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South Sydney's Issac Luke to miss NRL grand final against Canterbury

Brad Walter South Sydney hooker Issac Luke will miss Sunday’s grand final against Canterbury after the NRL judiciary upheld his one-match ban for a dangerous throw on Tuesday night.

It should be South Sydney, but you can never write off Canterbury Bulldogs in NRL grand final

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Phil Gould South Sydney's demolition of the Roosters last Friday night was one of the most powerful and complete performances I have seen from a team in a big game for many years.

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs fans hungry at the Kennel ahead of Sunday's NRL grand final

Frank Pritchard with fans at Belmore Oval on Tuesday.

Patrick Begley At 6am, Stephen Ellis rose to extinguish the last red from his beard, replacing it with blue and white.

Canterbury Bulldogs plan not so Mad Monday after NRL grand final

Brad Walter Canterbury chief executive Raelene Castle believes the players have a right to celebrate "Mad Monday" and insists the Bulldogs have taken precautions to ensure there is no repeat of the controversy...

NRL whiz Alex Johnston could have been a cricket star, says coach

Darren Walton If you think Alex Johnston can score tries, you should see South Sydney's NRL boy wonder bat.

South Sydney's Issac Luke charged with dangerous throw, could miss NRL Grand Final

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South Sydney hooker Issac Luke will need to beat a grade one dangerous throw charge to take his place in Sunday's grand final against Canterbury.

NRL can not show leniency in Issac Luke case

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Steve Mascord South Sydney are likely to ask Sonny Bill Williams for help in beating Issac Luke’s spear-tackle charge.

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Why South Sydney Rabbitohs v Canterbury Bulldogs will be the biggest grand final in NRL history

Greg Inglis celebrates with Issac Luke and Jason Clark after the fullback's try on Friday night.

Brad Walter The inclusion of South Sydney and Canterbury has ensure that next Sunday night's grand final will be the biggest premiership decider in NRL history.

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League

Push for greater representation on NRL club boards not just about gender, says Bulldogs' Raelene Castle

Erin Molan was reportedly being considered for the Canberra Raiders board.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra's quest to appoint sports reporter Erin Molan to its board was quashed by her employer.

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NRL Grand Final: South Sydney Rabbitohs and Canterbury Bulldogs risk loss of competition points for concussion breaches

Early-season concussion: Josh Jackson was allowed to play on despite a head knock against Cronulla in round two.

Chris Barrett South Sydney and Canterbury have been warned that the microscope on concussion will be intensified in the grand final.

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South Sydney hooker Issac Luke 'in a bit of trouble' with NRL judiciary, says Greg McCallum

Grand final in jeopardy: Issac Luke checks Sonny Bill Williams after the incident on Saturday night.

Michael Carayannis, Brad Walter The man who banned Cameron Smith and Luke Ricketson from recent grand finals has called for Issac Luke to be charged for his dangerous throw tackle on Roosters' back-rower Sonny Bill Williams.

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Canterbury Bulldogs and South Sydney Rabbitohs may have to use rookie hookers in NRL grand final

Brad Walter Canterbury and South Sydney may both be forced to field rookie hookers in next Sunday night’s grand final at ANZ Stadium, with Bulldogs captain Michael Ennis having suffered two fractures in...

South Sydney skipper John Sutton again warns the NRL grand finalists against switching off

Leading the way: John Sutton goes into contact with Sonny Bill Williams on Friday night.

Michael Carayannis John Sutton's message was only brief but it was direct enough to let his South Sydney charges know that their job was not yet done despite the wave of emotions surrounding them at ANZ Stadium.

Rabbitohs back-rower Ben Te'o feared his NRL career was over

The morning after: The Rabbitohs Ben Te’o and Adam Reynolds were all smiles at Maroubra Beach during a recovery session on Saturday morning.

Michael Carayannis Ben Te'o feared his four-game ban could see him end his NRL career on the sidelines. He responded by producing arguably his best performance in a South Sydney jersey in his return from suspension on...

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Sonny Bill Williams leaves NRL with no regrets, but says he could be back

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Ben Horne Sonny Bill Williams says he leaves the NRL with no regrets but won't rule out a possible return to the Sydney Roosters before his career is through.

Canterbury Bulldogs' Dally M-winning prop James Graham eager to break finals losing streak

James Graham.

Adrian Proszenko James Graham is very good at making it to grand finals. Winning them, however, is an altogether different matter.

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South Sydney to go ahead with $20 million headquarters at Heffron Park

Big plans: South Sydney chief executive Shane Richardson.

Chris Barrett South Sydney intend to turn soil in the new year on the $20 million development they believe will make them a powerhouse for generations regardless if they can secure state and federal government...

League

Canberra Raiders utility Jack Wighton ready to settle down

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders star Jack Wighton says he's keen to settle on a long-term position, despite his versatility.

David Tyrrell adding spark to formidable South Sydney pack

Humble: Former electrician Dave Tyrrell.

Adrian Proszenko Before he became a mainstay of the most feared forward pack in rugby league, David Tyrrell was a long-haired winger earning $12 an hour as an apprentice electrician.

WADA rules out appealing Cronulla Sharks sanctions but hits out at ASADA

In the firing line: ASADA boss Ben McDevitt.

Chris Barrett The World Anti-Doping Agency has confirmed it will not appeal the backdated bans handed to 12 Cronulla players in August, but in a scathing assessment has blamed ASADA time wasting for the leniency...