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Earl gets inked in sponsorship deal ... or does he?

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As far as April Fool's joke go, it's a pretty believable one.

A heavily-tattooed NRL star adding a sponsor's logo to his rapidly growing collection of tatts for a tidy sum.

Overnight, Canberra Raiders star Sandor Earl has tweeted photos of himself getting inked with club sponsor Huawei's logo on his right thigh.

The company tweeted a photo of Earl in a tattoo parlour late on Sunday, with his thigh clearly showing the Huawei logo – apparently freshly tattooed.

It said Earl's latest tatt was part of an "individual sponsorship contract with Huawei for an undisclosed sum" – and the statements were retweeted by Earl just minutes later.


Earl played in Sunday's loss against the Knights at Hunter Stadium – with a noticeably tattoo-free right thigh.

But, with all this Twitter activity taking place conveniently just after midnight on April, even we can't be fooled on this day of pranks. Of course, at one minute past midday, the club put out a press release confirming the prank was just a "bit of fun".

And of course, the jokes haven’t ended there. It might be a public holiday, but it hasn’t stopped the pranksters from testing their best efforts in fake news – although some are a little too close to the truth.

Also in the Raiders camp but this time from the pages of Facebook was this well-timed prank, and even The Canberra Times has been sent a few emails from seemingly concerned sports fans.

The page claims the ACT Brumbies and the Canberra Raiders were merging their executives and boards after significant financial hardship.

To be called the Canberra Super Club, the page has attracted attention this morning, but punters were quick to comment on the timing of the announcement, which came complete with a slick jumper design for the newly formed club.

And in more big news, also announced on this public holiday, Wellington Phoenix will be relocated – to Canberra.

To be named Canberra Phoenix, the FFA has caved in to pressure from the Asian Football Confederation, and has fast-tracked the club within the A-League competition.

It even comes with quotes from Julia Gillard, who is quoted by the The Football Sack website as saying the federal government would even pitch in with some funding. Sadly for Canberra soccer fans, it's all fake.

Mumbrella is running a story today that the Australian Financial Review is switching to broadsheet format after 60 years in compact size. It even goes so far as to include an interview with quotes from AFR’s editor-in-chief Michael Stutchbury explaining the reason behind the switch.

Apparently the change by fellow Fairfax mastheads The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age showed a gap in the market after a recent switch to compact.

Have a read for yourself if this one is telling a porky pie or not.

According to a well-reasoned post on the My Gungahlin Facebook page, livestock will soon be grazing local streets, as pastoral leaseholders struggle to find quality grazing areas in the suburbs.

It says the livestock grazing has been introduced as a trial in a bid to combat rising costs of mowing grass in public spaces.

So for those in Gungahlin you have been warned.

Have you seen a good prank today, or maybe fallen victim to an April Fools jokester? Let us know below.