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Ponga's class 'scary' for NSW: Pearce

Mitchell Pearce says it's scary for NSW just how dangerous Newcastle teammate Kalyn Ponga can be in attack ahead of this year's State of Origin series.

Pearce wants Cleary picked again for NSW

Mitchell Pearce believes the criticism of Nathan Cleary has been unfair and the Penrith halfback should keep his old NSW No.7 State of Origin jersey.

Knights need more NRL history under Brown

Newcastle face the competition's three best teams in their next three games - and they haven't beaten any of them before under coach Nathan Brown.

Highlights from round 10 of NRL

Coach WAYNE BENNETT talks to his players during the Brisbane Broncos NRL training session in Brisbane, Australia.

All the highlights and lowlights from round 10 of the NRL.

McGregor threatens axe at NRL's Dragons

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 says players could be dropped after his side's 45-12 flogging at the hands of Newcastle.

PM disappointed as Manly down his Sharks

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.

The Prime Minister has left PointsBet Stadium disappointed after Manly defeated his cherished Cronulla 24-14 in their NRL encounter.

Battered Dragons expected to play de Belin

ELLIOT WHITEHEAD of the Raiders is tackeld by Jack De Belin of the Dragons during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the St George Illawarra Dragons at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Jack de Belin's failed Federal Court challenge of the NRL's no-fault policy could have distracted St George Illawarra, coach Paul McGregor concedes.

Pearce builds Origin case in Knights 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.

Mitchell Pearce made his case to be a NSW bolter as he helped Newcastle to a 45-12 flogging of St George Illawarra in the NRL.

NSW Blues can't pick same halves: Bennett

JAMES MALONEY of the Panthers lines up for a conversion during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Penrith Panthers at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

Wayne Bennett says NSW cannot pick out-of-form halves Nathan Cleary and James Maloney for the State of Origin opener on June 5.

Parramatta coach won't blame individuals

GEORGE JENNINGS of the Eels runs the ball during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Parramatta Eels at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Parramatta are likely to drop out of the NRL's top eight after their 17-10 loss to North Queensland, but coach Brad Arthur refuses to blame individual players.

Scott puts hand up for Qld Maroons recall

MATTHEW SCOTT of the Cowboys looks on during the NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Gold Coast Titans at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville, Australia.

North Queensland veteran Matt Scott has put his hand up for a Queensland Origin recall after starring in the Cowboys' 17-10 win over Parramatta.

Titans' NRL coach refuses to blame Taylor

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 refused to blame Ash Taylor for the Titans' worst NRL season start despite admitting the No.7 is a 'work in progress'.

Souths beat Canberra to top NRL ladder

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.

South Sydney are on top of the NRL table after recording a hard-fought 16-12 win over the Raiders in Canberra.

Blunder gifts Cowboys NRL win over Eels

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

North Queensland have come from behind to score a 17-10 NRL win over Parramatta to compound the Eels' problems.

Dragons out to ditch faders tag in NRL

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

Heading into Sunday's NRL clash with Newcastle, St George Illawarra are out to arrest their alarming trend of costly second-half fade outs.

Heat turned up on Titans NRL coach Brennan

Kieran Foran of the Bulldogs runs the ball during the NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium on Sydney, Australia.

The heat is on coach Garth Brennan with Gold Coast letting another game slip, Canterbury pulling off a remarkable 22-16 come-from-behind NRL win.

Kiwi rugby league legend Pongia dies

Former Canberra and New Zealand forward Quentin Pongia has died from cancer aged 48.

Maloney charged, Origin dream burst

JAMES MALONEY of the Panthers lines up for a conversion during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Penrith Panthers at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

Penrith playmaker James Maloney's hopes of retaining his NSW Origin jumper appear over after he was charged by the NRL match review committee.

Walker hyped for NRL return against Sharks

ANDREW FIFITA warms up during the Tonga Rugby League World Cup Semi Final Captain's Run at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Dylan Walker will make his first NRL appearance in 260 days when he runs out for Manly against Cronulla on Sunday.

Roosters dismiss Mitchell fitness concerns

LATRELL MITCHELL of the Roosters scores a try during the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Sydney Roosters and the North Queensland Cowboys at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Coach Trent Robinson says Latrell Mitchell is not still hampered by a groin complaint despite a muted display in the Sydney Roosters' NRL loss to Brisbane.

Bronco Haas stakes NSW Origin claim

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

Prop Payne Haas has staked a NSW State of Origin claim by inspiring Brisbane's 15-10 NRL upset over ladder leaders Sydney Roosters on Friday night.

Warriors coach Kearney hails Nikorima

KODI NIKORIMA of the Kiwis in action during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup match between the New Zealand Kiwis and Samoa at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Warriors are two wins from as many games since the surprise mid-season arrival of five-eighth Kodi Nikorima from Brisbane.

Panthers have hit rock bottom: Cleary

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

Penrith have hit rock bottom - figuratively and literally - after slumping to their sixth straight NRL defeat on Friday night.

De Belin, RLPA consider challenging NRL

ELLIOT WHITEHEAD of the Raiders is tackeld by Jack De Belin of the Dragons during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the St George Illawarra Dragons at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

The Rugby League Players Association could challenge the NRL's "no- fault" rules under the collective bargaining agreement after Jack de Belin's legal setback.

Haas sparks Broncos to NRL upset win

BOYD CORDNER of the Roosters looks dejected after defeat in the NRL match between the St George Illawara Dragons and Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Teenage prop Payne Haas has inspired Brisbane's 15-10 upset NRL win over ladder leaders Sydney Roosters at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

Warriors heap more NRL misery on Panthers

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.

The Warriors have beaten Penrith 30-10 to hand the Panthers their sixth NRL loss in a row.

Beattie survives test of ARL leadership

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

ARLC chairman Peter Beattie has survived a test of his leadership after Jack de Belin's Federal Court case against the NRL was dismissed.

Key quotes from the Jack de Belin case

JACK DE BELIN poses during the New South Wales Blues State of Origin media opportunity at Salt Beach in Kingscliff, Australia.

The key quotes from the major players following Jack de Belin's unsuccessful legal action against the NRL and ARL Commission.

Dragons throw welfare behind Jack de Belin

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

St George Illawarra say they are worried for Jack de Belin's welfare after his case against the NRL and ARL Commission was dismissed in the Federal Court.

Bennett says he'd pick Roberts for Blues

Coach WAYNE BENNETT talks to his players during the Brisbane Broncos NRL training session in Brisbane, Australia.

Souths coach Wayne Bennett said he'd pick James Roberts to play for NSW despite the embattled Brisbane star getting dropped to reserve grade.

Green wants more from capricious Cowboys

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 says it's not do-or-die time yet in the NRL but his team's confidence is in need of a boost.

Storm's Welch avoids serious knee injury

CHRISTIAN WELCH of the Storm is tackled during the NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Melbourne Storm at Lottoland in Sydney, Australia.

Melbourne's Christian Welch has been cleared of a serious knee injury after the initial diagnosis was an ACL injury suffered in their NRL win over West Tigers.

'Disgruntled' Raiders out to prove a point

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 says his NRL teams isn't over-achieving but rather finally playing to its potential.

Testing times for Titans coach Brennan

Head Coach GARTH BRENNAN looks on during a Gold Coast Titans NRL training session at Parkwood in Gold Coast, Australia.

