Merrin a Panthers captaincy candidate

James MacSmith 9:37 AM   Star Penrith recruit Trent Merrin has emerged as captaincy material for the Panthers after impressing with his NRL pre-season regimen.

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NRL draw: Five must see clashes

VIDEO: With the release of the fixture list for the upcoming NRL season, here are five fixtures to circle on your calendar.

NRL blocks Burgess' Souths contract: report

The NRL has reportedly refused to register Sam Burgess' big money deal with South Sydney, with the club being ruled to be over the salary cap.

Walker granted release by South Sydney Rabbitohs

Daniel Lane   An investigation found the pair sourced additional pain-killing medication from their own GP's on the day they overdosed.


How Murdoch helped hit jackpot

Brad Walter   News Corp supremo paid inflated price for AFL rights, helping drive up the value of the remaining four games after the NRL inked free-to-air deal with Nine.


Broadcast deal to quell revolt 

Brad Walter   A $50 million advance payment from News Corp is set to quieten - and possibly quell - a revolt by NRL clubs against ARLC chairman John Grant.

Newton unhappy with 2016 draw

Tom Decent, Brad Walter   Rugby League Players' Association boss Clint Newton has expressed his disappointment at next season's NRL draw.


Burgess to kick off blockbusters

Sam Burgess' return to the NRL will kick off against arch-rivals the Sydney Roosters in front of a potential sell-out Sunday afternoon crowd at Allianz Stadium on March 6.

Granville extends Cowboys deal

Hooker Jake Granville has extended his contract with North Queensland for a further two years, keeping him at the NRL club until the end of the 2018 season.

Thurston wins Golden Boot again

North Queensland halfback Johnathan Thurston has won rugby league's Golden Boot award for world player of the year for a record third time.

Titans staffer forges contract

Michael Carayannis   Star centre James Roberts may be rendered a free agent after it emerged his signature had been forged.


Join the debate

SBW headed for Lebanon mission

Danny Weidler   The All Blacks have links with charities including UNICEF and Sonny Bill Williams told them he wanted to go to Lebanon as soon as he could.


Super League stars deserve more respect in NRL circles

Steve Mascord   Willie Mason is to join Glenn Stewart, Todd Carney and Frank Pritchard in Super League next year. Is it time the European competition tried to get a slice of the Australian market?


Move to install puppet chair

Roy Masters   There are suspicions the campaign to oust John Grant as ARLC chair is motivated by a clandestine plan to install a puppet replacement.


Taylor’s Tigers future questioned

Danny Weidler   The Robbie Farah-Jason Taylor situation has taken a nasty twist with the lawyer representing Farah publicly questioning whether the Tigers coach will keep his job.

Packer's threat of deportation a legal minefield

Darren Kane   So, a question. If you could deport new St George Illawarra recruit Russell Packer back to his native New Zealand, would you? Some questions are easy; others, anything but.


World's toughest quiz on NRL 2015

Michael Carayannis   How closely did you watch the NRL season?

Plight of Packer no comparison to Carter

Steve Mascord   Maybe Russell Packer needs to find another job. And hopefully, one day, Gary Carter can return to his.

Gyngell a 'no-brainer' for ARLC 

Danny Weidler   Usually a push for someone to slip into a leading job starts with a whisper, but in the case of David Gyngell it's more of a roar.


Burgess has no right to whinge

Peter FitzSimons   Thank you, we will now hear the case of Sam Burgess vs the English Rugby Football Union.


Which NRL team are you? 

Which NRL team should you really support? Take our all-encompassing personality quiz to find your true rugby league soul mate once and for all. The answer may shock you.


Top 10 NRL buys for 2016

Michael Carayannis   Who are the top 10 buys for 2016?