Off Season

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

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...

Nathan Peats stood down over off-season incident

In hot water: Nathan Peats.

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.

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.

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...

Let's not follow US and bunker down, urges video referee Steve Folkes

Adrian Proszenko Leading video referee Steve Folkes is against the mooted bunker system, believing the crowd atmosphere at games is an attraction of, rather than a distraction from, the job.

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...

Parramatta Eels scandal deepens with allegations of intimidation

Facing allegations: Former Parramatta chairman Roy Spagnolo.

Chris Barrett Parramatta are investigating evidence that former directors, staff and members were intimidated and harassed "with the full knowledge" of the former Eels board and ex-chief executive Bob Bentley and...

Bulldogs coach Des Hasler wants underdog status and a major video overhaul

Too good: Tim Lafai crashes over for one of his three tries during the Bulldogs’ comprehensive victory over Melbourne at AAMI Park on Sunday.

Steve Mascord Canterbury coach Des Hasler said there was more evidence the NRL's video refereeing system would need a complete summer overhaul after a stoppage-strewn second elimination final at AAMI Park.

Jamie Soward steps up as Penrith captain

It hurts: Penrith's Jamie Soward.

Michael Chammas He has been lumped with the captaincy by default, but Penrith skipper Jamie Soward is making a strong case to retain the role beyond the end of the season.

League

Terry Campese a no-show at Canberra Raiders presentation

Raiders captain Terry Campese playing for the Mounties in the NSW Cup.

Chris Wilson Canberra Raiders captain Terry Campese has gone AWOL.

Trent Robinson is keeping the Sydney Roosters honest

Man of few words: Trent Robinson.

Andrew Webster We don't lie down. That's not an edict at the Roosters but a philosophy, and that’s where Trent Robinson is different from the rest.

Manly Sea Eagles should make the tough calls and start again

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Andrew Webster "We built this club." I've heard of this remark, from a senior Manly player to a club official, a few times throughout the season.

League

Canberra Raiders Matt McIlwrick locks down position with NZ train-on squad

Second chances: Raiders utility Matt McIlwrick.

Chris Wilson A switch of position has flicked the switch on the NRL career of Raiders utility Matt McIlwrick.

League

Canberra Raiders centre Jarrod Croker claims Mal Meninga medal

On point: Jarrod Croker finished the season with 18 tries and 202 points.

Chris Wilson Centre Jarrod Croker says his best is yet to come after a stellar year in 2014.

Cameron Smith likely to be fit for Melbourne Storm clash with Canterbury Bulldogs

Good news for Melbourne: Storm captain Cameron Smith is expected to face the Bulldogs on Sunday.

Adrian Proszenko Melbourne captain Cameron Smith is likely to overcome an ankle injury in time to play in Sunday’s elimination final against Canterbury at AAMI Park.

NRL Power Rankings - Round 25

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Paul Suttor After this weekend's final round, two teams will be doing the 'what might have been routine".

League

Raiders retiree Brett White happy to give the jersey off his back

The Keegan family - Eli, 2, Hudson, 10 months, Amelia and Mitchell - travel from the Central Coast for every Raiders home game.

Chris Wilson Meet the Raiders fans who wouldn't miss a thing - the good, the bad and ugly.

Shane Flanagan's return to game not a fait accompli, says NRL boss Dave Smith

Uncertain return date: Shane Flanagan.

Chris Barrett Shane Flanagan will have to accept accountability for putting his players at risk if his readmission to the game is to be given the green light, says NRL chief executive Dave Smith.

Sydney Roosters timing their premiership defence perfectly

Brad Walter Winning an NRL premiership is more like a marathon than a sprint, and if the Sydney Roosters appear to have timed their run at back-to-back titles to perfection that is because they planned it that...

League

Canberra Raiders v Parramatta Eels

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Lee Gaskin Join Chris Wilson for all the action from Canberra Stadium as the Eels take on the Raiders from 5.30pm.