Gold Coast are desperate to end a frustrating run of losses and move away from the bottom of the NRL ladder with a win over Canterbury on Saturday.

Papenhuyzen puts hand up as Storm fullback

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.

Melbourne youngster Ryan Papenhuyzen has put his hand up to wear the No.1 Storm jersey full-time with a big game in his first NRL start.

De Belin future uncertain after court loss

JACK DE BELIN poses during the New South Wales Blues State of Origin media opportunity at Salt Beach in Kingscliff, Australia.

St George Illawarra back-rower Jack de Belin's NRL playing future is up in the air after he lost his bid to be reinstated in the Federal Court.

Seibold backs Shibasaki for NRL challenge

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

Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold has backed Gehamat Shibasaki to meet the challenge of marking Latrell Mitchell in their NRL clash with the Sydney Roosters.

Yeo delays surgery until NRL off-season

Penrith second-rower Isaah Yeo feared his season was over when he went down awkwardly in their round-nine loss to Canberra.

Storm's Welch suffers serious knee injury

CHRISTIAN WELCH of the Storm is tackled during the NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Melbourne Storm at Lottoland in Sydney, Australia.

Melbourne Storm's Christian Welch's hopes of playing State of Origin have taken a hit with the prop appearing to suffer a serious knee injury.

Warriors lose injured hooker Roache in NRL

ISSAC LUKE of the Warriors passes the ball out during the NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Wests Tigers at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

A back injury has ruled Warriors hooker Nathaniel Roache out of their NRL match against Penrith and may throw a lifeline to an out-of-sorts Issac Luke.

Inglis ruling gives Souths $1m cap relief

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

South Sydney will have approximately $1 million spare in their salary cap over the next 18 months after the NRL made its ruling on Greg Inglis' retirement.

Legal D-Day looms for Jack de Belin, NRL

JACK DE BELIN poses during the New South Wales Blues State of Origin media opportunity at Salt Beach in Kingscliff, Australia.

Stood down St George Illawarra forward Jack de Belin will on Friday learn if his Federal Court case against the NRL and ARL Commission has been successful.

Bulldogs lament familiar injury to Elliott

Adam Elliott has succumbed to the same ankle injury that sidelined Kieran Foran, to the annoyance of Canterbury NRL coach Dean Pay.

I can still play at Origin level: Morris

JOSH MORRIS of the Bulldogs runs the ball during the NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadiumin Sydney, Australia.

Former NSW centre Josh Morris will have no hesitation picking up if State of Origin coach Brad Fittler calls him to come out of representative retirement.

Tupou ruled out for Chooks against Broncos

DANIEL TUPOU of the Roosters runs the ball during the NRL Trial match between the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles and Sydney Roosters at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia.

Sydney Roosters winger Daniel Tupou has been ruled out of Friday's NRL match against Brisbane with a neck injury.

NRL door not closed on Roberts: Seibold

JAMES ROBERTS in action during a New South Wales State of Origin training session at Coogee Oval in Sydney, Australia.

Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold insists the NRL selection door is not closed to James Roberts but has given little away on how the centre can re-open it.

I don't axe Kangaroos lightly: Cleary

REAGAN CAMPBELL-GILLARD poses before a New South Wales State of Origin training session at Coogee Oval in Sydney, Australia.

Penrith coach Ivan Cleary says he does not have a time frame in mind for Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Josh Mansour's return to first grade.

Improved Broncos wary of NRL leaders

JAMES SEGEYARO catches the ball during a PNG Kumuls Rugby League World Cup captain's run in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Coach Anthony Seibold says an improved Brisbane aren't getting ahead of themselves before taking on NRL ladder leaders Sydney Roosters at Suncorp Stadium.

Origin ultimatum set for Cherry-Evans

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 told Queensland coach Kevin Walters he is aiming to make a return from injury for Manly next week.

Storm escape with tight win over Tigers

Coach of the Storm CRAIG BELLAMY looks on during a Melbourne Storm Training Session at Gosch's Paddock in Melbourne, Australia.

A 77th minute try to Will Chambers has given Melbourne a 24-22 win over West Tigers in their NRL clash at AAMI Park.

Luke Keary focused on Roosters, not Origin

LUKE KEARY of the Roosters takes the ball during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Brisbane Broncos at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

He's the hot favourite to win a State of Origin debut for NSW next month, but Sydney Roosters star Luke Keary says he's focused only on his NRL club form.

Gutherson re-signs with Eels until 2022

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.

The Parramatta-Clint Gutherson contract saga is over after confirmation he's re-signed for another three years.

Jake Turpin ready to meet NRL challenge

JAMES SEGEYARO of the Sharks attempts to break through the defence during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Cronulla Sharks at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold says hooker Jake Turpin and halfback Tom Dearden have to step up if they are a chance of an NRL upset over Sydney Roosters.

Brandy's passionate defence of Panthers

Penrith legend and Blues selector Greg Alexander is furious about criticism of the Panthers' out-of-form NSW halves James Maloney and Ivan Cleary.

George Burgess coy on NRL future at Souths

GEORGE BURGESS of the Rabbitohs is tackled during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

South Sydney and England prop George Burgess is unsure whether he will see out his NRL career as a one club player at South Sydney.

Murray hopes skill trumps size for Origin

South Sydney's Cameron Murray says while he can't match the NSW Origin incumbent backrowers for size he's hoping to use his skills to earn a call-up.

Smith saga adds to Origin theatre: Walters

Coach KEVIN WALTERS gives directions during the Brisbane Broncos NRL training session in Brisbane, Australia.

Queensland coach Kevin Walters has named Jake Granville and Ben Hunt as options to answer their hooking crisis for State of Origin this year.

Dumped Roberts in NSW contention: Fittler

JAMES ROBERTS in action during a New South Wales State of Origin training session at Coogee Oval in Sydney, Australia.

Incumbent NSW State of Origin centre James Roberts could still be picked for game one despite being dropped to reserve grade.

Cowboys halves a work in progress: Morgan

MICHAEL MORGAN of Australia makes a line break during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup match between Australian Kangaroos and France at Canberra Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Michael Morgan will step up his game to help new North Queensland halves partner John Asiata but won't attempt another banana kick any time soon.

Jack de Belin to learn NRL fate on Friday

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

St George Illawarra and NSW forward Jack de Belin will learn if his legal action against the NRL and ARL Commission has been successful on Friday.

NRL round 10 preview panel

The preview panel for round 10 of the NRL.

D-day is looming on Eels offer: Gutherson

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 captain Clint Gutherson says he will make a decision on his NRL playing future in the coming week.

Tardy Blake out to make amends for Penrith

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 has copped last week's axing on the chin and is keen to make amends against the Warriors on Friday.

Improving Maumalo lauded by Warriors coach

KEN MAUMALO of the Warriors offloads the ball during the NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the New Zealand Warriors at AMI Stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Ken Maumalo's attacking numbers in the NRL are through the roof, but Warriors coach Stephen Kearney is most impressed by his all-round improvements.

Origin last thing on Milford's mind

ANTHONY MILFORD of the Broncos passes the ball during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Sydney Roosters at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

His NRL coach may have endorsed him as Queensland's bench utility but Brisbane playmaker Anthony Milford says a Maroons recall is the last thing on his mind.

Raiders adopting Wayne's world in Canberra

JOSH HODGSON of the Canberra Raiders reacts during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Melbourne Storm at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Canberra co-captain Josh Hodgson has drawn comparisons between coaches Wayne Bennett and Ricky Stuart, who meet in the NRL this weekend.

