs policy.

Paul Green tightlipped on Cowboys future

Cowboys coach PAUL GREEN looks on before the start of the NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Brisbane Broncos at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville, Australia.

North Queensland's premiership-winning coach Paul Green is refusing to discuss his future at the Cowboys with his contract up at the end of the 2018 NRL season.

D-day looms for Storm NRL coach Bellamy

CRAIG BELLAMY speaks to media during a Melbourne Storm NRL media announcement at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

After 16 NRL seasons as Melbourne's head coach, Craig Bellamy says he's considering stepping back and taking on a part-time mentoring role in 2019.

Bulldogs performance my best: Sezer

AIDAN SEZER of the Raiders gets away from MATT MOYLAN of the Panthers during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Penrith Panthers at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Canberra five-eighth Aidan Sezer has agreed with coach Ricky Stuart that his performance against Canterbury was his best in three years for the Raiders.

Boyd not the new the Lockyer: Broncos

Coach WAYNE BENNETT of the Broncos answers questions at a press conference after the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett has ruled out switching Darius Boyd from fullback to five-eighth to inspire his mis-firing NRL side.

Thaiday won't be dropped from NRL: Broncos

SAM THAIDAY of the Broncos watches on during the 2017 NRL Finals Series Launch at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett has guaranteed he won't drop NRL veteran forward Sam Thaiday to the Queensland Cup.

History shows Cowboys NRL revival on again

Cowboys Coach PAUL GREEN looks on before the start of the NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Cronulla Sharks at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville, Australia.

History shows North Queensland's NRL run always kicks off in round five, with their performances over the opening month always at odds with the remaining weeks.

Bulldogs skipper Jackson facing NRL ban

JOSH JACKSON walks out for the New South Wales Blues State of Origin captain's run at Cbus Super Stadium o in Gold Coast, Australia.

Canterbury's miserable night in Canberra has worsened with captain Josh Jackson facing a ban, charged for a dangerous high tackle.

Coach Stuart proud of Raiders' courage

Raiders coach RICKY STUART watches on during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Canterbury Bulldogs at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Five days after blasting his players as "soft", Canberra coach Ricky Stuart says he has "never been prouder of an effort" after the Raiders' first 2018 NRL win.

Danger signs for Roosters NRL forwards

Roosters coach TRENT ROBINSON watches on during the Sydney Roosters NRL training session at Kippax Lake in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has refused to single out his forward pack but statistics show none of the Tri-colours big men are averaging 100m.

Rabbitohs keen to lock up Doueihi

ADAM DOUEIHI of Lebanon runs through to score a try during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Quarter Final match between Tonga and Lebanon at AMI Stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand.

South Sydney coach Anthony Seibold is keen to keep teenage star Adam Doueihi at Redfern, but he knows he may have a fight on his hands.

Canberra post first victory for NRL season

JACK WIGHTON of the Raiders runs the ball during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the St George Illawarra Dragons at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

A depleted Canberra have won their first game of the NRL season, defeating Canterbury 26-10 at GIO Stadium.

NRL fans banned over Inglis racism abuse

GREG INGLIS of the Rabbitohs watches the ball before scoring a try during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium in Australia.

Two fans have been indefinitely banned by the NRL for racially abusing Greg Inglis.

George Burgess to step up in Sam's absence

Twins George and Tom Burgess have been charged with filling the breach of their suspended brother Sam in Friday night's NRL stoush with St George Illawarra.

Moses not sorry for Eels teammate spray

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26: Mitchell Moses of the Eels in action during the round 12 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium on May 26, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Parramatta half Mitchell Moses says the on-field spray he delivered at NRL teammate Kenny Edwards was a reflection of his passion.

Fit-again Moylan ready to shine for Sharks

AIDAN SEZER of the Raiders gets away from MATT MOYLAN of the Panthers during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Penrith Panthers at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Star five-eighth Matt Moylan will return for Cronulla in Saturday's NRL clash with the Sydney Roosters at Southern Cross Group Stadium.

Souths move on from Burgess NRL suspension

Coach ANTHONY SEIBOLD looks on during a South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL training session at Redfern Oval in Sydney, Australia.

