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Eels to play trio of derby clashes in big start to the 2016 season

Brad Walter 9:06 PM   Parramatta will face the Bulldogs, Tigers and Eels in opening five weeks a a big start to their 2016 campaign.

Farah and Walker remain in pre-season limbo

We good? Robbie Farah, right, and coach Jason Taylor crossing paths at a training session.

Adrian Proszenko 6:30 PM   The playing futures of the pre-season's headline acts, Robbie Farah and Dylan Walker, remain unresolved despite attempts from rivals to prise them out of their current clubs.

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McGrady follows in uncle Ewan's footsteps

Lindon McGrady.

Adrian Proszenko 5:52 PM   Lindon McGrady was not around to witness his uncle Ewan McGrady during his Rothmans Medal year. "I don't think I was even born," said the youngster, who arrived two years after that 1991 season.

Move to install puppet chair as head of ARLC would ensure Grant survives

Roy Masters

Roy Masters 5:51 PM   Suspicions that the campaign to oust John Grant as ARLC chair is motivated by a clandestine plan to install a puppet replacement, as well as a chief executive who can be manipulated by powerful Sydney NRL clubs, will force some club chairmen to withdraw their support for a planned vote against him.

ARL standoff with rebel clubs boils down to few votes

Roy Masters

Roy Masters   ARL Commission chairman John Grant, who has reached an impasse with a majority of NRL chairmen over broadcasting and budgetary matters, will have done his sums on how many votes are required to oust him. Furthermore, he will be in the room when the votes from his fellow commissioners are counted.

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Dugan backs mate Ferguson to star at fullback

Blake Ferguson is all smiles at a Sydney Roosters training session ahead of Friday night's semi-final clash against Canterbury.

James MacSmith   NSW fullback Josh Dugan is backing Blake Ferguson to make a successful transition to the custodian role for Sydney Roosters next NRL season

Burgess to kick off Sunday blockbusters

SMH SPORT, Sydney. Story by Brad Walter. Former South Sydney Rugby
League player and England Rugby Union player Sam Burgess arrives back
into Sydney after trying his luck in England. Pictured with girlfriend, Phoebe Hooke. Photo: Peter Rae
Wednesday 11 November 2015

Sam Burgess' return to the NRL will kick off against arch-rivals the Sydney Roosters in front of a potential sell-out Sunday afternoon crowd at Allianz Stadium on March 6.

Former Raiders chairman backs Wighton to have Meninga impact

Canberra Raiders fullback Jack Wighton has signed a contract extension until the end of 2018.

Chris Dutton   John McIntyre hopes re-signing Jack Wighton and Josh Papalii breaks the perception the Raiders can't recruit star players.

Why Farah may play for Tigers again

Speculation: Robbie Farah has been linked with a move to the Sydney Roosters.

Brad Walter   A huge payout from Wests Tigers is the key to Robbie Farah joining Sydney Roosters next season

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Hiku linked to Rabbitohs in swap for Walker

Room to move: Peta Hiku will talk to Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett on Monday about his future.

Brad Walter   A player trade could pave the way for Dylan Walker to join Manly

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Knowles says he wasn't on mission to recruit Hayne for Roosters

Good friends: Hayden Knowles, Jarryd Hayne and Brad Fittler.

Daniel Lane   Hayden Knowles, the Sydney Roosters coaching staff member whose photograph on with Jarryd Hayne and club legend Brad Fittler in the San Francisco 49ers dressing shed sparked speculation the former Parramatta star was being targeted to join the club, said it'd be an unacceptable "lack of faith" for him to try and lure Hayne home.

Breakers home in on St George's 11 titles with quiet confidence

Alex Blackwell.

Daniel Lane   NSW Breakers captain Alex Blackwell said her team is motivated to equal the great St George Dragons rugby league team as the benchmark for sporting dominance in Australia, but she insisted ahead of Sunday's game against Victoria it wasn't something the team was allowing to become a burden.

Robbie Farah told by Wests Tigers he won't get a full payout

Wests Tigers CEOJustin Pascoe

Adrian Proszenko   Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe has refused Robbie Farah's demand for a full payout but hopes the parties can move towards a release resolution at a landmark meeting on Sunday.

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Parramatta Eels to host Brisbane Broncos in NRL season-opener

Opener: Parramatta will play Brisbane in the opening game of the NRL in 2016.

Adrian Proszenko   Parramatta fans won't have to wait long to witness Kieran Foran's impact on the side after the Eels were chosen to host the season opener against Brisbane.

Jason Taylor’s Wests Tigers future questioned

Danny Weidler dinkus Dinkus

Danny Weidler   The Robbie Farah-Jason Taylor situation has taken a nasty twist with the lawyer representing Farah publicly questioning whether the Tigers coach will keep his job.

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Canberra in running for Rugby League World Cup semi

ACT chief minister Andrew Barr.

David Polkinghorne   Canberra has been encouraged to bid for a Rugby League World Cup semi-final in 2017.

The secret meeting on the night Robbie Farah decided to leave Wests Tigers

Heavy heart: Robbie Farah wanted to stay at the Wests Tigers.

Adrian Proszenko   On the night Robbie Farah made the agonising decision to request a release from Wests Tigers, he turned to Nick Di Girolamo for advice.

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Dugan focused on switching positions, not codes

Staying put: Josh Dugan is committed to the Dragons.

Brad Walter   Josh Dugan belivies Jarryd Hayne will make it in NFL but he is unlikely to follow him to the US

Canterbury great Steve Mortimer anoints Moses Mbye as club's new No.7

Steve Mortimer has launched the game of shuffleboard at Greenacre community centre for the elderly to assist them combat the onset of dementia. Members of the  Greenacre Community Centre Goannas (red) take on the Banstoen City Aged Care Bulldogs (Blue).
17th November 2015
Photo: Wolter Peeters
The Sydney Morning Herald

Daniel Lane   Canterbury Bulldogs great Steve Mortimer, regarded as the club's greatest-ever halfback, anointed Moses Mbye as the man to shine in his old No.7 jersey following Trent Hodkinson's departure to Newcastle.

Papalii re-signs with Raiders

Re-signing Josh Papalii to a long deal is a big coup for the Raiders.

Jon Tuxworth   First it was Wighton, Boyd and Leilua. The Raiders have re-signed another one of their big targets.