Bellamy warns Storm of Tiger NRL threat

Coach of the Storm CRAIG BELLAMY looks on during a Melbourne Storm Training Session at Gosch's Paddock in Melbourne, Australia.

Craig Bellamy says Melbourne's NRL clash with Wests Tigers will be a much tighter contest than the Storm's last round romp over Parramatta.

Munster 'more than happy' to captain Qld

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 Storm five-eighth Cameron Munster could become of the least experienced players to captain Queensland in State of Origin history.

Tigers pair edge closer to NRL return

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.

Chris Lawrence and Josh Reynolds could be two weeks away from returning to NRL action for the Wests Tigers.

Broncos youngsters eager to match Roosters

JARED WAEREA-HARGREAVES of the Roosters is tackled during the NRL Qualifying Final match between the Sydney Roosters and the Cronulla Sharks at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Brisbane's young pack is out to prove its credentials when it faces the experienced forwards of NRL premiers Sydney Roosters this Friday.

Skipper Pearce proud of Knights revival

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.

Newcastle skipper Mitchell Pearce admits he became sour during the team's five-match NRL slump but never doubted they would emerge from it.

George Williams tipped to thrive in NRL

RYAN SUTTON is tackled during Hull FC v Wigan Warriors in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup at Wembley Stadium in London

Canberra are looking to make international rugby league halfback George Williams the fifth Englishman on their books.

Allan key for Souths after Johnston injury

ALEX JOHNSTON of the Rabbitohs runs with the ball during the NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

South Sydney fullback Alex Johnston is believed to be out for a month of the NRL season after undergoing knee surgery.

Eels extend coach Arthur's NRL contract

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

Coach Brad Arthur has signed a new two-year deal that will keep him at the helm of Parramatta until the end of the 2021 NRL season.

Penrith will be a hornets nest: 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 anticipate they'll face a Penrith side reeking of desperation to revive their woeful start to the NRL season.

Cleary game plan not the problem: Maloney

JAMES MALONEY of the Panthers lines up for a conversion during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Penrith Panthers at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

Penrith's 117 total points so far this year is the second worst in the NRL so far this season, just three less than bottom-placed Canterbury.

Brooks entering NRL prime: Maguire

Tigers players celebrate a try by LUKE BROOKS during the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Wests Tigers playmaker Luke Brooks is currently fourth in the league in try assists and first in defensive line engagements.

Sea Eagles welcome Walker 'leadership'

MOSES SULI of the Tigers is tackled during the NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Gold Coast Titans at Campbelltown Sports Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Controversial Manly star Dylan Walker is set to make a return after being sidelined by the NRL's no-fault stand down policy for the opening nine rounds.

Raiders tip in-form Wighton for Origin

JORDAN RAPANA of the Raiders offloads during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Sydney Roosters at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Canberra playmaker Jack Wighton has made a successful switch from fullback to five-eighth this NRL season and could play his way onto the NSW Origin bench.

Ponga learning from Tedesco tapes

KALYN PONGA of the Knights in action during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Penrith Panthers at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

Kalyn Ponga admits studying the game of rival fullback James Tedesco has improved his game ahead of a likely State of Origin battle.

NRL to build on Magic Round numbers

The NRL will look for ways to keep Magic Round fresh with the initiative being hailed a success after its Brisbane debut.

Mitchell challenge excites Bronco Oates

Brisbane winger Corey Oates is excited to see what the Broncos can do when they face a Latrell Mitchell-inspired Sydney Roosters on Friday.

Arthur to sign new Eels' NRL deal: report

Brad Arthur will reportedly sign a two-year contract extension at Parramatta, while the NRL club has given captain Clint Gutherson an ultimatum on his future.

Knights eye off rare top-eight NRL berth

Knights coach NATHAN BROWN speaks at the post match media conference at the end of during the NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Newcastle Knights at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville, Australia.

Newcastle haven't moved into the top eight this deep into a NRL season since last making the finals in 2013.

Brennan saves best Titans serve for sheds

Head Coach GARTH BRENNAN looks on during a Gold Coast Titans NRL training session at Parkwood in Gold Coast, Australia.

Gold Coast coach Garth Brennan's press conference serve for his players following NRL defeat against Cronulla had nothing on his dressing room spray.

Gorman to lead Manly centre of excellence

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles CEO LYALL GORMAN looks on during the NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at Leichhardt Oval in Sydney, Australia.

Manly chief executive Lyall Gorman has become the CEO of the Sea Eagles' centre of excellence project, the club announced on Monday.

Pearce knock-on confirmed by NRL

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.

NRL head of football Graham Annesley will review referees Matt Cecchin and Tim Roby following their efforts in Newcastle's defeat of the Bulldogs.

Scans confirm foot break for Storm's Scott

CURTIS SCOTT of the Storm during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Melbourne's Curtis Scott is facing three months on the sidelines, with scans confirming the NRL player has a fracture in his foot.

Broncos NRL move a dream for Segeyaro

JAMES SEGEYARO catches the ball during a PNG Kumuls Rugby League World Cup captain's run in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

A boyhood Brisbane fan, James Segeyaro still cannot quite believe he's signed for the NRL club.

Eels plan for biggest league HQ in country

Parramatta will move their NRL headquarters to Kellyville in Sydney's north-west after securing $15 million in bipartisan federal funding.

Panthers need to re-find love: Alexander

Penrith legend Greg Alexander has questioned the commitment of some of this year's crop of Panthers after their 2-7 start to the NRL season.

NRL clears Manly's Dylan Walker to return

PETER BEATTIE talks to media during the Commonwealth Games 'One Year To Go' World Press Briefing in Gold Coast, Australia.

ARL Commission chairman Peter Beattie has backed the NRL's no-fault stand down policy as Manly's Dylan Walker was given the green light to return to action.

Roberts' Broncos NRL exile to continue

JAMES SEGEYARO of the Sharks attempts to break through the defence during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Cronulla Sharks at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane centre James Roberts has trained with the club's reserves and appears unlikely for an NRL recall despite Jack Bird's knee injury.

Eels winger suspended for one NRL game

JARED WAEREA-HARGREAVES of the Roosters is tackled during the NRL Qualifying Final match between the Sydney Roosters and the Cronulla Sharks at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Parramatta winger Maika Sivo will miss the Eels' NRL clash with North Queensland after taking the early plea for a high tackle.

Bennett coy on Rabbitohs' NSW claims

DAMIEN COOK of the Rabbitohs in action during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canberra Raiders at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia.

Wayne Bennett has tried to play down his South Sydney players' NSW claims before giving his stars a huge rap after their 32-16 NRL win over North Queensland.

Origin may hamper Roosters: Bennett

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

Wayne Bennett has hinted that NRL rivals Sydney Roosters may not regain their mojo after the State of Origin period despite setting the early benchmark.

Bennett hails '10 out of 10' Suncorp pitch

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 has rated the Suncorp Stadium surface "10 out of 10" despite a staggering injury toll at the NRL Magic Round.

NRL clubs count Magic Round injury costs

Sydney Roosters coach TRENT ROBINSON speaks to the media during the NRL Grand Final press conference at the SCG in Sydney, Australia.

Some of the NRL's biggest names have suffered injuries over the weekend during the NRL's Magic Round at Suncorp Stadium.