South Sydney coach Anthony Seibold says the Rabbitohs have moved on from Sam Burgess's suspension as they focus on toppling NRL leaders St George Illawarra.

Bronco Boyd back in business after fright

DARIUS BOYD of the Broncos is challenged by Blake Green of the Storm during the NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Brisbane captain Darius Boyd has opened up about the battle with mental illness and chronic hamstring issues that almost forced him to retire from the NRL.

McInnes learns from his mistakes at Souths

CAMERON MC INNES of the Dragons attempts to break away from the defence during NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Clive Berghofer Stadium in Toowoomba, Australia.

Cameron McInnes was meant to be a future South Sydney star but will now play against them armed with the lessons he learned from his struggles at the NRL club.

Reynolds to bring Souths key experience

ANGUS CRICHTON of the Rabbitohs during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canberra Raiders at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

South Sydney back-rower Angus Crichton says returning halfback Adam Reynolds will bring valuable NRL experience as they take on the unbeaten Dragons.

NRL round-five preview panel

A desperate Canberra host Canterbury to kick off round five of the NRL.

Boyd unaware of any Bennett-Walters rift

Coach KEVIN WALTERS calls out instructions to his players during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session at Sanctuary Cove in Brisbane, Australia.

Darius Boyd says he's unaware of any Wayne Bennett-Kevin Walters rift after Walters again quit as Brisbane assistant coach to focus on his Origin duties.

Vaughan rises from NSW Origin ashes

PAUL VAUGHAN of the Dragons looks to pass during the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Manly Sea Eagles at WIN Stadium in Wollongong, Australia.

Paul Vaughan continues to shine at St George Illawarra as other NSW contenders fall around him, including Matt Lodge being ruled out by coach Brad Fittler.

Broncos' McGuire wants new Oates NRL deal

JOSH MCGUIRE passes the ball during the Brisbane Broncos NRL training session in Brisbane, Australia.

Out-of-contract Corey Oates has received some big backing to stay with Brisbane, with NRL teammate Josh McGuire wanting him to re-sign.

Warriors' Johnson on track to face Cowboys

SHAUN JOHNSON of the Kiwis in action during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup match between the New Zealand Kiwis and Tonga at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Playmaker Shaun Johnson, having missed the Warriors' 30-6 NRL win over the Sydney Roosters with a groin injury, is tracking well to face North Queensland.

Burning questions for NRL round five

Five big questions leading into round five of the NRL season,

Bellamy in SOS for NRL refs over penalties

CRAIG BELLAMY speaks to media during a Melbourne Storm NRL media announcement at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Ahead of his 400th NRL game as coach, Melbourne's Craig Bellamy has held an extra session with referees to try to get on top of the ruck penalty crackdown.

Moses Mbye, Josh Morris fit for NRL Dogs

MOSES MBYE of the Bulldogs celebrates scoring the winning try during the NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Newcastle Knights at Belmore Sports Ground in Sydney, Australia.

Canterbury have confirmed Moses Mbye and Josh Morris will be fit to take on Canberra after overcoming NRL injuries.

No excuses for NRL Raiders despite probe

JARROD CROKER of the Raiders makes a run during the NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Canberra Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Canberra captain Jarrod Croker says it's business as usual at the NRL club despite an investigation involving fullback Jack Wighton.

Wests Tigers' bus filling for 2018 season

COREY THOMPSON of the Bulldogs breaks a tackle during the NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Sportingbet Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

The Wests Tigers have turned their squad into one of the most stable in the NRL after Corey Thompson re-signed with the club.

Munster is on track for Origin: Walters

CAMERON MUNSTER of the Storm is tackled during the NRL Qualifying Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the Parramatta Eels at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Queensland State of Origin coach Kevin Walters is confident Cameron Munster is back on track and heading for selection for game one in June at the MCG.

Burgess' plea over tough NRL call ignored

SAM BURGESS of the Rabbitohs looks to the replay screen during the round one NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the New Zealand Warriors at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia.

The NRL judiciary panel had been told to ignore a request from Sam Burgess' defence not to make a tough call on ball-carriers before handing him a two-game ban.

Qld must move past star Origin duo: Smith

CAMERON SMITH of Australia kicks during a 2017 Rugby League World Cup match at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Queensland State of Origin captain Cameron Smith says his team will get smashed by NSW if they dwell on the loss of stars Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk.

