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Friend confident of making NRL grand final

Sydney Roosters hooker Jake Friend admits it will be a gamble to take the field in the NRL grand final after two months out but is bullish about being fit. Friend has missed the last 10 weeks with a fractured forearm and calf injury but is in line to play against...

Rooster Ruan Sims plays last NRLW game

Retiring Sydney Rooster Ruan Sims saved her best performance of the year for the first NRLW standalone game, but it wasn't enough as her side suffered a third defeat with a 24-16 loss to grand final-bound St George Illawarra. The veteran had struggled in the first two games but responded in...

Cronk reveals plan to beat nostalgia

If Cooper Cronk's bottom lip starts to quiver this week, his last in the NRL, he knows exactly what he's going to do. "If I feel myself getting nostalgic or a little bit emotional, I'll go have a look at a computer screen and focus on what I need to do,"...

Storm, Roosters battle for team of decade

After a decade of battling to be the NRL's best, just one point separates Melbourne and the Sydney Roosters. Saturday's preliminary final between the two great rivals at the SCG can be viewed as a battle to decide the best team of the 2010s. The ultimate grand final, not just for this...

Roosters boss slams "jealous" critics

Rarely one to step into the limelight, Sydney Roosters supremo Nick Politis has slammed the NRL club's "jealous" critics and claimed coach Trent Robinson may one day rival Jack Gibson. The Roosters chairman is considered one of the code's most powerful figures but also the most elusive, usually adopting a low...

NRL's Bennett reveals what makes him tick

South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett returned to Canberra this week, where his legendary career kick-started 32 years ago, looking to book a spot in a record-extending 10th grand final. Bennett's career outside of Brisbane club rugby league began at the Raiders in 1987 when alongside co-coach Don Furner he guided the...

Brisbane may lose fans over Lodge: Tallis

Brisbane great Gorden Tallis has warned fans will hand back their memberships if Matt Lodge is appointed Broncos captain. Debate is raging over Lodge after reports claimed the once-troubled prop has emerged as favourite to take over as skipper from Darius Boyd following the club's embarrassing NRL finals exit. The idea has...

Fletcher laments losing the NRL characters

Rugby league funny man Bryan Fletcher believes NRL players take themselves too seriously and wishes there were more characters like Sam Burgess in the game. Fletcher considers the outspoken South Sydney captain a breath of fresh air and says Burgess had every right comparing the NRL judiciary to "a kangaroo court"...
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