What happened in NRL round nine

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

A closer look at the key moments of round nine in the NRL from the first ever Magic Round at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium.

NRL Magic Round hailed a success

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

The NRL's inaugural Magic Round has been hailed a success after 134,677 fans filed through Suncorp Stadium over four days.

Cook sparks Souths' NRL win over Cowboys

DAMIEN COOK of the Rabbitohs in action during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canberra Raiders at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia.

Hooker Damien Cook has put on a clinic to inspire South Sydney's 32-16 NRL Magic Round win over North Queensland at Suncorp Stadium.

Roosters fade but continue to set NRL pace

DANIEL TUPOU of the Roosters is tackled during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Sydney Roosters at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

The Sydney Roosters have been forced to fend off a late Canberra fightback in their 30-24 NRL Magic Round win at Suncorp Stadium.

Fittler mulls as NSW centre options fall

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 admits his right centre options are dwindling ahead of the State of Origin opener after a spate of injuries.

Pick DCE not Munster as Qld captain: Coyne

DALY CHERRY-EVANS of the Eagles in action during the 20 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Manly Sea Eagles at WIN Stadium in Wollongong, Australia.

Queensland great Mark Coyne says the Maroons must pick Daly Cherry-Evans and not Cameron Munster as skipper for the State of Origin series.

Eels must play for credibility : Sterling

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.

Parramatta should be playing for credibility, not contracts, after being humbled 64-10 by Melbourne in their NRL Magic Round clash, Peter Sterling says.

Eels rookie Sivo facing 1-2 game ban

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

Parramatta winger Maika Sivo must change his tackling technique after his second high shot in as many weeks, ARL Commission member Mark Coyne says.

No excuses or explanation for Eels loss

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

Parramatta coach Brad Arthur has offered no excuses but also could not provide any explanation for their 64-10 NRL thumping from Melbourne at Suncorp Stadium.

Storm have ready-made No.1 replacement

CURTIS SCOTT of the Storm during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Melbourne may have a ready made replacement for injured fullback Jahrome Hughes but the Storm are reeling after centre Curtis Scott's bittersweet NRL return.

Dragon Hunt overcomes NRL grand final pain

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

St George Illawarra halfback Ben Hunt has gotten over his 2015 NRL grand final blunder when the then Brisbane star handed the title to the Cowboys.

Cronk ponders landmark, NRL future

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

Cooper Cronk has enjoyed a trip down memory lane before his landmark 356th NRL game but is yet to confirm whether he will draw the curtain on his career.

Scott injured in Storm's NRL rout of Eels

CURTIS SCOTT of the Storm during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Curtis Scott has suffered a suspected broken foot in his NRL return for Melbourne who've thrashed Parramatta 64-10 in the Magic Round clash at Suncorp Stadium.

Dragons suffer another NRL fade out

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 admitted he was worried after his side suffered another second-half fade out in their 26-18 NRL loss to the Warriors.

Hunt error sinks Dragons against Warriors

ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK of the Warriors looks to pass the ball during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the New Zealand Warriors at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Warriors fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has starred in his side's 26-18 comeback NRL win over St George Illawarra to break a four-game losing streak.

Pearce looking forward as Knights rise

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.

Not distracted by events earlier in the week, Mitchell Pearce has simplified things at Newcastle to put them within one win of the NRL's top eight.

Knights hold on for third-straight 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.

Mitchell Pearce has led Newcastle to a third-straight NRL victory, the Knights outplaying Canterbury 22-10 in Brisbane.

Souths clash an Origin audition for Cowboy

JAKE GRANVILLE of the Cowboys runs the ball during the 2017 NRL Grand Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

North Queensland's Jake Granville can prove his State of Origin credentials against NSW rake Damien Cook in Sunday's NRL clash against South Sydney.

Coach dampens Souths fans' early NRL hopes

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

Coach Wayne Bennett is delighted with South Sydney's NRL season start but says there's a long way to go before any talk of a premiership.

Rabbitohs rule out signing Roberts

JAMES ROBERTS in action during a New South Wales State of Origin training session at Coogee Oval in Sydney, Australia.

South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett says the NRL club is not in the market to sign Brisbane centre James Roberts.

Broncos' Bird ruled out for NRL season

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 centre Jack Bird has been ruled out for the remainder of the NRL season after rupturing his ACL in the Broncos' defeat of Manly.

Mitchell primed to fire again: Robinson

LATRELL MITCHELL of the Roosters scores a try during the NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Sydney Roosters at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Latrell Mitchell is primed to back up from his last round demolition of Wests Tigers in Sunday's NRL clash with Canberra, according to his coach Trent Robinson.

Hasler welcomes Walker's Manly NRL return

DYLAN WALKER of the Sea Eagles in action during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Penrith Panthers at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Manly coach Des Hasler is hopeful star Dylan Walker receives the all clear to make an NRL return after being found not guilty of domestic violence charges.

Broncos savour Segeyaro's NRL signing

JAMES SEGEYARO catches the ball during a PNG Kumuls Rugby League World Cup captain's run in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold has guaranteed ex-Cronulla hooker James Segeyaro a spot in his 17 while Andrew McCullough is sidelined.

Roberts no guarantee to replace Bird

JAMES ROBERTS of the Broncos passes the ball during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold has given no guarantee of an immediate recall for James Roberts despite losing centre Jack Bird with a knee injury.

No more Mr Nice Guy for Panthers' Cleary

NATHAN CLEARY of the Panthers kicks during the NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Pepper Stadium Sydney, Australia.

Penrith halfback Nathan Cleary admits the Panthers playing squad let their standards slide which has contributed to their woeful start to the NRL season.

Bird hurt in Broncos' NRL win over Manly

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

Brisbane have paid a heavy price for their 26-10 NRL win over Manly at Suncorp Stadium with star centre Jack Bird suffering a suspected season ending injury.

Panthers make Origin plea for halves

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.

Penrith coach Ivan Cleary says halves James Maloney and Nathan Cleary shouldn't be dropped by NSW because of the Panthers' poor start to the NRL season.

Panthers hit crisis after Tigers flogging

The Wests Tigers have run out 30-4 winners in a dominant display over Penrith during their Magic Round clash at Suncorp Stadium on Friday.

Segeyaro linked to NRL move to Broncos

JAMES SEGEYARO of the Sharks attempts to break through the defence during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Cronulla Sharks at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane have reportedly secured James Segeyaro until the end of the 2019 season after the hooker was granted a release from Cronulla.

Ferguson to lift Eels against Melbourne

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.

Parramatta coach Brad Arthur is confident the Eels will lift and celebrate winger Blake Ferguson's 200th game in their NRL Magic Round clash with Melbourne.

Nikorima turns over new leaf with Warriors

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.

New Warriors half Kodi Nikorima says playmaking partner Blake Green can help get the best out of him.

Not guilty Walker set for NRL return

DYLAN WALKER of the Sea Eagles in action during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Penrith Panthers at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Manly's Dylan Walker is expected to make his return to the NRL in next Sunday's clash with Cronulla after he was found not guilty of domestic violence charges.

NRL CEOs divided on wildcard weekend

NRL club bosses are split on a proposal to introduce a wildcard weekend to the finals, with a decision unlikely until July.

NRL finals heading back to suburbs

Sydney's stadium rebuilds have led to the NRL lifting a ban on holding finals at suburban grounds.