Keary's Roosters link helps NSW: Fittler

Nathan Peats speaks to City coach BRAD FITTLER during a City NSW Origin training session at Leichhardt Oval in Sydney, Australia.

NSW Origin coach Brad Fittler is convinced that Luke Keary is now true-blue and says his combination with Blues skipper Boyd Cordner is important.

Origin won't escape crackdown: Greenberg

NRL CEO TODD GREENBERG speaks during the 2018 NRL season launch at First Fleet Park in Sydney, Australia.

NRL boss Todd Greenberg says there won't be any exemptions from the referees crackdown on the ruck for Origin but he's confident players will adjust by then.

Key Warriors headline big-name NRL returns

SHAUN JOHNSON of the Kiwis in action during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup match between the New Zealand Kiwis and Tonga at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Shaun Johnson, Simon Mannering, Adam Reynolds, Matt Moylan, Josh Dugan, Dylan Walker and Corey Oates are among those set to return in round five of the NRL.

NRL to wait on Wighton police findings

JACK WIGHTON of the Raiders is tackled during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the St George Illawarra Dragons at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Canberra fullback Jack Wighton is being investigated by ACT Police over alleged involvement in a pre-season nightclub incident.

Burgess found guilty at NRL judiciary

WILL CHAMBERS of the Storm sgets tackled during the NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the North Queensland Cowboys at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

South Sydney star Sam Burgess has been suspended for two weeks at the NRL judiciary after being found guilty of dangerous contact.

Bulldogs not buying talk of 'soft' Raiders

Raiders coach RICKY STUART watches on during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Canterbury Bulldogs at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Canterbury are preparing for a round-five ambush in the NRL when they travel to a Canberra side labelled "soft" by their own coach Ricky Stuart.

Brooks' confidence grows under Cleary

Panthers coach IVAN CLEARY speaks to the media during a NRL Finals series press conference at Rugby League Central in Sydney, Australia.

Luke Brooks' confidence has grown rapidly in the past year under coach Ivan Cleary and it is showing in the Wests Tigers' 3-1 start to the NRL season.

Frustrated Arthur threatens to swing axe

Eels head coach BRAD ARTHUR talks to players during a Parramatta Eels NRL training session in Sydney, Australia.

Parramatta's NRL season is falling by the wayside and frustrated coach Brad Arthur says players need to be held accountable.

Tigers' winning ways continue over Eels

BENJI MARSHALL of the Broncos runs the ball during the 2017 Auckland Nines match at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Wests Tigers have embraced the most difficult draw to start the NRL season to sit fourth at the end of the opening month.

NRL round four snapshot

A look at the NRL action from round four.

Walker return to help Manly cover injuries

Dylan Walker is expected to be named to make his NRL comeback in the centres for Manly as they scramble to replace three injured players.

I'll be back before Origin

NATHAN CLEARY of the Panthers makes a run during the NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Penrith Panthers at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Injured Penrith playmaker Nathan Cleary says he hopes to return by NRL round 11, which would give him time to prove his fitness before State of Origin I.

Sam Burgess to contest NRL elbow charge

SAM BURGESS of the Rabbitohs is runs the ball during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Manly Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Sam Burgess has pleaded not guilty to raising his elbow at Josh Morris and risks being ruled out for two NRL rounds.

Storm's Finucane out with thumb fracture

Melbourne Storm lock Dale Finucane will be sidelined for at least the next month with a fractured thumb, hindering his hopes of a maiden Origin call-up.

Storm stuck in 2017 ruck rules: Slater

BILLY SLATER looks on during the Australian Kangaroos Rugby League World Cup training session at Langlands Park in Brisbane, Australia.

Melbourne veteran Billy Slater says the Storm's handling and discipline will be the focus this week after a disappointing NRL showing in their loss to Cronulla.

Foran puts body on the line for Bulldogs

KIERAN FORAN speaks to the media during a New Zealand Warriors NRL media session at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Canterbury half Kieran Foran says despite years of knocks taking their toll on his battered body, he has no thought of self-preservation in the NRL.

