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Locke's move to Scottish rugby is off

Back to Salford: Kevin Locke.

7:57 AM   Former Warriors' NRL speedster Kevin Locke's proposed move to Scottish rugby is off.

Jarryd Hayne believes – do you?

Andrew Webster

Andrew Webster 7:02 AM   The former Eels fullback says the man upstairs will help him become The Man in San Francisco.

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Just a little respect - NRL refs no longer in the pink

Colour code: Pink is out for NRL referees.

Brad Walter 1:01 AM   The senior referee in each game this season will have a soccer-style armband to signify he is the man in charge, but the days of NRL match officials wearing pink jerseys have gone as it is believed the uniform made it more difficult for the officials to be taken seriously.

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Multimillion-dollar sacrifice pays off for Jarryd Hayne as he signs with NFL club San Francisco 49ers

Jarryd Hayne.

Michael Chammas 12:15 AM   He sacrificed a multimillion-dollar deal that would have likely seen him become the highest-paid player in the NRL to pursue the American dream which, on Tuesday afternoon, finally turned to reality for Jarryd Hayne.

From Kangaroos to 18th man for Knights

Missing out: Sione Mata'utia of the Newcastle Knights.

Brett Keeble 8:59 PM   Knights coach Rick Stone has named Dane Gagai and Joey Leilua in the centres and teenager Sione Mata'utia on the bench in an 18-man squad for Newcastle's NRL season-opener against New Zealand Warriors at Hunter Stadium on Saturday.

Teams for round one of the NRL

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8:52 PM   Teams named for round one of the NRL (all times local):

Calming of Bay Area waters handed star his launching pad

Future decided: Jarryd Hayne.

Michael Chammas 8:19 PM   The uncertainty surrounding the future of then-San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh took the shine off initial interest from the 49ers, but Jarryd Hayne’s relationship with new coach Jim Tomsula helped lure him to the golden state.

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WADA unlikely to impose penalties on players charged with cocaine offences

Roy Masters

Roy Masters 10:00 PM   A new approach to "trafficking" under the 2015 WADA Code means the supply of cocaine charges levelled against eight past and present Titans players, together with the Reds Karmichael Hunt, means they may escape any anti-doping sanctions.

NRL backflips on plans to allow integrity unit to seize phones

Outspoken: Willie Mason.

Adrian Proszenko 10:00 PM   The NRL has been forced into an embarrassing backflip over plans to allow its integrity unit to confiscate mobile phones after outraged players vented about the governing body’s new “police” powers.

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Mitch Cornish beats Sam Williams in halfback battle as Canberra Raiders prepare for Sharks

Canberra Raiders' Mitch Cornish has beaten Sam Williams for the No.7 jersey in Sunday night's season-opener at Cronulla.

Jon Tuxworth 6:20 PM   Canberra Raiders' youngster Mitch Cornish has beaten Sam Williams for the No.7 jersey in Sunday night's season-opener at Cronulla, with lock Shaun Fensom also passing a fitness test on his injured hamstring.

Talkin' Teams, and the great Hayne NFL reveal

Good buy: Glenn Stewart at training on Monday.

Chris Boulous 5:55 PM   Join League HQ's Chris Boulous for live coverage of Jarryd Hayne's NFL announcement, and all of the teamsheets for round one of NRL 2015.

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Hayne joins NFL's San Francisco 49ers

The dream's alive: Jarryd Hayne has signed a deal with the NFL's San Francisco 49ers

James Macsmith 5:52 PM   As predicted by Fairfax Media on Tuesday morning, Jarryd Hayne has secured an NFL futures contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

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Storm captain a chance at shock return

Storm captain Cameron Smith.

Roy Ward 5:38 PM   Craig Bellamy says Cameron Smith could play on Monday night.

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NRL referees get their own wrestling coach

Wrestlemania: Jarrod Mullen performs a wrestling exercise at Knights training last year.

Brad Walter 5:06 PM   Referees will have their own wrestling coach this season to help them identify new techniques developed by clubs to combat the NRL's directive for faster play the balls.

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Bird's in a lonely place, says Gallen

Long break: Paul Gallen at Cronulla training on Monday.

Michael Carayannis   Greg Bird "wasn't the best" when news of his drug charges broke, according to close friend Paul Gallen.

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Eels discuss pre-season game in US to capitalise on Hayne's NFL contract

American dream: Former Parramatta Eel Jarryd Hayne  is set to reveal where he'll play NFL.

Michael Chammas   On the day Jarryd Hayne is set to announce an NFL contract, Parramatta Eels chief executive Scott Seward acknowledged the club has discussed holding a pre-season game in the US to capitalise on the former fullback's profile.

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NRL's integrity unit given more powers after Rabbitohs debacle

Club fined: South Sydney forward John Sutton training in Redfern on Monday.

Michael Carayannis   The NRL has beefed up the powers of its integrity unit following its bungling of South Sydney’s incident in Arizona.

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Stone remains undecided on Knights

Former and future coach: Newcastle mentor Rick Stone.

Newcastle coach Rick Stone remains unsettled on his first choice line-up just four days out from the Knights' NRL season opener.

Merrin widens Panthers' premiership window

Heading west: Dragons forward Trent Merrin.

Steve Zemek   Penrith believe they have put in place the final piece of their premiership puzzle after signing NSW back-rower Trent Merrin on a big-money deal for the 2016 NRL season.

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Waiting game for Titans players

Another year, another scandal: Greg Bird and some of his colleagues have ensured another interesting start to an NRL season.

Laine Clark   The immediate playing future of the Gold Coast Titans embroiled in the NRL cocaine scandal is still up in the air with club CEO Graham Annesley saying they are still waiting on key information about the charges.