Demons' bad start no indicator for Suns

SAM COLLINS of the Suns looks to pass the ball during the AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Gold Coast Suns at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia.

Forget their ladder positions or Melbourne's underwhelming start to the 2019 AFL season, Gold Coast are preparing for a fired-up opponent on Saturday.

Bulldog Napa drawing Magic Round crowd

Dylan Napa of the Roosters looks dejected as he watches on during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Brisbane Broncos at Allianz Stadium.

Canterbury prop Dylan Napa has plenty to play for when the Bulldogs clash with Newcastle in Brisbane as part of the NRL's Magic Round.

Brisbane return special for Souths star

CODY WALKER of the Rabbitohs is tackled during the NRL Semi Final match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Seven years ago Cody Walker was catching a bus from work to footy training in Brisbane's suburbs. Now he's an NRL superstar getting ready for Magic Round.

Gallen gets last laugh at Suncorp Stadium

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.

Former NSW skipper Paul Gallen has enjoyed the last laugh at what looms as his final game at Suncorp Stadium, inspiring Cronulla's NRL win over Gold Coast.

Peachey feeling pressure after Titans loss

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

Tyrone Peachey is under pressure to keep his NSW spot after his late ill discipline all but gifted Cronulla a 26-18 NRL win over Gold Coast Titans.

Benji back to marshal Wests past Newcastle

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 has played just three NRL games for the West Tigers this season, but he makes a welcome return for the Magic Round clash with Newcastle.

Boyd an easy target says Broncos coach

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

Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold has defended under-fire captain Darius Boyd, saying he is an easy target for critics.

Injuries can't stop Cronulla NRL win

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.

Despite more injury woes Cronulla has grabbed a come from behind 26-18 NRL win over Gold Coast to kick off Magic Round at Suncorp Stadium.

De Belin to learn NRL fate next week

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

The judgment in Jack De Belin's Federal Court case against the ARL Commission and NRL will be handed down next week.

Bulldogs coach Dean Pay swings the axe

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.

The Bulldogs have dropped Lachlan Lewis, Kerrod Holland and Rhyse Martin for their NRL clash against Newcastle on Saturday.

Kikau's magical NRL return boosts Panthers

VILIAME KIKAU of the Panthers is tackled during the NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Penrith Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Penrith back-rower Viliame Kikau is set to take his place in the Panthers' side for Friday night's Magic Round NRL clash with the Wests Tigers.

Raiders NRL star Leilua out for 12 weeks

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.

Joey Leilua has a neck injury that is expected to sideline the Canberra centre for most of the NRL's regular season.

Dropped Scott wanted at Storm: Bellamy

CURTIS SCOTT of the Storm during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy says the NRL integrity unit has confirmed they are not investigating Curtis Scott.

Warriors banking on NRL lift from Nikorima

KODI NIKORIMA of the Kiwis in action during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup match between the New Zealand Kiwis and Samoa at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck hopes Kodi Nikorima can hit the ground running for a Warriors team becoming desperate after four straight losses.

Seibold backing youth to spark Broncos

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

In his quest to spark Brisbane's flagging NRL campaign, coach Anthony Seibold is hoping youth can ground high-flying Manly at Suncorp Stadium.

Dragons star Norman back in three weeks

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.

Corey Norman's fractured cheekbone will sideline him from Dragons NRL duty for three weeks, in a better result than the club were expecting.

Manly's Hasler brushes off his NRL critics

Bulldogs Coach, DES HASLER speaks to the media following the NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Manly coach Des Hasler has led the Sea Eagles to a promising NRL start in 2019, despite pre-season predictions of doom and gloom.

Roberts' NRL future is up to him: Seibold

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

Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold says whether James Roberts stays at the Broncos for the remainder of his contract is up to him.

Qld's McCullough to miss Origin opener

ANDREW MCCULLOUGH of the Broncos kicks the ball during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Sydney Roosters at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold has revealed a knee injury will sideline hooker Andrew McCullough for six weeks, ruling him out of the State of Origin opener.

Maroons send SOS call to retired Smith

CAMERON SMITH of the Storm passes the ball during a Melbourne Storm NRL training session at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Former Queensland skipper Cameron Smith has been urged to come out of retirement by the QRL for the upcoming State of Origin series.

My form doesn't warrant Origin call: Prior

REAGAN CAMPBELL-GILLARD poses before a New South Wales State of Origin training session at Coogee Oval in Sydney, Australia.

Cronulla front-rower Matt Prior admits his current form isn't worthy of a State of Origin recall, but says there's enough time to turn it around.

No more excuses for baby Broncos: Moore

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

Queensland Origin legend Billy Moore has challenged Brisbane's young brigade to pull the club out of their NRL slump when the Broncos host the Magic Round.

Lewis says Penrith must win or season over

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.

Former Penrith stalwart Luke Lewis says if the Panthers lose to the Wests Tigers this week in the Magic Round their NRL season is effectively over.

Titans and Sharks to kick off Magic Round

The NRL's inaugural Magic Round will kick off on Thursday with Gold Coast taking on Cronulla in the first of eight matches at Suncorp Stadium this weekend.

Broncos hit back over Magic promo no show

The Brisbane Broncos have defended their decision not to send a representative to an NRL Magic Round promotional event in the Brisbane city on Wednesday.

NRL refuses Magic Round drinking ban

ARL Commission chairman Peter Beattie says the NRL doesn't need to impose a drinking ban during this weekend's Magic Round in Brisbane.

Mini urges Latrell to stick with Roosters

LATRELL MITCHELL of the Roosters scores a try during the NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Sydney Roosters at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Former Sydney Roosters skipper Anthony Minichiello says Latrell Mitchell should stick with the Tri-Colours if he wants to get the most out of his NRL career.

Canberra keen to add fifth England star

The Canberra Raiders are trying to sign a fifth England international, George Williams, to their roster for next NRL season.

Napa always brings best out of me: Klemmer

DAVID KLEMMER of the Bulldogs in action during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Canterbury Bulldogs at MJS in Newcastle, Australia.

David Klemmer will face former NRL club Canterbury for the first time since controversially leaving them to join Newcastle over the summer.

NRL round 9 preview panel

The preview panel for round 9 of the NRL.

The State of Origin contenders

A look at the NRL players with potential State of Origin spots on the line during this weekend's Magic Round in Brisbane.

Clock ticking on Storm NRL form says Smith

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

Melbourne skipper Cameron Smith says the Storm need to rediscover their mojo and bank some solid wins before they lose up to six players to Origin.

Payne Haas a bolter for Blues Origin debut

PETERO CIVONICEVA of the Maroons runs at Anthony Watmough of the Blues during game three of the ARL State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Brisbane front-rower Payne Haas is being sized up for a potential NSW State of Origin debut this year and Petero Civoniceva says he wouldn't look out of place.

Taylor ready to step up for Titans in NRL

ASHLEY TAYLOR of the Titans looks to pass the ball during the NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Melbourne Storm in Gold Coast, Australia.

Ashley Taylor is ready to take on the responsibility of putting Gold Coast's NRL season back on track against Cronulla.

Sharks rookies can buy stars time: Morris

New Sharks Coach JOHN MORRIS arrives for a Cronulla Sharks NRL press conference at Sharks leagues Club in Sydney, Australia.

Cronulla will still be without four of their biggest names when they open the NRL's inaugural Magic Round against Gold Coast.

