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Saturday Serve

Why NRL coaches are climbing back on to the shooting gallery

Chris Wilson What prompts a sacked NRL coach to dust themselves off and want to go at it again?

How Sydney Roosters' Mitchell Pearce became the NRL's No.1 halfback

On a roll: Roosters playmaker Mitchell Pearce.

Brad Walter Mitchell Pearce readily admits the nightclub incident that cost the Sydney Roosters star his place in this year NSW Origin team was a catalyst for him becoming the No.

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

Tough cookie: Jake Friend.

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.

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NRL should encourage healthy criticism of the code

Steve Mascord

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

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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.

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.

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.

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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NRL's first shot clock to be tested at Auckland Nines

Reigning champions: North Queensland will face Melbourne, Penrith and South Sydney in the next tournament.

Adrian Proszenko The NRL will roadtest a shot clock for the first time in rugby league history at the Auckland Nines, with the innovation a chance of being used in premiership matches if the experiment is a success.

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Sims, Watmough cop NRL suspensions

Bronco Justin Hodges runs into a solid tackle from Cowboy Tariq Sims.

Ben Horne Key finals stars Anthony Watmough and Tariq Sims have both taken early guilty pleas at the NRL judiciary.

NRL says please explain after Manly's Jayden Hodges kept playing after injury

All smiles: Jayden Hodges during training on Tuesday.

Brad Walter Manly officials have no concerns about responding to an NRL enquiry about why Jayden Hodges was allowed to play on for 35 minutes after his head contacted Greg Inglis' hip in last Friday night's loss...

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Staging players could cost clubs $10,000 as NRL cracks down

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Brad Walter Players feigning injury in the hope of drawing a penalty after the video referee has studied replays of a tackle are being forced to explain their actions and could cost their clubs a $10,000 fine if...

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No faith in NRL process: Cowboys

On report: Justin Hodges of the Broncos is tackled by Tariq Sims of the Cowboys.

Laine Clark and Ben Horne North Queensland coach Paul Green has sensationally claimed they did not bother to fight back-rower Tariq Sims' shoulder charge ban because they have no faith in the NRL match review and judiciary...

Tariq Sims out for five weeks, misses NRL finals

Tariq Sims has copped a five-week suspension for his shoulder charge on Justin Hodges.

Phil Lutton North Queensland has been dealt a blow ahead of their knockout final against the Roosters, with backrower Tariq Sims lodging an early guilty plea and copping a five-week suspension for his shoulder...

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NRL finals: The top storylines so far...

Phil Lutton One week down, so much goodness/angst/action/drama/JSoward to digest. Here we go...

First-half Canterbury Bulldogs blitz ends Melbourne Storm's NRL season

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Roy Ward The Storm's season is over after a four-try first half put the Bulldogs into the semi-finals.

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Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan faces NRL panel to plead case for early return

Pleading his case: Suspended Sharks coach Shane Flanagan wants to return to work on Wednesday.

Chris Barrett Suspended Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan has fronted an NRL panel at Rugby League Central on Monday, endeavouring to have his return to the game approved and resume control at Remondis Stadium this...

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League

South Sydney Rabbitohs humiliate Manly Sea Eagles in NRL finals series opener

Rabbit on the run: George Burgess charges up the middle.

Michael Chammas He was a rabbit caught in the headlights in last year's finals series, but South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds took centre stage on Friday night to inflict a finals humiliation on Manly.

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NRL player draft deserves another look

Phil Gould

Phil Gould There has been much talk in recent times regarding the possibility of a player draft being introduced to the NRL competition.

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