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Canberra NRL rookie re-signs until 2023

Canberra rookie Bailey Simonsson has been rewarded for a breakout NRL season with a contract extension until the end of 2023. Simonsson has played 19 matches in his debut campaign and has often been used to plug holes in the injury-struck Raiders backline. The 21-year-old has been primarily used as a winger...

Drama doesn't always make refs wrong: NRL

NRL head of football Graham Annesley concedes his referees are sometimes on a hiding to nothing but insists not all controversial decisions are wrong ones. The NRL's officials are again in the spotlight headed into the third week of the finals, after four players were sin-binned in last weekend's two semi-finals. Annesley...

Gallen doesn't want Lodge as NRL captain

Former troubled footballer Matt Lodge should not be allowed to captain any side in the NRL after his infamous 2015 New York attack, Cronulla great Paul Gallen says. Lodge is reportedly in the mix to take over the Brisbane reins in 2020 after coach Anthony Seibold put a broom through his...

Banned coach Flanagan ready for NRL return

Reinstated coach Shane Flanagan says he will "definitely" return to former NRL club Cronulla but can't see it happening any time soon. Flanagan is tipped to make a comeback as St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor's deputy next year after the NRL recently confirmed the ex-Sharks mentor is eligible for registration...

Slater urges Papenhuyzen to forget Tedesco

Retired superstar Billy Slater says Melbourne's rookie fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen needs to forget he's playing against Sydney Roosters ace James Tedesco in Saturday's NRL preliminary final. Slater squared off with Tedesco in last year's grand final - his final game before retirement - with the Roosters No.1 then taking over the...

Stuart praises Bennett ahead of NRL prelim

Canberra coach Ricky Stuart has praised South Sydney mentor Wayne Bennett ahead of their NRL preliminary final on Friday. Stuart and Bennett's fierce rivalry goes back 30 years but the former had plenty of praise for the seven-time premiership coach on Monday. The Rabbitohs had to dig deep against Manly last week...

Storm not fearing fortress SCG

The Sydney Roosters have turned the SCG into their fortress this year but Melbourne are harbouring no fear of the iconic venue heading into their NRL grand final qualifier. The Roosters will boast a massive home ground advantage during Saturday's preliminary final having gone unbeaten there over more than six months. Since...

Try a relief for Storm NRL flyer Addo-Carr

Melbourne flyer Josh Addo-Carr says scoring the opening try in the Storm's NRL semi-final romp against Parramatta had lifted a weight from his shoulders. Late in their qualifying final, Addo-Carr lost the ball while hitting it up near the tryline, with Canberra scooping it up for the match-winner to put the...
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