I have Origin hunger: Blake Ferguson

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.

Former NSW winger Blake Ferguson has spoken about his desire to play State of Origin again this year.

Smith backs Hunt as Maroons Origin hooker

CAMERON SMITH of the Storm passes the ball during a Melbourne Storm NRL training session at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Cameron Smith says St George Illawarra's Ben Hunt is up to playing hooker for Queensland in State of Origin, despite not playing there in the NRL.

Ramien a chance to return for Knights

JESSE RAMIEN of the Sharks is tackled by Curtis Scott of the Storm during the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the Cronulla Sharks at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Newcastle coach Nathan Brown wants Jesse Ramien confident in his shoulder before returning from injury this week.

Tallis sees way out for under-fire Broncos

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

Gorden Tallis has backed Brisbane to find a way out of the fire despite their slow start to the NRL season.

Maloney free to help Panthers in Brisbane

JAMES MALONEY of the Panthers lines up for a conversion during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Penrith Panthers at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

James Maloney was facing a one-game ban for an alleged chicken-wing on Canberra forward John Bateman but was found not guilty at the judiciary.

Penrith's Kikau makes surprise NRL return

VILIAME KIKAU of the Panthers is tackled during the NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Penrith Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Viliame Kikau could play for Penrith in the NRL's Magic Round in Brisbane on Friday despite appearing to have suffered a serious ankle injury last week.

Cronk set to make call on NRL future

COOPER CRONK of the Australian Kangaroos at a training session in Melbourne, Australia

Sydney Roosters halfback Cooper Cronk says he's expecting to make an announcement on his NRL future in the next few weeks.

Broncos hooker McCullough to see surgeon

ANDREW MCCULLOUGH of the Broncos passes the ball during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane and Queensland hooker Andrew McCullough is to see a surgeon after scans confirmed an MCL injury to his knee.

Storm exchange all about honesty: Bromwich

JESSE BROMWICH of the Storm is tackled during the NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Melbourne Storm at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Jesse Bromwich says the exchange between Melbourne skipper Cameron Smith and Cameron Munster is something seen regularly at the NRL club which values honesty.

Nikorima not a Warriors saviour: Green

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.

Blake Green says too much is being expected of his new Warriors halves partner Kodi Nikorima as they try to snap their NRL losing streak.

Brisbane's Boyd blinkered to NRL critics

DARIUS BOYD of the Broncos passes the ball during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Darius Boyd isn't listening to the critics, insisting his form isn't as bad as some suggest and that he can hold his own for more than two years in the NRL.

Souths wary of Taumalolo-inspired Cowboys

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 skipper Sam Burgess says North Queensland lock Jason Taumalolo is the most destructive running forward in the NRL.

Boyd wants Roberts to stick with Broncos

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

Darius Boyd believes James Roberts owes Brisbane plenty as talk continues about the centre's potential NRL move to South Sydney.

Papalii backs Raiders to roll Roosters

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

Canberra's Josh Papalii believes his Raiders can overcome the pace-setting Sydney Roosters when they clash in the showpiece match of NRL's Magic Round.

Meninga not expecting Smith Origin return

Australia coach MAL MENINGA looks on during an Australian Kangaroos training session at SS in Brisbane, Australia.

Ex-Queensland coach Mal Meninga would be surprised if Cameron Smith backtracks on his State of Origin retirement to play for the injury-hit Maroons.

'Less is more' for Cronulla coach Morris

New Sharks Coach JOHN MORRIS arrives for a Cronulla Sharks NRL press conference at Sharks leagues Club in Sydney, Australia.

John Morris is the youngest coach in the NRL but is quickly leaving his mark at the Sharks.

Brisbane on notice after NRL axings: Bird

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

NRL star Jack Bird admits Brisbane have been put on notice after confirming coach Anthony Seibold has axed James Roberts and Jamayne Isaako.

Raiders' Bateman out at least six weeks

VILIAME KIKAU of the Panthers is tackled during the NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Penrith Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Canberra's NRL win over Penrith has come at a cost with forward John Bateman out for at least six weeks, and possibly more.

Hooker Granville firms for Qld Origin nod

Coach KEVIN WALTERS gives directions during the Brisbane Broncos NRL training session in Brisbane, Australia.

Queensland coach Kevin Walters has tipped Jake Granville to be a Maroons No.9 contender after he ruled out sending an SOS to Cameron Smith.

Panthers vow to overcome injury, form

FRANK WINTERSTEIN of the Eagles runs the ball during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Manly Sea Eagles at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Penrith veteran Dean Whare is set to make a welcome return as the club battles an NRL injury crisis.

Dugan embraces change at NRL Sharks

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.

Josh Dugan insists he's better equipped to deal with the mental challenge of constantly changing positions this year as Cronulla battle an injury crisis.

Maloney to fight charge at NRL judiciary

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 veteran James Maloney will head to the NRL judiciary on Tuesday night to fight a dangerous contact charge.

McCullough injured at Broncos training

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

Brisbane hooker Andrew McCullough has injured his knee at training ahead of their NRL Magic Round clash with Manly.

Welch feels ready for Queensland Origin

CHRISTIAN WELCH of the Storm is tackled during the NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Melbourne Storm at Lottoland in Sydney, Australia.

Melbourne prop Christian Welch believes he is ready step up and into the cauldron of State of Origin football.

Klemmer compared to Knights great Harragon

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

Nathan Brown believes barnstorming prop David Klemmer can fairly be compared to Newcastle great Paul Harrogan, such has been his early impact at the Knights.

Eels vow to stick to NRL contract timeline

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

Parramatta are sticking by their timeline to continue talks with coach Brad Arthur about an extension of his contract until June.

Tuivasa-Sheck nullified by Knights kicking

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 coaches are thinking of ways to get more ball into the hands of their NRL match-winning captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

Dragons' Norman fractures cheekbone

TYSON FRIZELL of Australia makes a run during the International Test match between Tonga and Australia at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

St George Illawarra youngster Jai Field is expected to make his NRL season debut next week following an injury to Corey Norman.

Roosters' Mitchell can get better: Gallen

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.

Cronulla captain Paul Gallen insists Latrell Mitchell can get better after the star centre's NRL demolition of Wests Tigers in Sydney Roosters' 42-12 win.

Fittler not sold on reigning Roosters

Former premiership winning skipper Brad Fittler is still not convinced that Sydney Roosters are the NRL benchmark despite their thrashing of Wests Tigers.

Injury hits big names for NRL Magic Round

Magic Round might not be so magical with St George Illawarra's Corey Norman and Tyson Frizell becoming the latest NRL stars to fall to the injury curse.

NRL Round Eight Snapshot

SNAPSHOT OF NRL ROUND EIGHT

Eels duo star in NRL comeback over Dragons

Clint Gutherson and Mitchell Moses have starred in Parramatta's 32-18 comeback NRL win over St George Illawarra.

Penrith can only blame themselves: Fittler

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

Penrith great Brad Fittler says the Panthers only have themselves to blame after their disastrous NRL season sunk to a new low with a 30-12 loss to Canberra.

Elgey to go from wilderness to Manly chief

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

Manly playmaker Kane Elgey was dropped in round six of the NRL for not providing enough attacking punch. On Saturday night he offered it in bucketloads.

Paul Gallen hints Storm have lost NRL aura

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.