Poor ball control killing Broncos: Bennett

Coach WAYNE BENNETT of the Broncos answers questions at a press conference after the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane's attack will continue to flounder until the NRL side can address its ball control issues, coach Wayne Bennett says.

Knights see downside to marked improvement

MITCHELL PEARCE of the Knights warms up during the NRL Trial Match between the Newcastle Knights and the Parramatta Eels at Maitland No 1 Showground in Newcastle, Australia.

Rivals are no longer taking it easy against Newcastle and are arriving to face the Knights with far more intensity in 2018, according to coach Nathan Brown.

Dragons' key signs of change from 2017

New Dragons coach PAUL MCGREGOR watches over his players during a St George Illawarra Dragons NRL training session at WIN Stadium in Wollongong, Australia.

St George Illawarra are top of the NRL ladder early in the season for the second year in a row, but there are already indications 2018 will be different.

Cartwright overlooked in Titans triumph

Titans coach GARTH BRENNAN looks on before the NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Canberra Raiders at Cbus Super Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

Kane Elgey stepped up for the Titans, but with the game on the line coach Garth Brennan opted to keep star signing Bryce Cartwright on the bench.

Titans turn tables in big win over Broncos

Gold Coast have rebounded from a heavy loss to beat a flat Brisbane 26-14, with winger Phillip Sami crossing for three tries at Suncorp Stadium.

Devastated Moga suffers fourth ACL injury

Tautau Moga appears set to have a fourth season destroyed be a knee injury, after he was injured in Newcastle's loss to St George Illawarra.

Undefeated Dragons learn from past lessons

BEN HUNT passes the ball during a Brisbane Broncos NRL training session in Brisbane, Australia.

St George-Illawarra have gone undefeated for the opening month of the NRL season for the first time in their history, beating Newcastle 30-12.

Cowboys lose Jordan McLean for 12 weeks

JORDAN MCLEAN of the Melbourne Storm runs with the ball during the NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

North Queensland will be without forward Jordan McLean for 12 weeks due to a foot injury which requires surgery.

Coaches stick up for embattled NRL refs

Tigers coach IVAN CLEARY looks on before the start of the NRL trial match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Wests Tigers at Barlow Park in Cairns, Australia.

Wests Tigers' Ivan Cleary is the latest coach to leap to the defence of the under-fire NRL referees.

NSW declare Trbojevic an Origin certainty

Nathan Peats speaks to City coach BRAD FITTLER during a City NSW Origin training session at Leichhardt Oval in Sydney, Australia.

NSW coach Brad Fittler says he's certain to pick Tom Trbojevic to make his State of Origin debut this year.

Jarryd Hayne to miss month of NRL action

JARRYD HAYNE takes part in a Parramatta Eels NRL pre-season training session at Old Saleyards Reserve in Sydney, Australia.

Parramatta outside back Jarryd Hayne is set to miss the next three to four NRL rounds with a hip injury.

Marshall cleared to take on Eels in NRL

BENJI MARSHALL of the Broncos runs the ball during the 2017 Auckland Nines match at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand.

Wests Tigers five-eighth Benji Marshall has been cleared of an ankle injury and will take on Parramatta at ANZ Stadium.

T-Rex ready to fire again with Parramatta

TONY WILLIAMS of the Bulldogs runs the ball during the NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Manly Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Tony Williams believes he can return to his best in the NRL at Parramatta if he can finally find some luck with injuries.

Tom Trbojevic set to miss two NRL matches

Manly's Tom Trbojevic will miss two weeks with an ankle injury, but Curtin Sironen and Kelepi Tanginoa have been ruled out for the season.

Raiders desperate after Ricky's spray

Ricky Stuart has left Canberra with no doubts as to his opinion of their loss to Manly, and captain Jarrod Croker says they have no choice but to respond.

Cap drama drained Manly, admits Barrett

Manly coach Trent Barrett says he and captain Daly Cherry-Evans were drained by the NRL club's salary cap scandal, but it didn't show against Canberra.

Robinson denies Roosters clocked off

Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has dismissed claims his side clocked off in their loss the Warriors due to the absence of Shaun Johnson.

Green rockets into NSW Origin contention

Warriors playmaker Blake Green has rocketed into NSW State of Origin reckoning.