Off Season

Nathan Peats stood down over off-season incident

Brad Walter Parramatta hooker Nathan Peats has been stood down from Saturday night's match against Sydney Roosters over an off-season incident in Bali.

Josh Dugan on off-season odyssey to maturity for St George Illawarra

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Glenn Jackson Some might say this story has been written before. The statements by Josh Dugan that he is ready to make good on his talent, to curb his habit of throwing his potential away, how he is feeling as...

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Discord 2012: Edition 43

What's off about an off-season in union

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Steve Mascord Rugby union is the enemy, but the defectors are bound to return.

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League

No player in Origin – but now minor premiership is in Penrith Panthers' reach

On the prowl: the Panthers are well placed to end their 23-year wait for the minor premiership.

Michael Chammas The Panthers will take another step towards ending an 11-year drought in Sydney's west if they put Brisbane away at Penrith on Monday night.

League

Jarryd Hayne puts feelers out to pursue dream to play American football

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Michael Chammas Jarryd Hayne has revealed a hidden desire to play American football, leaving the door slightly ajar for an unlikely code switch after undertaking secret gridiron sessions in the off-season.

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League

Sydney Roosters, North Queensland Cowboys and Warriors seek cure for World Cup hangover

Heavy workload: Johnathan Thurston is one of 12 Cowboys stars backing up from the World Cup.

Michael Chammas It's no surprise those teams suffering from the strongest dose of a World Cup hangover were those heavily represented in last year's end-of-season tournament in the United Kingdom.

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Saturday Serve

How do you solve a problem like the Canberra Raiders?

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Chris Wilson Take the coaching clipboard for a second, what would your ideas be to solve the problems facing the Canberra club.

League

How the NRL teams rate heading into rep season

Man of the moment: Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds.

Michael Chammas No one expected the Bulldogs to start the year as competition leaders without a genuine fullback, but halves Josh Reynolds and Trent Hodkinson have been integral to their success.

Gungahlin Bulls and Queanbeyan Kangaroos lock horns at top of table

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Joshua Matic The Queanbeyan Kangaroos and Gunagahlin Bulls remain the only undefeated teams after two rounds of the Canberra Raiders Cup competition, both recording strong wins on Saturday in a round of local...

League

Wests Tigers and Sydney Roosters renew Foundation Cup rivalry

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Adrian Proszenko Wests Tigers and the Roosters will be vying for the Foundation Cup from Friday night after the combatants agreed to turn the pre-season event into an in-season affair.

League

Wait another month to see best of Jamal Idris, says Country coach Trent Barrett

Michael Carayannis Jamal Idris may have steamrolled his way to man of the match honours but Country coach Trent Barrett says the centre is at least a month away from producing his best football.

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League

Newcastle Knights keen on Ben Hannant

Brett Keeble The Knights are keen to lure out-of-favour Brisbane Broncos prop Ben Hannant to Newcastle to reinforce their depleted pack for the rest of the NRL season and beyond.

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League

ARL Commission should leave rep footy to the NRL

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Steve Mascord While most of the focus on John Grant reading out the Australian team last week surrounded what he said (hello Hawks and Seagulls), Discord has an issue with him reading it out at all.

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League

As State of Origin looms, stats show Mitchell Pearce's form has taken a tumble

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Brad Walter NSW playmaker Mitchell Pearce is in the worst form of his career on the eve of State of Origin and ranks at No.15 among all regular halfbacks in the NRL this season.

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League

NSW Blues need a long-term plan to stop Queensland's State of Origin dominance

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Phil Gould I don't think I can ever remember a period of such intense speculation and comment leading into the selection of a NSW Origin team.

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League

Beau Scott overcomes pain to focus on Knights and Blues

Beau Scott during a New South Wales training session in Coffs Harbour this week.

Michael Carayannis Blues hard man Beau Scott has overcome a debilitating groin injury which threatened to bring him down last year and is committed long-term to Newcastle, even if coach Wayne Bennett walks away from...

League

Braith Anasta under pressure to retain Wests Tigers five-eighth role

Ben Chenoweth Less than flattering statistics and pressure from the club’s youngsters has Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter conceding Braith Anasta’s number six jersey is under threat.

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League

Newcastle Knights worse off due to Tinkler, says former boss Steve Burraston

All over: Former Knights boss Steve Burraston says Nathan Tinkler has left the Knights in poor state.

Adrian Proszenko Former Newcastle chief executive Steve Burraston is adamant the club is worse off for Nathan Tinkler's involvement and has called for a total cleanout of management in any new ownership structure.

League

Reinvigorated Tony Williams refuses to make excuses for form slump

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Andrew Webster Tony Williams refuses to use off-field issues as an excuse for his form last season, in which he was blasted as over-rated and overpaid.

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League

Matt Keating in the mix to fill Nathan Peats' shoes at the Parramatta Eels

Down and out: Nathan Peats.

Michael Carayannis The Eels are set to hit the player market as they search for a hooker before June 30 following the season-ending injury to inform rake Nathan Peats.