Competitions

Sydney Roosters hooker Jake Friend chomping at bit to play NRL semi-final

Chris Barrett If it were up to Jake Friend he would not be making his comeback from a life-threatening lung condition against the Cowboys on Fright night. He would have played last week.

Mal Meninga warns North Queensland Cowboys to keep emotions in check against Roosters

Mal Meninga.

Phil Lutton Brent Tate says the Cowboys will take an 'us versus them' mentality into their elimination final against the Roosters but Maroons coach Mal Meninga has warned North Queensland not to let a week of...

Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson blasts 'disrespectful' north Queenslanders

We're ready for them ... Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson

Michael Chammas Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has launched a withering attack on North Queensland's attempts to create a siege mentality before Friday's NRL semi-final clash with the premiers at Allianz...

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Penrith Panthers fined $20,000 by NRL over concussion breach

Penrith have been fined $20,000 by the NRL over an incident involving centre Jamal Idris against the Warriors.

League

Sam Williams returns to Canberra Raiders

Sam Williams will return to the Raiders.

Chris Wilson The Canberra Raiders have bolstered their halves depth and got one of their juniors back, signing prodigal son Sam Williams for the next two seasons.

League

Wests Tigers utility Blake Austin still keen to join Canberra Raiders

Blake Austin wants to join the Raiders.

Chris Wilson Blake Austin will renew his push to join the Raiders in 2015 after the Tigers sacked coach Mick Potter.

NRL should encourage healthy criticism of the code

Steve Mascord

Steve Mascord The NRL should encourage, not supress, free speech.

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Three former Cronulla Sharks players not offered backdated ASADA deal

Paul Aiton in action for the Sharks in 2011.

Chris Barrett Three former Cronulla players targeted by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority's probe have not been offered the backdated ban "deal" accepted by a dozen of their ex-teammates last month and...

Cowboys must dine out on conspiracy theories

Paul Green with Johnathan Thurston.

Phil Lutton That escalated quickly. The Phoney War between the Cowboys and the NRL has officially come to an end. Now, how to get the bayonets and mortars through airport security on the way to Sydney.

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Eels target Watmough, plus two premierships by 2020

In Parra's sights: Anthony Watmough.

Adrian Proszenko Parramatta has publicly declared their interest in disgruntled Sea Eagle Anthony Watmough for the first time amid growing speculation his next game could be in blue and gold.

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Canterbury Bulldogs prop David Klemmer nearly a Sydney Swan before switching

The big man: David Klemmer has had a remarkable season for Canterbury Bulldogs.

Adrian Proszenko David Klemmer seemed destined to be involved in finals footy this weekend, although at one point it was more likely to be with a Sherrin in hand rather than a Steeden.

Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan banned from making early return

No early return ... Shane Flanagan

Sharks coach Shane Flanagan cannot return to coaching at Cronulla.

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League

Todd Carney signs three-year deal with Catalan Dragons

Todd Carney.

Ian Laybourn Axed NRL star Todd Carney has been given a lifeline by English Super League outfit Catalan Dragons, who landed the former Dally M medal winner on a three-year deal.

Sydney Roosters desperate to avoid NRL ignominy

Knock out: Sonny Bill Williams and the Roosters are hoping they won't repeat the Dragons' 2009 feat.

James MacSmith Only once in the NRL era has a minor premier been dumped out of the finals in successive losses – an ignominy the Sydney Roosters are desperate to avoid.

NRL boss Dave Smith dismisses 'ridiculous notion' Cowboys are being unfairly treated

Dave Smith

Laine Clark NRL CEO Dave Smith says it is a "ridiculous notion" to think the North Queensland Cowboys are being unfairly treated.

Canterbury comes calling but Brett Morris is not for sale, say St George Illawarra

Hands off: The Dragons are holding firm on Brett Morris.

Michael Carayannis, Adrian Proszenko St George Illawarra have accused a rival NRL club of tapping up Brett Morris, claiming the club has offered their Test winger a contract for next season despite Morris being contracted to the Dragons.

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Penrith Panthers captain Jamie Soward reveals he nearly left NRL to play rugby union in Japan

Jumping for joy: Jamie Soward celebrates victory over the Roosters on Saturday night.

Michael Chammas Man of the moment Jamie Soward has revealed he almost gave the game away at the end of 2012 to play rugby union in Japan.

Melbourne Storm season review: Club aims for higher honours in 2015

Billy Slater holds his head while Cooper Cronk congratulates Bulldogs players after the Storm was eliminated from the finals on Sunday.

Roy Ward Melbourne Storm looks to 2015 focused on playing better defence and challenging for the NRL premiership.

North Queensland Cowboys and NRL at war after Tariq Sims pleads guilty

On report for a late challenge: Tariq Sims.

Phil Lutton An explosive afternoon has seen the NRL slap down North Queensland with a $10,000 fine, only hours after Cowboys coach Paul Green declared he had "no faith" in rugby league officialdom.

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Canterbury Bulldogs show how to win in finals football

Phil Gould

Phil Gould Why the Bulldogs and Roosters are the favourites for this week's final matches.

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