Paul Gallen claims Melbourne's Cameron Munster and Cam Smith had bickered on-field in their NRL loss to Cronulla, hinting the Storm have lost their aura.

Methodical Knights beat Warriors in NRL

Newcastle's NRL recovery has continued with a 36-18 win over the struggling Warriors in Auckland.

Dearden promotion forced Nikorima exit

Brisbane were poised to promote Tom Dearden as their starting halfback, prompting Kodi Nikorima's trans-Tasman NRL move.

Penrith's Maloney faces NRL suspension

JAMES MALONEY of the Panthers lines up for a conversion during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Penrith Panthers at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

Playmaker James Maloney and Liam Martin have both earned the NRL match review committee's ire as Penrith's woes continued.

Tigers resist moving Mbye into NRL halves

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

Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire says he won't consider shifting fullback Moses Mbye into the halves for their crunch NRL clash with Penrith.

Pay concerned about Bulldogs' NRL attitude

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.

Canterbury's attitude has again come under question from coach Dean Pay after the Bulldogs' 18-10 loss to Manly in the NRL at Lottoland.

Manly need their own magic at Suncorp

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 face further injury concerns with Lachlan Croker set to join halves partner Daly Cherry-Evans on the sideline with a hamstring blow.

I haven't thought about Souths

LATRELL MITCHELL of the Roosters scores a try during the NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Sydney Roosters at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Sydney Roosters' Latrell Mitchell says he has given no thought to the prospect of defecting to NRL rivals South Sydney, dismissing speculation about his future.

Raiders eye NRL challenge without Bateman

Canberra are anxiously waiting for news on John Bateman, who was rushed to hospital with a suspected fractured eye socket during their NRL win over Penrith

Latrell leads Roosters to thrash Tigers

LATRELL MITCHELL of the Roosters scores a try during the NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Sydney Roosters at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Centre Latrell Mitchell has starred in the Sydney Roosters' 42-12 NRL thumping of the Wests Tigers at the SCG.

Troubled Panthers now struck by injuries

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.

Struggling Penrith lost three players to injury, and had another two put on report in Saturday's NRL loss to Canberra in Wagga Wagga.

Hasler's Manly have last laugh over Dogs

Bulldogs Coach, DES HASLER speaks to the media following the NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Reuben Garrick has scored all of Manly's points while Kane Elgey has starred in their 18-10 NRL win over Canterbury.

Titans get good news on concussion front

MICHAEL GORDON of the Titans is tackled by Isaac Yeo of the Panthers during the NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Gold Coast Titans in Penrith, Australia.

Gold Coast's Michael Gordon and Tyrone Roberts remain in the hunt to play in the NRL's Magic Round against South Sydney after passing initial concussion tests.

NRL injury carnage as Raiders belt Penrith

Canberra's John Bateman has been taken to hospital, while three Penrith players have ben hurt in the Raiders' 30-12 NRL defeat of the Panthers in Wagga Wagga.

Bulldogs not in market for Phil Gould

Canterbury chief executive Andrew Hill says Phil Gould is not a target for the NRL club after the decision to move on four football staff members.

Green lauds rookie Warriors halves partner

KODI NIKORIMA of the Kiwis in action during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup match between the New Zealand Kiwis and Samoa at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Kodi Nikorima's signing has been greeted enthusiastically by the Warriors but Blake Green is sparing a thought for the young halfback set to be demoted.

Eels' contract saga part of NRL: Arthur

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

Parramatta coach Brad Arthur isn't expecting veteran prop Tim Mannah to miss an extended period of NRL action with a foot injury.

Sharks reinvigorated by Storm win in NRL

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.

Cronulla coach John Morris believes the Sharks' shock 20-18 win over Melbourne can help them overcome their thus far clunky NRL season.

Robinson confident Latrell will stay

Sydney Roosters coach TRENT ROBINSON speaks to the media during the NRL Grand Final press conference at the SCG in Sydney, Australia.

Latrell Mitchell could be a target for a number of NRL clubs at the end of 2020 but coach Trent Robinson is confident he's a Sydney Rooster through and through.

Bellamy questions Storm's NRL character

Coach of the Storm CRAIG BELLAMY looks on during a Melbourne Storm Training Session at Gosch's Paddock in Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy has launched a stinging critique of his NRL team following their loss to Cronulla, accusing them of not playing like the Storm.

Green not drawn into NRL Lowe blow

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 remains defiant despite rumours he has lost the Cowboys' dressing room.

Undermanned Sharks hold out Storm

New Sharks Coach JOHN MORRIS arrives for a Cronulla Sharks NRL press conference at Sharks leagues Club in Sydney, Australia.

Cronulla have beaten NRL heavyweights Melbourne 20-18 despite missing Shaun Johnson, Matt Moylan, Wade Graham and Aaron Woods to injury.

De Belin seeks damages from NRL

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

Court documents have revealed that Jack de Belin is seeking financial compensation from the NRL after he was stood down under the "no fault" rules.

Asiata switch seals Cowboys NRL win

JASON TAUMALOLO of the Cowboys is tackled during the NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the North Queensland Cowboys at Lottoland in Sydney, Australia.

Makeshift five-eighth John Asiata has guided North Queensland to their third win of the NRL season, beating the Titans 28-14 in Townsville.

Hasler heaps praise on rebuilding Dogs

Bulldogs Coach, DES HASLER speaks to the media following the NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Manly coach Des Hasler says there is no bad blood between him and Canterbury as he prepares to meet his former NRL side for the first time.

Radley could be world-class No.9: Robinson

VICTOR RADLEY of the Roosters in action during the NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Gold Coast Titans at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia.

Roosters coach Trent Robinson says back-rower Victor Radley could be transformed into one of the NRL's best hookers if he wanted to.

Penrith have turned corner in NRL: coach

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

Penrith coach Ivan Cleary says a narrow loss to South Sydney proves the Panthers are running into form ahead of their NRL clash with Canberra.

Des Hasler hoses down Gutherson NRL switch

Bulldogs coach DES HASLER speaks to the media after the NRL match between the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Lottoland in Sydney, Australia.

Manly coach Des Hasler has denied the Sea Eagles are interested in signing Parramatta skipper Clint Gutherson.

Nikorima wanted urgent release: Warriors

KODI NIKORIMA of the Kiwis in action during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup match between the New Zealand Kiwis and Samoa at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Kodi Nikorima was the driver behind an immediate release from the Broncos and a three-season NRL contract with the Warriors.

Walker puts hand up for Origin No.14 spot

CODY WALKER of the Rabbitohs runs the ball during the NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Cbus Super Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.

South Sydney playmaker Cody Walker says he's willing to play in the No.14 jersey to earn his NSW State of Origin debut.

Dearden the best we've got: Broncos

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

Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold says the club has no choice but to back teenage halfback Tom Dearden following his NRL debut.

NRL not a three-horse race

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

South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett denies the NRL premiership is a race between his side, Sydney Roosters and Melbourne.

Bellamy wary of depleted Sharks in NRL

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

Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy says the Sharks will still be a threat without injured playmaker Shaun Johnson for their NRL clash.

Queensland Origin hopefuls to clash

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.

North Queensland and Gold Coast are both 2-5 ahead of their clash in Townsville on Friday, where forwards from both sides will press their Origin claims.

Bennett's Bunnies trounce woeful Broncos

CODY WALKER of the Rabbitohs is tackled during the NRL Semi Final match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

South Sydney five-eighth Cody Walker has starred in his side's 38-6 NRL win over Brisbane as coach Wayne Bennett exacted revenge against his former club.

Bellamy wary of depleted Sharks

Coach of the Storm CRAIG BELLAMY looks on during a Melbourne Storm Training Session at Gosch's Paddock in Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy says the Sharks will still be a threat without injured playmaker Shaun Johnson for their NRL clash.

Bulldogs coach plays down Hasler reunion

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.

Bulldogs coach Dean Pay says his players have not discussed facing their former coach Des Hasler for the first time when they meet Manly this week.

Brown's bizarre response to Knights form

NATHAN BROWN head coach of the Knights is interviewed prior to the NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Newcastle Knights at Scully Park in Tamworth, Australia.

Newcastle coach Nathan Brown said his NRL players are only human and that jails prove people are unpredictable in a bizarre press conference moment.

Gould's Penrith legacy lives on in Cameron

Penrith general manager Matt Cameron had paid tribute to previous executive GM Phil Gould as he looks to build on his rebuilding work.

Ricky Stuart compares Wighton to Lockyer

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.

Raiders coach Ricky Stuart has drawn comparisons between his newly established five-eighth Jack Wighton and NRL legend Darren Lockyer.

Gutherson wants NRL future settled ASAP

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 captain Clint Gutherson wants his NRL future settled sooner rather than later, saying he's tired of all the uncertainty and speculation.

Cowboys support sidelined Martin

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 says the club is feeling for popular playmaker Te Maire Martin after scans this week revealed a small bleed on the brain.

Gold Coast plan for Taumalolo NRL return

JASON TAUMALOLO of the Cowboys is tackled during the NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the North Queensland Cowboys at Lottoland in Sydney, Australia.

Gold Coast are bracing for destructive forward Jason Taumalolo to make his NRL return for North Queensland against them.

Shane Flanagan to make Shark Park return

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

Shane Flanagan is expected to watch his first NRL game at PointsBet Stadium since his de-registration when son Kyle making his starting debut on Friday.

Maguire considers plan C against Roosters

Rabbitohs coach MICHAEL MAGUIRE watches on during a South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL training session at Redfern Oval in Sydney, Australia.

Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire says Benji Marshall will need to be assessed one final time before making his return from injury.

Manly props are NRL's best: Cherry-Evans

MARTIN TAUPAU of the Sea Eagles is tackled during the NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Manly Sea Eagles at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.

Martin Taupau and Addin Fonua-Blake are making their mark as the game's premier forward pairing, according to Manly captain Daly Cherry-Evans.

Cameron Smith rules out Origin comeback

Coach of the Storm CRAIG BELLAMY looks on during a Melbourne Storm Training Session at Gosch's Paddock in Melbourne, Australia.

Champion former Queensland captain Cameron Smith has ruled out making a State of Origin comeback in 2019.

Pearce overcomes early-season concerns

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.

Newcastle captain Mitchell Pearce says he took the team's disappointing start to the season personally.

Wests back Benji to take down NRL premiers

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.

Wests Tigers players are backing veteran Benji Marshall to return against Sydney Roosters at the SCG on Saturday, having not missed a beat while out injured.

Bennett comes to Bronco Boyd's defence

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.

South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett says former charge Darius Boyd's form in the NRL for the Broncos this season isn't as bad as critics claim.

Chee Kam gets two-game NRL ban from Tigers

Wests Tigers utility Michael Chee Kam has been banned by the NRL club for two matches following his guilty plea to common assault.

NRL round 8 preview panel

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

The preview panel for round 8 of the NRL.

Struggling Warriors Blair and Kata demoted

ADAM BLAIR of the Warriors reacts during the NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Wests Tigers at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Warriors coach Stephen Kearney has lost patience with misfiring Warriors Adam Blair and Solomone Kata, demoting both NRL veterans.

Hughes still finding his Storm NRL voice

JAHROME HUGHES offloads the ball during the Melbourne Storm NRL training session at Gosch's Paddock in Melbourne, Australia.

Softly-spoken fullback Jahrome Hughes says he's still getting used to having to speak up to organise the Storm like his predecessor Billy Slater.

Mystery brain bleed for Cowboys' Martin

TE MAIRE MARTIN of the Cowboys makes a break to score a try during the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Sydney Roosters and the North Queensland Cowboys at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

North Queensland are reviewing NRL match footage and training vision in attempt to identify what has caused a small bleed on the brain of Te Maire Martin.

Seibold declares Roberts move off limits

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

Both Wayne Bennett and Anthony Seibold say they've heard nothing of James Roberts' reported NRL move from Brisbane to South Sydney.

Raiders star Rapana out for three weeks

JORDAN RAPANA of the Raiders offloads during the NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Sydney Roosters at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Canberra winger Jordan Rapana has been ruled out for up to three weeks of NRL action with a rib injury.

Trbojevic ready to lead clipped Sea Eagles

JAKE TRBOJEVIC of Australia is tackled during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup match between the Australian Kangaroos and England at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Jake Trbojevic will captain Manly in the absence of the injured Daly Cherry-Evans, who is out for up to six weeks of the NRL season with an ankle injury.

Bennett bad blood lingers, despite denials

Coach WAYNE BENNETT talks to his players during the Brisbane Broncos NRL training session in Brisbane, Australia.

South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett will face off against Brisbane in the NRL for the first time since his highly-publicised coaching swap with Anthony Seibold.

Warriors excited as Nikorima arrival looms

KODI NIKORIMA of the Kiwis in action during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup match between the New Zealand Kiwis and Samoa at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Brisbane halfback Kodi Nikorima is close to completing a lucrative NRL switch to the Warriors which has buoyed the Auckland-based club's players.

Seibold's positive spin on Bennett clash

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

Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold is keeping things positive before a first clash with his former NRL club South Sydney, now coached by Wayne Bennett.

Bulked-up Dearden has Lockyer NRL backing

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

Brisbane's Tom Dearden is poised to debut in the NRL when they face South Sydney and the teenage halfback has the backing of club great Darren Lockyer.

Bennett backs 'courageous' Nikorima move

KODI NIKORIMA passes the ball during the Brisbane Broncos NRL training session in Brisbane, Australia.

Wayne Bennett has applauded Kodi Nikorima for testing the market after Brisbane NRL coach Anthony Seibold couldn't guarantee his future at Red Hill.

Dogs' X-Man could face Hasler's Manly

DYLAN NAPA of the Roosters is sin binned during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Sydney Roosters at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Canterbury stars Kieran Foran and Dylan Napa could make shock returns from ankle injuries for the NRL clash with Manly.

Bennett v Broncos is personal, says Benji

JAMES GRAHAM of the Dragons in action during the NRL trial match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Glen Willow Regional Sports Stadium in Mudgee, Australia.

Wayne Bennett's ex-charges believe the 69-year-old NRL super-coach will be as motivated as ever to guide Souths to success over Brisbane on Thursday night.

McQueen ends year-long wait for Tigers win

Rabbitohs coach MICHAEL MAGUIRE watches on during a South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL training session at Redfern Oval in Sydney, Australia.

Chris McQueen finally claimed his first win for the Wests Tigers last week, more than a year after joining the NRL club.

NRL critics won't faze Taylor: Cartwright

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

He knows what it's like to be under fire and Bryce Cartwright is fully confident Gold Coast teammate Ash Taylor will prove the critics wrong.